Dr. Mel McKinney, or Pastor Mel as he's affectionately known, has led our congregation since December of 2017. He is a man of God who cherishes Scripture and seeks to preach it well. He leads with a shepherds heart towards the congregation always putting others above himself. He loves his family and seeks the best for them in all things. We truly are blessed with a wonderful pastor.
Mel previously served about three years as pastor of First Baptist Church Thorp Spring in Granbury, Texas in a bi-vocational capacity, and his wife works for Oracle Corp. He has pastored several other churches since his ordination, as well as serving as Bible teacher and campus pastor for 7 years at Trinity Christian Academy in Willow Park, TX. Before and during that time, for 8 years, he was also the pastor of Hilltop Baptist Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational congregation in Fort Worth TX. Before surrendering to the ministry, Mel worked 7 years as a conductor and yard foreman for the Union Pacific Railroad.
Mel has an advanced degree in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Biblical languages from Southwestern and has received his Doctor of Ministry with a specialization in Church Health from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Mel and his wife Pamela have been married 27 years on March 12, 2021. Their four children are Sean, Julia, Emily, and Matthew. Sean and Julia are full time college students & Emily and Matthew attend Faith Academy in Bellville. Mel testifies to his salvation in 1994, the year he was married, and he was ordained to the ministry of the Gospel in the year 2000.