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 one daughter, Mary Brandon. They share their backyard with Cooper, a brindle retriever-hound mix. 

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Ryan Russell

Associate Pastor for College and Missions


 Ryan is a Baylor University and Truett Seminary graduate. He and his wife Raechel lived in West Virginia for a few years where Ryan was a college pastor before moving back to Waco to serve at FBC. Ryan joined the staff in 2017. 

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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 and MDiv at George W. Truett Theological Seminary in 2019. Israel is pursuing his DMin at George W. Truett Theological Seminary. 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


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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. She is currently in her last semester. She enjoys reading a good book and exploring outdoors.

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Dan & Caroline Shaffer

Youth Ministry Residents


Daniel and Caroline are both graduates of Hardin-Simmons University. The couple married and moved to Waco in May 2021. Both Caroline and Daniel are currently pursuing an MDiv at Baylor’s Truett Theological Seminary.

Support Staff

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Cecil Dunham

Director of Business Administration


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Michelle Sweatt

Financial Assistant


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Elliot Gordon

Director of Communications


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Stephen Bolech

Director of Ministry Technologies


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Maddie Rarick

Ministry Associate for Benevolence and Administration


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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