Dr. Ward Hayes, Senior Pastor
Ward has been the Senior Pastor at Valley Grove since June, 2013. A second-career pastor, he began full-time ministry after fifteen years in accounting and banking. With a heart for the pastorate, Ward enjoys ministering to the church and community, believing that families, especially our church family, are one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind. He has been blessed with a wonderful family that includes his wife Jenna, son Tate and daughter-in-law Tiffany, and daughter Mackensey and husband Steven, and daughter Hanna.
Ward received his Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from Logsdon Seminary. In addition to his seminary training, he strives to remain active in missions, outreach and service, including an active partnership with JEES Church in Zaragoza, El Salvador. He serves as chairman of the Finance Committee and on the Executive Board for Texas Baptists, is a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene and the Logsdon Seminary Alumni Council at Hardin-Simmons University.
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.
Jeremy Pritchett has been on staff as Minister of Students and Education at Valley Grove since February 2014. A native of East Texas, he and his wife Christina and son Henry moved to Stephenville from Longview, Texas. Jeremy graduated from East Texas Baptist University in 2009 with a degree in Youth Education and Administration. He is currently pursuing his MDiv at Logsdon Seminary in Abilene. Among other things Jeremy’s hobbies include playing guitar, hunting and fishing.
Jeremy has a heart for students and works to make sure every student he encounters knows they are loved and have a place at Valley Grove. His purpose statement for the student ministry is this; share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, disciple new believers, and teach the Word of God, while also equipping his students to do the same. As the Minister of Students, Jeremy not only ministers to the youth of Stephenville, but also is involved with Valley Grove’s collegiate ministry. He is a big supporter of the Tarleton BSM and seeks to reach the TSU campus for Christ. In January of 2019, Jeremy began serving as the Education Minister here at Valley Grove.
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.
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 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.
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.