LEADERSHIP TEAM

 

ROBERT FORREST

PASTOR
 
Robert has been married to Michele, his college sweetheart since 2003 and they have two kids – Cade and Makenna. Prior to joining the O’Quinn staff in July 2017, Robert was the Associate Pastor at FBC Hewitt for four years and a healthcare IT marketing manager for 10 years.
 
Robert has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, a Master of Business Administration from Tarleton State University and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
 
In addition to his business skills, Robert’s greatest passion is preaching the Word of God and witnessing the life transformation that happens as people become fully mature followers of Christ. Robert’s life verse is Colossians 3:17 – ” And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
 
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MIKE THIGPEN

MUSIC MINISTER 
 

Mike has served as the Music Minister at O’Quinn since 2014. He is very active in community organizations and local charities. He is a retired State employee, where he assisted in providing services to adults and children with special needs for 33 years.

He and his wife Cynthia have been married for 22 years and have five children and nine grandchildren. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and outdoor activities.

Mike has the privilege of leading a praise and worship team and band, and believes the music should glorify God. (Psalms 105:2) “Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!”

 
 
 

LESLIE ASHBY

 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT 
 

Leslie and her husband Wayne have been married for 30 years.  They have 3 grown children – Alexandra, Hannah, and Tate.  Prior to coming to OQBC as Administrative Assistant, Leslie worked in public education for 28 years as a teacher, librarian, Media specialist, and Educational Technology specialist before retiring in June, 2017.  She has all sorts of degrees and certifications from Angelina College, Stephen F Austin, and Sam Houston State.

Leslie is a self-proclaimed “craftaholic.”  She loves to create.  Her motto is, “Why buy it for $10 when I can make it myself for $79?!?”

Having grown up in a Christ-centered home, FAITH is central in Leslie’s life.  Her life’s verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  In all your ways acknowledge HIM and he will make your paths straight.”
 
 

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 WAHK DIRECTOR 
 
 
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MARILYN ARNOLD

 CHILDREN’S CHURCH DIRECTOR 
 
Marilyn Arnold is a retired schoolteacher who loves traveling, reading and spending time with her niece Mandy’s family. She also loves serving at O’Quinn. She has taught Sunday school, worked in the puppet ministry, taught GMA’s, worked on the Ladies Retreat and supported the WMA. Her favorite job is serving as Children Church Director which involves planning and teaching the lessons, providing snacks and leading the singing.  Marilyn helped Robert and Linda Thigpen start the program in 1974 and has been serving since then. Her favorite scripture is John 14: 1-14, which promises us a home in heaven.  
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ALLISON CURRY

 EARLY CHILDHOOD MINISTRY LEADER 
 
Allison Curry has attended O’Quinn Baptist Church her entire life. She was saved when at eight years old and was baptized at O’Quinn.
 
Allison has been the nursery director for the past three years, and absolutely loves it. Teaching children has always been Allison’s passion.
 
She is currently Student Teaching at Central Elementary and will graduate from Stephen F. Austin in December 2017.
 
Throughout her life she has been very active in church, participating in GMA’s, delivering fruit baskets, decorating the church during the Christmas holiday, and assisting in the youth ministry.
 
During her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, baking, and being outside with her cat, Maddie.
 
 

STUDENT MINISTRY LEADERSHIP TEAM

JOHN & PAULA CURRY, CURTIS & DANETTE SHOEMAKER, LAUREN CURRY
 
The Student Ministry Leadership Team has been working with the Zero Gravity Youth Group for the past 8 years.  The team loves students, enjoys spending time with them and teaching them about Jesus.  The team’s objective is to show the youth of our community and beyond the love of Jesus Christ and to show them how they can have a saving g relationship with Him. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Zero Gravity Youth Group.