Senior Pastor - Matt Gholson, B.A., Th.B., Th.M.
Matt is a native of the Henderson area, and except for a three and a half year period at college, he has lived in this area all of his life. Matt attended Smyrna Missionary
Baptist Church in the Oak Flat community where his father and mother served faithfully. He also grew up next to Pine Springs Baptist Camp, so he could "visit" camp
anytime! After graduating Henderson High School in May, 1993, Matt attended Texas A&M and graduated in December 1996. It was during February 1996 that he met
his future wife, Jennifer, at a singles/college retreat at Timberline Baptist Camp in Lindale. After graduating from Texas A&M, Matt and Jennifer were married and he
began his new position at Peoples State Bank in Henderson, Texas. They also joined with Arp First Baptist Church where they oversaw the youth program. While
working at his job and church, Matt also began attending Stephen F. Austin State University to obtain his Masters of Business Administration degree.
After a couple years of marriage, Matt and Jennifer became the proud parents of Savannah and had everything a young couple could desire. However, as Matt
approached the completion of his Masters degree, he felt God calling him to the ministry, and in the summer of 2000, he surrendered to the ministry at Arp First Baptist
Church. Shortly thereafter, he moved his family to the campus of Texas Baptist Institute & Seminary where Matt and Jennifer's second child, Levi, was born. In August
of 2001, Arp First Baptist Church hired him as Associate Pastor over Student Ministries, and the Missionary Baptist Student Fellowship Director at the University of
Texas - Tyler and Tyler Junior College campuses. As Matt finished his course of studies as Texas Baptist Institute & Seminary (TBI), he was invited to serve as a
faculty member. After serving as a faculty member of Texas Baptist Institute & Seminary for ten years and serving as Director of the School of Distance Learning, Bro.
Matt has been blessed to have touched the lives of many young men. (He is not currently serving in a Faculty position.) In 2009, he received his Masters of Theology,
and in 2013, he received his Doctorate of Theology.
Matt has served Ebenezer as Senior Pastor since January 2005 and has seen the church grow from approximately 12 in Sunday morning attendance to an average of
100. He also plays bass guitar during Worship Services.
Matt is also a huge supporter of the schools he attended (Texas A&M University, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Texas Baptist Institute-Seminary), and loves to
hunt, watch football, play computer games, read, enjoy time with his family, and share God's blessings with others.
Minister Of Music & Youth - Kyle Clinton
Kyle was born in Greenville, Texas on May 2, 1986. Kyle has been blessed by the Lord to have Christ introduced to him as soon as he was alive. Kyle's father, Kevin
Clinton, was called to the ministry just before Kyle was born. Consequently, Kyle spent the first four years of his life on the campus of Texas Baptist Institute &
Seminary while his father studied to become a better minister. After his father's graduation, the family moved to Sherman, Texas in order for his father to pastor Victory
Missionary Baptist Church. It was during this stay at Victory MBC that Kyle accepted the Lord as his Savior. Kyle and his family stayed in Sherman for approximately
seven years when God called his father to Bogota, Texas. After a short stay in Bogota, Kyle and his family moved to Denison, Texas where his father began pastoring
at Woodlawn Missionary Baptist Church.
During his stay in Denison, Kyle played football in middle school as well as trumpet in the band. Kyle started his high school career in Denison, however, he finished
at McKinney High School in 2004 because his father had moved the family to McKinney, Texas to start a new church. Directly after graduating high school, Kyle
attended Colin County Community College for one year where he studied to be a Radiologist Technician. The next year, he attended Grayson County College
continuing with the same studies. During his studies at Grayson, Kyle met his future wife Lauren, and they dated for approximately two years. They were married on
July 14, 2007.
The summer following Kyle's attendance at Grayson, he felt the Lord calling him to the ministry. Kyle answered the call on July 2, 2006, and since then, has moved to
Henderson, Texas where he is currently attending Texas Baptist Institute & Seminary. Since February 3, 2008, Kyle has served as the Minister of Youth at Ebenezer
Baptist Church. In September of 2010, he began serving as Minister of Music.
Deacons - Scooter Ballow, Norman Simmons
Sunday School Superintendent - Marvin Steveson
Fun in the Son Director - Daniel Branscum
Men's Brotherhood President - Josh Arivett
Ladies' Auxiliary President - Stephanie Ballow
Church Treasurer - Sharon Smith
Faith Promise Treasurer - Kelly Steveson
Missions Committee Chairman - Philip Griffith
Nursery Director - Tasha Smith
Children's Chapel Director - Lauren Clinton
Fellowship Hall Coordinator - Jo Ann Dunn
Church Clerk - Krista LeBow
Asst. Church Clerk - Lloyd Burd
Media Arts Director - Jason Smith
Bulletin Mail-out Coordinator - Cindy Steveson
Shower Coordinators - Pamela Cline, Lauren Clinton
Fellowship Committee - Charla Zangarine, Lauren Clinton
Sympathy Card Mail-outs - Lori Lockridge, Maegan Zangarine
Guest Card Mail-outs - Diane Simmons, Charla Zangarine