Ministry Team


Sundays: morning bible study 9:00 aM i Worship Service 10:30 am

Pastor John C. Crowe

John C. Crowe was appointed to serve as River Bend Baptist Church's  Pastor in January 2000. 

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

Kevin Coleman, Associate Pastor

In Romans 8:28 we are assured that in all things, God works. I had no clue that my parents’ simple decision to join River Bend Baptist Church in 2000 was, in fact, a fulfillment of that passage. Yet as I reflect upon the past 8 years of vocational ministry in various churches, it has become clear that God has used River Bend Baptist Church to fulfill His will in me. It is such a privilege to serve the church of my childhood and to now have a front row seat to God’s active hand at work in our fellowship’s midst.

I hold a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Ouachita Baptist University and a M.Div from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to serving at River Bend Baptist Church, I also work at The Brookwood Community as the Director of the Residential program, which serves 110 adults with special needs.

One of my greatest joys in life is my wife, Erin, and our two children, Cait and Luke. They are the most precious people you will ever meet. Feel free to reach out if you’d like to connect

Todd Melton , Minister of 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

Jeremiah Blocker, Youth Minister

I joined the River Bend Team in August 2020, what a year!

I accepted Jesus into my heart at a young age and grew up in a ministry family. I am originally from Chicago and moved to Houston to attend the College of Biblical Studies. After receiving my Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies, I realized there was so much more to know about God and others. I am reminded of Jeremiah 1:5 which says, “Before I formed you in your mother’s womb I knew you.” God has had His hand on me, and my goal is for everyone around me to experience the love, grace, and forgiveness of Jesus Christ while giving God the glory. I have a strong desire and passion from God to teach, lead, and disciple the youth. Whether through Bible Study, outdoor games and activities, or pizza, I am humbled by the privilege to help change the world through the youth of today. Please feel free to connect with me at .

Lawsona Gandy, Children’s Director

Avocados are a food that I loathed until 2016.  The texture seemed more like Play-Doh than a food.  Teaching children in church for over 20 years, I have frequently spent my time discouraging the consumption of Play-Doh.  So, to eat a food that was a similar texture seemed wrong.  I got over it, and now I love avocados on everything…but I still don’t eat Play-Doh.  My favorite Bible lesson is the one that I am currently teaching.  My husband Jarrett, who has shared in the joy of ministry with me since we got married in 2000, laughs that every time I start to teach, I begin with, “THIS is my FAVORITE Bible story!”  Our two kids, Olen and Ellie, have always eaten avocados and love serving God.  My second favorite marsupial is the platypus. Please feel free to contact me at

Suzanne Scott, First Steps Preschool Director

I have been the Preschool Director at First Steps for 5 years, however I have been part of the River Bend family since 2004. My husband, Grant, and I are proud parents to three children – Kendall, Carter and Abby and one daughter, Makayla in heaven. My two youngest children attended preschool at First Steps and we are all still active members of River Bend. When not at River Bend, I enjoy family time, watching and attending all sports and any outdoor activities. I am thankful for all of the relationships I’m made through the preschool and my church family and I look forward to what God has planned for my family. You can contact Suzanne at .