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Bruce Rudd – Pastor
Bro. Bruce Rudd has faithfully served the Lord for the past 20 years.  He understands the culture of our day and the mindset of so many without Christ!  Bruce was raised in a godly home with Christian parents and says he is forever grateful for his upbringing; however, Bruce didn’t truly come to know Christ as his personal Savior until he was 29 years old and God radically changed his life. Bruce had a very successful career but was plagued with alcoholism and depression.  Everything changed one night in a hotel room while working out of town.  It was there he surrendered his life to Christ.  Bruce says it was and still is the greatest day of his life!  As Bruce describes it “Christ changed me, forgave me and gave me a new life and calling at that moment and I knew it.  He totally and completely delivered me from the bondages of sin.  He took it all, the desires and everything…I just can’t explain it…it was the grace of God.” 
Bruce pastored FBC Point Enterprise, Texas for 4 years and then did supply preaching and held revival meetings in various churches before being called to Mt. Sylvan.  Bruce loves people…he says his greatest joy is seeing people grow in their relationship to Christ.  Bruce is very happily married to a very godly wife that serves with him in many capacities.  They have two wonderful daughters and live in Lindale, Texas.  He says Mt. Sylvan Baptist is a church that God is blessing and using and gives all the glory to God.  As Bruce so often says, “I am not the pastor of this church…Jesus is the true Shepherd of the church and I am simply an under-shepherd following His lead.”
Jordan Martin – Student Minister
Jordan grew up in Van, Texas and graduated from Van High School.  Prior to joining the Mt. Sylvan team in June, 2013, Jordan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Texas Tech University.  After college, he moved back to Van and began working as a substitute teacher…believing his path was leading him into education.  However, in the summer of 2011, Jordan surrendered to the ministry and started on his Master’s Degree at Southwestern Seminary.  He is excited to be serving in the area and using his gifts to teach and preach the story of the Cross as he ministers to students and their families. 
A die-hard movie enthusiast, Jordan can quote “The Princess Bride” better than you and all your friends.  He enjoys playing disc golf and Ultimate Frisbee, reading, attending plays, and supporting the Red Raiders.  Wreck ‘Em Tech!
Kevin Woolley – Music Minister
Kevin was raised in Mesquite, Texas and is a proud Mesquite Skeeter!  He graduated from Baylor University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.  Later, he obtained a Master’s Degree from East Texas State University in Commerce and has recently completed a 32 year career in Education.  He has served in 5 churches as a part-time or interim Music Minister.
He enjoys outdoors and spends spare time playing golf, hunting and fishing.  His wife, Juli has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Texas A&M University and is a diehard Aggie fan!  She currently works for a defense attorney, but loves to read, quilt and spend time with her Baylor Bear husband.
Kevin and Juli look forward each week to ministering, serving and worshipping with the MSBC family.
Debby Taylor – Adm. Assistant
Debby joined the MSBC team in August of 2012.  She received an Executive Secretarial Degree from Tyler Commercial College in 1981 and has worked in that capacity ever since…desiring to use her education, experience and talents in a way that brings glory to the Lord.  
Debby and her husband Tim live in Van and love to spend time with  their 3 children, 7 grandchildren, extended family, and their very spoiled Maltipoo named Ella!  Debby feels blessed to have been raised by Godly parents and wants to be an example for her family like her Mom and Dad have been for her.  She enjoys gardening, shopping at First Monday, and going to the beach. 
Carole Rapp – Nursery Coordinator
Carole Rapp is the nursery coordinator at Mt. Sylvan Baptist Church.  Married in 1973, Carole is the mother of eight children and the grandmother of ten.  She has had more than thirty years of childcare experience.  She has served as pre-school teacher, director, home daycare owner, preschool teacher, kindergarten teacher, and nursery worker and coordinator.  She earned her Child Development Associate Degree in 1996.
Carole has also spent many years as a Sunday School and Children’s Church teacher.  She has raised four of her children to adulthood and is currently training her four youngest ones.  She has taught or is teaching all of her grandchildren.  She plans to continue her children’s ministry until the Lord returns.
Edgar Vazquez – Custodian
Edgar started working for the church in February, 2012.  He enjoys keeping the church clean and ready for the worship services, and he does so with an attitude of love for the Lord.  Edgar encourages others to come to this church and be blessed by the fellowship of the members here. 
He lives in Lindale, Texas and has three children that he is very proud of.  All of them serve the Lord!  Edgar enjoys exercising and gardening and all aspects of the outdoors.