I am so thankful that God has brought me to serve as the pastor at FBC Friona. I grew up on the family farm in Colorado City, Texas, about 1 ½ hours south of Lubbock, with a wonderful family who loves the Lord. When I was in 3rd grade I was saved, and that is the best day in my life. Growing up, I was active working on the farm, being involved in church and playing many sports. After High School I went to West Texas A&M University where I played baseball a couple of years, received a B.A. in History and gave Lindsey Anne Criswell a “Mrs.” Degree. Lindsey and I were married on December 14, 2002. During the time in college and shortly thereafter God affirmed His call on my life to enter full time ministry. Shortly after marriage I served as the student pastor at First Baptist Church in Claude for about three wonderful years. While there, I began taking online courses from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and in 2006 we moved to Louisville, Kentucky so I could attend the Seminary. In Kentucky I served as Youth Pastor at Eastern Gate Baptist Church in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, as well as work for UPS for three years.
God has also blessed me with an amazing wife and children. Our children are Matt born September 9, 2005, Seth born, November 13, 2007, Jake, born August 31, 2009 and Hannah, born October 1, 2012.
About a year before coming to FBC I learned of their need for a pastor and from there God began to work toward bringing my family to Friona. FBC is a congregation that loves the Lord, one another and the world around them. I am excited to lead such a wonderful congregation and look forward to all that the Lord has in store for FBC. I pray that God will use His church in Friona to not only make an impact in Friona, but also on the world. To God be the glory.
I serve as the music director of FBC in a bi-vocational position. I was the Jr. High Principal for 16 years at Friona, then retired from that position, was an assistant principal at Clovis High School in Clovis, NM, and am currently substitute teaching and driving activity busses for Friona.
I grew up in Sudan, Texas, until I was 13. My family moved to Friona when my dad bought land and began farming here. I graduated from Friona High School in 1973, and went to Angelo State University and then Wayland Baptist University, where I earned my BS degree. I married my high school sweetheart, Carolyn Murphree, and began coaching and teaching, which took me to Plainview High School, Muleshoe High School, and Snyder High School. After getting my masters degree in mid-management at West Texas State University, I began my career as a principal at Petersburg High School. In 1992, an opportunity presented itself to move back home to Friona after being gone from the community for 19 years. My wife and I have lived here ever since then. A few years after moving home, the music minister left, and I said I would fill in until they found another one, and twenty years later, I'm still "filling in"!!
Carolyn and I have three children who are grown. Sheila and her husband, Toby and four children live in Amarillo, TX. Son, Kyle works for an insurance company, traveling all over the U.S., and Brian and Hope and their two children live in Minneapolis, MN, where he serves with a mission organization called Training Leaders International.
I love to sing and lead in worship at FBC! I still believe in the value of the hymns, and love to find meaningful worship songs of today. One of my outlets in music is singing monthly with the Panhandle Singing Men of Texas.
My family and I are so excited to be here in Friona! I joined the staff here at FBC in January of 2016. Before coming to Friona I served for 8 years as Youth/Music Minister at FBC in Haskell, TX, which is located 50 miles north of Abilene. I have been married to my wife, Shanna, for 20 years and we have 3 wonderful chidlren: Reagan-15, Jameson-13, and Owen-8. I earned my Bachelors Degree in Religion/Religious Education from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview in 2004, and earned my Master's Degree in Christian Ministry from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary in 2015. Our goal is to serve the people of FBC and the community of Friona, and to minsiter to the students here within the community. We are excited about what God is going to do in the coming years. Phillippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."
I moved to Friona in 1963 and First Baptist Church. FBC has always been part of my life. From Sunday School, VBS, GA's Youth Choir to where later I got married, and my husband and I raised our three children. Chad and his wife Autumn, their son Caleb, and twin girls, Sammie and Charlie, live in Watauga, TX where he is an accountant for UPS and she is a Physician Assistant. Kris, her husband Scott and their two sons Carson and Layton, live in Amarillo, where he works for ABF Freight Company and she is a very busy stay at home mom. Cory and his wife Laura and their daughter, Lynnlie, also live in Amarillo where he is the head baseball coach at Randall High School and teaches US History and she is a Financial Planner. I was the secretary for Friona High School for 25 years and enjoyed all those years of great kids and wonderful staff. But, life brings unexpected changes and I am so thankful God is there to see you through. He knows what is best for you before you do. I retired from FHS in December of 2004 and two months later became the secretary for First Baptist Church. I have been in this position ever since and feel as if God just picked me out to be His secretary. I love this church and my church family. I pray that in this position I might serve the Lord daily and be a witness for Him in all that I do.
Lindsey became our New Children's Coordinator on December 12th, 2018.
I currently serve as FBC Friona SonShine School Director/Teacher.
I met and married Wade Schueler in September 2002. I grew up in Hereford, Texas. I did not faithfully attend church before I met Wade. Before we got married I realized I needed to give my life to Christ. I was baptized at FBC Friona in July of 2002. We have made our home in Friona. We have three amazing daughters. Our oldest is Emma born April 2004, Aubrey born November 2006 and Ivy born August 2009.
I have served as SonShine School Director/Teacher since 2010. The Lord opened doors and allowed our church to start this ministry. We love getting to meet and minister to families. This program is a 2 day a week school from 8:30-12:00. We teach the alphabet, colors, shapes, numbers, manners but most importantly we teach God’s word.
Rachel became our Church Custodian in November 2019.