Chris Irving

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Howdy! I am the pastor of First Baptist Church of Gonzales, TX. My family and I are excited and count ourselves blessed to live in this great historic community that is rich with Texas tradition. I was born in Harlingen, TX but grew up in George West, TX. I am a South Texas native and I love this region. After graduation from George West High School, I attended Texas A&M University and earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. Following college, my wife and I moved to Fort Worth, TX to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where I earned my Master of Divinity degree. In 2012, I finished my doctorate at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. 

Amber and I met while working on summer staff at the Glorieta Conference Center near Santa Fe, NM. We have been married for 16 years. We have six children...Matt (22), Jake (19), Karalyn (12), and Katelyn & Kylie (7) and Ben (3). Matt and Jake came to our family through adoption. 

It is my prayer that if you don't know Jesus as your Savior & Lord, you'll listen to how He can change your life. If you do know Jesus, it is my prayer that you are living for Him and running the race as hard as you can. If you do know Him, but haven't spent time with Him, it is my prayer that you will experience a time of refreshing and renewal in & through Him.

I have grown to love the First Baptist Family and can’t wait to get to know our new community and have the opportunity to love you too. I pray that you will come and join us as we strive to reach our highest potential in Christ for His glory and His honor!

My ministry philosophy is this..."Share, Care, and Preach for life-change to the glory of God."

My favorite verse of scripture...well, how can I narrow it down?

Psalm 139, Psalm 51, Isaiah 26:8, John 3:16-18, Luke 17:10, Acts 3:19, Acts 4:12, Ephesians 3:20-21, & 2 Timothy 4:2


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Kevin Hoggard

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