Our Leadership

Pastoral Staff

Richard M. Hartwell, Interim Senior Pastor
 
Richard and his wife, Judy, have attended First Presbyterian Church since 2011 when Richard retired from active duty service with the United States Air Force where he served as a Chaplain. Ordained by the Christian Reformed Church, Richard is a graduate of Calvin College (BA, 1973) and Calvin Theological Seminary (MDiv, 1977). In addition to his service as a military chaplain, Richard has served as the pastor of Framingham Christian Reformed Church, Framingham, MA, as a chaplain with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and as an interim pastor for Prairie Lane Christian Reformed Church, Omaha, NE.

Ministry Staff

Michael Morris, Youth Pastor 
 
Michael joined the staff at FPC in July 2019. He is from Douglasville, GA which is a suburb of Atlanta, GA. He and his wife, Emily, love being new Texans and while they do not have any children, they do have two crazy cats! Michael is a graduate of Georgia College and State University (B.A., 2014), and Reformed Theological Seminary (M. Div., 2019). He is an avid sports fan and supports the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta United F.C. and Chelsea F.C.
Beth Barnard, Children’s Director 
 
Beth joined the FPC staff in 2015 as the Children’s Ministry Director and then added Director of The Learning Center to her job title in 2018. Beth is originally from Wichita Falls and actually met her husband, John, in the FPC youth group! They have three busy children, Madeline, Ben, and Kramer; 4 dogs and a rabbit! If you can’t find the Barnard family around the FPC campus, then you can likely find them somewhere in the great outdoors, camping, hunting, hiking, and just being outside is their favorite family activity. Beth received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Midwestern State University, both in education (early childhood undergrad and special education graduate).
Lance Hargis, Director of Music Ministries
 
Lance joined FPC after over 40 years involvement in church music, with service in every mainline denomination, including two years at a Temple. With his wife, Christina as Organist, Lance most recently spent 7 years serving a large Catholic church in Austin, Texas. Lance is an admitted Opera snob, loves film noir and westerns, and is passionate about helping congregations present their highest offering possible each week. Lance and Christina are both very grateful and blessed to be able to return to their Reformed Faith at FPC.
Ron Hough, Director of Traditional Music Ministries
 
Dr. Ronald Hough came to FPC in 1984 as an organist. He presently serves as organist/choir director and handbell director. Ronald has music degrees from Wheaton College (BM), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MSM), and the University of Illinois (DMA). He retired in 2010 as Professor of Music at Midwestern State University Texas where he taught for 39 years. He also is starting his 44th season as a cellist in the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra. He began playing for church services on a pump organ in the 7th grade and has been an organist in churches of varying denominations ever since. He has a son who is an accomplished violinist in Atlanta, GA and two step-sons and their wives, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His rescue Shih Tzu, Button, attends choir and bell rehearsals and jokingly serves as the church mascot. Ron’s hobbies include cooking and working in the yard.
 
 
Dustin Fike, Director of Contemporary Music Ministries
 
Dustin joined the staff at FPC as Contemporary Music Director in 2015. He is a graduate of Midwestern State University (B.S. 2004). In addition to working at FPC, he also teaches math at Vernon College, manages a music store, and also does photography. His main passion is music and guitar, and he is also part of several other music projects. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his daughter, working out, and of course, playing guitar! Oh, yeah, he also LOVES hats!

Support Staff

Kristen Byas, Creative Director
Sandy Lavine, Church Secretary
Carlana Fitch, Accountant
LaNita Hernandez, Custodial Staff