Our Staff

Pastor - Bro. Bill Gardner

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Sensing God's call on his life at the age of 15, Bill Gardner has been in ministry for 35 years. In that time he has served in both staff and senior pastor roles. He feels that his greatest calling is that of a pastor and teacher. He enjoys studying and presenting the truths revealed in the word of God. He believes that the greates influence that her, and any believer, can have on others is to exemplify the life of Christ in all we say and do. 

Bro. Bill has been married to his wife, Sherry, for over 20 years. God has blessed them in many ways; especially with by the gift of their daughter, Sarah.


Worship Minister - Ken Oliver

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I am so glad you stopped by the website!  We would love to have you visit us at First Baptist Church - Schertz.  Our worship time is focused on worshipping and praising the one true God and celebrating the grace and redemption that comes from the Savior, Christ Jesus.  We simply seek to worship God in spirit and truth...with joy and thanksgiving.  

If you would like more information on being a part of the music of First Baptist, please call me at (210)284-6554.  We always are seeking those to serve in the music ministry...musicians, vocalists and A/V techs.

There is a place for you to connect here at First Baptist Schertz!

Ken Oliver, Music Minister

Ken and his wife Tammy came to First Baptist in October, 2009.  Ken has served in music ministry as a worship and music minister in Alaska, North Dakota, Alabama and Texas.  





Preschool Director -Rachael Ripley
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My name is Rachael Ripley and I am the Preschool director at First Baptist Schertz. I originally joined the FBS Preschool staff in the fall of 2012 as a 4 year old teacher. Working with children has been always been passion of mine.

I am also a former elementary school teacher with NEISD in San Antonio. My husband, Ben, is a firefighter with the City of San Antonio and we have three children ages 12, 11, and 8. We are active members at Everyday Christian Fellowship in Cibolo, but we consider First Baptist Schertz our second church home. 

If you are looking for a Preschool program for your child, you will not find a program with more dedicated, Christian teachers who love working with children, than our program at First Baptist Schertz. I look forward to hearing from you!

Proverbs 22:6 "Start childen up on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." (NIV)



Secretary -Valorie Mayfield
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Valorie joined First Baptist Church of Schertz in 2006.  At the time, she was employed at Texas State University in San Marcos. She was the administrative assistant for the Department of Agriculture.  She retired from Texas State in March of 2009 with 24 years of service. 
Coincidentally, about that time the church was in need of a secretary.  Valorie joined the church staff in April 2009.  There is nothing like working in your church and with your church family!  She resides in Universal City, Texas with her son, Kevin and she has one beautiful granddaughter, Shelby.






Nursery & Extended Care Director - Crystal Pena
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I am a wife to Anthony, and a homeschool Mom to my greatest blessings, my son Aaron, and my daughter Naomi.  Even though I only have two children, I always wanted a big family.  GOD had other plans for me.  HE may not have given me a house full of children, but HE put me in a place where I would be surrounded by babies and children by ministering in the church nursery.

Before coming to First Baptist Church Schertz, I was blessed to be a part of the nursery staff at a neighboring church working with an amazing group of young women.  There, I not only provided a safe and secure place for the little ones but, more importantly, I had the opportunity to share the love of JESUS with them and hopefully plant in their hearts a seed that would grow to lead them to a saving knowledge of JESUS CHRIST.

Now that I am here, my goal is to do the same.  I will partner with the church families to plant those seeds in order to help bring up GODLY children that grow into GODLY young men and women. These GODLY will do mighty works for THE KINGDOM in this church and throughout the city!

I am so excited to be part of your church family and participate in the growth of this church.  Thank you also for allowing me to continue to do what I love most by sharing your precious little ones with me.