Staff

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Brian Walton

Brian and Ilene came to FBC in August 2007 from a large church in Southern California where Brian was an Associate Pastor of Shepherding and Adult Ministries. They have four grown children and one grandchild. Brian earned a bachelors degree in Religion and Christian Education from Taylor University and his Masters in Christian Education from Azusa Pacific. He is currently working towards a Doctorate of Educational Ministries from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Growing up on the mission field, Brian had heard Bible stories for as long as he could remember. When he was seven years old, Brian came to realize that he needed to make a personal decision to accept the gift of salvation. As a teenager, Brian began to sense that God had a plan for his life and then when he was 34, the call from God to serve him vocationally was confirmed.

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Hugh Schwartz

In hindsight, Hugh believes he was called to ministry long before he ever surrendered to the call. He often questioned whether he was doing God’s will by pursuing secular work. In 1999, he surrendered to God’s call on his life and left the world of banking and finance to pursue full time vocational ministry. Since then, Hugh has completed a Bachelor’s of Theology and a Master’s of Pastoral Ministry. Prior to relocating to Dalhart, he was the associate pastor of youth and worship for FSBC Kingman, AZ. Hugh is married to his high school sweetheart, Sherril, and they have 2 daughters, Heather and Rachel.

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Kurtis Abla

Kurtis was born, raised, and graduated all from Dalhart, Texas and his heart has always been in this community. Kurtis is married to Dana Abla and has three children and four grandchildren. After high school, Kurtis served in the United States Air Force. After his service, he earned a BAAS/M.Ed from WTAMU. Kurtis has been the Youth Pastor for the past 9 years, and recently went back to work for the Dalhart Independent School District as the “At-Risk Interventionist”.

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Sally Finney

Sally came to Dalhart in 1998 after living in Wyoming for 38 years. Her husband Joel was working at the TDCJ. In 2004, Sally joined FBC Dalhart and has been a faithful member and disciple maker. Sally accepted Christ into her life in Olten, Texas at a mother’s day service around 1947. She loves teaching her class “We Care” Ladies on Sunday mornings and has been a dedicated helper working with children, students, and adults from all ages throughout the year.

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Dana Abla

Dana and her family moved to Dalhart in 1996. She is married to Kurtis who serves as our Interim Youth Minister. Their family has been a part of FBC since August of 2008, then she officially joined our staff 4 years ago as the Church Secretary.