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Eastwood Baptist Church

Gatesville, Texas

"Sharing, caring & inspiring

for Jesus"...

...since 1953

Staff

Matthew Richard

Pastor

Matthew Richard joined the staff at Eastwood in August of 2010. Matt is married to Michelle and has two children with her, Emily and Luke. Prior to coming to Eastwood, he served as Pastor of Spring Creek Baptist Church in Iredell, Texas. Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts from East Texas Baptist University and a Master of Divinity from George W. Truett Theological Seminary, where he is also currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry. Matt believes that Eastwood’s greatest asset is its people and strives to help make “every member a minister.” While he loves preaching and teaching, he sees his overall task as that of an overseer and equipper. To that end, in the time he has been at Eastwood, he has sought to help create new small group Bible study and discipleship classes, as well as to discover opportunities to participate in service and mission work. When Matt is not doing “church stuff,” he enjoys reading, writing, going to plays and concerts, and spending time with his family. To contact Matt, send an email to pastor@ebcgatesville.org.


Terry Hale

Music

Terry Hale has been the bi-vocational Music Director and Worship Leader at Eastwood since October of 1985 or as he likes to say, "since I was two!" after having served two years as the church pianist for Eastwood. Terry, a native of Gatesville, grew up at First Baptist Church in Gatesville where he accepted Christ as Savior at the age of 12 and later served as church pianist during high school and college. He graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a degree in math/computer science and did post-graduate work in accounting. Terry owned and operated his own computer business and taught computer design, programming and analysis at the college level before joining the staff at Gatesville High School in August of 1990. In his "other life" Terry is still a high school Algebra and Pre-Calculus teacher and head of the high school math department at Gatesville High School. He also designs and programs web sites in his "spare" time. Terry enjoys building and flying radio controlled airplanes, oil painting, playing piano and guitar and travel. His trips frequently take him to the mountains in New Mexico or Colorado or to Branson, Missouri where he enjoys live music. To contact Terry, send email to music@ebcgatesville.org


EJ Davila

Youth

EJ Davila joined Eastwood’s staff as Youth Minister in 2016 after he and his wife, Presley, moved to Waco so EJ could attend Truett Theological Seminary. Previously, EJ had attended Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, his hometown, where he studied Psychology and worked in the mental health field. In Brownwood, EJ and Presley served for several years at First Baptist Church of Brownwood in the youth group. To contact EJ, send email to youth@ebcgatesville.org


Alice Brown

Children

Alice Brown's biographical information is not currently available. To contact Alice, send email to children@ebcgatesville.org


Shannon Jones

Secretary

Shannon has served Eastwood as the church secretary since September 2012. Shannon was born and raised in the rural farming community of Brookfield, Missouri where she spent countless hours on a John Deere tractor, which has led her to her love of all things “green and yellow.” After high school, Shannon attended North Central Missouri College, where she earned a degree in Accounting. After college, Shannon accepted a position at Orscheln Farm & Home, a local farm and home store where she remained employed for 14 years. During this time, she performed many special tasks including assistant manager, Inventory Supervisor, helped on the set-up crew doing store remodels and setting up new stores. In October of 2007, Shannon married Leighton Jones. Shannon and Leighton moved to Gatesville in October of 2011 and became members of Eastwood Baptist Church. Shannon enjoys watching the St. Louis Cardinals. If the Cardinals are not playing she settles for the Kansas City Royals. Sorry Rangers fans!! “Let's go Cardinals”. Since coming to EBC, Shannon has been able to pursue the advancement of the Ladies Ministry and is looking forward to the plans God has for the Ladies Ministry at EBC! To contact Shannon, send email to info@ebcgatesville.org


Lou McDonald

Pianist

Born in Los Angeles, California, Lou Wieting McDonald and her identical twin sister, Sue Wieting Richardson, moved to Waco, Texas before the age of one with their two older sisters and parents, Andrew and Eldred Wieting. Lou, her sisters and parents grew up in Waco where her dad was a long-time local band director and her mother was a music and English teacher. Both of her parents came from musical families and Lou and her twin joined the family orchestra at the age of four. They performed all over Waco and other Texas cities, playing their instruments including violin, cello, flute, clarinet, oboe, bell lyre, piano and organ. As they began kindergarten the four girls sang in a quartet with their parents accompaniment and performed all over Texas and in Colorado during the summer time. They were called "Waco's Lennon Sisters" because of the similar sound they produced in perfect harmony. Thus, Lou has continued to sing and play all of her life.

Marriage to Larry McDonald was a lifelong goal since they both "went steady" beginning in 3rd grade at North Waco Elementary and were the Waco High School sweethearts their senior year at Waco High School. The marriage occurred in January 1969. Larry graduated from East Texas State University and was drafted into the U.S. Army while teaching and coaching in Crandall, Texas. They had their daughter, Lisa, and Larry was gone in the Army so Lou and Lisa went back to Waco where Lou worked at Baylor University. After Larry was sent to San Antonio, Lou and Lisa moved there and Jason was born the next year. When Larry was discharged from the army, they moved back to Waco. Larry started coaching and teaching in Gatesville while Lou worked another year at Baylor. Then they all moved to Gatesville and have never left because of their love for this beautiful area of Texas.

After passing her civil service exams as a stenographer and typist, Lou worked at Fort Hood and at the Veterans Administration in Waco for eight years. After completing her Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, she worked 13 years for the Parole Board Members as Executive Assistant and 13 years in the Linda Woodman State Jail as the Warden's Administrative Assistant Secretary, retiring from the State of Texas Criminal Justice System after 26 years in 2009. Larry retired from teaching in 2000 and from the Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 job after 24 years in 2010. Lou directed three children's choirs at First United Methodist Church in Gatesville before becoming the pianist at Eastwood Baptist Church in December 1986. Lou has been playing and singing at Eastwood ever since! Lou joined Eastwood Baptist Church and was baptized several years ago in the beautiful new sanctuary. She has performed in Eastwood's Christmas show, Christmas at Eastwood, for the last 10 Christmas seasons as soloist and ensemble member.

Lou enjoys her 8 grandchildren and follows them in all sports and academic endeavors. She still has 3 in Gatesville ISD, 4 in various colleges and 1 Texas A&M graduate married and working in Galveston, Texas. Lou and Larry volunteer for Meals on Wheels delivery ministry. Lou enjoys deer and bird hunting (she is the bird dog), fishing, making arts and crafts and working crossword puzzles. Until recently she and two of her sisters continued to sing in the Waco area for luncheons, churches and various civic clubs, so music is still very much a part of her everyday life and her church ministry.