Senior Pastor

Mark Rich

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Pastor Mark served as a youth pastor before being called as First Baptist Gatesville’s Senior Pastor. He is pursuing a Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Mark’s wife, Christi, is a certified Church Administrator and is homeschooling their son, Drew. Mark enjoys hunting, camping, and hiking with his family. He can also be seen grabbing a cup of coffee, as well as having conversations with friends, both old and new.

He is passionate about growing God’s kingdom by helping individuals understand the love and grace that God has for their lives and the fact that we don’t need to be perfect to receive this gift.

Minister of Worship & Music

Brian Curtis

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Growing up in a Christian home from an early age helped make it easy to know the love of God. I feel blessed having a home that shared Jesus with the community we lived in. My father was a Baptist pastor and my mother was very active with women’s groups.

My father started his ministry at a small church in Winters, Texas – Southside Baptist Church. At the age of 7 I began to ask questions about going to heaven and in October of 1983 I accepted Jesus as the Lord of my life. Since that time I have been very active in church and youth groups growing up and when I was 14 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Robinson I surrendered to the ministry.

I have seen God do some amazing things all over the world. I continue to pray that I will be used more and more through the rest of my life.

Children's Minister

Leigh Carroll


The Children's Ministry

We're dedicated to providing a safe and fun environment in which children of all ages will learn the basics of faith and build a strong foundation for the future.


Sunday School

FBCG takes the commitment to lay a strong biblical foundation in the early years seriously. Engaging Bible study leaders are eager to make the Bible come alive to kids of all ages - from infants through 6th grade.

Children’s Worship on Sunday Mornings

Nursey Care | Infant - 3 years old

Infants through 3 years of age are cared for during the worship service by a team of preschool staff, committed volunteers, and parents of preschoolers.

Children’s Worship | pre-k - 4th Grade

Holy Moly, Sermon 4 kids, and the Gospel Project are all curriculum used to study the Bible which incorporates video, interactive music, and learning actives in a manner that kids can grasp! Kids sit with their parents in corporate worship until they are dismissed to Children’s Worship. Parents pick up their kids in children’s area at the end of the Worship Service.

Wednesday Nights

On Wednesday nights, our children and preschoolers participate in Bible Activities, serving the community, and choir. It's age-appropriate, interactive learning that's fun for everyone, no matter their size. Typical schedule…

5:30-6:00 p.m. Dinner

6:00-6:15 p.m. Worship in Sanctuary with Youth Praise Band

6:30-7:00 p.m. Bible & Missions

Baby Dedication

Parents make a public commitment during corporate worship to raise their children in a manner which is consistent with the teachings of scripture. The church also makes the commitment to provide resources and guidance to parents in this journey. Baby dedication is typically scheduled on Mother’s Day.

Discipleship Class

This class is offered periodically in the year. It is an course where children who are wanting to have Jesus Christ come into their lives and be ready for Baptism. Please contact the Children’s minister to have your child be a part of this class.

New Believers Class

A five-week New Believers Class is periodically offered to children who have recently accepted Christ. Children learn the fundamentals of the Christian faith, how to share their own testimony, and ways they can continue to grow in their faith.


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