Dr. Dan Crawford is Senior Professor of Evangelism & Missions and occupant of the Chair of Prayer, Emeritus, Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth. Prior to joining the Seminary faculty, he served as a National Evangelism Consultant with the North American Mission Board, spent fifteen years as a BSU/BSM Director on three university campuses, and served two churches as Pastor. A graduate of Howard Payne University and Southwestern Seminary, he has traveled and ministered in all fifty states, every Canadian province, and fifty-nine countries. He is the author, co-author, or compiler of twenty-two books. Dr. Dan has served as Interim Pastor for twenty-five churches. He and his wife, Joanne, live in Fort Worth and have one daughter, one son, two grandkids, and one great-grandson. Dr. Dan loves most sports, and is a serious fantasy baseball participant.
Anita Perry joined the Valley Grove Staff as secretary in 2010. Prior to that time, Anita worked as Administrative Assistant for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service for 23 years. She retired from that position in January 2010 and planned to just enjoy retirement but God had other plans! Anita started working at the church later that year! She has served as the Church Clerk at Valley Grove since 1996.
Anita grew up on a farm in Jonesboro and met her husband, Jim, at the BSU while attending Tarleton State University. They have been married since 1971. Anita has been a member at Valley Grove for more than 25 years. She has been blessed with two wonderful children, Allison and Jeff and four terrific grandchildren Gracie, Chloe, Nate and Caroline.
Debbie Boucher has served as Missions and Ministry Minister since January 2017.
She is a native of Stephenville and a Tarleton alumina. She loves serving the Lord alongside her husband Mark. God has allowed them to see God's mighty work to spread the love of Christ to the world. She is blessed with four children, two daughter-in-laws and six grandchild serving God throughout the world..
The Boucher Family has a heart for the nations. It is Debbie's heart's desire to see all people groups reached for God. She leads Valley Grove to see needs in Stephenville and around the world. Debbie helps coordinate partnerships and mission trips to El Salvador, the Northwest and areas in need. She also connects Valley Grove with opportunities to serve in local ministry. She would love for every person at Valley Grove to be involved in ministry and missions.
Rob Gleason came to Valley Grove Baptist Church in June 2014. He is currently serving as Minister of Music and Children’s Minister. Born in Michigan and later moving to Florida, he grew up in a loving family who served the Lord and took him to church every time the doors were open. In 1985, Rob accepted Christ as His Savior and has since desired to serve Him with every area of his life. In 1998, he surrendered to the ministry and pursued a Church Music Degree from Clearwater Christian College where he graduated in 2002. Rob has served in North Carolina as Minister of Music and Youth at Oxford Baptist Church from 2002 to 2008 and held the same title at South River Baptist Church from 2009 to 2014.
Rob’s desire is for the worship of Valley Grove to prepare the hearts of God’s people for the reading and hearing of His Word. Knowing that “Minister” is the first word in his title, Rob enjoys ministering to people and helping them grow in their walk with Christ.
Rob has three boys; Micah, Caleb and Joshua. Most of his time is spent involved with them and ministry, but in his free time, enjoys playing sports and watching his favorite college team, Michigan and cheering for the Detroit Pistons.
Rob is humbled to serve at Valley Grove and enjoys the loving atmosphere him and his boys have experienced since coming to Stephenville.
Marshall Simpson has been the Minister of Students at Valley Grove since September 2020. He grew up in Austin, TX and after graduating from high school, he attended Howard Payne University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education. After his graduation from HPU in 2012, Marshall began serving on staff at First Baptist Georgetown in Georgetown, Texas where he served as the Associate Youth Minister from 2012 to 2015. While he began serving in Georgetown, he also started his work on his Master of Arts in Youth Ministry. From 2016 to 2020 Marshall served as the Youth and Family Minister at Grape Creek Baptist Church. In 2018 he completed his Master of Arts in Youth Ministry from Howard Payne University.
For fun Marshall enjoys watching sports, playing video games, board games, and spending time with friends and family. Marshall has spent 5 years officiating middle school, high school, and semi-professional football. You will find Marshall cheering for his favorite sports teams: the Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, and the Baylor Bears.
Marshall believes that young followers of Christ are not just the future of the Church but can and should play a vital role in the life of the Church today. Ministry to teenagers and college students should be engaging and fun but also should seek to challenge and push students to deeper faith and obedience to Christ.
We believe that the Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of God’s revelation of
Himself to mankind. The Bible has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth - without any
mixture of error - for its matter. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.
We believe in one true and living God, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth. We believe in
the unity of the Godhead; one God in three persons - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - equal in
divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices.
We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness and righteousness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in
power. We rejoice that he concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers
prayers, and that He saves from sin all that come to Him, through Jesus Christ.
We believe in God the Son, the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, our Lord Jesus
Christ. We believe He was born of a virgin, sinless in His life, making atonement for the sins of the world
by His death on the cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His perpetual
intercession for His people and His personal, visible, return to earth in power and glory to judge the world
and to consummate His redemptive mission. We believe He now dwells in all believers as the living and
ever present Lord.
The Holy Spirit
We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who has come into the world, as promised by Christ, to convict the
world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. We believe that the Holy Spirit has come to call mankind
to Jesus as Savior and Lord, to regenerate, sanctify, comfort and empower those who believe in Jesus
Christ. His presence in the Christian is the assurance of God of salvation, and the work of God to bring
the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ.
We believe that man was created in holiness, but by voluntary transgression fell. The consequence of
which is that all mankind are now sinners and are under just condemnation of eternal death - without
defense or excuse.
We believe that the salvation of sinners is a gift of grace, made possible because of the sacrifice of Jesus
Christ on the cross. We believe that salvation is conditioned upon faith in Jesus – the authenticity of
which is demonstrated in repentance. We believe that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest
sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel. We believe that at
the moment a sinner exercises saving faith (which is a confiding trust in relying on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and Him alone, as his/her all sufficient Savior), he/she is justified.
In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification.
Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of Gods grace whereby believers become new creatures in
Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the
sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are
inseparable experiences of grace. We believe that at the moment a sinner exercises saving faith (which
is a confiding trust in relying on the Lord Jesus Christ, and Him alone, as his/her all sufficient Savior),
he/she is justified. Justification brings the believer into a relationship of peace and favor with God. This
justification does not mean that the believer is without sin, but that believers have been freed from the
penalty of their sin because of receiving Christ’s righteousness.
We believe in the Church as the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head, and of which all
regenerated people are members. We further believe in a local, visible church, meeting together for
worship, prayer, discipleship, service, and fellowship. Our church is autonomous, being governed by our
congregation, led by our pastor and ministers, and guided by our deacons and leaders. We are called to
a church family to one another; to rejoice when one rejoices and mourn when one mourns, to carry each
others burdens, and to spur one another on toward love and good deeds.