Dr. Lynn Eckeberger
Intentional Interim Pastor
Interim Administrative Pastor/Minister of Students
Rob did not come from a traditional Christian home. As a middle schooler, he came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior because of the efforts of his next-door neighbor. Shortly after that he felt his call to ministry. Rob did not know what his role in ministry would look like but was willing to serve in whatever way possible so that others could be reached for Christ in the way in which he was.
He received his Bachelors of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University. Currently Rob is enrolled in Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary working toward his Masters in Theological Studies.
He and his wife, Carrie, have been married for over 15 years. They have three children and one Yellow Lab.
Rob has been working in Student Ministry for over 16 years. He has had the joy of working with hundreds of students through the local church and denominational work. His greatest joy in ministry is seeing students act in obedience by sharing Christ, actively participating in the local church and by using their gifts in ministry.
Favorite Book: Next Generation Leader
Favorite Band: David Crowder
Favorite Scripture: Psalm 63:3
Favorite Movie: Anything Batman related
Minister of Preschool
Experts agree the most formative years are the early childhood years. Donna believes the most important thing every infant, toddler and preschooler needs is LOVE. That is why we have provided a safe and loving place for God’s love to be discovered!
Donna is the minister of Preschool. Her passion for the ministry started early in life as her dad is a Baptist minister and she has been involved in the local church all of her life. Born in Ohio and raised in Texas, Donna is married to Kirby and has two grown daughters.
Donna was introduced to the preschool ministry at First Baptist when the previous preschool minister came for a church visit and actually sat down on the floor to play with her young daughter years ago. After that she knew that First Baptist was the place to be and soon after started volunteering in the preschool ministry.
Donna attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur and Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She has been certified in the Preschool and Children’s certification process by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
She loves to work out, swim, cook and travel. Hawaii is her favorite vacation spot but she also loves Europe; Spain, Italy and Portugal have been a few places she has been.
Donna’s life verse is Proverbs 27:19, “As water reflects the face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.”
Christian recording artist, Toby Mac is Donna’s favorite.
She loves to read and watch movies. She cannot count how many times she has seen “Shawshank Redemption” and “A Little Princess.” Her favorite books are "The Giver" by Lois Lowry and "Saving C.C. Honeycutt" by Beth Hoffman.
Minister of Children
Jeanette grew up in Chicago, Illinois with a Catholic mother who believed God was waiting to punish them for everything they did and an Atheist father who could explain everything so naturally that she followed in his footsteps until she met Jesus for herself at age 16 at Snow Camp at Fort Wilderness in Wisconsin with Des Plaines Bible Church. Since that time her life has never been the same. She immediately felt a call to missions but wasn’t sure what that meant for her at that time considering her parents were less than supportive of her decision to follow Christ.
She attended the University of Evansville in Illinois where she received her degree in Elementary Education. She has been certified in the Preschool and Children’s certification process
by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
He has provided so many opportunities for her to share His love and His gospel and lead others into an amazing relationship with Him through short term missions and of course through His calling to be a Children and Preteen Minister. Over the years her love for Jesus has grown and He continues to lead her through this life He has planned for her.
She has been blessed with a very supportive husband, Ron, for 25+ years and 2 amazing daughters. Lauren is 22 and attends Lamar University studying Speech Pathology and Sarah is 20 and attends University of Mary Hardin Baylor studying Marketing and Christian Studies to work in the mission field.
She loves living in Texas but misses her roots in Chicago and the time spent in Nashville, TN.
She loves to read (just about anything she can get her hands on) but her favorite authors are Terri Blackstock and Frank Peretti. Her favorite place to take vacation is anywhere her family is. Her all-time favorite movie is “It’s A Wonderful Life” however she loves to see just about any movie in the Theater, she loves the whole experience. She loves most contemporary Christian music but she thinks her all-time favorite artist is Keith Green and she is currently obsessed with Downhere and Shane & Shane. She has a few heroes, Ronald Reagan, Captain America, her Dads (both of them, but that’s another story), and Larry Hinson. She loves the Word of God, so choosing just one scripture is very difficult, but she loves Philippians 4:19 “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory” because she can share testimony after testimony giving Him glory for the way He has done this over and over again.
Interim Minister of Music and Worship
Steve was born in Houston, Tx, raised in a Christian home and going to church has just been a part of his life for as long as he can remember. His father is a retired Baptist pastor who served in several churches in Texas for a span of 41 years. Steve gave his heart to Jesus at the age of 10 having no idea that the Lord would one day call him into ministry. That call came 7 years later during Steve's junior year in high school as he felt God leading him into music ministry.
Steve continued his education at Baylor University and then Southwestern Theological Seminary. Steve has served both as a part-time and full-time minister in churches all across Texas since 1979.
Steve believes that music is an absolutely indispensable part of the Christian experience. The corporate worship of God is essential to the spiritual development of each believer. Steve desires more than anything to lead people to encounter God in authentic, life-changing worship experiences that inspire us all to live out our faith in our daily routines.
Steve is married to his beautiful wife, Katherine and has 3 terrific boys, Scott, Eric and Reid. He loves sports, good books, good movies, and is somewhat of a documentary fan. He started cycling in 2007 and has completed several 100 mile rides on his bike.