Staff

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Dr. Tim W. Smith

Senior Pastor
Dr. Tim Smith joined the EMBC family in November of 2012. He is a Texas native, born & raised in Mesquite. He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior as a high school senior. 
 
Pastor Tim graduated from Blue Mountain College in Mississippi with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Bible. He completed a Master’s of Divinity degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri & earned a Doctor of Ministry in Evangelism & Church Growth from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
 
Pastor Tim has served churches in Tennessee, Missouri, Iowa, & Texas as well as Italy. Over the years he has participated in the local community through coaching baseball, organizing fund-raisers for charitable organizations, serving as Hospice chaplain, Cub Scout leadership, membership & presidency of various community boards as well as local Ministerial Associations.
 
Pastor Tim has published several articles in SBC related journals. He served in various roles in the European Baptist Convention: Vice President, Long Range Planning Committee, as well as Baptist World Alliance work groups. He has also served on the MBTS Planning Task Force & as a Seminary Extension Instructor, & many other service roles at both State and Associational levels.
 
He is married to Tennessee native Christee Sheree’ Kerr. They have two adult sons, Kody & Kameron.
 
Facebook: Tim Smith
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Rev. Gara Handorf

Youth Pastor
Gara joined our staff as Youth Pastor in December 2010. He & his wife Amie have three sons, Caden, McClane, & Jack. Gara taught a junior high boys' Sunday School class at age 19 & soon realized God was calling him to student ministry. His goal is to reach an ever-changing world with the never-changing gospel of Christ.  Some of Gara's favorite verses are Romans 5:8, "But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!" and Acts 4:19-20, '"But Peter and John answered them,"Whether it is right in the sight of God [for us] to listen to you rather than to God, you decide; for we are unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard."' 
 
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Rev. Rob Bowen

Children's Pastor
Rob has served as Children's Pastor since 2004. He & his wife Kristy have two children, Hailey and Chandler. Rob began teaching & subbing in Sunday School in 1990. He also worked bus routes for 15 years, has led children's church at East Mountain since 2004, & has worked in the AWANA program for five years. Rob graduated from LeTourneau in 2003. He enjoys playing golf. His favorite verses are Romans 8:37-38, "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
 
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Aaron Handorf

Worship Pastor
Aaron joined the East Mountain staff in 2004. He & his wife Susan have been married since 2007 and have two children, Audrey & Jim. Aaron has been involved in music all of his life & knew God was calling him to use his skills & talent for God's glory. Aaron is also the band director at Sabine high school. He enjoys music & sports. His favorite verse is Matthew 6:33, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
 
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Jodi Darden

Ministerial Assistant
Jodi became the Ministerial Assistant in June 2011. She says she “grew up” at East Mountain Baptist, joining as an eighteen-year-old newlywed. Jodi is blessed to be the mother of one daughter, Katy, & the grandmother of three beautiful girls, Madeline, Alexis, & Lindy. She was also recently married to Danny Darden. Jodi has always had a love for planning, organizing, & learning new things & believes that her life events have uniquely prepared her to serve the church she loves, in this position. Her favorite verse is Romans 8:29, 31a, “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son… What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?”