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Jim Tucker : Pastor

Jim Tucker


Family:   I married Sarah Smith (Tucker) of Crossett Arkansas on December 27th 1985.  We met while both of us were attending Louisiana Tech University and have been together ever since.  God has blessed us with two wonderful boys.  Kemp was born in Alaska in 1991, while Grant was born in Okinawa, Japan in 1997.  In 2012 our family grew by one, a wonderful daughter-in-law, Rocky.  Kemp and Rocky were married June 2nd 2012 and on March 17th, 2015, we welcomed Claire Opal into the world.  Rocky and Kemp's first daughter and our first grandchild.  We look forward to what the future holds for all of us and we also know and trust that He holds our future.

Favorite Verse: My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11:  “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

Saved: I met and accepted Jesus as a young boy of 6, while attending the First United Methodist Church of Leesville, LA.  My best friend’s father, Creighton Owen, was my Sunday school teacher at the time.  He shared with all of us in that class about Jesus.  I was old enough to understand that I needed Him in my life so in that little classroom Mr. Owen offered to pray with me a prayer of salvation.  I have never doubted at that moment I became a new creation.

One of the things I find most fascinating is: How cohesive the Bible is -- written over a span of 1500 years divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit through multiple human authors, faithfully recorded, copied, and passed along to successive generations throughout the years.  It has an undeniable continuity that reveals God Himself to man.  It stands the test of time and presents us with the Gospel message of salvation and God’s love for us and focuses our attention on Christ.  It cannot simply be called a book but is the divine instructions given to us and sets the standards by which we live.  It is a treasure.

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Molly Church : Director of Preschool Ministries

Molly Church

Director of Preschool Ministries

Family:  God blessed me with an amazing family. I married my husband Scott May 14th, 1994 at First Baptist Church, Everman. We attended a large church where we taught first grade Sunday School together. Later I served as children’s coordinator for several years before we followed God’s call to Scott’s childhood church home, FBCE.   Scott and I have 4 beautiful daughters and two wonderful son-in-law’s whom we adore. God has also blessed us with 4 precious grandchildren that we thoroughly enjoy spoiling.  They all give us such great joy. My family is truly one of my greatest gifts from God.

Favorite Verse: But seek you first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:33-34

Saved: I was raised in a Christian home with loving parents. My Grandfather started reading me the Bible at an early age. I can’t remember a time that I didn’t know who God was or what Jesus did for me and how much God loved me. I remember how special I felt when he would tell me how Jesus loved the children and wanted them to come to him. He would tell me how precious I was to our Savior. I prayed for Jesus to come into my heart as a kindergartener. I made a public decision to follow Christ when I was 9 years old at Hallmark Baptist church in Fort Worth, TX., and was baptized shortly after.

One of the things I find most fascinating: How God changes us when we believe in Him .

Ronnie Leavelle : Associate Pastor of Outreach Ministries

Ronnie Leavelle

Associate Pastor of Outreach Ministries

Family:  I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Baylor University in May 2001.  After working at PPG Industries for six years, I began my Master of Divinity at Southwestern Seminary in January 2008 and graduated in May 2013.  In December 2012 a mutual friend introduced me to Ashlie Ryan Stewart of Woodstock, Georgia.  We married June 7, 2014.  I am currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching at Southwestern and hope to graduate in May 2018.

Favorite Verse:   My favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”

Saved:  I was saved at the age of 5.  On a Sunday night I wanted to go forward during the invitation, but my mom would not let me.  On our way home from church, my mom asked me why I wanted to go forward.  I told her that if I were to die tonight I would not go to heaven.  She called the pastor after we made it home and told him what happened.  He picked me up the next morning and we went to the church.  He took out a sheet of paper and drew a heart on it and colored it in.  He told me that was what my heart looked like because of sin, but Jesus stood outside my heart with a toothbrush and if I would let him in He would cleanse me of my sin.  That Monday morning between 10 and 10:30 I trusted Christ as my Savior.

One of the things I find most fascinating:  God loves humanity so much He sacrificed His own Son to appease His wrath for humanity’s sin and provide the means of reconciliation to Him.  The only thing a person must do to be reconciled to God is place his or her faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Theresa Shirley : Women's Minister

Theresa Shirley

Women's Minister

Life:   My parents and my mentor have been the biggest influences in my life. My parents taught me how to live life well and wisely (though truthfully I need to work on this daily) and my mentor has taught me how to love others well. There have been so many influential people in my life and I am most grateful that they have all pointed me to Christ. I am a full-time Administrative Assistant and Women’s Minister, so free time does not often exist. I graduated December 16, 2016 with my Bachelor’s of Science in Biblical Studies. I love spending time with people, especially when we can have deep conversations about life and God.

Favorite Verse: My favorite verse is Romans 12:1-2:  “I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Saved: I had the privilege of growing up in the church my whole life. When I was very young, I walked down the aisle, prayed with a deacon, and was told that I was now a Christian. Honestly though, I had no idea what that meant, all I knew was that this is what I was supposed to do. Fast forward to 7th grade. My first year in youth group and a pivotal year in my life. All that year I was becoming increasingly aware of a sort of ‘double life’ that I was displaying. Behaving one way with my friends and another when I was at home, and I began to grow exceptionally frustrated with that. It was at the first night of my first ever youth camp that the pastor spoke to us about wearing a mask or putting on a facade and how that was not right. It was that night that I completely broke down and I surrendered my life to God. That night I committed my life to Him and have been assured ever since.

One of the things I find most fascinating is:  How transformative God is. Not that He changes, because we know throughout Scripture that He is undeniably and unwaveringly constant. But the way that He transforms us! If you truly believe and submit your life to God, everything changes. Not necessarily immediately, but like a butterfly who grows and is refined within its cocoon, after time and discipline the change becomes evident. What an incredible thing that God would take such a sinner and make her new!