Pastoral Staff
 
 
 
 
Danny Sandifer
 
Senior Pastor
 
I was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and my family moved to East Texas when I was in fourth grade. I guess I’m a LaTexan!  I graduated from Elysian Fields High School and a couple of years into my college experience, the Lord started impressing upon me a call to ministry.  I graduated from East Texas Baptist University in Christian Ministry.  I wrestled with discerning the specific type of ministry the Lord was calling me to. I took opportunities to preach after graduation. Then, unconvinced as to the Lord’s direction, I worked secular jobs.  You may also read that last sentence as “I ran from the Lord’s calling, while still being involved in church.”
 
Meanwhile, years later, through the ETBU Alumni association, I met my beautiful wife-to-be, Janet. It was meant to be!  She had graduated as a Music major. We never knew each other on campus. God’s timing is perfect though! We were married in March of 2008.  Our daughter Sarah came along in October of 2009. During that time, God had to get my attention so I would listen to His direction. I’ll spare you the gory details, but I fully surrendered to pastoral ministry in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Lindale, Texas and then, with relief, I went in and ate the best meal I had ever eaten up to that point!  How’s that for a preacher story? Except, it’s one hundred percent true!
 
I have pastored churches in Louisiana and Texas and now I am thrilled to serve as pastor of First Baptist Church here in Kerens! We have been here since May 2019 and we’re excited to see what the Lord is going to do with this amazing community of loving believers He has blessed us with!
 
Things I love: Spending time with my family, sports, superhero movies
 
Things I can do without: salmon, tuna, and porcelain dolls (just ask Janet)
 
 
 
 
John E Martinez
 
Youth Pastor
 
I have been married to my bride Angie since May 6th, 1994. We have three adult children, Brook, Jonathon, & Marcus. We have served in various churches in Joshua, Burleson, Maypearl and Midlothian.
 
Things I love: family, food, fellowship, football (particularly the Dallas Cowboys and Texas A&M), ESPN, Steak. Mexican Food, Chinese Buffets. 
 
Things I can do without: CNN, Democrats, Austin, TX,
 
 
 
Bobby Bain
 
Music Minister/ Church Admin 
 
Born in Fort Worth 2/4/1955 and was adopted at a week old by my wonderful parents R.A. and Martha Bain.  Lived in Kerens all my childhood graduating from Kerens High School in 1973 and later from Texas A&M in 1977.  Married my beautiful awesome bride Kay on August 5, 1978.  She is my rock and the backbone of our family.  Have two amazing daughters, Season and Shelby and their husbands Coy and Shelton. Spent eight years teaching and coaching and then 30 years at Bain Insurance agency.  
 
I have led the music at FBC for 20+ years. FBC-Kerens holds a special place in my  heart as my family have been members since the 1920’s with my dad  and granddad serving as deacons.
 
Things I like: spending time with family and sports.
 
Things I can do without: cauliflower!