We are an open book. We want to be as transparent as a church as possible. We are very open with our goals and ambitions through Christ. Feel free to ask us anything you need.

It is our hope that this pages answers three basic questions. We want to make sure that you understand the personality of the church. We love God, love people, and would love for you to join us. 

  • Who is involved in working with this church?

  • What does this church stand for?


We exist for three main reasons that feel very strongly about. We believe that focusing on these three things is what God calls for us to do. We trust in the Lord and follow his will. 


We seek to encounter God through worship and Bible Study.  We offer times of family worship as well as age appropriate ministries at various times throughout the week to help you encounter God in ways that reveal Himself to you more everyday.


Connecting with others is key to growing in your relationship with Christ.  We all need people to laugh with, cry on their shoulder, help in times of need and just do life together.  Through our small group ministry, we hope that you can connect with others and experience true biblical fellowship with them.


Impact the World.  Jesus has called us to make disciples unto the ends of the earth.  Through ministries here at home to across the globe, we seek to provide opportunities for families to impact the world they live in.



Dr. David Wilhite is a native of Columbus, Georgia. He has served on the pastoral staff of two churches in Birmingham, Alabama, and he is frequently invited to speak, supply preach, and help as interim pastor for various churches. After living and studying in Scotland at the University of St. Andrews, he taught for two years at Seattle Pacific University. He came to Truett in the Fall of 2007, where he teaches a required course in early Christian studies, as well as other electives in historical theology.

He has written four books, Tertullian the African (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2007), The Doctrine of the Church (London: T&T Clark, 2010), and The Gospel According to Heretics (Grand Rapids: Baker Press, 2014), and Ancient African Christianity (London: Routledge, 2017). Along with Truett's dean, Todd D. Still, he is co-editing a five volume series on the reception of Paul in the early church (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2013-), and he is also one of the editors for a two-volume work on the reception of the Bible in ancient North Africa. He has also been contracted to co-edit the forthcoming Cambridge History of Ancient Christianity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), with Bruce Longenecker. Dr. Wilhite currently serves as co-chair of a research group for the Society of Biblical Literature entitled, "Contextualizing North African Christianity."

He and his family are actively involved at University Baptist Church in Waco, and they stay busy at their "suburban paradise" taking care of the vegetable garden, a dog, a cat, a rabbit, a bearded dragon, and a small flock of laying hens. In addition to anything involving the outdoors, Dr. Wilhite is currently trying to learn to play the blues on his guitar autographed by Waylon Jennings.



John Griffing

Worship Pastor

John has been with FBC since the Summer of 2014.  John has been serving the Lord in worship ministry since accepting Christ at age 15. His ministry has included churches of all sizes, encompassing a wide range of music and worship styles.

John and his wife Esther are excited about what the Lord is doing at First Baptist Taylor, and feel privileged to be a part of it.

Jennifer Burnum

Children and Family Ministry

Jennifer came to FBC in the fall of 2012.  She is married to Randy and they have a son, Jacob.

Jennifer has her master's degree in Christian Education.  In addition to serving in church staff positions in Youth & Education ministry and Church Administration, she has been a part of various ministries including camp ministry, emergency assistance/homeless shelter ministry as well as group foster care as a houseparent.

Jennifer enjoys playing guitar, camping and the outdoors, reading and being a mom.

Bryan Cawley

Student Pastor

Bryan joined the staff at FBC in the summer of 2017. Called to Ministry at the age of 18, Bryan has served in various churches as both Student Pastor and Minister to College Students.  He has also spent time teaching in the public school classroom.

Bryan has a BS in Family Studies from Texas Tech University and is passionate about seeing students know Christ and make Him known.

He and his wife Mandy have two daughters, Annalise and Brynlee.  He loves Texas Rangers baseball and building furniture in his spare time.

Jennifer Nunamaker

Preschool and First Academy Director

Sheila Debus



Mike Townsend

Facilities Manager


Christina Bevins

Office Manager