Grant has been the Senior Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church since August 2000. Prior to moving to central Texas, he served in positions as Youth Pastor, Worship Pastor, and Associate Pastor at Southwest Bible Church in Beaverton, OR. Grant serves as our directional leader and devotes his time to developing leaders, overseeing ministries, and teaching the Bible in a way that enables people to authentically grow in their relationship with Christ.
He has his Master of Divinity degree from Western Seminary and his doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor for Dallas Theological Seminary and is a guest lecturer for Southwestern Southern Baptist Seminary in their Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry programs. Since 2006 he has been the chaplain for the Baylor Men’s Golf Team. Grant and his wife Corina have four children: Ashley, Austen, Christiana, and Cameron.
Little known fact: Grant traded in his red sports car for a “family van.” Love involves sacrifice.
Associate Pastor of Ministry Development
Ryan joined Fellowship Bible Church as the Associate Pastor of Ministry Development in October of 2015. Ryan has a passion for making disciples by developing ministries and building leaders through team-based ministry. His responsibilities include small groups, equipping classes and men’s ministry, as well as coaching our ministry directors to best position Fellowship to fulfill our mission and vision for people of all ages.
Prior to moving to Waco, Ryan served on staff as Pastor of Discipleship and Administration at CrossWay Bible Church, Blue Springs, Missouri, and as Minister of Small Groups at Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, TX. Ryan has a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University. Prior to vocational ministry, Ryan worked as a business consultant in a corporate setting.
Ryan and his wife, Amber, have three children: Cadence, Colby and Campbell.
Family Life Pastor
Steven joined fellowship as the Family Life Pastor in June 2017. He is passionate about family ministry in the church, and equipping parents to disciple their children. His responsibility is the oversight of the family ministries, which include Fellowship Kids ministries, student ministries, college ministry, and parenting ministry. He also enjoys equipping and empowering ministry leaders in the church.
Steven has a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts from Moody Bible Institute. Prior to joining Fellowship, Steven was involved in various church ministry roles for 13 years. In 2012, he launched a website dedicated to equipping ministry leaders for children’s and family ministry. He also has a background in marketing, sales, and management in both corporate and non-profit settings. Steven is married to his wife, Katie, and has a son, Samuel. Prior to moving to Waco, they lived in Dallas, TX, and Chicago, IL. Since moving to Texas, his expectations for good Tex-Mex and BBQ have increased exponentially.
Little known fact: Steven is a coffee lover, who enjoys high-quality coffee in various forms.
Josef joined Fellowship Bible Church as Operations Manager in 2014. Prior to joining Fellowship, he worked as an instructional designer, consulting in Higher Education at UTSA, and worked in the non-profit sector in Austin, TX. His philosophy on management is systems-based, heavily reliant on collaboration and team-based projects. At Fellowship, Josef oversees the daily operations of the campus, and focuses on innovative approaches to the strategic questions that affect our ministries, staff, members, and visitors. He believes that answering these questions well is a critical element in serving our community and beyond with the gospel.
Josef holds an undergraduate degree in International Studies and a master’s degree in Global Policy. Josef and his wife Sarah are originally from San Antonio, Texas, but have also lived in College Station and Austin, before moving to Waco. They have a daughter, Charlotte, and a son, Landon. He enjoys spending time with family, running, tinkering with computers and reading.
Little known fact: Josef lived in Tunisia for one summer, teaching conversational English while finishing his undergraduate degree.
Ina is the Connections Director at Fellowship Bible. If you have a question about out what’s happening at the church, or you would like to connect with one of the various ministries at Fellowship, she is your source. From men’s and women’s Bible studies, children’s programming, and special events, to finding a place to serve, she has the scoop.
Ina’s educational background is in home economics with an emphasis on dietetics. However, she has mainly worked in her home raising three children and acting as a helpmate to her husband. Outside the home, she has held a range of jobs including dental assistant, high school Spanish teacher, girls volleyball coach, dance instructor, and Family Ministry administrative assistant.
Ina’s husband Paul is a professor at Baylor University. Her oldest son, Joshua is married to Emily and they reside in Waco. Her daughter, Natalie, is married and living in Dallas. The youngest Gordon, Liam, attends Midway Jr. High.
Little known fact: Ina speaks Spanish fluently.
Worship Design Team Leader
Women’s Ministry and
Soul Care Director
Theresa Emerson acts as both the Director of Women’s Ministries and the Director of Soul Care at Fellowship. She attended Baylor University where she received both a BA in Psychology and a Doctorate of Psychology (Psych. D.). Retired from 25 years of working in private practice, Theresa is dedicated to building up both women and those in need of soul care through the ministries she leads. Theresa is married to Ray Emerson. She is blessed to have two children and four grandchildren. Her daughter lives with her family in Inman, Kansas and her son lives with his family in Frisco, Texas.
Little known fact: Both Ray and Theresa can claim the title of Dr. Emerson (Ray is a local veterinarian and Theresa has a Doctorate of Psychology).
Coordinator of Spiritual Development
Riki Yarbrough serves as the Women’s Bible Study and Equipping Coordinator. Her education and experience has consistently melded artistic and teaching pursuits. She and her husband, Jeremy, served 8 years in camping ministry in Colorado where among working with campers and staff, she taught Bible classes and grew as a free-lance artist. She is also the mom of 3 adventurous kids, who are all growing works of art. Riki has a deep love for God and His Word and a desire to see women stand established on that Truth in the midst of a culture fixed on false answers and lesser things.
She and her family have served within Fellowship since 2010. When she has opportunity, she seeks to explore the outdoors, try a new artistic venture, or write.
Little known fact: Mexican and Indian food has forever captivated her taste buds as she claims, “Spice is nice. The hotter, the better!”
Children’s Ministry Director-Preschool (birth-5yrs.)
Debbie is the Children’s Director Ministry Director at Fellowship Bible for children birth through 5 years. In her role each week, she manages staff and volunteers to provide not only childcare, but learning opportunities for children. Debbie oversees the selection of curriculum which supports families in leading their children to Christ. Her goal is to serve God and the families of Fellowship by following God’s lead, creating a ministry environment where children can grow deep in their faith–a ministry that she would desire for her own children.
Debbie has a bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis on child development from Baylor University. She has worked as a photographer in the Testing Center and Admissions at Baylor, and typing at the Methodist Home while “chit-chatting” with kids. Debbie also worked at Head Start, where she drew dinosaurs with kids, and at MHMR in Houston with developmentally delayed infants and their parents.
Her husband Mark, is a brilliant engineer who can fix anything. Debbie and Mark have three terrific kids: Casey, Zach, and Libby. All of her family are volunteers in Children’s Ministry, and are certified “baby whisperers”!
Little known fact: Debbie is a die-hard chocoholic (freckles are evidence of eating so much chocolate that it’s leaking out!).
Children’s Ministry Director-Elementary (K-6th grade)
Carrie Fulton is the Elementary Children’s Director at Fellowship Bible Church. Carrie graduated from Baylor University in 1992, and taught in the public schools for several years. Later, she became a Child Advocate at a domestic violence center. Throughout her experiences, Carrie has led children’s activities on numerous foreign mission trips.
Children’s ministry is very near and dear to Carrie’s heart. She has a passion for providing a loving, safe, yet fun environment that assists parents in raising godly children, so that they may know Christ and begin their lifetime relationship with Him.
Carrie and her husband, Stephen, are blessed with four children: Avery, Anderson, Adelyn, and Aiden.
Little known fact: Carrie LOVES sports! She is never happier than when she is at a football or basketball game. Go CS Cougars, Baylor Bears, and Dallas Cowboys!!!!!
Student Ministries Director
Nathan serves as the Student Ministries Director, overseeing the ministries for students in the 7th through 12th grades. Born and raised in Texas, Nathan grew up attending Fellowship Bible Church. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering, and is currently moving towards pursuing a Master’s Degree, looking to attend seminary in the fall. His past experience includes, youth leader at Grace Bible church, counselor, worship leader, and program director at Frontier Camp, Grapeland, TX, and most recently served as Student Ministries Intern at Fellowship. Nathan’s strategy for ministry is “to simply live out his faith in God, and inspire students to do so as well. Challenging them to grow deep, and to branch out!”
If you ask Nathan, he is single…which he is. However, he really is a double, having been born a twin. He enjoys playing disc golf, is known to play sports of any kind, and loves an intense game of chess.
Little known fact: Nathan has had two knee surgeries, one shoulder surgery, and has broken both of his collar bones, though not at the same time!
Lead Administrative Assistant
Jennifer began her work at Fellowship in April of 2013. Prior to her current position, she worked as an Administrative Assistant at First United Methodist, Hewitt. Jennifer has worn many hats including working as a pharmacy technician and an independent beauty consultant. Her versatility, insights and organizational skills help Fellowship Bible Church run smoothly.
She and her husband Donald have been members of Fellowship Bible since 2011. They live outside of Moody with their four-legged “fur baby”, Sugar. Jennifer enjoys reading, puzzles, baking, college sports and relaxing on her back porch.
Little known fact: Jennifer has never broken a bone; however in 2006, she was a bone marrow donor. She encourages others to sign-up for the National Marrow Donor program.
Jo Anna Booth
Jo Anna Booth has been an Administrative Assistant at Fellowship Bible since 2010. Prior to coming to Fellowship, she was an administrative assistant for her husband in the branch office of Sentra Securities Corporation until his death in 2005. From 2005 to 2010, Jo Anna was an Administrative Assistant for the First Assembly of God Church, Waco, TX. Her personal philosophy is, “do unto others, as you would have them do unto you,” and “the more you do, the more you can do,” and vise versa. She believes it is important for her to be strong in God’s Word, having it deep in her heart.
Jo Anna loves to read and spend time with her family.
Little known fact: She is known for making the best Chicken Pot Pie, and a baker of pies and cookies, but not cakes. She really doesn’t like cake, but loves corn bread.
Susan joined the staff of Fellowship Bible Church in February of 2017, as Communications Coordinator. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri, with a B.S. of Education, with certification in Art K-12th grade. Susan and her husband Rodney recently moved from the Atlanta area to McGregor in 2015. Before moving to Texas, she served as Director of Family Life Ministry at Mount Pisgah U.M.C. in Johns Creek, Georgia. Susan believes that we are richly blessed with a wide variety of resources, methods, and media to communicate the Truth of God’s Word. With that blessing comes responsibility to clearly communicate that message to those within our church family, our community, and beyond. She is looking forward to developing a comprehensive communication strategy for Fellowship Bible.
Susan and her husband Rodney have a son, Scott, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Her daughter Hallie and son-in-law Greg, live in nearby Robinson. She has two wonderful grandchildren, Caroline and Samuel.
Little known fact: Susan loves all types of music; jazz is one of her favorites.