Senior Pastor 


Donald J. Wills

Husband to Ms. Brenda, Father of 3 sons and now Grandfather of three young boys, Pastor Don is a busy family man and dedicated Senior Pastor, gifted in preaching and leadership.

Don has served on the staff of First Baptist Church of Fort Worth for over 25 years and in 1997 came as Sr. Pastor.

Don has degrees from Liberty University and Louisiana Baptist University.

It is Don's passion to see FBCFW be a place where people, families and the community at large is fed God's inspired Word to the glory of God! His vision is to see First Baptist lift God's name up in Fort Worth and the World!

"This is the day that the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it ! Let us realize that every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord above. May we receive each day as a gift from God, and redeem each day for the glory of God, and rejoice each day in the goodness of God for, "God is good, All the time!" Let us worship Him and lift His name on high."

Executive and Children's Minister

Dave Rutherford

Husband to his highschool sweetheart, Rachel and Father to their daughter Ashley. Dave is a man with a tremendous heart for the kids of this community!

God called him out of his promising profession as the DFW Corporate Sales Manager with The HoneyBaked Ham Company, to be the Children's Pastor at FBC. Dave has served in this role since April 2005, and now as Executive Pastor.

Dave received his B.A. Degree in Public Relations from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1994 and his Masters Degree in Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2010.

Dave's passion is for the little ones and their families, as passion that we see reflected in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Children are a blessing from God!
"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."--Matthew 19:14

Student Minister





Brack Buckles

Husband to Catholene and father of 3 children: Rebekah, Caleb, and Hannah. Brack loves the teenage years, which is good because he has 2 teenagers of his own. In his free time, he loves going on dates with his wife (its always an adventure). He also loves spending time with his kids and going to their extra-curricular activities.

Brack was called to work with teenagers as a teen himself. He has loved on and served with teenagers and their families for over 20 years.

Brack has a B.A. in Religion and Speech Communications from Belmont University in Nashville, TN and also has a Master of Arts in Religion and Education from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Cordova, TN. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Student Ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary here in Fort Worth, TX.

Brack’s passion is to see teenagers and their families to follow Christ and glorify Him throughout their whole life.

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. --Colossians 1:16-20

Senior ADULT Minister


Mike Neal

Mike came to Texas in July of 2000 after earning a BA in English and Religious Education from Campbellsville University in Kentucky. He earned a Masters of Arts in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth in 2003 and has since completed seminar work for a PhD in New Testament Studies.

Mike has a passion for both domestic and international missions and has participated in numerous mission trips to East Africa. From 2005 to 2010, he served in Tumaini International Church, a mission of FBCFW, to develop a comprehensive Christian education and discipleship strategy to reach the nations whom God has brought to Fort Worth. In addition to serving as the Senior Adult Pastor at FBCFW, he also serves as an adjunct professor at The College at Southwestern, teaching a variety of subjects.

Mike desires to mobilize the Legacy-Building Adults to serve Christ by actively being involved in ministry, evangelism, missions, worship, and discipleship. He wants Legacy Adults to I.M.P.A.C.T. the world by imitating Christ, helping to mobilize them for ministry, and encouraging them to participate in service, to adore the Savior, to communicate the gospel, and to teach the Word.

WORSHIP Minister

Ricky Johnson

Husband to Katy and Father to 3 adopted children and 1 foster baby, Ricky came to the church as the pianist in 2008 and has now been on staff as the Worship Minister of First Baptist since 2010. He has a Bachelor's degree in music from UNT and a Master's degree from Dallas Baptist University in Worship Leadership. He will soon be starting the Doctoral program online at Liberty University in worship and theological studies. Ricky is not only a tremendously gifted musician; he has a heart bent on the glorifying the Lord through music. He and Katy are also found instilling this same passion in the next generation as well!

We are blessed to have Ricky serving at FBCFW and know that God is working mightily through him!





Building Administrator

Ron McKnight

Pastor's Administrative Assistant

Barbara McKnight

Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Marks 

Office Assistant

Kathy Oatman

Office Assistant

Barbara Wellman