Lorie Forbes - Ministry Assistant / Church Clerk
- Lorie joined the staff in February 2009. She’s lived most of her life in Abernathy marrying her high school sweetheart and raising two sons. She joined FBC Abernathy in 2000, after losing a son to suicide from bi-polar manic depression and has been involved in many women’s Bible studies and teaches a women’s Sunday school class. “I didn’t know the true meaning of a servant of God until this church family wrapped their arms around me and ministered to me during the worst time of my life,” Lorie said. Lorie truly felt the Lord placed her here when the staff position became vacant. She takes care of the office responsibilities and is the assistant church treasurer. Family is very important to her and nothing gives her more joy than being called “MawMaw.”
Damon Pearce - Pastor
My name is Damon Pearce and I am so happy to be serving as the new pastor at Abernathy’s First Baptist Church. My wife Bonnie and I moved in June from Clovis, New Mexico where I served for almost 11 years as the Worship Pastor at Central Baptist Church. I was born in Lamesa, Texas, and graduated from Texas Tech in 1986. I worked as a newspaper editor for several years before I surrendered to God’s call to ministry. I graduated from Houston Baptist University with a degree in music, and from Wayland Baptist University with Master’s degrees in Christian Ministry and Divinity. I have served with five Baptist congregations since 1989 before coming to Abernathy. Bonnie and I have three daughters. Our oldest, Meghan lives in Clovis with her husband Chris and their son Lincoln. My daughter Emily is a zookeeper at the Abilene Zoo, and Erin is in her last years of studying Music Performance at Wayland in Plainview. God has drawn my focus in ministry from two key passages of Scripture, the “Greats” of God’s Word – the Greatest Commandment and the Great Commission: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40) “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:18-20) From these two passage of Scripture I have developed a three-fold focus for ministry:
- Love God.
- Love People.
- Tell the World.
We are excited to serve with the wonderful people of Abernathy’s First Baptist Church on the mission to love God through worship and prayer, love people through evangelism and discipleship, and tell the world through missions from Abernathy to the ends of the earth.
Bryson Riley - Youth Minister
I was born in 1999 to Chris and Amber Riley. I grew up in church, as my Dad is a preacher. At the age of 8 I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. When I entered 6th grade, I began band and immediately fell in love. A few years later, and Marching Band completely took my heart. I marched with the Frenship High School Band, was Drum Major my senior year, and marched two years with Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps. While my walk with God is not easy or a straight path, it is because of the hardships that I trust Him as much as I do. I am in my Third Year at Wayland Baptist University studying Instrumental Music Education, but my love for the Lord and for students allows me this amazing opportunity of serving in the church. I am engaged to Emily Strah, and will be married in November. Once I graduate, I will go where God sends me and continue to serve Him to the best of my ability.