Bright Light Free Will Baptist Church Leadership
Bright Light Free Will Baptist Church is blessed to have a leadership team who are dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will.
Hebrews 13:7 (NIV)
17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
Gabriel Lee Montez, D. Min.
Pastor Gabe and his wife Erika have felt called to serve a growing community that strives to grow in its relationship with God. While in California, they have served the Fullerton community with its local churches and the Buena Park neighborhoods with The Way Fellowship in Orange County, California. Now, they serve Bryan/College Station and its surrounding area as Texans.
Erika has worked with the Buena Park School District as well as served as director of children's ministries in her local church. Most recently, she co-taught with the Buena Park Christian Learning Center in its inception.
Pastor Gabe has a Bachelor's degree in Theology and a Masters's Degree in Mental Health & Wellness from Grand Canyon University in Arizona. He has also recently completed his Doctorate in Spiritual Formation from Liberty University in Virginia. Pastor Gabe is also serving as a chaplain with The Langford Retirement Community.
Kathryn "Kat" Jensen
Kathryn Jensen is the clerk at Bright Light. She is currently a housewife, previously a copywriter, and an advertising agency co-owner. She has five children and is a grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoys gardening, painting, and reading.
Kathryn joined Bright Light in the fall of 1994. She has held every office at one time or another in "Woman Active for Christ", Kathryn was also a camp counselor at "Camp Sonshine" for several years. She has been active in Vacation Bible School, teaching Sunday School,
After a brief time away to help with her grandchildren, she returned to Bright Light in February 2015. Kathryn's name was shortened to Kat by Bright Light members due to the many other Kathryns, Kathy's, and others in the early years.
Kat has always brought the "light" in "Bright Light" while here to those in the church and is a friend to both newcomers and to those familiar faces.
The Goen name is rich in Bright Light's history. Clyde is the fourth generation and is going strong. He joined the church soon after serving in the U.S. Army in 1969. Clyde tells how he didn't attend regularly until sometime in the 1980s after his children persisted in his attendance.
Clyde was part of the Bryan Fire Department starting in the winter of 1979 and retired in 2005.
He began teaching the adult Bible study during the 1980s and was ordained as a deacon in 1996 (Rev. Herbert Richard officiated).
As the pastor needed to see family on vacation, Clyde had been given the opportunity to give his first sermon (The pastor at the time was Rev. Matt Calhoun). He had also been given the task to provide sermons during the absence of a sitting preacher with Bright Light.
Clyde had done this for several years and held faithful with the congregation in seeking a new pastor.
Bright Light is forever grateful for Clyde and his wife Genia who have taken the church through the difficult times without a pastor.
Rory has been with Bright Light for twenty-five years. He is retired now and enjoys listening to music, gardening, fishing, hunting, cooking, hiking, camping and simply enjoying nature.
He is just about the handiest person to be around when you need something fixed or built.
Rory also loves to teach others as he does what he enjoys. He will be happy to walk you through whatever it is that could be the issue and is always there to help.
Bright Light is thankful for Rory's servant heart and his willingness to always get his hands dirty when necessary. He is a great example to the congregation.