fellowship staff

Helping people do what God has called them to do.

  • pastor Rick Lemons

    senior pastor


    office: 972-564-9553 ext 256

    Rick has been the pastor of Fellowship Forney since December 1977. There were twelve people in attendance on their first Sunday, seven of which were active members. Rick graduated from Criswell College in Dallas with a B.A. in Biblical Studies in May 1987. He is the author of the book, The Race: From Pit Row to Victory Lane. 

    Rick and Ann grew up in the same church and married at Friendship Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas on November 19, 1976. They have three grown children: Tamara and husband Jim Davis of Forney; Jared and wife Amy Lemons of Forney; and Olivia Lemons of Forney. They have six grandchildren: Isabella, Jenna, Joelle, Israel, Hendrix, and Halianna. 

    Rick’s responsibilities at Fellowship include teaching, administration, and casting vision. He enjoys playing golf, softball, and spending quality time with his wife and family. His love for the people of Fellowship Forney is evident, and his passion is for Fellowship Forney to be a church that helps people do what God is calling them to do.

  • Jared lemons

    Executive pastor


    office: 972-564-9553 ext 226

    Jared joined our staff in 2006 but grew up at Fellowship Forney. His responsibilities include directing and vision-casting for all worship, student, and family ministries. Jared holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies and an M.A. in Christian Leadership from the Criswell College. 

    Jared and his wife, Amy, have two children, Joelle and Israel.  He enjoys spending time with his family, scuba diving, playing golf, and spending time with other families of Fellowship Forney.

  • Kent Wiles

    worship pastor


    972-564-9553 ext 220

    Kent joined our staff in 2009. He graduated from The University of Central Arkansas, studying music and public relations. Kent loves serving the Lord and his church family by encouraging others to worship God with their lives and music. Kent and his wife, Sarah, have two daughters, Avalyn and Vivian.

  • Nate Miller

    student pastor


    office: 972-564-9553 ext 252

    Nate joined our staff in 2017. He has lived in California, Ohio, and Michigan, and now he's found a home in the great state of Texas. He holds a B.S. in Nursing (is really good with band-aids) from Cedarville University and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Clarks Summit University.

    Nate has worked in camp ministry and elementary ministry. His combination of energy and fun with deep theological teaching is helping transition Fellowship Student Ministry into an incredible place for our 5th-12th-grade students! Nate enjoys reading C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, drinking La Croix sparkling water, and watching the Cleveland Browns.

    Nate's 6'5" stature and his Yorkie dog named Sassy are a sight to behold! 

  • grace Smith

    children's minister


    office: 972-564-9553 ext 218

    Grace Smith joined our staff in 2006. Grace has three adult daughters, two sons-in-law, and her two grandsons!

    Grace says “Next to my family, the children’s ministry is closest to my heart. I have the opportunity to mold the next generation to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. I get to have a lot of fun doing that, too!”

  • patrick flynn

    Director of Media ministry


    office: 972-564-9553 ext 214

    Patrick joined the Fellowship Forney staff in June of 2017. He graduated from Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH. Patrick's main focus is in the area of media ministry and production. He and his team help set the stage for worship each week by using their talents to enhance our worship experience.

  • shaun coley

    director of operations


    office: 972-564-9553 ext 210

    Shaun joined the Fellowship staff in 2005. He has a background in business and technology, having worked as a business manager and IT consultant. Shaun attended Jacksonville College as a music major. He loves music and enjoys hiking, canoeing, camping, and 4-wheeling. Shaun and his wife, Jamie, were married in 1999.

  • Steve Bell

    Adult discipleship coordinator


    office: 972-564-9553 ext 215

    Steve joined the Fellowship Staff in 2018, directing Adult Discipleship and serving as one of Fellowship’s local missionaries for the North Central Texas Region of Awana International. Steve holds a B.A. in Bible and Psychology, an M.A in Counseling, and has pastored churches in Tennessee and Texas. He recently retired from Dallas County Probation Office and had worked as a training specialist for the Department of Homeland Security & T.S.A. Steve and his wife, Rebekah, have two daughters and four grandchildren. He enjoys singing, teaching, and spending time with his family.

  • lauren helton

    Director of Nursery & Childcare


    office: 972-564-9553 ext 219

    Lauren joined our staff in 2017. She and her husband Cole have two children, Colbie and Jase. Lauren is a paramedic with a B.S. in Emergency Health Sciences and has a passion for child safety. She believes the nursery should be a safe and loving environment where parents can feel confident leaving their children while they fellowship and worship the Lord together.

  • rita minshew

    administrative assistant


    office: 972-564-9553 ext 201

    Rita joined our staff in 2006. She handles the scheduling of events and resources, all church communications, and helps people connect with the ministries of the church. Rita loves spending time with family and enjoys hiking, snorkeling, reading mysteries, and watching old movies. She and her husband, Phil, love spending time with their children and grandchildren. They’ve been members at Fellowship Forney since 1987.

  • gayleen tims

    accounting & women's event coordinator


    office: 972-564-9553 ext 221

    Gayleen joined our staff in 2008. She serves as Church Accountant and coordinator of Women's Events. She has a degree in Accounting from Amber University. Gayleen is more comfortable in a "behind-the-scenes" position, which carries over in her involvement in planning Fellowship Women's Events. Although her administrative skills are essential to these events, you will very seldom see her on stage! Gayleen has two daughters, Susan and Ginger, and a grandson, Will, who keeps her laughing!