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Mike Harkrider

Senior Pastor

Mike has served Southern Baptist Churches in Texas since 1980. Mike began serving at WBC in February of 2018. Mike has served as a senior pastor in 3 previous churches for 28 years. His gifts include leadership, shepherding, faith, proclamation, unity, peacemaking, service, and mercy.

Mike is married to Pat, who serves alongside Mike in his ministry, specifically in areas of women’s ministry and Bible teaching. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. Mike likes the outdoors, sports, people, and spending time with family.

You can email Mike by clicking on his picture or his name.

Rick Grant

Associate Pastor of Music

Rick has served Southern Baptist Churches in Texas since 1985. Rick has been on staff at WBC since the end of September, 2002. Here at WBC, Rick has filled various staff positions including, Minister of Education, Discipleship, Worship, and Associate Pastor.

He is married to Mardi, who serves WBC as church pianist, and has one daughter (Bridget Moore) and one son (Brooks Grant). He loves airplanes, music, and the great outdoors. Rick and Mardi have two grandsons, Parker Moore and Micah Moore and two granddaughters Presleigh and Emory.

You can email Rick by clicking on his picture or his name.

Marilyn Swilling

Children's Minister

Marilyn has been a member of Wylie Baptist since 2003. She was born and raised in Taylor county. Marilyn is married to our Director of Maintenace, Scott, and has 3 kids and 8 grandkids. She joined our staff in February 2011 after teaching in Extreme Kidz and directing VBS for us.

"God has given me a passion for the children of our community, and my mission is to help lead our future generation intoa lasting relationship with Jesus Christ."

You can email Marilyn by clicking on her picture or her name.

Darrin Ray

Pastor of Education and Senior Adults

Darrin is the newest member of the Wylie Staff, having recently graduated from Logsdon Seminary at Hardin-Simmons University. He is married to Dr. Carri Ray who works as an Audiologist at West Texas Rehab here in Abilene. They have a 13 year-old daughter Carrmin that attends Clack Middle School and two rambunctious Cocker-Spaniels named Red, and Scarlett.

Darrin is passionate about Senior Adult and intergenerational ministry as well as teaching and preaching the Word of God. He is convinced that the promises of scripture and Christian service to God is for a lifetime and relevant in and for every “season” of life.

Darrin enjoys fishing, hiking, Texas Rangers Baseball, movies, reading, and birding with Carrmin at State and National Parks in his spare time.

You can email Darrin by clicking his name or picture.

Philip Jorgensen

Student Pastor

Philip joined our ministry team on September 18, 2016. He and his sweet wife, Bianca, have already endeared themselves to the family of believers here at Wylie Baptist Church. Philip received his undergraduate degree from Howard Payne University where he met Bianca and they were married in 2013. Bianca is fluent in American Sign Language, and is currently a Deaf Interpreter at Ward Elementary. Philip recently received his Master's Degree from Truitt Theological Semenary in Waco. When asked for a few fun facts -- Philip told us this about himself -- "I love trying out hole-in-the-wall restaurants, I have been to every continent except Antarctica, and I spent a fair majority of my birthday money on books."

Tempye Carey

Administrative Assistant

I am very blessed to have served here at WBC since June of 1978. I have been privileged to see the church grow and change in so many wonderful ways. My favorite thing to do is to teach 2nd and 3rd graders in Sunday School. I love teaching these kids about Jesus and then getting to see them grow up to serve God . I also enjoy participating in Ladies Bible Study, seeing women who are hungry to grow in God’s Word. I love our church because it is made up of all age groups. Each group contributes to the whole of the church.

You can email Tempye by clicking on her picture or her name.

Scott Swilling

Director of Maintenance

After a long career in the Air Force, Scott joined our ministry team in 2008. He is responsible for keeping the church up and running; a job he does very well. He is married to our Children's Minister, Marilyn and is very actively involved in our Children's Ministry. Scott is a proud dad and grandad.

Director of Wylie Child Development Center

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