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Steven Gaither,

Lead Pastor

Steven Gaither's life was forever changed Easter weekend 1997. God made it clear that He was calling him into full-time ministry. Steven answered the call to preach the Gospel at the age of 17.


He married Kristin in 2000, and they began a journey of ministry together. Steven & Kristin have five kids: Grace, Joshua, Djeeby, Emma & Caleb.


Steven has served churches as a Youth Pastor, Discipleship Pastor, Lead Pastor at The Grove Baptist Church and Director of Missions for the South Central Baptist Area.

Steven was called to serve as the Lead Pastor at First Baptist Church in McAllen, TX in July 2019. He believes in the power of the Gospel to change lives and bring hope to hopeless places.

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Kevin Cornelius became a believer as a young child growing up in a military family. It was at the age of 17 that God called him to the Gospel ministry and invited Kevin to come and follow him. That led him to the University of Mary Hardin Baylor and George W. Truett Theological Seminary for his training.  Kevin married Jolee in 2001 and they began ministering together in the local church. Kevin and Jolee have 5 children: Jentri, Landri, Aleigh, Kenlee, and Asher (adopted from South Korea). 

Kevin has served as a Youth Pastor and Lead Pastor at Willow Grove Baptist Church and as Lead Pastor at First Baptist Church Karnes City. In July of 2019 Kevin was called to serve as the Executive Pastor of First Baptist Church in McAllen, TX. He believes there is hope and healing in Jesus Christ, and that our identity in Christ is the most foundational aspect of our belief. For Christ has set us free to be who He created us to be, not as we see ourselves but as God does.

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Vidal Flores, Spanish Pastor

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