Bro. Eric Johnson grew up on the mission field in Huejutla de Reyes, Hidalgo Mexico. He later became a graduate of the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas. Bro. Johnson held the position as Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, 2004 through 2008. He then returned to Mexico to serve as Missionary in Pachuca, Hidalgo through April of 2016, when he was named Director of International Missions for our Baptist Missionary of America National Association. God began dealing with him about First Baptist Church for about a year. He and Kelly have both experienced God’s call and feel that God has led them to our church. He expressed to us that God’s call was not a general call to return to the pastorate, but was specifically to First Baptist Jacksonville.

Bro. Eric has extensive hands-on experience, not only in establishing new churches, but also in revitalizing existing congregations. His heart is in evangelism and discipleship, not only through leadership and training, but also through personal example. He and his wife, Kelly, have three children; Audrey, Matty, & Abram.



Bro. Roy Stephens is a native of East Texas. Since graduating college, he has pastored churches throughout the area. The past few years he served as the coach of the Ladies Golf team at Jacksonville College. He and his wife, Loretta, have three sons; Ricky, Scotty, and David. Contact Bro. Roy at

Office Manager

Jeanna Strom

Jeanna is a native of Jacksonville, Texas. After two years at Jacksonville College she worked in office personnel for 31 years before joining our staff as Office Manager in October 2015. She and her husband, Andrew, have been a vital part of our First Family. They have three children; Brandi, Ryan, & Brittany, and 4 grand-daughters; Riley, Kadence, Bailey, & Jaxyn. You may contact Jeanna at

Kids First Director

Cathi Reed

Cathi is a native of Jacksonville. Upon graduating from college, she spent over 30 years in Louisiana as an educator. Upon her retirement from the public schools, she has returned "home" to serve as Director of Kids First Christian Academy. Kids First serves infants through 1st graders and offers Christian based curriculum. For more information, please contact Cathi at 903-284-6124 or


Brenda Rooks

Brenda has been part of our staff since 1999 and excels in keeping our facilities in excellent condition. She has 4 children: Ashley, Tommy, Samuel, and Haley, and 6 grandchildren, Liam, London, Lincoln, Miabella, Josiah, and Israel.