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.
Music 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.
Student 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.
Children’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.
Administrative Assistant & Financial Secretary – Kristi Thrun
Kristi serves FBC Gatesville as the Administrative Assistant and Financial Secretary. She has a vast knowledge and several years of experience in finances/accounting, HR policies, as well as, several years of experience running/managing an office and all that it implies. Kristi is no stranger to music and singing. You will not find a bigger USA Gymnastics and Pro Football fan (Go Denver Broncos!!!). Kristi has a love and passion for going above and beyond for people and is always willing to help anyone in any way she can.
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.
FBC Academy Director of Education – Rebecca Shoaf
Rebecca Shoaf serves the First Baptist Academy as the Directory of Education. Rebecca has lived in Gatesville her entire life. She is married to Robbie Shoaf and has two grown daughters who are married to the best son-in-laws ever. Her and her husband have three wonderful grandchildren. Becky is a University of Mary Hardin Baylor alumni and has taught Elementary Education for 17 years.
Mothers Day Out Director – Cathy Norris
Cathy serves FBC Gatesville as the Mother’s Day Out Director every Tuesday, in accordance with the Gatesville ISD School Calendar. Cathy and her husband serve in a number of other areas in the life of FBC Gatesville. Some of these include; being in the Sanctuary Choir and serving as a Sunday School Teacher.
Organist – Sharon Streetman
Sharon Streetman serves FBC Gatesville as our pianist. She plays each week during our Sunday Morning Worship Service.