Church Staff


Dr. Jimmy D. Pritchard

Senior Pastor

Dr. Jimmy D. 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. In addition to serving as the President of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, he has served as a trustee for the International Mission Board and Criswell College. He is the author of Calling Down the Fire, Cross House Publishing 2005 as well as “Personal Spiritual Awakening” in Scripture Isn’t Silent, Why Are We? Edited by Bobby Ecklund, Southern Baptists of Texas, 2005. Dr. Pritchard and his wife, Jeannette, were married in 1979. They have 3 adult children and 7 grandchildren.



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 grown daughters and six grandchildren.

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Kevin Buie

Next Generations 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, Children's, 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.

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Greg Childress

Sports and Recreation Minister

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.

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Joe Daniel

Worship Pastor

Joe has served as Pastor of Worship at First Baptist Church since November 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 grown children and two grandchildren.

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Jerry Griffin

Senior Adult Pastor

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 Halsdorf joined FB Forney in September 2001 as the Children's Choir Coordinator. In August of 2006 she became our Women's Ministry Director. Kelley is married to Tim and they have two grown daughters and five grandchildren.

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Eduardo Lopez

En Espanol 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.

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Kirk Luecke

Young Adult Pastor

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 sons. Kirk served as Minister to Students for 19 years prior to becoming Minister to Young Adults.

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Scott Lyle

Discipleship and Missions Pastor

Scott Lyle joined FB Forney in August of 2002 and became the Discipleship and Missions Pastor in January of 2007. Prior to accepting a call into full time ministry, Scott worked in the People and Leadership Development department at Southwest Airlines. Scott earned a degree in Mathematics and Education in 1988 and also a Master's Degree in combined sciences from Mississippi College. He later received a Master of Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in May 2016. Scott and his wife Missy have 3 adult children and one grandchild.

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Kristen Morgan

Minister to Special Needs

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 a skilled and dedicated educational professional with administrative training, teaching experience, special education background, co-teach and inclusion experience, and diagnostician experience. In addition to our Special Needs Ministry, Kristen oversees our Adoption / Foster program. Kristen and her husband, Carl, have 7 children.

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Tanya Nelson

First Baptist Academy Director

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 Academy CDC. Tanya and her husband Alan married in 1979 and have three grown children and 3 grandchildren.

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James Pritchard

Teaching Pastor

James Pritchard joined 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 five children.



Courtney Schmidt

Student Pastor

Courtney Schmidt came to First Baptist Forney in May of 2018 as the Student Pastor from Walnut Street Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Arkansas where he served as Student Minister since April 2014. Courtney has BACS from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Divinity from Mid Western Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Crystal have two daughters named Baileigh and Addalyn. "I have a three-fold desire for students. By the time a student graduates from high school, I want them to understand to be applying three elements to their life: (1) God’s Word has complete authority over our life, (2) What it looks like and why it’s important that we live life on mission for Jesus in both words and actions, and (3) The importance of staying connected to a local church after high school graduation. If I could sum up these three elements, I’d say that my desire is that every student has absolute ownership over his or her faith."



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 grown children.

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Mark Warren

Associate Worship Pastor

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 two children.

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Jerad White

Associate Student Pastor

Jerad was named Associate Student Pastor in May of 2018. Prior, he served as our Minister to Middle School Students since April of 2013 and has served multiple summers as an intern in both Children's and Student Ministries. He is a graduate of Criswell College. Jerad is married to Allison who also volunteers in the Student Ministry.

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