Pastor – Dr. Chad Bertrand
Chad served at Pastor of Teaching and Mission at Sienna Ranch Baptist Church in Missouri City, Texas before he came to serve FBC Gatesville as Pastor. Previously he pastored Trinity Baptist Church in Missouri City, Texas. Before that he served as youth minister in Lake City, Colorado and at Shiloh Baptist in Crawford, Texas. Chad earned his Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry at George W. Truett Theological Seminary and his undergraduate at Howard Payne University. He and his wife Lori have four children, David, Ryen, Sawyer, and Della.  Chad loves to run, hike, and drink good coffee.



NathanMusic Minister – Nathan Cook
Nathan serves FBC Gatesville as our minister of music.  Nathan has decades of experience leading musical worship in Baptist churches in Georgia and Texas.  He has also traveled to numerous countries singing with the Singing Men of Texas.  Nathan is no stranger to our church family, having served us in this role in the past.                   



Eric Balmer-Youth Website PicStudent Minister – Eric Balmer                                                                     

Eric has served as a Youth Intern in several different churches before accepting his position with us.  he was also part of the Campus Ministry team at Georgetown College in Kentucky.  Eric is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and is a newcomer to Texas.   Currently, he is studying at Truett Seminary at Baylor University and hopes to enter   full-time ministry after he graduates.  He loves to jam out on his guitar, sing, and play ultimate frisbee.  Eric has a heart for building relationships with you and seeing them develop a lifelong relationship with Christ.               


Alex V Website PicChildren’s Minister – Alex Verastegui                                                     

Alejandra has served in various positions with children and students at Buena Voluntad Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas.  She graduated from UT San Antonio with her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology, and is studying at Truett Seminary for her Masters of Divinity and Masters in Social Work.  In addition to serving in the church, she has been a student leader at UTSA with the Baptist Student Ministry, and a Christmas missionary through Go Now missions with Children’s Emergency Relief International.  Some of Alex’s pastimes include cooking Mexican food, baking, and laughing.


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FBC Academy Director of Administration – Karli Bates

Karli serves the First Baptist Academy as the Director of Administration.  Karli grew up in Gatesville and graduated from Gatesville High School in 2009.  She has all of her Director Credentials and Licenses, as well as, her Dental Assistant Certification.  Karli loves spending time with her family, meeting new people, and working hard.   




Organist – Sharon Streetman
Sharon Streetman serves FBC Gatesville as our pianist.  She plays each week during our Sunday Morning Worship Service.