Jimmy McNeil was born in Houston, Texas. At the age of 13 his family relocated to Bay City, Texas and it was there on February 26, 1975 that he met and received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, later surrendering to full time ministry, Jimmy enrolled in Arlington Baptist College in the fall of 1978. Upon graduation in 1983, he entered full time ministry as youth pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Ft. Worth, Texas. He later became Senior Pastor of Faith Baptist church in Graham, Texas then Co-Pastor and then Senior Pastor of the Bible Baptist Church in Kissimmee, Florida. In July of 2008, he returned to Texas to assume the role of Executive Pastor of PBC.
Bro. McNeil has been married to his wife Susan for 33 years, since May 14, 1982. The Lord has blessed them with 4 children and two grandchildren.
Minister of Education
James “J.B.” Baldridge was born in Beaumont , Texas into a large family of ten children (3 boys, 7 girls). He trusted Christ as his Savior when he was the ripe old age of seven. On June 23, 1984 he married his beautiful wife, Cathy. Later, God blessed J.B. and Cathy with two wonderful children, Aaron and Callie.
J.B. felt the call of God on his life in October 1983 while attending his home church in Big Spring , Texas (Trinity Baptist Church ). In January 1984 he enrolled at Arlington Baptist College where he graduated in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry. In the fall of that same year he attended Dallas Theological Seminary, where he graduated with two Master degrees (MA in Biblical Studies; MA in Christian Education).
Just before beginning his studies at DTS (1988), J.B. accepted a full-time position as Youth Minister/Associate Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Decatur , Texas where he served for ten years. During that time, he began teaching on a part-time basis at Arlington Baptist College. In 1998, he resigned from Calvary Baptist to accept a full-time position as professor and Christian Service Director at the college. He also began serving concurrently as a part-time staff member of Harmony Baptist Church in Arlington for four years. On December 23, 2001 J.B. and his family felt led by God to join Pleasantview. Since that day he has served as the part-time Minister of Education at Pleasantview. He is currently serving as President/CEO of Crossover Restoration Foundation, a new ministry to assist at-risk teenagers in coming to Christ and getting their life back on track.
J.B. adds, “Of all the churches I could have joined, I chose Pleasantview over them all. I’ve not had one doubt that this is where God wants me to serve and worship Him. I serve with the greatest Preacher-Pastor I’ve heard, the most team-minded staff I’ve seen, and the most enjoyable church family around. I am humbled and honored to be a part of this church.”
Minister of InReach
Bro. Eddie is a native of South Carolina. He was born in Ridgeland, South Carolina, and grew up near the Atlantic coast in the southern part of the state. He graduated from Ridgeland High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University in Greenville, SC. In 1964, he came to Ft. Worth to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He graduated from SWBTS in 1968 with an MDiv degree and went on to do some postgraduate work. Bro. Eddie has pastored churches in Mill Creek, OK; Hico, TX; and Sulphur, OK. He came to Pleasantview as Minister of InReach from First Baptist Church, Sulphur, where he had been senior pastor for thirty-two years.
Bro. Eddie is a resident of Arlington, TX, where he lives with his wife, Cynthia. They have two children - a son and a daughter. David and his wife, Kandi, with their two sons (Andrew and Simon), live in Oklahoma City, OK. Amy and her son (Vincent) live in Houston, TX.
BRO. EDDIE'S TESTIMONY AND MINISTRY STATEMENT:
At the age of nine, I accepted Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. When God called me to full-time Christian ministry at the age of twelve, I believed He was calling me to medical missions in Africa. Through the years, God has shown me that "missions" involves the sharing of the Gospel wherever He leads. God has led me to invest my life primarily in pastoral ministry. He has used my spiritual gifts of mercy and Bible teaching to enable me not only to minister in the local church but to be a minister to my community and to others beyond the local community. I rejoice in the opportunity to serve a great God in a great church like Pleasantview Baptist Church.
Bro. Eddie joined the PBC staff in August of 2006.
Minister of Music
Brother Mark holds a music degree from Temple Community College and a sound recording degree from Full Sail Recording Institute in Orlando , Florida. He also has extensive practical experience in music, both sacred and secular.
As a charter member of the Shiloh Quartet he traveled and ministered in hundreds of churches across this great land. And in the studio he has worked on many projects as a recording engineer and producer.
Brother Mark says, “As minister of music for Pleasantview Baptist church, I have the pleasure and honor of using my gifts and experience to glorify the Lord through choral and instrumental music.”
Mark became music minister at Pleasantview in June of 2005. He and his wife, Lisa (the church pianist) have been members of PBC since 1995.
Minister of Students
Stephen was born in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1988, his family moved to Texas and they began to attend the South Oaks Baptist Church. It was during a mission conference at South Oaks Baptist, at the age of nine years old, that Stephen accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior; and later, he surrendered to full time ministry. The Lord has given him a desire to reach others, of all ages, for Christ; but his passion lies with our youth and seeing them come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
Stephen is currently enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies in Theology degree.
Stephen married his wife Sarah, July 2, 2000. They have two children, Mason and Rhett. Stephen and his family have been members of PBC since 1996 and Stephen joined the staff as Minister of Students in May, 2010.
Minister of Children Education
Jeff Lee was born in Carson City, Nevada. Jeff accepted Christ as his Savior when he was a young teenager at a church youth camp. The Lord has given Jeff the desire and passion to work with children and he has been serving in lay positions in churches for the past 16 years. Jeff and his family joined Pleasantview in August, 2010 and he currently serves as our part-time Children’s Minister while maintaining a full time secular job.
Jeff married his wife Becca on June 10, 2000. He is the proud father of six children: two sons, Jeffery and Andrew, and four daughters, Morgan, Victoria, Abigail, and Julianna
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