Bil Barkley, Minister of Education & Sr. Adults













Bil was born and raised in Maryland, where his father pastored and served as a Director of Missions.  He moved to Texas in the fall of 1976 to attend East Texas Baptist University, where he majored in Sociology and minored in Psychology.  He served as the Student Assistant to the Director of the Baptist Student Union, and was a founding member of the Student Foundation.  Bil met Brenda Trent, a Business major and member of the Lady Tigers women’s basketball team.  They married on August 9, 1980 and graduated together in 1981.

 Bil and Brenda served on the staff of Brookhaven Retreat Christian Camp and Conference Center in Hawkins, TX until December, 1987.  In 1988, they moved to Fort Worth, TX for Bil to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He graduated in May, 1992 with a Master of Arts in Religious Education and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling.  He became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 1995.

Prior to coming to First Baptist Church, Bil served as Associate Pastor for Education, Administration, and Missions at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Tyler, TX from 1998 to 2007.  Other full-time and lay ministry positions include Southland Baptist Church, San Angelo, TX; Trinity Baptist Church, Fort Worth, TX; First Baptist Church, Hawkins, TX; and First Baptist Church, Timpson, TX.     

Bil and Brenda have two married children (Drew and Meagan) and currently have 6 grandchildren (with one more on the way).  Drew is married to Rachel Davis Barkley and is the Assistant Varsity Basketball coach and math teacher at Mount Pleasant Hight School in Mount Pleasant, TX.  Rachel is a distributor for JuicePlus and leads Holy Yoga classes throughout the community.  They have two children, Bri and Beckett.  Meagan is married to Weston Smith and lives in Longview, TX.  Weston is a pilot and manages and flies a number of aircraft for private and corporate owners.  They currently have 4 children (Leeland, Kinsley, and Coraline, Everlee) and one on the way, due in August 2017.

Brenda serves alongside Bil in ministry to senior adults, teaches a singles Sunday School class, sings in the choir, and elads the food service team for our annual Guatemala Medical Mission Trip.  She is a Professional Life Coach and a distributor for JuicePlus.  Brends is committed to helping others optimize their health through good nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle. 

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Last Published: January 18, 2019 11:55 AM