I was born and raised in West Texas, attending a small six-man school named Highland. I grew up in the middle of cotton fields, in which I spent many summer days working for family members. I still enjoy the opportunity to ocassionally return to West Texas and enjoy a wide open starry night sky. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Church Ministry from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, and I earned my Master's of Divinity through Logsdon Seminary at Hardin-Simmons.
I am married to my high-school sweetheart Cheryl. We married in December of 2003, just months after I answered my first pastoral calling in Moran, Texas. Cheryl is my best friend and my greatest encourager...who is also known to keep me honest. I consider her a teammate both in life and in ministry.
In 2012, while we were serving our second church as pastor in Bronte, Texas, we were blessed with our first child, Corban. We were blessed with his little brother, Canon, while living here in Grandview in 2016. The two boys are full of energy and keep us on our toes. We have enjoyed becoming a family and are excited to see what God has in store for all of us.
We have been serving Grandview as pastor since September of 2014, and we plan to be here for a long time. We love the people of Grandview, and we believe that this church is poised to see great things happen for the Kingdom of God.
I enjoy spending time with my family (including playing the games at Chuck E. Cheese's with Corban) sports, reading, good music, and good movies. My favorite books are "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis and "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. I enjoy all types of music but have found myself listening mainly to folk music along with praise and worship lately. And my favorite movie is "Braveheart."
Hi I’m Amy Curry. I grew up in Jacksonville Texas! That is in East Texas! Our claim to fame is the amazing tomatoes that grow there in the wonderful acidic soil! I have been at FBC Grandview since March 2015, it is a wonderful place to serve! I’m a single foster mom, I have been fostering since summer of 2016. I watched my brother and his wife foster for several years, and a little boy in their home stole my heart. I knew I also wanted to open my home to children when I had the opportunity! Since moving to Grandview I have had the chance to foster children and show them the love of Christ in a unique way!
I have been working with kids since I was 10 years old! I have worked in daycares, other churches, as well as Christian book stores, I have found that there is no greater job in the world than mine! I love children, getting to serve with them is a wonderful blessing! It is my hope and desire that every child who comes into the church leaves with knowledge that they are loved and valued!
I love music, classical, contemporary Christian, 80’s rock and some pop music! My favorite movie is Jurassic Park, and I do enjoy Gilmore Girls, Downton Abbey and The Lord of the Rings trilogy! I also have a fluffy mutt named Allegro, he has been my buddy for a long time now, and is one of God’s greatest creations, in my humble opinion! I enjoy reading fiction and walking in the park with my kids and the dog! I have a Bachelors in Music and a Masters of Arts in Christian Education!
One of my favorite quotes is by Oswald Chambers “God does not ask us to do the things that are naturally easy for us, He only asks us to do the things we are perfectly fit for through His grace.”
I was born in Dallas, Texas on February 28, 1952. Yes, that was a leap year, but, as I like to tell people, the world could not wait even one more day! I earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Texas Tech University in 1975, and a Master's of Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in May of 1980. During and since that time, I have served DFW Metroplex area churches in fields including youth ministry, music and senior adult ministry, and education and administration.
In October, 1982, I married my wife, Lynn, an amazingly talented pianist, and we have served as co-worship leaders together since 1990. Since August, 2004, we have been blessed to serve at First Baptist Church, Grandview. Since April, 2005, I have also worked part-time in the golf shops at the White Bluff Resort on Lake Whitney, where we have lived since 2004.
We both enjoy golfing and fishing, along with an occasional cruise. Our favorite television show of all time is "The Andy Griffith Show," and we prefer the early black and white episodes. The timeless stories of Mayberry in the 1960's never cease to entertain us, and somehow it seems there is always a lesson to be learned from the experiences of the show's characters. I also feel something of an allegiance to "Wheel of Fortune," since my late sister and I competed on Wheel's first ever Family Week in late 1989. Yes, the video is on a VHS cassette.
Lynn and I count it a tremendous joy to serve with the wonderful congregation and great staff at First Baptist Church. We lead the traditional worship service each Sunday morning at 8:30, and our Worship Choir is always eager to welcome new faces to join our ranks. If you are looking for a church home to call your own, we believe you could do no better than First Baptist Church, Grandview.
Hi! My name is Joel Allen and I am excited to serve as the Contemporary Service Worship Leader at FBC Grandview. My wife’s name is Cara and we are Oklahoma transplants that have been in Texas for four years (and counting)! We got married after we both finished college in 2013. We love mountain biking, random road trips, and searching for the best local coffee shop. I did my undergraduate studies at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma and recently finished my Master’s of Divinity from George W. Truett Theological seminary at Baylor. Cara is currently working on her PhD from Baylor University in Higher Education Studies and Leadership.
I picked up a guitar when I was a freshman in college and I have not put one down since… I am really passionate about music, especially worship. But I think worship is more than the songs we sing on Sunday mornings. Worship is the realization that we have been given a new lens to see the world and that lens is the hope found in Christ. Worship is the daily participation of fixing our eyes on God and Him alone. I am excited to worship alongside you at FBC Grandview!
Favorite Books (right now!):
- The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
- The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry
Top Played Albums in my iTunes:
- The Carpenter by the Avett Brothers
- Economy by John Mark McMillan
- The Wonderlands by Jon Foreman
Favorite Taco I’ve Eaten Lately:
- Chicken al Carbon from Muchos Tacos at the Waco Farmer's Market
Around here at FBC I am known as Miss Julie, Miss Juju, or JuJu.
I joined FBC in 1999. In 2007, I joined the staff as a nursery attendant. In 2013, I became the Childcare Coordinator. I love the challenge of reaching and teaching kids at FBC. God has allowed me to experience total reliance on Him as He provides the volunteers and resources each week to take care of the growing numbers of preschool children as we love them and point them to Jesus.
God has blessed me with many opportunities to learn from kids…. they are great teachers! As most teachers know, teaching kids is an adventure that changes you forever! There is never a dull moment and always a long list of needs to be met from infants and preschool!
I grew up in Cleburne, TX, and I became a Christian at the age of 8. At the age of 14, I started helping in the nursery with babies and preschoolers. God had blessed me during this time to work with many children and to be able to share with kids the love of Christ.
When I am not serving here at FBC, I am a caregiver for a family and have been for about 20 years as I care for their son who has autism. This has brought many challenges along the way, but it has shown me that God can work through all people.
Although I was born in the then railroad town of Temple, Texas, I grew up in White Settlement. At that time folks in Fort Worth called us country and the ones in the country called us city. Therefore I was able to attend a school system large enough to offer extra opportunities, but small enough for everyone to know each other. Our family of four lived in the same house my mom still lives in 58+ years later. Many fond memories were made in that house, neighborhood, school system and local churches.
Not only did I grow up with a Lutheran church background, I also attended many a service, revival, or other church event with my friends. We shared our faith and love of family and friends through countless sleepovers. My Methodist and Baptist friends were determined to convert me (mainly because they just didn’t have a clue what a Lutheran was), but I knew who my savior was and STILL is.
After a short stint in college, I married. We eventually moved to Grandview with the intention of raising our family in a smaller town and school system. My husband, Tom, taught in and was very active for over 17 years at Grandview High School. And yes, we raised our children – Benjamin, Katherine and Laura – here. We did convert to the Presbyterian Church but First Baptist did influence my life even more by hiring me as their church secretary in 1991. All those activities I attended as a youth/child definitely came in handy! Even now my faith journey is challenged and strengthened through my relationships with my extended and home church families.
My joys in life include my family (which has grown to also consist of my daughter-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, and grandkitties), my church life, friends, reading, watching movies, and did I mention my grandchildren?
While not a native Texan, as they say, I got here as fast as I could. I grew up in the Mid-Cities, graduating from L.D. Bell high school then attending college at The University of Texas at Arlington. I moved my family to the wonderful community of Grandview in 1998. I have over 25 years of experience in bookkeeping and accounting, and I have been blessed to serve as the Financial Secretary of FBC since 2006.
I have three amazing children! My oldest daughter, Chrissy lives in southern Missouri and is a student at Missouri State. My second oldest, Cassie and her husband, Reid, are full time students at New England Law in Boston. My youngest is Matthew, and he recently joined the Army.
In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering, traveling, reading, scrapbooking, and spending time with my family. I credit my mother for instilling in me a sense of community and volunteerism. I am a very active member of the band booster club for the Grandview Independent School District. I travel often with the Thundering Herd to games, competitions, and exhibitions. It is amazing to me the impact we can have on our youth just by being an active part of their lives. If there is a home football or basketball game, you will most likely find me volunteering in the concession stand. I love giving back to my community and wouldn’t have it any other way!