Welcome Rev. John Singleton!

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What a treat for us to have our British Pastor-Partner and friend, Rev. John Singleton with us this month during our Pastor’s sabbatical! John will be speaking on Sunday mornings during July, leading a couple of our Wednesday adult Bible studies, and sharing with our church in several capacities.

Many of you know him, but some of you don’t. John earned a business degree in college, then went on to spend 17 years with IBM before following God’s call into ministry. He pastored churches in the south and central part of England, then served as Regional Minister (DOM) for the Northern Baptist Association, an affiliation of some 50+ churches across northeast England (where our FBC teams have served.)  Most recently, John has served as Interim Pastor for several Baptist Churches. Most notably however, John has been married for 53 years this November to his wife Enid!  They have 3 grown children and several grandchildren.

When we hear and interact with people from other countries we’re often alerted to our differences. And yet as Christians our calling is to something higher – God’s ‘sameness’ perspective. 

The Bible says, “How true it is, that God does not show favoritism but accepts people from every nation who fear Him and do what is right.” (Acts 10:34–35)

That means whether you live here or “across the Pond” (as the English like to say) God’s purpose is the same. Welcome our brother back this Month as you enjoy the fellowship and inspiring insight of a truly-committed (British) Christian!

The Border Crisis

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The border crisis continues to dominate our news, and the purpose here is not to debate the divisive issue of illegal immigration.  Rather, the purpose is to invite us as Christians to respond practically and personally to this crisis.

An objective and biblical source – the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) headed by the president of the National Association of Evangelicals and the president of World Vision US, and supported by prominent pastors including Matt Chandler, Tony Evans, Jack Graham, Max Lucado, and Southern Baptist Convention president J. D. Greear – the EIT website has listed “ways to support ministry to migrants along the U.S.–Mexico border.”  Take a look and see where God might lead you.

Does God care about this humanitarian crisis?  Do we even need to ponder that?  Author & Theologian Jim Denison said in response to the crisis: “There are ways every Christian and church can help. We can give. We can look for ways to minister to children at risk where we live. And we can all pray.”

1.      Pray that churches in key border towns will rise up and respond

2.      Pray that God’s Hand will empower those in leadership with effective plans

3.      Pray for those seeking true asylum to find it physically and spiritually

You may use these Scriptures to aid in your intercession –

But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the Body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Cor 12:24–27, NIV)

The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well … This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. He wants not only us but everyone saved, everyone to get to know the Truth we’ve learned.” (1 Tim 2:1–4, MSG)

Then little children were brought to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me (*physically and spiritually) and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matt 19:13–14, NIV)

 

Thank You Russell Norman!

Russell Norman has been a critical part of moving FBC’s sound and lighting into the modern era. As a “behind the scenes” wizard, he has run sound for both worship services, community choir productions, and has also produced many highlight videos for youth & children’s ministries. Helping modernize and redesign our church website, Russell has also managed many of our social media accounts.

FBC has been blessed to have Russell serve the Lord among us, yet our God of seasons is calling Russell to another opportunity of service. As such, we wish Russell the best as he continues to follow the Lord, and thank him for his faithful years of service at FBC Salado.

Russell’s departure opens up an opportunity for you to serve the church. If you have experience with running a sound console, please contact the church office or send an email to music@fbcsalado.org.

The Pastor's Perspective - July

And so, we’re off…

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In God’s timing, following some incredible moments in the life of our church during the past 6 weeks (including some 9 salvation decisions coming out of Vacation Bible School!) I have been granted sabbatical leave for a remaining portion of the Summer. My family and I will be away renewing ourselves spiritually, mentally, and physically; however, my Pastoral staff will be available for you, along with some other trusted Leaders and friends

As part of my 10 year anniversary with FBC, our Personnel Team granted me an upcoming sabbatical starting in July. So, when you come to worship service on Sunday July 7, a different but familiar face and voice will be present. Our British pastor partner, Rev John Singleton from England is coming over and serve as my Pulpit Supply while I am away. He and wife Enid will stay in our home, and John’s Messages will no doubt inspire your heart and challenge your faith. His presence will give our Church a familiar face (and of course, interesting voice~!) on the Sundays while I am away. I know you will extend a great big Texas welcome to him!

The first part of my sabbatical leave will be spent serving in the Pacific with our Army-chaplain friend and former church member – Lt. Col. Pete Keough. Pete has invited me to come out and assist him with some Chaplain training and ministry readiness programs, and we look forward to reconnecting with the Keoughs at the Pacific Command Training Center in Ft. Shafter, HI.

A second part of my sabbatical leave will be spent in personal study and reflection, where I will not teach, lead, or create anything connected to church services or ministry expectations. During these times I will reflect at a deep level on my faith; read without thinking about how I can use the material in a message; love God just to love Him; listen just to hear from Him, and revisit the simple reasons why I gave my life to Him and answered His call into vocational ministry.

A final important part of my sabbatical leave will be dedicated to renewing relationships with my family as we refresh our hearts and affections for each other. My wife comes from a military family, which in some ways can be compared to a ministry family: extended time apart, on-duty expectations, and absence during holidays. During this time, we will reconnect with some former military family friends in Makawao, HI, and concentrate on our family time together. We look forward to the joy of being able to attend a worship service as a family without pressure or program. “Dad, can we mess up your hair?” is what my kids often ask inquisitively, for it signifies that dad is home, relaxed, and all theirs. We look forward to these days.

The term “sabbatical” is Biblically based and comes from an Old Testament Hebrew word “shabbath,” which literally means “to cease or rest.” The idea is first mentioned in Genesis 2:2, where it states that, “On the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested”; then you find the concept onward throughout the Old Testament. Many years ago our Personnel Team put a policy in place that models this biblical principle:

“The purpose of the sabbatical emphasis is to strengthen FBC Salado by providing opportunities for our pastors and ministerial staff to step away for a time from the persistent obligations of a constant ministry life, and to engage in periods of renewal and reflection. Sabbaticals or extended leave periods are not simply vacations, but a time for intentional recharging, regaining enthusiasm and creativity for ministry, and reconnecting with the Lord and family. Every pastoral staff member serves in a variety of roles, and when duty calls, they answer. The responsibilities, pace, and demands are far reaching, even into their home life. Thus FBC has deliberately put a Sabbatical or extended leave requirement in place with the aim of replenishing their spiritual, emotional, and physical reservoirs in order to benefit the church and God’s Kingdom.”

I want to thank you for the gift of this absence, for supporting me and my family in prayer while we are away, and for remaining faithful to the Body at FBC Salado. See you soon!

Go love, Church!

- Pastor Travis

Youth - Fuge Camp Recap

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In June, more than 50 youth and 8 adult sponsors traveled to participate in Centrifuge Camp at Panama City Beach, Florida. Loading into FBC’s new people-mover and a charter bus, they group made the 14 hour trek to the white sands of Florida.

Upon arrival, students gathered on a sand dune and all worshiped as a group on the beach that evening. Doug Uyechi and Isabelle Smith led the group in singing, while Pastor Travis then shared a special message about being focused to hear what God was speaking.

A typical ‘Fuge day consisted of breakfast, followed by small group bible study, and then some seriously crazy group-oriented recreation. Many churches from all over the nation attended and youth were split up into groups with other churches. In the evenings after dinner, there were powerful worship services led by a Camp Pastor (Eric) and the ‘Fuge Camp praise band. After worship, students gathered into their church groups for a time of devotional reflection and discussion. Adult leaders Frank Wallace, David Reaves, Doug Uyechi and Izzy Lopez led devotionals based on themes from the day. Then the youth split up into smaller groups to discuss application of these themes in a practical way.

New friendships were forged and many youth even got to relate to our staff members in new and different ways. In the end, our students arrived home weary but refreshed from their life-changing experience at camp. Many thanks to everyone who supported this endeavor financially and prayerfully! Click below for some highlights of the camp experience…

If you would like to serve in ministry to our students, call the church office or contact the student ministry via email at

Pre-Teens - Camp at Highland Lakes Recap

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26 Pre-teens and 6 adult leaders went to Highland Lakes to participate in Pre-Teen Camp. The theme was “light” and centered around John 8:12.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”.

The days were very busy. Breakfast was followed by “Jesus and Me” quiet devotional time where the kids learned to spend a quiet time alone with Jesus. “Morning blast off” was a high energy worship and message to set their hearts and minds in the right direction. Then, they went to “tabernacle” for Bible Study and scripture memory with activities teaching them how to “Get the light” and “Shine the light”.

They had recreation in the afternoon with swimming, water obstacle courses, boating and banana boat rides. After dinner they would have evening worship followed by church group time where they would reflect on the things they had learned from the day. 2 pre-teens made decisions for Christ during camp.

It was a fantastic time of connection for the pre-teens and adults alike, and we are all looking forward to what God has planned for these pre-teens! Check out the video below for a glimpse of our pre-teens in action at camp.

VBS - “In The Wild”

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257 children attended our VBS last month. The theme was “In the Wild” and they learned about the attributes of Jesus. They played fun games, learned new songs and 9 children accepted Christ as their personal Savior! The kids also collected 1370 non -perishable food items to donate to local food pantry “Heart and Hands”. Check out the video below for a glimpse of what happened at VBS.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who worked to make the experience a memorable time! We look forward to next year. If you are interested in serving in our children’s ministry, call the church office or email us at kids@fbcsalado.org.

I Am FBC - The Goodman Family

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Jason and Jaime Goodman have been a part of the FBC Salado family since 2018. They joined the church after, “Our small group/bible study amplified the sense of belonging and both our children shared their excitement for their new Sunday school groups,” said the Goodmans.

Having often visited friends over the years in the greater-Salado area and always enjoyed the community and the sense of home, when Jason had to relocate to Austin for work, he and Jaime knew they wanted to raise their family in a community much like their roots. Salado was it.

When the Goodmans visited FBC, “it didn’t take us long to have faith that God’s plan was in action,” they said.  “Our daughter jumped at the chance to join the children’s Bible Drill team and our son jumped into action finding many new friends.”  

Jaime has enjoyed helping out with the ongoing Children’s ministry, along with special events like Vacation Bible School. Jason has participated in many men’s ministry events, and is on the Reenvision Team who are working to craft a new vision and campus masterplan for FBC.

“We are blessed to be in Salado and to have been led to visit and join FBC!” say both Jason and Jaime. The Goodmans have one daughter and one son.

FBC on Mission: Haitian Teacher Training

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On July 15-18, we will send two FBC’rs on mission to Haiti! Carey Quick and Monica Gearhart will join Stephanie Davis and the Together-4-Haiti team.  The team will provide training & resources for teachers and school administrators from across the Country - and YOU CAN HELP!  

1.   Provide some supplies needed for the conference.  Follow these steps:  

  • Select some of the supplies 

  • Choose Shipping option- "Together 4 Haiti"

  • Pay online and submit the order

2.  Sponsor a Haitian teacher who wants to attend the conference ($30)  You may make a gift here:   https://www.purecharity.com/fundraisers/26872/fund

3.  Pray for this training event.  Participants will receive a week of educational training, and be encouraged with the Gospel message.

June Events for Kids and Youth

Summer is here! We have a bevy of events planned in June for youth and children. Take a look below and sign up, invite friends and be there!


vacation bible School - June 17 - 20

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For kids who have completed Kinder - 6th grade.

Everyday will cover “snap shots” of Jesus revealing His identity to us and helping us to discover that Jesus is who He says He is—the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing we might have life in His name.


Preteen Camp - June 27-30 Highland Lakes

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For kids who have completed grades 3 - 6.

Date: June 27-30
Where: Highland Lakes
Deposit: $75
Cost: $245


Super Summer - June 24 -28 Howard Payne University

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For youth who have completed 7th-12th grade.

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FUGE Youth Camp - June 8-14 - Panama City, FL

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For youth who have completed 7th-12th grade. We have 30 spots left for camp, so sign up early and don’t miss your chance to go!

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YOUTH Mission Trip - July 15-19 Zoar Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA

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For youth who have completed 7th-12th grade

Deposit: $75.00

Cost: $200

Honoring Our Graduates - Senior Sunday Recap

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On May 19 we had the privilege of honoring our graduating high school seniors. We featured a video with parents exhorting their graduates with words of praise and encouragement. Seniors were presented with personalized Bibles and recognized in front of the congregation. Student Pastor, David Reaves, brought a special message on having an “everybody always kind of love.” And our Deacons gathered around each senior-family at the end of the service to lead in prayer over them. Continue to pray for these students as they begin the next chapter in their lives beyond high school. Congratulations, Class of 2019!

Parent/Child Dedication

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“Train up a child in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” - Proverbs 22:6 (NASB)

Mother’s Day, we had a special time of dedication for parents and children. Each family was introduced, given their child’s First Bible, and presented a Certificate of Dedication signed by the Pastor. Then according to Biblical precedent, Parents were issued a “charge” - followed by a special “charge” to the church. “Do you promise to graciously receive these little ones? To come alongside these Families in love, support, prayer & care?  And to help them portray Christlike love to these children, even as they see Christ-like qualities in your own life?” exhorted Pastor Travis. And all God’s people said, “We will!” Please join us in thanking God and praying for these Parents and their children…

Welcoming New Believers in Baptism

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This past month we celebrated the “next step” spiritually for several in the FBC Family! May 26 we had the joy of continuing our 155 year old tradition - baptizing in Salado Creek! Please affirm Ren Angell and Robert Schwindt in their walks of faith!

We believe that baptism is a public response of obedience to Jesus Christ as Lord. Although baptism does not save us, it demonstrates our recognition of the lordship of Jesus in our lives, and is a picture of the faith that we profess.

Christian baptism is the immersion of a Believer in water in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the Believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior. It follows the example of Jesus who was baptized by immersion as He began His ministry. And it affirms a Believer’s death to sin, burial of their old life, and resurrection to walk in newness of Christ.

Baptism is a beautiful picture of what has happened to us on the inside.
Has it happened to you…?

The Pastor's Perspective - June

ac•com•plish•ment \ə-ˈkäm-plish-mənt –

1                  an act or instance of carrying into effect; fulfillment
2                  something done admirably or creditably
3                  a deed or achievement

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In the span of 5 days I will have sat through the celebration of a Kindergarten, an 8th Grade, and a High School graduation. Accomplishments – every one of them, though each at a different level. The thing about accomplishments is, soon after one is completed – another is beginning. Yeah, get ready upper level graduates, cause if you haven’t yet, you’ll soon hear the next-phase phrase:  “Well, time to pack for college!” or “Time to get a job!” etc…!  And you’re thinking, “Time to what? I haven’t even soaked up this accomplishment yet?!”

Might I encourage you before you rush to the next thing; take time to enjoy the plateau you or they just climbed up on. And as you enjoy and celebrate your own or other’s accomplishments, begin praying for the path that’s to come. 

In our church:

  • Pray for our Reenvision Team who have had 3 meetings already as they take on the task of creating a new Vision & Campus masterplan for our church…

  • Pray for our upcoming youth ‘Fuge Camp in Panama City Beach, Florida, for the safety of those going and the ignition of the Spirit while they are there…(June 8-14)

  • Pray for our largest children’s ministry event of the Year – Vacation Bible School. (June 17-20) — where we’re anticipating over 400 participants & workers and looking forward to celebrating with you at our VBS Family night picnic, Thurs June 20...

  • Pray for our new Hospitality Ministry Coordinator (same person, newly adjusted job duties) Bobi Anderson as she has picked up additional duties and oversight of not just Wednesday Suppers, but also our Coffee, Bereavement, and Fellowship ministries…

Accomplishments in our church? They abound, so thank God for them even as you ask for His empowerment of what’s to come!

But let me go back to something for a moment – you. 

Because some of you are daily accomplishing much. Some of you are living with cancer. Some of you are getting up daily and doing life alone. Some of you are carrying the excruciating load of parenthood. Some of you are stressing about friendship but continuing to be a friend. It really doesn’t matter what the “what” is in your life. The fact is – it is there and you are living with it, doing it, carrying it, and continuing. THAT is an accomplishment. Congratulations!!

We often think of the end of time and those immortal words we’ll hear:  “Well done, good and faithful servant...Come and share your Master’s happiness!’” (Matt 25:21) But I believe our Master also wants you to hear it RIGHT NOW as well:

  • “Well done, you who’ve been grinding all Semester!!”

  • “Well done, you who’ve stayed faithful to your tithe!!”

  • “Well done, you who’ve taught Sunday School!!”

  • “Well done, you who’ve run media behind the scenes!!”

  • “Well done, you who’ve interceded for others though others never knew!!”

  • “Well done, you who’ve reacted like Jesus rather than how you wanted to!!”

  • “Well done…!!”

Summer awaits. Go love, Church! 

- Pastor Travis

Celebrating our Children - FBC Kids Sunday Recap

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“But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” - Luke 18:16

Sunday, May 5, our FBC Kids ministry took the lead in our worship service. They led us in worship, made announcements, greeted guests, prayed, and collected our tithes and offerings. Our children’s minister, Jayelyn Boynton, led a special lesson about “names,” and Pastor Travis gave a message about being “Undivided!”

FBC Kids are the church of tomorrow and we are thrilled with their leadership on this special Sunday!

There are many opportunities to serve in our Children’s ministry. If you have a heart for kids or are looking for a practical way to serve, contact Jayelyn Boynton or call the church office for more details.

I Am FBC - Meet the Caspers

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Matthew and Adreanna Casper have been a part of the FBC Salado Family since 2016. Having moved around the world with the U.S. Army, they chose to return to the central Texas area from Germany, and settle in Salado.

“Honestly, we decided to stay in Salado, because it was the first place we did not want to leave.  It felt like home.” said the Caspers. “The plan was to stay in the military until retirement and then move to Dallas to be closer to family and career opportunities. That was our plan at least. But God had other plans!”

When the Caspers visited FBC, they said people opened their arms and welcomed the family. “Because of this, once again, we did not want to leave.” Their oldest daughter, Kaitlyn, is now active in the youth group and enjoys mission opportunities to younger children. Their youngest child, Madelyn, is growing in Christ each day and searching for where she can best serve.  Matthew is now retired from the military and exploring his calling within the church and how to further serve. 

Matthew and Adreanna are also both active in the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, whose main mission is to provide meaningful, interactive experiences to Service members, First responders and their families, aimed at enriching their marriages and family relationships. “The pressures that come naturally with carrying out service to our Country can lead to a negative ripple effect among family units, which flows into the communities in which they serve, work and live. This organization helps counter all that.” The experiences provided by the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation are designed to give those it is assisting the opportunity to reconnect and remember what they love about each other, thus empowering families to thrive.

Matthew and Adreanna have been married 20 years.

The Pastor's Perspective

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So a couple of months back I mentioned that, “a Reenvision Team was being recruited and assembled to take on the task of creating a new Vision & Campus masterplan for our church,” and that “exciting things were in the works with continued updates coming regularly.” 

Well here you go with one of those ‘updates’ – this past Sunday evening at our April Church Conference the church unanimously affirmed the names of seven individuals who are to comprise that Reenvision Team!  Our Nominating Team was presented a pool of eighteen names in order to create a Team of seven to serve. Our staff and church leaders submitted name possibilities according to balanced demographic representation of our church:  male/female, old/young, longtime/newer church members, etc.  The names were thoroughly prayed over, and then contacted by the Nominating Team to see if the individuals were willing to serve.

Those who agreed have been given a job description and will be working closely with myself, our staff, & church leaders. They will have 3-4 meetings now, break for Summer, then resume meeting in September with hopes of having Presentations ready for the church in October. The purpose of this Reenvision Team will be to assist in developing a renewed vision and campus masterplan for FBC Salado with specific goals for each phase of development. The team’s task essentially will be to create a “roadmap” for the church – who we are going to be and what we are going to be about – in the next 5-7 years.

It’s a tricky task (creating something out of something you can’t see yet) so as these individuals have prayerfully agreed to serve, please begin lifting them up in prayer regularly, yourself.  And use this Word from Isaiah as the foundation of your prayer work: 

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42:16)

 Bobbette Bell
Jason Goodman
Savannah Hennig
Jamie Jennings
Ron Kirkpatrick
Cade Morris
Jill Shipman

Spring is upon us (the wildflowers along the Interstate through Salado have been amazing!) and as the Seasons are changing new growth is happening both in and out of our church.  He is making us “alive together with Christ!” (Eph 2:5)  What part of your life needs His Hand at work?  And where might His Hand lead you to do the same for someone else?

Go love, Church!

- Pastor Travis

National Day of Prayer - May 2

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The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans. It is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens from all backgrounds. Mrs. Shirley Dobson, NDP chairman emeritus, reminded us: “We have lost many of our freedoms in America because we have been asleep. I feel if we do not become involved and support the annual National Day of Prayer, we could end up forfeiting this freedom, too.”

We will be opening the Worship Center from 7a - 7p on Thursday, May 2. Please feel free to stop in to spend a few moments in prayer. We will be providing an environment where you can focus on what this day means to you and pray for our most critical national needs.

Click here for a printable prayer guide for the National Day of Prayer

I am FBC - The Holders

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Jim and Brenda Holder have been a part of the FBC Family since 2011. Having moved to Salado from Georgetown, they continued to work and attend church there but soon felt the need to be involved in their local community.

So they began visiting churches in the Salado area, and settled on FBC because, “It was the most like what we were accustomed to, and felt like home!” said the Holders.

We’re sure glad for FBC’s sake! Having started his own handyman business, Jim was asked to fill in temporarily at FBC in the vacant Facilities Supervisor position. Because of his giftedness, and God’s timing, it turned into a full-time role as Jim is now a permanent part of our FBC Salado Staff!

“The one thing we have learned is that the closer you are to the Lord the more He will put you to serve His people.” said Jim & Brenda. Jim is also a greeter on Sunday mornings and loves the interaction with people and guests. Brenda still works and ministers to her clients who are extended family in Georgetown, and has found her place of service at FBC as well.

“Eight years ago if you had told us that we would be in Salado, we would have said ‘no way’?! But the Lord always has a better plan.  Thank you, Jesus!”

Jim and Brenda have been married for 24 years, have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. 

Kids Sunday May 5

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Join us for a service led by our kids and celebrating their uniqueness! Kids Sunday is a great day for you to learn what our Children’s Ministry does as well as ways for YOU to be involved. Please note that our 3’s and 4’s childcare classroom will be closed during our worship service so that our families can worship together.

There will be a “pray-ground” at the front of the worship center with age-appropriate quiet activities.