Ministry Staff

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Matt Snowden



Matt Snowden became our pastor in August of 2010. Matt is married to Meredith and they have two children, Molly Katherine and Wes. The Snowden family is happy to share their life with a bird dog named Sam and a cute little mutt named Lilly Belle. Matt was born in Meridian, Mississippi and educated at William Carey University, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University.

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Joshua Hays

Associate Pastor of Discipleship


Joshua was born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and graduated from Union University and Samford University. He previously served churches in Tennessee and Alabama and came to FBC’s staff in 2017 after working at Baylor. Joshua is married to Rebecca, and together they have two children, Mary Brandon and Whitten. They share their backyard with Cooper, a brindle retriever-hound mix. 

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Israel Loachamin

Associate Pastor of Spanish Ministry


From Quito, Ecuador, Israel received his BA in Theological Studies at Baptist University of the Americas, San Antonio, TX in 2010, MDiv at George W. Truett Theological Seminary in 2019, and DMin at George W. Truett Theological Seminary in 2022. Israel leads the ministry for the Hispanic communication as the director of La Puerta Waco. Israel joined the FBC staff in January 2016.

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Andy Muskrat

Associate Pastor of Music and Worship


Andy was born in Joplin, Missouri and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina where his parents served as music missionaries with the International Mission Board. He graduated from Baylor University in 2005 with a B. M. in Church Music / Piano and then B. H. Carroll Theological Institute in 2012 with a Master of Arts in Worship. He and his wife, Heather have three sons and a daughter, Jacob, Braeden, Jamie and Helen.

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William Love

Associate Pastor for Senior Adults


William grew up in a pastor’s home and his parents were also educators. He earned degrees in music from Mississippi College in Clinton, MS, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. He began serving churches in 1969 and has ministered to congregations in Mississippi, Texas, and Arkansas. William and his wife, Marianne, have two adult daughters and a son-in-law. The Loves enjoy listening to a wide spectrum of musical styles, birding, gardening, watching movies, and singing.

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Katelyn Morris

Associate Pastor to Children & Activities


Katelyn grew up in Manchester, Tennessee, and is a graduate from Carson-Newman University. Upon graduation, Katelyn moved to Waco to attend Baylor’s Truett Theological Seminary where she received her Master of Divinity. She enjoys reading a good book and exploring outdoors.

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Caroline Shaffer

Associate Pastor for Youth


Caroline is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University. She and her husband Dan married and moved to Waco in May 2021. Both Caroline and Dan are currently pursuing an MDiv at Baylor’s Truett Theological Seminary.

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Julia Butler

Associate Pastor of College and Missions


Julia was born and raised in South Africa as a missionary kid before moving to Virginia. She attended Baylor University, where she received a BA in International Studies, MDiv from George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and MSW from the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. She and her husband, Michael, also lived in Beirut, Lebanon where they served with a local non-profit. Julia enjoys spending time with their dog, Walter, as well as playing games, camping, traveling, or reading a good book.

Support Staff

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Cecil Dunham

Director of Business Administration


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Michelle Sweatt

Financial Assistant


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Carrington Kelly-Kanada

Director of Communications


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Meg Palen

Office Administrator


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Stephen Bolech

Director of Ministry Technologies


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Tami Nowlin

Director of Food Services


Childcare Staff

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JoEllen Roach

Director of Preschool Ministries


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Rita Naida

Assistant Director of Preschool Ministries