Our pastor is retired from the U.S. Air Force. Before that he was an Air Force brat. He worked at Howmet for 17 years while pastoring smaller churches. God has now called Pastor John to City View full time. He is licensed, ordained and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and is recognized as a Teacher of Theology from the Calvary Bible Institute. Pastor John has been teaching since 1984 and answered the call into the ministry in 1999. He is married to Deborah Jean(Anthony) Otley. They have been happily married since 1976 and three children, John D. Jr., Crystal and Bethany. Pastor John and Debbie have 5 wonderful grandchildren.
James is a native of Wichita Falls except for a year on foreign soil in Germany in the U.S. Army. He graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1968. He has been married to Sandra for over 41 years. James has been used by God in leading music for more than 15 years and also serves as a Deacon and Sunday School Director. James likes to collect old hymnals and enjoys gospel,western and bluegrass music. James welcomes you to come and worship with this body of believers here at City View where a warm welcome awaits you!?
Melissa serves as worship leader and choir director for our church. Melissa has a heart and passion to help lead others to the throne through worship and praise. She has been in the music ministry for 20 years as a guest solo artist, church soloist and was Artist in Residence at a sister church in the area. Melissa ministers in prisons with Amazing Grace Prison Ministry and as a guest musical artist with Melissa Ward Ministries. She received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Midwestern State University, and did her graduate studies at Texas’ Women’s University. She is married to Darren Ward and has three children Christopher, Joshua and Eliana.
Marcia serves as pianist for our church. She loved hearing her mother play the piano at church and begged for piano lessons before she even started school. She has been playing the piano in church since she was 9 years old. Marcia grew up in Indiana but has lived in many places across the United States. Wherever she moved, she found a church where she could serve the Lord through music. Marcia has 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren. While her children were growing up, Marcia taught piano lessons for over 10 years. One of her students was her daughter, Kristina, who was the City View Baptist Church pianist for several years before marrying and moving out of state. Marcia feels blessed and honored to be able to play the piano after a serious injury a few years ago nearly robbed her of the ability to play piano. She is so thankful to be a part of the City View Baptist family.
Darren has been involved in the Lord's work for most of his adult life. Being raised in a godly home, he accepted Christ at a very young age. In High School, though, he rededicated his life to Christ and has not looked back. He has served together, alongside his wife, in Texas prisons for over eighteen years. Darren served as Associate Pastor of Irving Christian Fellowship in Irving, Texas. From there,he served at Fountain of Life in Watagua, Texas as Lay Pastor, leading small group Bible studies. Darren has also served at Cornerstone Church of Holliday, Texas for three years. He has worked behind the scenes in media at First Baptist Church and Christ for the Nations Bible Institute. Darren graduated from Christ for the Nations with a 4.0 GPA with an Advanced Diploma of Biblical Studies (Specializing in Leadership and Pastoral Ministry). While attending school in Dallas, he served his internship under the leadership of Dr. Robert Jeffress in the pastoral care, visiting those if nursing homes and hospitals, as well as assisting as needed in funeral services there. Darren is excited about the opportunity to be serving here at City View Baptist Church as the Media Ministry Director.
Kenneth, Coach Ken, and Kristy relocated from their home town after Kenneth accepted a job at Howmet 16 years ago. After settling in City View Kenneth and Kristy fell in love with the community and decided this would be where they would raise their two children O'Shae who is now a junior at MSU and Jackson a freshman at City View High. With a love for sports and helping children Ken was volunteer coach for 12 years. The couple served at a sister church working with children for seven years until the Lord moved them to City View Baptist to work with the youth in the community they love . They live by the scripture Proverbs 22:6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Their youth are not just students but are seen as their other children in Kenneth and Kristy's eyes. They are humbled that our Lord has given them such a task as to work with His children.
Karen Ball has been a City View Baptist Church member for all of her 50-plus years. She has served the church in several capacities, and now she is the church secretary, teaches a Bible study class for young adults and works in the nursery with Sandra Stiles during church worship times. Karen, whose father, daughter,and grandson attend City VIew, loves the church people. She can answer your questions about the church, its history, the people who attended previously and,more importantly, the wonderful people who attend now. She believes City VIew is a loving, Christ-centered, fun place to be and would like to see you there too. Karen says she is blessed that the Lord will use and has used her in several jobs at City View. There is a place for everyone here, and there are many, many jobs to be done in service to the Lord, the church, and the community. Come find what you can do to serve the Lord at City View. Karen would love to see you there.
New to faculty but have been member of City View Church for almost nine years. She is married to David Strayhorn who has been a lifelong member. She has two children, a daughter who attends MSU and a son who attends Iowa Park High School. She has worked for her husband’s business for well over eight years and does the accounts payable and receivables for the company as well as payroll. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve her church and the congregation with this position. Should you need or have questions about our church finances, please do not hesitate to contact her at by clicking on e-mail icon to the right
Sandra calls herself the "nursery granny". She has supervised the City View Baptist Church nursery for more than 15 years and loves to spoil the little ones that pass her way. Sandra said she has enjoyed watching the babies grow from infancy through childhood to young adulthood, learning to love the Lord and find joy in praising Him. Sandra grew up in Dundee, Texas, has been married to James Stiles for more than 40 years, having two grown children and two grandsons. The babies fight to stay in the nursery with Sandra instead ofpromoting to the next class. Sandra loves Jesus and tries to instill that love in the babies by teaching them to share, get along, sing, play and be happy. She loves to serve by taking wonderful care of the small ones while their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents find fulfilling worship and Bible study times knowing their children are safe and well-taken care of.