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.

Brian’s Hero: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, he was martyred for what he believed in.
Hobbies: Hiking, running, riding motorcycles and spending time with his wife.

Favorite Song: Praise You in This Storm
Favorite Restaurant: Salt Grass
Favorite Scent: Orange blossoms
Favorite Super-Hero: Captain America

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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.

Hugh’s Hero: The Apostle Paul
Favorite things to do: Anything with my family, especially fishing, camping, hunting (rifle or bow) and traveling.
Favorite Songs: It’s hard for a musician to pick a favorite song. I enjoy most Christian contemporary music especially Lincoln Brewster, Hillsong, and most Passion artists.
Favorite Restaurants: Outback Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Panda Express and The Grill.
Favorite Scents: The smell of the mountains or the desert after a nice rainstorm.
Favorite Super Hero: Luke Skywalker, champion of the Force.

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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 kids: Madison, J.D. and Dusty, and two grandchildren: Daxis and Willow. Kurtis was part of Lincoln Street Baptist Church for several years before he was called into full-time ministry here at FBC. After high school, Kurtis served in the United States Air Force. After his service, he earned a BAAS/M.Ed from WTAMU. In 1992, Kurtis surrendered to his calling into ministry while living in Abilene, Texas.

Kurtis’s Heros: His brothers Bert & Clay
Favorite Hobbies: Running, eating, frisbee golf, completing “Honey-Do’s” and eating again.
Favorite Songs: Blessed Assurance and Alive Again
Favorite Restaurants: Schlotsky’s & The Grill
Favorite Scents: The smell of coffee in the morning and mountain rain
Favorite Super-Hero: Super-Man

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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.

Sally’s Hero: Her son George
Hobbies: Quilting, trying new recipes, knitting, embroidery, and reading.
Favorite Song: 10,000 Reasons
Favorite Restaurant: Applebees and Olive Garden
Favorite Scent: Baking Bread
Favorite Super-Hero: “I don’t even know what a super-hero is…”

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Dana Abla

Dana and her family moved to Dalhart in 1996. Her husband joined the FBC staff as the Youth Pastor and ROC Director in 2008. They have 3 children and 2 grandchildren (that are the most amazing little people on earth!). She has only recently joined the staff in an “official” manner, but has worked alongside Kurtis in the Youth Ministry here at FBC.

Dana’s heroes: Her husband, Kurtis, her dad, Deward and her sister, Nikki
Hobbies: Crafting, scrapping, photography, gardening and her chickens
Favorite Songs: Be Thou My Vision, Greater, Revival, My Lighthouse
Favorite Restaurant: Olive Garden and The Grill
Favorite Scent: Her grandchildren
Favorite Super-Hero: Wonder Woman