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Dr. Jerry Carlisle, Jr., Senior Pastor
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Dr. Carlisle’s service at First Baptist Church of Plano began August 1, 2002.  Prior to being called as our pastor, Jerry pastored First Baptist Church of Temple, Texas and the Valley Ranch Baptist Church of Coppell, Texas.  He previously served as a staff minister with Tallowood Baptist Church of Houston and Plymouth Park Baptist Church in Irving.

Pastor Jerry holds degrees from Southwest Baptist University (B.A., Religion), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., D.Min.), and Dallas Baptist University (D.D.).  He and his wife, Dedi, are very proud of their three children:   Elyse, who is married to Jeff and teaches in the Highland Park Independent School District; Collin, who is on staff at Dallas Baptist University, serving as Coordinator of Construction; and Caleb, a sophomore at Dallas Baptist University.

 
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/MDO Director

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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 Act Beyond (formerly Mission to Unreached Peoples) served with his wife, Erika, in SEAsia for 20 years, working mainly as strategy coordinators among Muslim unreached people groups (UPGs) of Southweast Asia.

Kent has also developed trans-national, trans-denominational networks at various levels. He is the Co-Facilitator for Ethne—ethne.net—(a global network of UPS-focused leaders), is part of the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission, and is Senior Associate for Least Reached Peoples with Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization.

Kent pastored in Texas for seven years before going to the mission field. He earned his B.A. in English and History from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas as well as his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Kent and wife Erika have two adult daughters.



Erika Parks, Missionary in Residence
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Erika Parks serves as the Director of Training for Act Beyond. Along with husband Kent, she served in SEAsia for 20 yrs, working mainly as strategy coordinators among Muslim unreached people groups (UPGs) of Southweast Asia. She is gifted in discipling and has trained many disciple-makers throughout her years in SEAsia.

As the Director of Training for Act Beyond, Erika has planned and coordinated numerous church planting movement trainings around the world. She has previously served in roles relating to new workers and language students as well as educational consultation for former missions organizations.

Erika holds degrees from Valdosta State University in Georgia (B.S. in Elementary Education) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas (Master of Religious Education). Erika and husband Kent have two adult daughters.