church staff

  • steven payne

    Steven has been at FBC since 1999.  He received his BA in Christian Ministries from East Texas Baptist University in 1996 and his MDIV from Truett Seminary in 1999.  He has been married to his wife Lisa since 1999. They have two children, Seth and Jonah.

  • Chris pillsbury

    Chris Pillsbury joined the staff First Baptist Clifton in August of 2013. Originally from Amarillo, Texas, Chris received a Bachelor of Music at Abilene Christian University and a dual graduate degree in Divinity and Music at Baylor University. Shortly after graduating, Chris traveled to Kenya where he spent ten months doing a wide variety of volunteer and missionary work until being called to First Baptist Clifton. In 2015, Chris married Amber and in September of 2016, they welcomed their first born, Joshua Wade into their lives. Chris’s passion is seeing the church reach into the local and international community in creative and meaningful ways.

  • Br. jerry smith

    Jerry has served FBC Clifton since May 1986.  Prior to that he served as a pastor in New Mexico, and as an associate minister at Calvary Baptist in Waco and FBC of China Spring.  He received his BA from Baylor in 1973, his MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological in Fort Worth in 1976, and his Doctor of Ministry in 1984 from Golden Gate Baptist Seminary in Mill Valley, California.  He has been married to his wife Brenda for over 39 years. Brenda is an elementary teacher in the CISD.  They have three grown children, Josh, Joel, and Jennifer.

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    Kris has served as church secretary since May 2008. Prior to that she served as secretary for First Baptist Church, Meridian. She and her husband, Curtis, live in Meridian and attend FBC Meridian where Kris teaches pre-K and Kindergarten Sunday School and third grade Teamkids on Wednesdays.

  • Elizabeth ball

    Elizabeth Ball joined the staff in November of 2016.  Organizing VBS and the Wednesday night activities she helps empower children to see themselves as being ministers themselves.