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Kelly Barnett

Senior Pastor

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My wife, Coletti, and I grew up in Mississippi, met while in college and both graduated from Mississippi College.  I earned both Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.  We served churches in Mississippi and Texas before moving to Louisiana where we served at The Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home.  I earned a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisiana Monroe, and served on the faculty at Texas A & M University Central Texas in Killeen for four years before joining the staff of The Worship Place in 2011.  I was honored to serve in the military as a reservist for forty years including chaplaincy with the Army.  We have two children and three grandchildren.  In addition to spending time with my “grandbabies,” I enjoy bass fishing and playing the guitar.

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Allen Christopherson

Associate Pastor of Education & Outreach

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I was born in Annapolis, Maryland, but got to Texas as quickly as I could.  Most of my life was spent in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  I graduated from Amberton University with a degree in Business Management and Marketing, and earned a Masters of Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Having served in the local church for more than 20 years in both Texas and Kansas, I am an advocate for helping the church connect with the local community.  I particularly enjoy the Book of John, and Acts 2:42-47 is most meaningful to me.  My wife, Becky, and I have been married since the 1980s, and we have one son, William, who is actively serving in the Air Force.   Some of my interests include playing softball, reading, spending time with the family, taking my dog to the bark park, and finding new BBQ places. 

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Jim Clayman

Minister of Music

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I attended Dallas Baptist College, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, and a Master of Music Education from North Texas State University.  I previously lived in Georgetown, where I served as Music Minister at First Baptist Church for 20 years, taught choir at the high school and handbells at Southwestern University.  I served in churches in Winnsboro and Dallas, as well as Mineral Wells for 9 years, before returning to Georgetown and coming on staff at The Worship Place in 2012.  I have enjoyed being a charter member and former president of The Singing Men of Texas, a choir of music ministers that sings in local churches monthly and travels overseas every 2 – 3 years.  My wife, Kay, and I were married in 1975, and we have two sons - Jeremy, a business manager for Lockheed, and Christopher, a missionary in New York City – as well as five grandchildren.  I love the outdoors; hiking, swimming and playing tennis. 

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Paul Newberry

Praise & Worship Pastor

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I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior at the age of 7.  As a teenager, I surrendered my life to the gospel ministry and began focusing my energy in music at my church and in school.  My main goal in those early years was learning to play the guitar and sing at the same time!  My wife, Christy, and I married in 1978, after which I graduated from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, TX with a Bachelor of Music Education degree.  We soon moved to Anson where I served First Baptist Church as Minister of Music and Youth, as well as received my Master of Music degree from Hardin-Simmons University.

In 1981, we decided to “go out on the road” and travel from church to church “singing for the Lord wherever He opened a door.”  The Lord blessed us and after 35 years of singing and ministering in over 1,000 churches all over the US and in 4 foreign countries, we found ourselves in Sun City, TX.  Christy and I have been serving The Worship Place since August 2016.  It has been a rewarding experience to be a part of the growth and worship at the Rocky Hollow Campus as Praise and Worship Pastor.