Laura Edmondson - Minister of Preschool
Laura came to FBC in August 2012 after serving as Preschool/Children's Minister and Weekday Director for several different churches over the last 20 years. She also enjoys leading conferences for early childhood conferences for both Sunday School leaders and weekday educators. Laura's education includes a B.S. from Baylor University, Certificate in Childhood Ministry and Weekday Education from Southwestern Seminary and Master of Arts in Christian Education with concentration in Childhood Ministry from Dallas Baptist University. Her responsibilities include all aspects of Preschool Ministry -- Sunday School, Extended Teaching during Worship, childcare, parent communication, etc. -- plus the administration of WeeSchool from September through May. Laura and her husband Greg moved to the Saginaw community in order to be more involved in the ministries of our church. Greg teaches in Preschool Sunday School and Greg and Laura both enjoy fellowships with adult Sunday School classes. Favorite activities include watching sports, reading and hanging out at home as well as traveling when they get the opportunity. They have three sons - Matt, Tim and Jeff - who live and work in the DFW area.
Vision Statement: I believe that church should be safe and happy place for children where they can learn that God created them, loves them deeply, and has a plan that is special just for them. My calling is to be an advocate for children so that they can meet Jesus Christ through the best teachers, methods and physical learning environment that the church can provide and to partner with parents to strengthen and encourage them as their child's spiritual teachers.
David Hunter - Minister of Education and Outreach
David Hunter graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Education. He earned a Master of Education from Southwest Texas State University in Educational Administration. He earned a Masters of Divinity with biblical languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. David taught science for ten years before being called to full-time Christian ministry. He taught an additional year while attending seminary. David served as Business Administrator at Park Hills Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, before accepting a position as an intern, then part-time, and eventually as full time Minister of Education and Outreach at First Baptist Church of Saginaw. He currently oversees the Sunday School, discipleship and outreach minstries for adults. He also oversee the children ministries of the church. David is married to Melanie and they have 2 boys, Joshua and Caleb. He enjoys the time he spends with his family and loves to travel.
Vision Statement: My desire is to serve God by equipping others to be on mission with Him. Each ministry should have God as the central focus. Each ministry should be open to everyone so that they may fulfill their calling. God has blessed this minstry with people of many talents. They serve God in many different ways. And we are a stronger ministry because of the gifts of the membership of this church. My hope is that everyone can find a place to serve so that they may grow closer to God.
Charlie Barganier - Minister of Music
Charlie joined the staff of FBC in August of 2009. He felt a call to music ministry as a youth at FBC Hewitt which led him to attend the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton. There he met his wife, Vanessa, and received his degree in Church Music. He has also attended Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth working toward a degree in Christian Education. Charlie served as minister of music part-time at Bluebonnet Hills Baptist Church in Horseshoe Bay, TX. His full-time ministry began in 1998 at Heights Baptist church in Temple. In 2004 he accepted a call to serve as Associate Pastor of Worship at Arcadia FBC in Santa Fe, TX. Charlie and Vanessa have two sons and a daughter - Noah, who was born in 2006, Micah, born in 2009, and Hannah, born in 2014. He loves sports and being outdoors as well as spending time with his family.
Vision Statement: I love people and I love to see people succeed in worship. It is so exciting to see our music ministry involve folks from pre-school age all the way to our sr. adults. Music is a powerful tool and I believe God is honored when we use it responsibly.
Dr. Danny Howe - Pastor
Danny graduated with honors from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas with a B.A. in religious studies. He earned the Master of Divinity degree as well as the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also did additional graduate work at the University of Texas at Dallas. Danny has served as pastor of the Agee Baptist Church, Agee, Texas, as well as of the First Baptist Church of Eden, Texas, before coming to serve as the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Saginaw, Texas, in 1989. He loves to read, play golf, go flyfishing, and spend time with his family. He and his wife, Patti, have two daughters, Laura and Rebecca. Danny has served in several positions of leadership in the Tarrant Baptist Association and has held revivals and led conferences for various churches.
Vision Statement: I believe the church exists to develop disciples for Jesus Christ. It is my hope that in every program and ministry of the First Baptist Church that we are continually providing a way for people to become connected to Christ and to be transformed into his likeness in order that we might fulfill the Great Commission given to us by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Matt McCarroll - Minister of Students
Matt joined the staff of FBC in November of 2016 after serving as HOPE Services Supervisor for Texas Baptist Children's Home in Round Rock, Tx over the last year. He felt a call to ministry as a teenager which led to him attending Baylor University where he received his degree in Youth Development. Matt served as a part time associate in the HOPE Services program serving at risk children and youth before moving into the lead role in the program. Matt loves sports and being outdoors as well as spending time with his family.
Darlene Berwick - Financial Secretary/Office Manager
Darlene is the Financial Secretary for First Baptist. As a result of being married to a career military husband, her college education spanned a period of ten years and three different states. She began her degree in Special Education and ended up in Business Admin and Accounting. Darlene has worked in the newspaper, advertising, and manufacturing industries before becoming a member of the support staff at FBC. During 12 years of thoroughly enjoying being a stay-at-home mom, Darlene wrote several children’s stories and ran a balloon and party planner business. The Berwick family relocated to Saginaw in 2001 and felt called to First Baptist before their move was complete. Paul and Darlene have been married almost 20 years and are blessed with a son, Jonathan and a daughter, Cate. They are active in the student ministries, Youth Choir, Orchestra, and Awana. Paul teaches a Sunday School class, and both he and Darlene participate in many of the FBC ministries as well as community events including the Boswell Band Boosters. We are delighted to be part of this family of believers and look forward to many more years of service in the life of First Baptist Church of Saginaw.
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