Mike Copeland-Pastor

Mike Copeland joined the First Baptist Church family as pastor in February of 2006.  He has served in churches in Texas and New Mexico as youth, worship, education, associate pastor, and pastor.  He came to us from Farmington, New Mexico where he served as Associate Pastor and Pastor of the church he grew up attending.  Mike and his wife, Julie have 5 children.  Cody and Collin are both graduates of Texas Tech University.  Cody is a freelance writer living in Mexico City and Collin is the Assistant Manager of the Waco Torchy's Restaurant.  Erin is a BU grad and Coffee Shop manager at the new Fabled Bookstore and coffee shop in Waco.  John is a University of Texas graduate with a degree in Television/Film and actively looking for work. Meggie is the fashion editor for an environmental magazine with and edge called Selva Beat in Austin. She also sells funky fashions at Creatures on South Congress.

Julie and Mike have a love for music and and have sung duets together since before they were married.  They met in Chapel Choir at Baylor University from which they graduated in 1981.  Julie likes to garden and produce the pretty blooms that a garden brings. Mike likes to garden if it will produce a product that is edible.

Mike accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of nine and was called into full-time service at the age of 15.  "I love the warm fellowship of the First Baptist family and watching the members share that love with everyone who enters the FBC doors. We are also looking for ministries that go beyond the walls of the church building."

Favorite food: green chili

Favorite book: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Favorite Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:10  "By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect."

Musical Favorites: Dan Fogelberg, 1970's funk, Earth, Wind, and Fire, James Taylor, BTO, and many more.

Movie FavoritesRoad to Perdition, Young Frankenstein, It's a Wonderful Life

Favorite activity: to laugh

Tom Lyons- Minister to Students

Tom grew up in San Antonio before moving to the Waco area in 1996 to attend Baylor University and began his ministry here in July, 2010. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Baylor and is currently attending Truett Seminary to earn a Master of Divinity in Youth Ministry. Tom has worked at First Baptist China Spring since June of 2010 as the Minister to Students. He has been married to Morgan Lyons since March 2010, and they have two children. Samuel Donald is 2 years old and Mackenzie Lynn joined the pride in February of 2016.  Both compete for being the cutest kids in the world and they almost always wear a smile. They have two dogs, Baylor and Lady Bear, and a cat Tucker (named after a Truett professor). In his free time, Tom loves to watch movies, read, and do anything sports related.

Favorite Food: Tacos

Favorite Book: Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

Favorite Scripture: Micah 6:8

Musical Favorite: Anything

Movie Favorites: Star Wars, Lord Of the Rings, Sports movies

Favorite Activity: Spending time with my family, watching movies, hiking