Elder Board Voting
The following individuals are being recommended as elders as we prepare to move to an elder board-led governance. Please review the candidates and place your vote. If your answer is No, please provide a reason for your No. If you do not know the individual, please select N/A as your answer.
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Bobby Elmore
My name is Bobby Elmore
I have been a member of Ferris Avenue Baptist Church (The Avenue) for 56 years.
I have served as a Deacon of the church for 51 years. Have served on many committees and also have served as chairman and on the financial committee. I have been a part of "Be The Church" and have been involved in a small group for about 7 years.
I was married to my first wife, Dorothy Faye, for 57 years. After her passing I remarried Dorothy R. Grier, and have been married for four and a half years. Together we have four children, ten grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.
I have been very blessed to be a member of the church and have seen God working daily in the last 20 years.
We have grown from a small church on Ferris Avenue to a much larger church of around 2,000 people or more.
I have no doubt that with the leadership of Brother David , the staff, the elders and the leadership committee we will continue to grow in numbers while reaching the lost and unchurched.
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Doug Carlton
Doug is an owner of The Avenue Church and attending for the past 8 years. Doug and Leah have been married 8 years with three daughters: Dakota, 18, Atlie Belle, 5, and Margot, 2. While at The Avenue, Doug has served 7 years with the elementary aged children, the past few years with High School, led a Life Group, member of the personnel committee, and recently ordained as a deacon of the church. Doug also spends time serving at the local schools through greeting students at the door and judging science fairs. Serving for no personal gain is the ultimate form of showing God's love to others. Modeling Christ's servant attitude to children and others can perpetuate through our community in ways unfathomable.
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Glynn Moses
My name is Glynn Moses. Born and raised in Waxahachie. My parents were Marvin and Arnetta Moses who were active members of Ferris Avenue Baptist Church. Attended Waxahachie and Ferris schools and graduated from Ferris 1950. Saved and accepted Christ as my Savior when 14 years old at Ferris Avenue Baptist Church and been an active member ever since.

When 19 years old called to active duty in the armed forces. Served in Korean War and honorably discharged in May 1955. Married my wife Janie, who was member of Ferris Avenue Baptist Church and been married for 60 years. We have 2 sons, Jeff and wife Renee, and Steve and wife Shannon and 3 grandchildren.
Retired from Pillsbury Company after 22 years and Tyler Refrigeration 10 years as salesperson for both companies.

Attend senior adult Sunday school class and belong to Home Life Group meeting monthly.

I have served as Asst. Sunday School Director, Asst. church treasurer and currently serving as Trustee for the church. Became deacon in 1987. Now serve on Pastor David’s Leadership team, Deacons Widow’s ministry, Deacons When Life Happens ministry, also Treasurer for Deacons.

I volunteer to greet on Sundays and do anything to help our church reach the unchurched and lost people of Ellis County.
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Jack Dineen
My name is John (Jack) P. Dineen Jr my wife is Jennifer we have been married for 50 years. We have two children: John P Dineen III, age 43, and Laura Beth Anderson, age 37, and 6 grandchildren.

I believe we joined Ferris Avenue Baptist Church in 1987.

I served on the pastor search committee and God led us to David Brown.

I was ordained a deacon at Ferris Avenue Baptist Church on May 5, 1991.

I served on the building team when we built the new sanctuary in 2000.

I have served on the building and grounds, budget committee and
personnel committee (three terms). Also served as chairman of the
deacons (twice).

I have served as chairman of the Deacon screening committee forever

Was asked to recruit and head up first impressions (greeters) under
the leadership of Jason Bankhead.

I am presently a member of the leadership team, serve as an usher at the 9:15
service and an active member of the Deacon ministry.

I volunteered and served as a Fire Commissioner with Ellis County
Emergency Service District #6 from 1999 through 2009.

Why serving matters to me? I've never really thought about it until
this moment. Sometimes we do things (serve) because, as Christians
aren't we supposed to serve our fellow man? Growing up in
West Virginia, I witnessed my neighbors always helping each other with
different projects. My father was always there lending a hand. My
father was always helping others. I guess that made an impression on
me. My father was a Catholic and loved the Lord. He had a servant's
heart, never wanting anything in return. I'm sure he never realized
what a witness he was to his young son. Praise God that my son (John Paul)
and my daughter Laura Beth is taking after their Grandfather.

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James Villarreal
I have been married to my lovely wife Laura for 25 years. We have three son’s Bill (30), Jake (22), and Luke (14).

I have attended The Avenue going on 6 years and have served in many different areas of the church. I have served with our kids in Backstreet and in the Youth Group. I also serve on the Be the Church team, Personnel team, Building team, and Advisory Team. I currently serve on the Connect Team as an Usher.

In our community I serve as a Trustee on the WISD School Board, Baylor Scott and White Hospital Board, and Baylor Scott and White Patient Advisory Council.

I believe it’s better to give than receive. I have always had a servant’s heart and truly want to give of my time to help and serve others.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” Mark 10:45
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Jimmy Roy
Jimmy Roy is a native of Waxahachie, Texas. He was raised in a Christian home with his parents and one brother.

Jimmy was educated in the Waxahachie ISD, Navarro College and The Community College of the Air Force.

Jimmy invited Jesus into his life as Lord & Savior in 1958 and was baptized into The First Baptist Church in Waxahachie, where he and his family worshipped.

Jimmy served his country in the U.S. Army, the Texas Air National Guard, and the U.S. Air Force, with tours in Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm. Jimmy was honorably discharged and retired in 2002 with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant after serving 38+ years.

Since retiring Jimmy has worked at Wayne Boze Funeral Home and is currently a part time employee at Citizens National Bank.

Jimmy resides in Waxahachie with his wife Linda. They are proud parents of two daughters. They also have three grandchildren and Daisy, their beloved "weenie dog".

Jimmy and Linda became Avenue owners in 2003. Jimmy was ordained a Deacon in 2008. He has served The Avenue on the Budget Committee, the Building Committee, as a Church Trustee, Small Group Leader and currently serves on the When Life Happen Ministry Team, Widows Ministry, the Pastor's Leadership Team and The Prayer Warriors Team.

Throughout the years Jimmy has shown a deep desire to serve in the community! For 25 years Jimmy served as volunteer Fire Chief for the Waxahachie Rural Fire Department and later served as a Commissioner for the Ellis County Emergency Services District #6.

Currently Jimmy serves as Assimilation Coach, 12 Step and Open Share Group Leader for Celebrate Recovery, a Ministry that is dear to his heart. As we say in CR, "thanks for letting me share"!
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Justin Burns
Justin Burns has been an owner at The Avenue Church since 2003. Since joining The Avenue, he has served in the preschool, children, and youth areas in different capacities, served as an Adult Life Group leader, helped start the T-shirt and Tennis Shoes Ministry, served on the Finance Committee, served as a Be The Church Coordinator for 4 years, served on the Leadership Team for the past 3 years, served on the First Impressions Team as a Connect Ed trainer, and has been a Deacon since 2007. Justin also helps lead mission trips to Guatemala twice a year. He and his wife of 14 years, Kyra, have 3 daughters; Scout (12), Pearce (10), and Jentry (7). Justin is a teacher/coach by profession and is currently the athletic coordinator at Life School Waxahachie Middle School.

“My passion for serving is something that I learned years ago from one of the greatest servants that I’ve known, Lewis King (my grandpa). He was always willing to help anyone at anytime no matter the situation. I still have a long way to go, but I strive to be known as that person.”

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”
1 Peter 4:10

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Mike French
My name is Mike French, I have been married to Shelli French for 32 years, we have 4 adult kids and 8 grand kids. We love our family and enjoy spending time with each other. We have the privilege of also being able to work together. I have lived in Ellis County most of my life and we continue to live in Ennis. I have been a part of the Avenue Church since 2003 and I have served as a deacon since 2004. My parents raised me in church and because of their involvement in my life I accepted Christ at the early age of 6. I publicly professed my faith through baptism at age 11. I have always felt Gods presence and because of that I have tried to be who I thought God wanted me to be. As I have gotten to know Christ more the idea of who God wanted me to be has changed over the years. Life happens, decision are made, sometimes with God sometimes without, I am definitely not perfect. I’m just like everyone else faults and all, However; my desire is to know my creator and be the person he created me to be. I love the Avenue and I am committed to the vision of our church. I believe that the leadership of The Avenue strives to be a new testament church reaching those that don’t know Christ by being Christ like. As an Elder I will allow God to use me to help our church stay true to that call.
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Nathan Powell
Nathan is a Texas Aggie with 22 years experience as a chemical engineer with Celanese chemicals. He has been married for 18 years to Patti, a Waxahachie physician for the last 14 years. They have two children, David, 13, and Elizabeth 8, both students at Ovilla Christian School.

Nathan has been a member at the Avenue Church for 14 years, serving the entire time as a vocalist and instrumentalist on the worship team. He has served on the pastoral leadership advisory team since its inception, and was ordained as a deacon 12 years ago, serving a term as vice chairman and interim chairman. Nathan has served twice on the finance team, and led a team determining finance options for new buildings. For the last 4 years Nathan and Patti have hosted and led a youth ministry life group, and have had various leadership roles with adult life groups through the years. Patti and Nathan have also coordinated annual Be the Church projects at Hope Clinic, where Patti served in the past as a physician volunteer and led as a member of the Hope Clinic board.

Nathan has been following Christ since the age of 14, and while never called into full time ministry has always felt a strong calling to serve the local church. He believes in serving "wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men", and tries to always view his role in the church as servant first, leader second. Nathan is passionate about the vision of the Avenue to reach and disciple the unchurched and de-churched of Ellis county, feels blessed to have been a small part of what God has done through the Avenue for the last 14 years, and is excited for the future to see what all God has planned.

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Paul Box
I've been married to Natalie for 14 years. We have two beautiful daughters; Kenlee who is 6 (and a half) years old and Annie who just turned 3. We also have a dog named George and a cat named Bob.

We've been members of the Avenue church since 2000. I've enjoyed serving in a number of roles in the church including Deacon Ministry, Stewardship Team, Personnel Team, Bylaws Team, VIP Team and a few others.

I also enjoy being involved in the community. I've recently started serving as a Board Member at the YMCA. I'm a member of the Waxahachie Lions Club and the Waxahachie Running Club. Through these two organizations I serve as the race director for the Hachie 50 Mile Ultra Race. I also serve on the WISD Long Range Planning Committee and I previously served for six years in the Waxahachie Ex-Students Association.

My family and I love to serve the church because we desire to see others come to a saving knowledge of who Jesus Christ is. We want to serve because we're commanded to do so and it's our way of giving back in response to how much he gave us by dying on the cross for us. Simply put, I serve and love Jesus because he first served and loved me and gave his life as a ransom for my sin.

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