Dr. Craig Curry

Senior Pastor

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Dr. Craig Curry joined our staff as Senior Pastor in May 2016. He grew up in Texas, and is a fifth generation Baptist minister who is passionate about God’s Word. Craig was led to Christ at an early age, and as a fifteen year old, committed his life to Christian service.

Craig received a Bachelor of Behavioral Science from Hardin-Simmons University, in Abilene, Texas, with a major in Speech Communication and a minor in Church Ministry. He received a Master of Divinity in Spiritual Care and Preaching from Logsdon Seminary, Abilene, TX, and a Doctor of Ministry from George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas.

Craig married his ministry teammate, Fallon Smith Curry, in January 2003. Fallon received a Bachelor of Arts in English/Leadership from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Dallas Baptist University. She is currently an Instructor of English Composition and Literature at Ranger College in Ranger, Texas. Craig and Fallon have three children: daughter, Lylah, and sons, Shepherd and Herschel. Fallon is a dedicated wife, mother, and instructor. Her ministry passions are missions, evangelism, education, and Baptist heritage. 

Craig was licensed to the Gospel Ministry in 1999, and ordained in 2006 at South Oaks Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas. His hobbies include football enthusiast, travel, camping and barbeque grilling. Craig began his ministry as an event communicator preaching revivals, camps, and weekend events. In 2006 he sensed the call of God to enter pastoral ministry. He has served as Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Cisco, Texas, and the First Baptist Church in Dripping Springs, Texas. Craig has given his life to shepherding people and being the hands and feet of Jesus in a community. He believes strongly in collaborative leadership that includes as many people as possible, and is committed to being a steady voice of unity. “My personal goals are to be a man of God, a loving husband and father, a caring minister, and a servant leader. It is my desire to be in the center of the Lord’s will. Wherever He leads I will go.”

Tommy Shumate

Minister of Education

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Tommy Shumate has been on staff at First Baptist Plano 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.

Steven Braucht

Minister of Worship and Communications

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Originally from Garland, Texas, Steven joined our staff in November 2013. He previously served as Minister of Music and Senior Adults at First Baptist Church of Terrell, Texas and Minister of Music and Administration at First Baptist Church of Robinson, Texas. Steven holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University and a Master of Music degree (Church Music concentration), also from Baylor. Steven and his wife, Melanie, have two daughters, Lexi and Lily.

Jeff Howard

Minister of Students

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Jeff joined our staff in January 2013. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree (Youth Ministry and Youth Education) from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas and his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth. Jeff has served in youth ministry in both Texas and Colorado. Though most of his focus centers on student ministry, Jeff also became the primary teacher in our contemporary service in September of 2014. Jeff and his wife, Meredith, have three daughters, Dellarae, Norah Ruth, and Emy

Joan Ross

Minister to Children

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Joan grew up in Dallas and received a Bachelor of Science in education from Baylor University and a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.  She met her husband Kelly in Alabama where they both served in ministry.  Joan has been on staff at churches in Alabama, Texas and Mississippi. Kelly and Joan share their home with a beagle named Baylor. 

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 Southeast 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 his 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 her 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 her husband, Kent, have two adult daughters.

Steve Arbanas

Contemporary Worship Leader

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Steve joined our worship ministry team in June of 2012 and leads our contemporary worship service.

He has served on church staff in Nevada, Texas, Liberty Hill, Texas and led worship for the student ministry at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas. Steve also started and traveled with the worship band, Five Stone Canvas, from 2001-2007.

Steve currently is a Project Manager for Stone Hollow Homes in Blue Ridge, Texas. He and his wife, Stacy, have two children, Savanah and Straton.

Carol Herrman

Weekday School Director

Office: 972-424-8551 ext. 120
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We are excited to welcome Carol as the new director of our Weekday School! Thank you, church family, for your prayers and support during our interim time. Carol has a Bachelor of Science degree in Childhood/Family Relations and has many years of experience in early childhood education.

Laurinda Burks

Parents Day Out Director and Childcare Coordinator

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Laurinda grew up in East Texas, with her hometown being Marshall, Texas. Laurinda has been married to Stephen since 1995, and have 3 wonderful children: Shelby, Christopher and Matthew. They have been active members of FBC Plano since October, 2004. Laurinda attended Southwest Texas State and University of Texas At Dallas with undergraduate studies in Speech Pathology. Laurinda’s background includes working with children, with a primary focus on Early childhood and Preschool for 15 years. Laurinda has worked as a teacher in the Montessori setting, Buckner Children’s Home,and the FBC Plano Weekday School and Parent’s Day Out Programs.

Tammi Cotten

Ministry Assistant for IT and Weekday School

Office: 972-424-8551 x-102
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Cathy Hacker

Ministry Assistant for Children and Students

Office: 972-424-8551 x-135
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Kristie Hampton

Ministry Assistant for Worship Leadership & Care

Office: 972-424-8551 x-123
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Barbara Manning

Ministry Assistant for Finance

Office: 972-424-8551 x-103
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Kristie Osborne

Ministry Assistant for Education

Office: 972-424-8551 x-131
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Joyce Roberts

Church Receptionist

Office: 972-424-8551 x-100
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Debbie Stevens

Ministry Assistant for Worship Leadership & Communication

Office: 972-424-8551 x-118
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