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PAUL MICHAEL VACCA / PASTOR
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Paul Michael holds two degrees from The Criswell College and is a Ph.D. Candidate at Southwestern Seminary. Since surrendering to vocational ministry in 1999, he has served in Texas churches and has been a missions strategist both in the United States and internationally. He has also been an Adjunct Preaching Professor at The Criswell College and is a contributing writer for Preaching.com. Married in 2003, Paul Michael and Katie have four children. Paul Michael is passionate about preaching the Word of God and is driven by a desire to see souls surrender to Jesus. He enjoys being near water, whether a lake or the ocean, and will go to the gun range any chance he gets.
KEITH WILKERSON / MUSIC MINISTER
Keith joined the staff of FBCLC in 1988 as minister of music and youth. When the church called a full time student minister in 1996, he became Minister of Worship. Keith plays guitar and oversees the choirs, orchestra, worship teams and media teams. He has been married to his high school sweetheart Debbie for 40 years. They have two married children, Jennifer of Kilgore and Jeremy of Huntsville, Alabama and five grandkids. In addition to his work at FBCLC, Keith is a writer of church music and also directs the Singing Men of East Texas. His passion is seeing people grow as worshipers of God. When he is not planning worship services or ministering to the FBCLC family, you'll probably find him writing music or watching the Texas Rangers.
LANE EATON / ADMINISTRATOR
Lane joined the FBCLC staff in 2013, coming from a manager position after fifteen years in the oil industry. His church responsibilities include management of facilities, vehicles, finances, and other business aspects of FBCLC; overseeing the preschool ministry of the church, including Mother's Day Out and facilitating the Crisis Ministry of the church to those in need, within both church and community. He is also actively involved on the leadership team of the "C4 Men's Ministry" of FBCLC. Bro. Lane is a graduate of Gulf Coast Bible College, and has served as an associate pastor and Christian school principal for many years in southeast Texas. He especially enjoys the study of scripture and sharing its practical truths with others. Bro. Lane and his wife Cheryl love their large and growing family. Together they enjoy family time, reading, travel, and serving the Lord while serving others.
TIM COOP / YOUTH MINISTER
Tim answered the call to FBC in April of 2008 with a desire to equip and empower students in east Texas to live lives devoted to Jesus Christ and his glory. Along with his wife, Melinda, he oversees a tremendous team of leaders who are dedicated to helping teenagers become sold out followers of Jesus. Their children, Andrew and Emily are both fully involved in ministry as well, taking an active role in various ministries within the youth and worship ministries at First Baptist. Rich relationships, fun times, and the excitement of seeing the young grow into living lives focused on God’s will, are the things that fuel Tim in his desire to serve students and their families to the glory of God. Tim does his best thinking sitting in front of a campfire, or with a rod and reel in his hand. If you listen closely, you can hear him call his beloved Hogs from time to time, hoping for that next great Razorback season!
SUZANNE ROPER / CHILDREN'S DIRECTOR
Suzanne Roper was born and raised in East Texas. After graduating from Sabine High School, she completed her Associates from Kilgore College before finishing her degree at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. It was while at SNU that Suzanne met her husband Mont Roper. Suzanne completed her studies with degrees in History and Education. Over the years, Suzanne has taught at all levels of public school including elementary, middle school and high school. After a few years at home to enjoy her four daughters Bethani, Eliza, Keelie and Marlie, Suzanne is currently serving as the Children’s Director for FBCLC. Suzanne is passionate about children’s ministry and sharing God’s word in a fun and engaging way. Suzanne, Mont and the girls are avid campers, and love to explore the beauty of God's creation.
SAM COLLINS / MAINTENANCE