"Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed." Acts 17:30-31
Senior Pastor

Matthew Timmons

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Matthew grew up in Lufkin, Texas where he married his high school sweetheart, Cailynn. Matthew and Cailynn have three children: Camryn, Kaden, and Caleb. Matthew enjoys blues music, sports, and spending time with friends and family. 

Matthew holds degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University (BA) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (mDiv).

Matthew has served in ministry since 2000. He has served in Marshall, Hudson, and Diboll, all in Texas. He is proud to be serving the Lord in Palestine as Senior Pastor.

You can view his blog and www.matthewtimmons.blogspot.com

Associate Pastor for Worship and Mobilization

Zachary Zajicek

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Zach Zajicek was raised in a strong, Christian family.  And it was at Fourth Baptist Church in Minneapolis where he first heard and believed the Gospel message of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  Never intending to become a pastor, he focused on sports and athletics in high school.  But “many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).  It was during his junior and senior year of high school that God placed several key mentors in his life that would show him the path of ministry and service to the church.  

So, in 1997, he began studying for pastoral ministry at Maranatha Baptist University and jumped into a 10 year long ministry to teenagers. After finishing his Mdiv at Central Seminary, he served as senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Vinton Iowa for nearly five years.  He and Bethany have seven children, Lynette, Logan, Lily, Landon, Levi, Lucas and Lincoln.  Zach enjoys everything that has to do with motorcycles, his family, athletics, and dreaming of the rock climber phenom he never was.

Associate Pastor for Youth

Rodney Furnish

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Rodney Furnish was called here at Norwood Heights as student minister in September 2004. He was licensed in 2006 and ordained in the Gospel Ministry in 2013.

Rodney is from Palestine and is married to Shirley Furnish. They have two daughters, Abbi and Maggie. 

Rodney has a special love to teach students the love of Christ. He started this in 1994 as a Sunday School teacher. His goal is the Youth motto \"Get It, Live It, Give It.\"   

Associate Pastor for Children

Dustin Crawford

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Dustin Crawford began his ministry as the Children’s Pastor in October 2014. He is married to Julie Crawford, and has two children: Aaron and Elizabeth.

Dustin has an Associate’s degree from Navarro College, and is nearing completion of his Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies at Arlington Baptist College.

Dustin is passionate about telling children and youth about Jesus, and helping their relationship with Him grow. In his free time he enjoys playing music, kayak fishing, sports, and spending time with friends and family. Although this is his first ministry position, he has served Norwood Heights Baptist Church in the youth department and played in the worship band since 2010.

Financial Assistant

Teresa Gillis

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Teresa has served at Norwood as the Administrative Assistant since June 2007.

She is from Dallas and has lived in Palestine since 2007.  She is married to Jeff and they have three adult children plus one unofficially adopted son, Ricki, Mandy, Nathan and Donald.

Teresa studied at Amberton University in Garland, TX and has a passion to help women overcome their hurts, habits and hang-ups; freeing them to become the women that God intended them to be.   

Administrative Assistant

Tabitha Richie

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Tabitha started at Norwood Heights Baptist Church as an Administrative Assistant in August 2016.  She is from Palestine and has lived in Grapeland since 2013.  She is married to Justin Richie and has 2 teenage children; Chanellor and Kaylee.

 She went to Palestine High School and graduated in 1999.  She attended college at Trinity Valley Community College in Palestine.  Tabitha worked as the Major's Secretary at TDCJ for 7 years.  She then took a few years off to be with her family before starting at Norwood Heights.

Tabitha loves working with children, meeting new people, and doing anything outdoors!