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Steven Braucht, Minister of Music
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Originally from Garland, TX, Steven joined our staff in November 2013. He graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in church music. Steven previously served as Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Terrell, TX and First Baptist Church of Robinson, TX.  Steven and his wife, Melanie, have two daughters, Lexi and Lily.


Tommy Shumate, Minister of Education
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Tommy Shumate has been on staff at First Baptist Church since October 2008. He is a native of Jackson, Mississippi, where he earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Belhaven College; the Master of Arts degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth; and completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education through Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.  He leads the educational ministries of the church, including Sunday morning Bible studies, small groups, discipleship, and outreach. Additionally, he coordinates Men’s and Women’s ministries and promotional/publicity materials. He has previously served churches in Richardson, Lewisville, Plano, and Decatur, Texas. Tommy and his wife, Melissa, have two adult children, Abby and Alex.


Jeff Howard, Minister of Students
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Jeff joined our staff in January 2013. He earned his bachelor's degree from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, TX and his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth. Jeff has served in youth ministry in both Texas and Colorado. He and his wife, Meredith, have two daughters, Dellarae and Nora Ruth.


Brenda Boyd, Interim Minister to Children

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Brenda and her husband, Steven, joined our church family in 2007. Brenda was born and raised in Texas and has lived in Murphy since 2003. Brenda previously served as our Mother's Day Out Director and Childcare Coordinator 2007-2014. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UT Dallas in 2002 and will be attending Dallas Baptist University Fall 2014 to begin study for a Master of Arts in Children's Ministry. She is the proud mother of their three children Katelyn, Harris and Hannah.


Ed Meath, Administrator

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Ed Meath has served as our business administrator since 2000. He oversees the business and facilities portion of ministry. A native of Tacoma, Washington, Ed spent 42 years in the retail business before entering his “second career” at FBC Plano. Ed and his wife Midge have five children, 11 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson.


Dr. Kent Parks, Missionary in Residence
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Dr. Kent Parks, President & CEO of Mission to Unreached Peoples, served in SEAsia almost 20 years, working mainly as Strategy Coordinator among Unreached People Groups and in helping develop trans-national, trans-denominational UPG ministry networks at various levels including“people-specific,” nationwide and region-wide. He served seven years as a Texas Baptist pastor before serving in SEAsia as a seminary professor (Ph.D. in Missiology). 

He serves as Co-Facilitator for the Ethnê Global UPG Initiative (www.ethne.net) and is also the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization Senior Associate for Least Reached Peoples and a World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission (http://www.worldevangelicals.org/commissions/mc/) Mission Associate. Kent and wife Erika have two daughters (one in college and one in graduate school).


Erika Parks, Missionary in Residence

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Erika Parks serves on the Mission to Unreached Peoples global leadership team. Along with husband Kent, she served in SEAsia almost 20 years, working mainly as Strategy Coordinators among Unreached People Groups and in helping develop trans-national, trans-denominational UPG ministry networks at various levels including“people-specific,” nationwide and region-wide.

Erika has served as Cultural Adaptation Coordinator, MK Education Coordinator, and Prayer Facilitator, among other roles. She often leads seminars on serving “oral-preference” learners by using Chronological Storying of Scripture. Kent and Erika have two daughters (one in college and one in graduate school).