Dr. Jimmy D. Pritchard

Senior Pastor

Dr. Pritchard began his ministry at First Baptist Church in April of 1994. He earned his bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. His master's and doctorate were both earned from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth. Prior to coming to First Baptist Church, Dr. Pritchard pastored churches in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. His last pastorate before First Baptist Church was at Congress Avenue Baptist Church in Austin. He and his wife, Jeannette, were married in 1979. Their children are: James, his wife Kim; Julie, her husband Taylor Franks; and John.



Charles Treadway

Executive Pastor

Charles came to First Baptist Church on September 25, 1994. He has degrees from Delta State University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served churches in various staff positions in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Texas. Before coming to First Baptist Church, he served as Minister of Education at Congress Avenue Baptist Church in Austin. Charles and his wife, Teresa, were married in 1973 and have two daughters, Emily and Susan.

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Kevin Buie

NextGen Pastor

Kevin and his wife Charmey joined First Baptist Forney in July of 1994. In April of 2013, Kevin was named NextGen Pastor responsible for the Preschool, Childrens, Middle School, and High School Ministries. Prior to accepting this position, Kevin served as Children’s Ministry Associate from July of 2004 to September of 2005 and Minister to Children from October of 2005 to April of 2013. Kevin has also served at FB Forney as a Deacon, Sunday school teacher, AWANA Director and Royal Ambassador Leader. Kevin and Charmey married in August of 1991 and have five children, Zach, Alex, BJ, Katie and Josh.

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Greg Childress

Minister of Recreation

Greg and his wife, Lynnette, joined First Baptist Forney in September of 2001 and became our part time Recreation Director in January of 2005. Prior to accepting this position, Greg taught physical education in the Forney ISD. Greg is responsible for activities including UPWARD Sports, adult and family recreation, and future development of a FBC Family Fitness Center. Greg and Lynnette have two children, Taylor and Colton.

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Joe Daniel

Worship Pastor

Joe has served as Pastor of Worship at First Baptist Church since October 1997. He has served churches in Arkansas, California, and Texas. He has earned degrees from California Baptist College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Joe and his wife, Sherry, were married in 1987. They have two children: Crystal and David.

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Jerry Griffin

Pastor to Senior Adults

Bro. Jerry Griffin has devoted his life to the Lord’s work his entire adult life. He was ordained in 1953 at Memorial Baptist Church in Corsicana. Griffin served as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Forney for 33 years and served 13 years as Director of Missions for Kauf-Van Baptist Association. Following his service with Kauf-Van Baptist Association, he returned to First Baptist Forney as Pastor to Senior Adults.

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Kelley Halsdorf

Women's Ministry Director

Kelley has served as Women's Ministry Director since 2001, prior to that she was the Children's Choir Director here at First Baptist Forney. Kelley is married to Tim and they have two daughters, Amber and Rachel, and two grandchildren.

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Johnna Harpole

Minister to Children

Johnna joined us as Minister to Children in June of 2015. She is a graduate of Missouri Southern State University with an Associate Degree in Science and a Degree in Dental Hygiene. Johnna has worked in dentistry for 29 years. She and her family moved to Texas from Missouri in July 1993 and joined First Baptist Forney in August 1993. Since then she has volunteered extensively in multiple ministries here at FB Forney including various preschool & children's ministry activities, events, and secondary ministries; Mother's Day Out; taught Preschool Bible Study and 5-6th Bible Study; has taught in and co-led the Awana and Level Up Ministries. Johnna is the lead decorator and a teacher for VBS and for the past 11 years has gone on yearly international mission trips. She is married to Dan and they have 3 sons, Sam, Hayden and Marcus.

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Eduardo Lopez

Hispanic Ministry Pastor

Eduardo Lopez was born in Coahulia, Mexico in 1969 and moved to Dallas, TX in 1992. Eddie graduated from Vision International University of Ramona California in 2004 and received his Master of Theoligical Studies. He came to FBC Forney as Pastor of Hispanic Ministry in October of 2004. Eddie and his wife, Zoila, were married in 1995. They have two daughters, Arianna & Selah.

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Kirk Luecke

Minister to Young Adults

Kirk is the staff member with the longest tenure at First Baptist Church coming here on February 9th, 1992. Before coming here, he served at San Jacinto Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas for four years and Bolton Street Baptist church in Amarillo for one year. Kirk received his Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University in 1995. He and his wife, Cathy, married in 1988 and have four boys, Patrick, Benjamin, Evan, and Michael. Kirk served as Minister to Students for 19 years prior to becoming Minister to Young Adults.

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Scott Lyle

Pastor of Leadership and Missions

Scott and his wife, Missy, joined First Baptist Church Forney in August of 2002 and he became the Pastor of Leadership and Missions in January of 2007. Scott earned a Master's Degree from Mississippi College in 1990, completed a Master of Theological Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in May 2016, and has experience working in education, training and organizational development. Prior to accepting a call into full time ministry, Scott worked in the People and Leadership Development department at Southwest Airlines. Scott and Missy were married on March 11, 1989 and they have 3 children, Patrick who is married to Lindsey, Jonathan, and Keri Anne.

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Kristen Morgan

Minister to Special Needs

We welcomed Kristen Morgan as our Minister of Special Needs in May of 2015. Kristen has a Masters of Education from Widener university in Chester, PA and an Administration Certification from Texas A&M Commerce. Her background includes work as a Special Education Teacher for schools in Pennsylvania, as well as Forney. Most recently she has served as an Educational Diagnostician for both Forney ISD, then Duncanville ISD. Kristen is married to Carl Morgan and they have 2 sons, Carl Jr. and Brandon.

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Tanya Nelson

Director of First Baptist Academy

Tanya became the Director of the First Baptist Academy Child Development Center on November 2, 2003. Since 1993 she has served in the childcare ministry as teacher, Assistant Director, and Director for the Baptist Aacademy CDC. Tanya and her husband Alan married in 1979 and have three children, Stephen, Kristen & Britney.

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James Pritchard

Teaching Pastor

James Pritchard join FB Forney in July 2015. James served as Senior Pastor of Robinwood Baptist Church in Seagoville, TX from June 2009 until June 2015. Prior to that he served as Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Cache, Ok. James received his Master of Divinity, Advanced, from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX, in May, 2007 and is currently working on his Doctor of Philosophy. James and his wife Kim, have four children, Judah, Jolie, Josiah, and John.



James Townsend

Minister to High School

James joined the staff as Associate Minister to Students in October of 2008 and was named Minister to High School in April 2013. James is married to Lori and they have a son, Jordy. Both are lifelong members here at First Baptist Forney.

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Latricia Walker

Minister to Preschool

Latricia and her husband, David, joined FBC Forney in January of 1986 and became Minister to Preschool in 2006. She has a B.A. in English from UT at Dallas and has completed several seminary classes. Prior to accepting this position, Latricia served as the FBC Forney Preschool Bible Study Division Director for 10 years; as a Bible Study leader; GA Leader, and Preschool Music Director. She has led several Preschool VBS workshops for the Kaufman/Van Zandt Association. Latricia and David were married in March of 1985 and have two children, Austin & Layney.

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Mark Warren

Associate Pastor of Worship

Mark Warren joined us in August of 2010. Mark's unique and broad experience with leading worship, song writing, and instrumentals brings new depth of spirit to First Baptist's Music Ministry. Prior to coming to Forney, Mark has worked with Saddleback Church in California, LakePointe Rockwall, and others across the country during his years in music ministry. Mark and his brother Joel are the original founders of Forty Days, a top album producing christian band. They recently recorded Awaken, an album to correspond to a movement by the same name to redefine what the church sees as worship. Visit http://www.awakenmovement.com to learn more about this project. In addition to leading our band led 9:30 a.m. service, Mark is working with the student band on Wednesday nights. Mark is married to Vanessa. They have a son, Noah and a daughter, Stella.

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Jerad White

Minister to Middle School Students

Jerad was named Minister to Middle School Students in April of 2013. Jerad is the son of Bryan and Lisa White, who work in our Children's Church Ministry. Jerad has served multiple summers as an intern in both Children's and Student Ministries. He is married to Allison and is a graduate of Criswell College.

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