Jake Porter, a sixth-generation Mont Belvieu resident and class of 2000 graduate of Barbers Hill High School, was called to serve as senior pastor of First Baptist Church in March of 2004.
Jake graduated from Elmira College in Elmira, New York in the spring of 2004, receiving a B.A. degree, Magna Cum Laude, with triple majors in psychology, music, and philosophy and religion. While at Elmira College, he was involved in campus ministry leadership and musical theatre. While working on his undergraduate degree, Jake also had the opportunity to study theology at L’Abri Institute in Huemoz, Switzerland and the spiritual disciplines with the monks of Taize, an ecumenical monastery in France.
Jake earned the Master of Theology degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2014. He also has a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Havard School for Theological Studies in Houston. In the summer of 2005, he studied at Oxford University with other seminary students. Jake has studied through the Leadership Institute of America to become an advanced certified Human Behavior Consultant. He also completed the National Community Crisis Response Team Training of NOVA (National Organization for Victim Assistance). He is a member of American Mensa.
Jake’s interests include reading and current events. He enjoys eating and loves just about any food put before him. His favorites are fried oysters and chocolate (not together, of course). Among his favorite musicians are Third Day, David Crowder Band, the Eagles, Johnny Cash, and Verdi. At the church Christmas party every winter, Jake takes pride in being a serious competitor in the Spoons tournament.
Proclaiming the transforming Good News of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Word of God is the passion of Jake’s life. He believes that only Christ has the power to bring life out of death and make all things new. It is his greatest desire to see people begin to love and live boldly for God.
Besides serving as pastor, Jake also participates in a church small group and sometimes plays keyboard with the worship team. He is active in the community by participating with the West Chambers County Ministerial Alliance and acting as chaplain for the City of Mont Belvieu’s Emergency Services.
Life verse: “I do not count my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24)
Pastor of Student Ministries
Rusty has served as a student pastor since 1998 and came to FBCMB in June of 2005. Before becoming a full-time pastor, Rusty spent fourteen years as a journeyman electrician in plants and refineries and seven of those years he served as a bi vocational student pastor. Rusty is a 2014 graduate from Houston Baptist University with a B.A. in Christianity, minor in Biblical Languages. Rusty is married to Mindy, a stay-at-home mom and photographer. They have five children: Lyle, Mia, Maggie, Levi and Lylamae. Rusty believes his calling as a pastor is to disciple students by teaching them solid, biblical truth and to help parents understand and fulfill their roles in discipling their children in their homes every day.
Rusty enjoys spending time with his wife and children, teaching students God’s Word, reading, playing and teaching music and mowing the yard while listening to John MacArthur preach on his ipod. Rusty is also involved with iGo Global, a missions organization that provides training and opportunities for students and adults to take the Gospel locally and to foreign countries.
Life verse: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2)
Sharon is a native Texan who was raised in a loving home and close to lots of family. She graduated from Lamar University and worked in banking management for over twenty-one years and became the Director of Banking Operations, specializing in systems management, acquisitions and fraud prevention. Sharon left banking in 2002 to focus on her family and later assisted a friend in the vacuum coatings industry. In 2008, Sharon joined the staff of Mont Belvieu’s First Baptist Church as the church administrator and treasurer.
Sharon met and married her husband, Ron, while in college. They have two adult daughters, Jamie and Angela, who attend college. She and her family have been members of FBCMB since they moved to the community in 1994. Ron serves as a deacon. Together they have served as Sunday School teachers for children two to eighteen and led adult small groups.
In her spare time, Sharon enjoys good movies, reading, racquetball, sudoku puzzles, and great comedians.
Chris joined the FBCMB staff in August 2013. He is a bi-vocational minister, teaching at Dayton High School to support his ministry habit. Before coming to FBCMB, Chris served churches in Colleyville and Northwest Houston. Chris is a 2007 graduate from Houston Baptist University with a B.A. and graduated Lamar University in 2014 with an M.Ed. Chris is married to Emily who stays home with their son Benjamin. Chris’s passions are encouraging God’s people to grow in discipleship, Biblical counseling, and theologically correct worship music.
Chris enjoys hanging out with his family, writing, music, reading, travel, and watching nerdy documentaries.
Life verse: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25)