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Ed Meath, Administrator


Ed Meath serves FBC Plano as business administrator. He has served in that position since 2000. Ed 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.

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Debbie Parker, Minister to Children

Debbie joined First Baptist in July of 1988. Debbie is responsible for all aspects of children's ministries, from babies through 6th grade. She also serves as MDO Director.

Debbie has a Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University. She has a Leadership Certificate in Childhood and Weekday Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Masters in Christian Education from Dallas Baptist University.

Debbie has three children: Benjamin, Matthew and Ashlea, son-in-law Zachary, and granddaughter Baylea.

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Erika Parks, Missionary in Residence

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).

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Dr. Kent Parks, Missionary in Residence

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).

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Tommy Shumate, Minister of Education

Tommy Shumate has been on staff at First Baptist Church since October 2008. 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. Since 1983, he has served churches in Richardson, Lewisville, Plano, and Decatur, Texas.

Tommy 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.

Tommy enjoys all sports…especially running, golf, tennis, and racquetball; cheering the OU Sooners; movies; and reading.

Tommy has been married to Melissa since 1982. Their daughter, Abby, a Baylor University graduate, is a nurse at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas; and their son, Alex, completed his Masters degree at Oklahoma University and works for an advertising agency in Dallas.

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Mark Cook, Minister of College & Communications

Mark Cook joined the FBC Plano staff full-time in September 2012. With a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from Samford University and a Master of Divinity from Truett Seminary, Mark serves in a variety of capacities at our church.

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Jeff Howard, Minister of Students

Jeff joined FBC Plano in January of 2013. He is the proud father of Dellarae and husband of Meredith. Jeff earned his bachelor's degree from Howard Payne University and his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Seminary. 

Jeff has served in youth ministry in Texas and Colorado. He felt called to youth ministry in high school in Lubbock, Texas. 

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Steven Braucht, Minister of Music

Steven joined our staff in November 2013. He and his wife, Melanie, have two daughters, Lexi and Lily. Steven has a bachelor's degree in music education as well as master's degree in church music. He earned both degrees at Baylor University. 

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