Meet the Staff John C. Crowe, Pastor In January of 2000, I began the most exciting time of my life; coming to Fulshear to start a new church that would become River Bend. It has been an amazing journey filled with changed lives, miracles, and the close presence of God’s Spirit. We have had mountaintop experiences as well as going through dark valleys, but God has continued to call His people and form His church. I came with my wife, Diane, and our two sons, Justin and Michael. Both Justin and Michael have grown up here and graduated from Foster High School. Currently, they are continuing their education in different colleges in Texas. Diane and I met and fell in love while attending the youth group at Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy. We both attended Howard Payne University where I earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies, and Diane a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. We were married one week after graduation and quickly moved to New Orleans so I could attend New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I earned my Masters of Divinity there and served area churches for 11 years before moving to Fulshear. I often feel like Jeremiah when God told him, He knew the plans he had for him. I may be contacted through my email at JCrowe@RiverBendBC.org
Lin Dismuke, Preschool and Children’s Ministry Director Serving as Preschool and Children’s Ministry Director at River Bend is an amazing opportunity and adventure. It is a privilege for our ministry to be a tool that God uses in the lives of children and families at River Bend and in the local community. Through relationships with people at River Bend, we have seen the way faith intersects life. My husband, Keith, and I are from Jackson, Tennessee. We are charter members of River Bend. Keith and I enjoy people and music. I also enjoy reading and sewing. We have two grown children and three grandchildren. For 25 years I have served in leadership with Bible Study Fellowship, International. I earned my degree in Liberal Studies from Santa Fe College, including coursework at Union University, University of Florida, Louisiana State University, and the University of Oklahoma. III John verse 4 “Nothing gives me greater joy than to hear that my children are following the way of truth.” This verse is the foundation of my personal ministry and the Preschool and Children’s ministry at River Bend. Please feel free to contact me at 832-816-0854 or MLDismuke@RiverBendBC.org.
Todd Melton, Minister of Education and Worship I grew up in the home of a pastor and accepted Christ at a young age. I attended Howard Payne University where I met my wife, Kayla. During my time at HPU, God called me into the music ministry. Upon graduating college, Kayla and I moved to Ft. Worth so I could attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After receiving my Masters in Church Music, we served for several years in northeast Texas where my oldest daughter, Katy, was born. In 2003 God called us to River Bend Baptist Church. While living in the Katy area God blessed us with a second daughter, Kourtney. God has faithfully provided for our family and His church. It is exciting to see what He is going to do next. I enjoy spending time with my family and love all kinds of music. I also like to run, bike, play ultimate Frisbee, and just about anything else. If you would like to contact Todd you may do so at 281-797-0185 or TMelton@RiverBendBC.org.
Russell Walje, Minister of Youth In June of 2008, God led Kirsten, myself, and our two children to Texas. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t stand amazed at how God took a Missouri dirt farmer’s son and brought him to where he is today. The challenges I faced from having Tourette Syndrome to finding God’s will for my life took me in many directions. At age 25, I found peace and direction as God called me into student ministry. I left the work force and embarked on a long and challenging journey that took me to Southwest Baptist University. I earned my Bachelors degree in Religious Education/Youth Ministry, with a minor in Counseling. It was here that I met my future wife, Kirsten. God took Kirsten and me to North Kansas City, where we attended Midwest Baptist University. I earned a Masters degree in Religious Education while there. After graduation, the Lord led us to Camden, Arkansas, where I served as Youth Pastor at Cullendale First Baptist Church. The next leg in our journey took us back to Missouri where I served as Student Minister for ten years at First Baptist Church of Farmington. It was from here that God brought us to Texas. I praise God for all He has done in my life and the life of my family. I look at each day with excitement and joy as I strive to serve Him faithfully in this wonderful church of River Bend Baptist. Please feel free to contact me at 832-363-7974 or RWalje@RiverBendBC.org.
Gail Blair, Treasurer Gail joined the church in 2003 as a retired oil-industry CPA. Gail is a vital part of the church staff. Although she is a volunteer, her duties are essential. Serving as Treasurer of RBBC, she oversees all the finances of the church and budgeting process. Since 1998, Gail has been a volunteer with three different therapy dog organizations. Gail and her current dobermans, Billy and Angie, visit three hospitals and special events throughout the year, bringing smiles and comfort to many. Other interests include gardening in her raised beds so she can share the bounty. Gail is a Master Gardener. Gail is also on the Fulbrook HOA board, serving as Treasurer; using her accounting knowledge to assist here neighborhood. Gail can be reached at GBlair@RiverBendBC.org.
Tricia Irwin, Administrative Assistant – Finance I joined the River Bend staff in February of 2011 assisting in the finance department. After raising my family, I worked as a teacher for eight years, the last four years in Math. My husband, Tom, and I are active members of River Bend. I enjoy singing, working with our youth, and facilitating the Ladies’ Bible study. When away from work and church, I enjoy music, cooking, reading, and knitting. You can contact me at TIrwin@RiverBendBC.org.
Kathy Roseborough, Administrative Assistant – I joined River Bend staff in September 2014 as an Administrative Assistant. I love being involved in ministry and I
feel blessed to have the opportunity to serve the people of River Bend. After 21 years of homeschooling my children and 30+ years of volunteering in Children’s Ministry,
I began working full time in ministry. I first began as an admin for the children’s pastor, then shortly after became the Preschool Director. My husband, Don and I have 7 children and 5 handsome grand boys. We enjoy working on projects around our home, helping others, traveling & spoiling our grand boys. My spare time is spent decorating, quilting, sewing, & making digital scrapbooks. Feel free to contact me at KRoseborough@RiverBendBC.org.
Deb Baron, Administrative Assistant – I am a native Texan, but have lived all over the US and in Germany. I graduated from Angelo State University, and hold a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a Minor in Marketing. I taught several continuing education classes for the Air Force and rewrote a Speaking and Briefing course to better suit the needs of the military. I was the recipient of the Joan Orr Spouse of the Year Award at Lackland Air Force Base and was on the Dean’s List every semester of college.
I have a passion and great love for River Bend and its people. I love to serve in a variety of ways to include: teaching cooking classes, preparing meals and coordinating various events for the church. This is not the first position I have held for River Bend. I first came to RBBC as the chef for the Wednesday night meals then transitioned into an administrative positon which I held for two years. After taking a break for two years, I have returned to serve the staff here at River Bend.
My husband, Keith and I, both enjoy camping, fishing and traveling when not spending time with our children and grandchildren. Feel free to contact me at DBaron@RiverBendBC.org.
Debbie McCaghren, Extended Session Coordinator I am a charter member of River Bend Baptist Church. My husband, Marty, and I have been teachers in the Babies’ class since that time. We have three grown children, two of which are married, and wonderful grandchildren. I have been a preschool teacher since 1989. I enjoy photography and reading. As the extended Sessions Coordinator, my primary responsibility is scheduling volunteers for the extended session on Sunday mornings. If you would like to volunteer with our preschoolers on Sunday morning, please contact me at DMcCaghren@RiverBendBC.org.
Keno Brown, Building Maintenance Joining us in June of 2007, Keno keeps our building clean, prepares rooms for events, and maintains our grounds. Keno also works at Huggins Elementary making that facility safe and clean for the students and staff. He has worked in this field for over 25 years. Keno is an ordained minister who preaches at River Bend and local area churches occasionally. Keno has enjoyed this opportunity for 14 years. Growing up in Richmond, Texas, he attended Lamar Consolidated Independent Schools. He served four years in the Army. Keno has two sons, Tyrone and Tremon. Keno enjoys spending his spare time with his sons. Messages can be left at the front office for Keno.