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Jimmy Withers
Bio: Jimmy Withers was born in a Christian home on April 18, 1952, one of five children and the only son of Weldon and Wilma Withers. It was a Christian home where Christ was taught, loved and lived. The Withers family attended Calvary Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas, where Dr. Earl K. Oldham was pastor. At age 12, Jimmy was born again and at age 20 he surrendered to the Gospel ministry. Jimmy’s education includes Mountainview Community College, Arlington Baptist College, post graduate work at BMA Theological Seminary. Upon graduation from Arlington Baptist in 1976, he became Minister of Youth and Music at the Calvary Baptist Church in Palestine.
In Palestine, Jimmy met the love of his life, Brenda Sims. They were married and now have 2 sons, Joshua and Jacob , a daughter named April, 5 grandsons named Cade, Kale, Jeston, Tyler, and Landry, and 2 granddaughters named Karlee and Jakelyn. In 1987 the Lord called Brenda and Jimmy to pastor Aurora Baptist Church, where they still live and have ministered faithfully. God has richly blessed the ministry at Aurora with over 3,000 souls being saved and over 1,500 baptized in the past 25+ years. The Church has grown from 27 to 500 on Sundays with a high attendance of 1,102. Aurora Baptist Church has successfully negotiated numerous building programs under his leadership and now enjoys state of the art facilities totaling 35,000 sq. ft. He speaks frequently at Fellowships, Marriage Retreats, Men’s Conferences, Camps, Conventions, Churches, Public School and Christian School Assembles. Bro. Withers loves to preach, see souls saved and lives dedicated to the service of the Lord Jesus Christ.
a3Rick & Pam Stokes
Associate Pastor & Administrative Assist. to Pastor/Ladies Ministry
Bio: along with daughters Jennifer and Stefanie were called to Aurora Baptist Church in August 1995 as Youth Ministers. They came from Calvary Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas, where they had attended and served in several different capacities including bus ministry and youth for many years. Rick was called into the ministry in his thirties at this church under Dr. Earl K. Oldham’s ministry. He then attended and graduated from Arlington Baptist College. Rick’s education also includes Troy State University, University of Texas at Arlington and Fort Worth Theological Seminary. Rick and Pam were raised in good, godly Christian homes and have strived to pass this heritage down to their children and children’s children. Both of their dads were in the military so they grew up living all across the United States. However, Rick claims Alabama as his home state and Pam claims Texas. Rick and Pam love the LORD and His people and their heart’s desire is to serve Him continually “with gladness.” They reside in Haslet, Texas, and have three beautiful granddaughters named Lucy, Lilly, and Bridget. God has richly blessed them during their tenure at Aurora. They love the people and are so thankful God sent them here.
Andrew Vandergriff
Student Pastor
Bio: Andrew, Stacey and their daughter Judith have dedicated their lives to help spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. They encourage students to 
begin and strengthen their relationship with Jesus. Andrew attended and graduated from Northwest High School and later earned his bachelor’s degree in Bible/Pastoral Ministries from Arlington Baptist College. Stacey received her diploma from Boyd High School and is a librarian at Northwest High School while their daughter Judith attends Northwest High School.
By God’s mercy, Andrew began an incredible relationship with Jesus Christ. God began to stir in his heart about ministering to a culture in desperate need of Jesus Christ. In 1998 Andrew taught his first Sunday School class and in 2000 he began his tenure at Aurora Baptist Church and became the Student Pastor in 2002. over a decade of youth ministry experience has made a wonderful impact on the teens in Wise County.
Andrew tries to establish and maintain a personal relationship with each student of his group and in doing so is able to lead them into a greater knowledge of the Lord and His Word. Andrew and Stacey are constantly available to any teen in need and sacrifices his time, energy and home to prove that. They are loved and respected by all of his students and they love each one of them with the love of Jesus and will continue to be amazing examples of Christ.
Jacob Withers
Children’s Pastor
Bio: Jacob was born into the home of Jimmy and Brenda Withers on February 26, 1989. From that time on he attended Aurora Baptist Church. At age 5 Jacob asked Jesus Christ to be his personal Savior. By age 12 Jacob knew he was called to full time vocational ministry. Then, at age 18 Jacob started studying at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia where he graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Religion with a focus on Youth Ministry. While Studying at Liberty he met the love of his life Alyssa and the married in June of 2011. In August they came on full time at Aurora to work with the children. Jake and Alyssa have 4 children Karlee Promise, Jakelyn Blessing, Autumn Journey and Walker Joshua. Jake and Alyssa love kids and love to share the gospel to our kids in a safe, fun and exciting way.
Scottlan Stewart
Worship Pastor
Bio: Scottlan was born in Springfield Missouri in May of 1987 to John and Rosemary Stewart. He came to Texas as soon as he could at the age of four. At seven he and his family moved to Aurora as John became the music minister. At seventeen Scottlan accepted Jesus’ free gift of eternal life and surrendered to the call to be a Worship Pastor. Scottlan was blessed to be raised at the Aurora Baptist Church until he married his bride Ronette. Over the next nine years God blessed the Stewart family with four beautiful daughters; Skyler Renee, Addison Grace, Emery Sue and Kambrie Irene. Also in those nine years Scottlan was privileged to work both part time and full time as Worship Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur, Tx and First Baptist Church of Justin, Tx. He received the call as Worship Pastor of the Aurora Baptist Church at the beginning of February 2017. He is currently studying towards his Bachelor’s of Music Ministry with a consecration in Worship. His goal in life is to help people “reflect back to God His self-revealed worth” and to truly shepherd and love those in the church at Aurora.