Meet our Staff

Dr. Joe Worley
Lead Pastor

Dr. Worley has been the lead pastor since 1995. He and his wife Cheryl are blessed to have two sons, Kyle and Tanner. Kyle and his wife Lauren are planting Mosaic Church in Richardson. Kyle and Lauren have a beautiful daughter Lydia. Tanner and his wife Caitlin live in Dallas. Graduates of Texas A&M, Tanner and Caitlin work at Topgolf and Cooks Children’s Hospital respectively. They serve the Lord at the Village church.

Believing that ministry first begins in the home, Dr. Joe Worley has committed to see his family serving the Lord. Pastor Joe is an equipping pastor who believes in expository preaching to prepare God’s people for impact in the world. Email:

Charles Miller
Discipleship Pastor

Brother Charles has been serving as the Education/Discipleship pastor since 1996. He taught and coached in public education for 30 years prior to coming to First Groves. Charles received an Associate of Arts degree from Panola College before receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity University in San Antonio. While teaching high school Biology, Charles received his Masters of Education degree from McNeese University. He married his High School sweetheart, Clarice, and have two adult children, Charlie and Chrysta along with 5 grandchildren. (Chaston, Camden, Ava Grey, Coby, and Clara Ann)

Brother Charles believes Christian education should Connect people in small groups to study God’s Word together. By studying God’s word, people then Grow into a better understanding of what it means to Serve God by serving others.

Alfredo Ballesta
Hispanic Pastor

Bro. Alfredo has joined First Baptist in 2016, coming straight from his native country, Uruguay. He’s happily married to Mrs. Nancy, and they serve together to reach the Hispanic Community. Before getting here, he served in South America, in Uruguay and Paraguay as a pastor, since 1987, when he graduated from the Baptist Teological Seminary in Uruguay. First Baptist accepted the challenge of being ‘A Church for the Nations’, and that’s why you may listen to different languages spoken between us. Given the big and growing Hispanic Community around us, we’re happy to open our doors to our Spanish speaking neighbors, so they can listen to the Gospel, experience spiritual growth and reach others in their own language.

Guy Burnaman
Worship Pastor

Guy Burnaman has been in ministry for over 25 years; 13 of those years here at First Groves. A former First Groves church member, Bro. Guy was called into Bi-Vocational ministry and left First Groves to serve at several local churches. In 2005, he returned home to lead “heart-felt, passionate praise and worship” centered around scripture (Eph. 5:19-20). Guy uses his vocal and teaching gifts to reach all age groups through worship and praise. Guy is a full-time Engineering Manager in Port Neches, Texas. He and his wife, Michelle live in Bridge City. Michelle, is a secretary at Little Cypress Junior High School and his daughter, Mallory, married to Josh, lives in Beaumont and is a 6th grade Teacher at Little Cypress Junior High School.  Guy and Michelle recently welcomed their first granddaughter, Charleigh Kaye, who has quickly stolen their hearts

Chaston Miller
Creative Worship Pastor
Susan Daigle
First Kidz-
Connect Groups
Stacy Richard
First Kidz-
Special Events
Jillian Hunt
First Kidz-
VBS Director

Renee Gladden
Little Kidz Director MDO Director

Julie Weeks
Media Specialist