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Dr. Danny Crosby

Senior Pastor

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Dr. Crosby has pastored Cleburne's First Baptist Church since February 17, 1997. He and his wife, Diane, have been married since 1978 and have two children, Andrew (New Orleans, LA) and Dani Beth (Honolulu, HI), and two grandchildren.

"My parents, Rev. and Mrs. Russell Crosby, have 13 children. My three older brothers and I began singing gospel music when I was seven. God saved me at age 12 and called me to vocational ministry at Heart of Texas Baptist Encampment when I was 16. Many of my siblings are also on staff in Southern Baptist Churches. My wife was saved at age seven, is the daughter of a Baptist deacon, and has been active in church work all of her life. I believe that God calls all Christians to be on mission with Him for the sake of the Kingdom. It is wonderful to be a part of the people of God in the community of faith. My purpose is to know Christ and to make Him known. My desire is to bring glory to God and to be faithful to His Word and His call. My hobbies include motorcycling and four-wheeling, mechanics, carpentry, electronics, hunting, and being a grandpa, "Dano," to Ruby Love and Lucy Joy!"

Dr. Crosby earned the Ph. D. degree in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1990, after earning the M.Div. from SWBTS in 1984 and the B.A. from Baylor University in 1978.  

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Chris Smith

Associate Pastor

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Originally from Prattville, Alabama, Chris joined the staff of FBC Cleburne in February 2011. Chris and his wife, Alyson, have been married since 1991. They have a son, Alex and two daughters, Joy and Ivy Grace.

Chris earned a Bachelors Degree from Leavell College in New Orleans, LA and a Master of Divinity Degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Chris previously served as Minister of Families and Children at FBC, New Orleans, where he was on staff from 2004 until 2011. He previously served as Church-Minister Relations Consultant at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and has served on the ministerial staff of several churches in Alabama and Louisiana. Chris also worked as a Civil Engineer for the Alabama Department of Transportation for several years prior to his family's move to New Orleans in 2001.

Alyson, his wife, is a Special Education Diagnostician with the Cleburne Independent School District.

Chris was licensed to the gospel ministry in 1983 by his home church, Camellia Baptist Church, Prattville, AL and ordained in 2000 by Catoma Baptist Church, Montgomery, AL

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Pam Ackley

Minister of Christian Growth

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Pam joined the staff of FBC Cleburne in February 2003 and is the mom of three married daughters and proud grandmother of ten. Not a native Texan, and doesn't talk like one either, she has lived in Cleburne since 1986.

Pam, the oldest of six children, grew up in a small New England town in New Hampshire.  She graduated from Boston University with a BS in Education and married Ralph Ackley in 1968.  Pam lived in Connecticut where she taught school for one year while Ralph fulfilled his millitary duty in the Navy Submarine Service.  Three children later and several moves they landed in Cleburne, Texas in 1986.  Unfortunately Ralph was deceased less than three years after moving to Cleburne, but Pam knew early on God wanted them to call Texas home.  By listening to God and obeying Him came a deeper desire to serve Him and become involved in church work.

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Leslie Ayuko

Minister of Music, Outreach, and Missions

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Leslie joined the staff of FBC Cleburne in September 2015 as part-time Minister of Music. In May 2016 the church extended the call for Leslie to become the church's full-time Minister of Music, Outreach, and Missions. Leslie and her husband, Billy, live in Fort Worth and have a precious baby boy, Liam.

Leslie earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Mary Hardin-Bayor in 2010.

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Jessica Richardson

Youth Minister

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Jessica joined the staff of FBC Cleburne in September 2014. Jessica is married to Todd and they have three daughters, Grace, Hannah, and Ruth. Jessica works with all of our students, but concentrates on middle schoolers and leads our girls during studies and special activities.

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Brandon Gartman

Youth Minister

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Brandon has served as a volunteer youth intern for several month before joining the staff of FBC Cleburne in April 2017 as our Summer Youth Ministry Intern. Brandon is a student at the Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. Brandon works with all of our students, but concentrates on high schoolers and leads our guys during studies and special activities.

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Elizabeth Rowlan

Children's Minister

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Elizabeth joined the staff of FBC Cleburne in September 2015. Elizabeth works with all of our children in 1st through 5th grades. Elizabeth and her husband, Joshua, live in Fort Worth where she is a student at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Denise Dunnahoo

WEE School Director

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Denise serves as Director of the Weekday Early Education (WEE) School at First Baptist Church.

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Donna Rogers

Administrative Assistant

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Donna serves as Administrative Assistant for the Senior Pastor and Associate Pastor.

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Sharon Wells

Administrative Assistant

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Sharon serves as Administrative Assistant for the Minister of Music and Ministers of Youth.