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The principal function of each member of the ministerial staff of Valley Ranch Baptist Church is to serve God by joining with the church in fulfilling its threefold mission of reaching unchurched persons with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, nurturing believers in the Word of God, and extending the Kingdom of God worldwide. Regardless of the specific function of any particular position, each member of the staff shares three general qualifications: a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ, a personal sense of calling by God to vocational ministry, and a personal commitment to a ministry lifestyle. The staff of Valley Ranch Baptist Church serves by leading, ministering, and proclaiming. Presently, the staff consists of a full-time Pastor, two full-time Associate Pastors, a part-time Minister to Children, and a part-time Minister of Music.

Jerry Carlisle, Pastor

Jerry Carlisle came to Valley Ranch Baptist Church in June 1991 after serving for seven years as Minister to Single Adults at Houston's Tallowood Baptist Church. Prior to that, he had served in various capacities at Plymouth Park Baptist Church in Irving, the Alabama Baptist Convention, and several churches in Missouri. He and his wife, Dedi, have three children (Elyse, Collin, and Caleb) and reside in Coppell. Jerry is a graduate of Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Missouri (Bachelor of Arts, 1979) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth (Master of Divinity, 1983) (Doctor of Ministry, 1990).

Jeff Julian, Associate Pastor of Administration and Education

Jeff Julian's ministry with Valley Ranch Baptist Church began in June 1993 after serving as Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church in Conway, Arkansas. Prior to that, Jeff had served on the staff of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Dallas. He and his wife, Tonda, have three children (Megan, Chelsea, and Stephen) and reside in Coppell. Jeff's educational background includes Austin College in Sherman, Texas (Bachelor of Science, 1985) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Arts in Religious Education, 1988).

Scott Lane, Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Student Ministry

Scott Lane is a native of Hurst, Texas, and was called to Valley Ranch Baptist Church as Minister to Youth in June 1991. Previously, he had served in youth ministry positions with Baptist churches in Kingwood, DeLeon, Early, and Hurst, Texas. Scott is in great demand as a discipleship leader for youth in churches across the convention. His duties at Valley Ranch Baptist Church were expanded in January 1994 to include discipleship and all student ministries. He and his wife, Kristie, reside in Lewisville. Scott is a graduate of Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas (Bachelor of Arts, 1990) and is currently completing work on a Master's Degree in Religious Education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Carolyn Majors, Minister to Children

Carolyn Majors joined Valley Ranch Baptist Church in September 1993 and immediately began serving as Preschool Coordinator responsible for all children's and preschool programming. In April 1994 the church called Carolyn to serve as Minister to Children. She and her husband, Paul, have two children (Rebekah and Meredith) and reside in Coppell. Carolyn is a graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas (Bachelor of Arts, 1980) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Arts in Religious Education, 1983).

Deirdre LaNoue, Minister of Music

Midland, Texas native Deirdre LaNoue began serving Valley Ranch Baptist Church as Minister of Music in July 1994 following a brief period as music interim. She had previously served on the music and discipleship staffs of two other churches while performing concerts across the country and abroad. Deirdre is an accomplished writer and conference leader and resides in Irving with her husband, Dr. John LaNoue. Deirdre's formal education includes Hardin-Simmons University In Abilene, Texas (Bachelor of Arts, 1984) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity, 1988). She is currently completing work on a Ph.D. in Church History at Baylor University.