About Us
Senior Pastor

Jody Jones

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My name is Jody Jones and my wife Monica and I would like to welcome you to our church family.  In April 2013, the Lord called us to Malakoff to live and love the people of this community, and it has been such a blessing.  We would like to welcome you to be part of our family and our vision as we seek to be all things to all people through the love of Christ.  It is an exciting time to be a part of such an experienced church with a missional heart and a staff that is seeking to minister to all ages and people groups right here where God has planted us.  Come and see what God is doing, we would love to have the opportunity to meet you!

Pastor Jody Jones

Pastor of Music and Education

Cory Smith

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Cory Smith has been on staff here as our Minister of Music and Education since February of 2016. He has a wife named Rebecca and two children, a daughter named Ellisyn and a Son named Emerson. Cory has a Bachelor of Science in Music Business with a degree emphasis in Worship Leadership from Dallas Baptist University. He is passionate about leading others to the throne of grace, through praise, and loves to see others worshiping our Heavenly Father. 

Student Pastor

Matt Cass

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I shouldn't have the life I have. But God gives more grace. Jesus changes EVERYTHING, and I'm living proof!

Originally from the Rio Grande Valley in deep South Texas, I was born to a faithful, praying mother. Although I was raised in church, I did not have a typical upbringing. An absentee father; three step-fathers; emotional, physical, sexual abuse; and porn addiction - aren't exactly the perfect setup for a pastor, right? That's how my story begins.

But because of JESUS, that's not how my story ends!

I grew up hearing a lot about Jesus but never truly surrendered my life to Him. When I was 14 years old - filled with deep wounds, regrets, and bitterness - God revealed Himself to me at a summer camp and transformed my life forever.

I began to place my faith in the God of the Bible. He is the ever-present Father to the fatherless. He is the God of perfect love who intimately cares for His own. His powerful Spirit living in me can heal the wounds of my abuse and overcome addiction. His abundant grace is enough for every need.

My SURRENDER has led to my FREEDOM, and I have committed the rest of my life to herald the name of Jesus and His gospel to every student searching for the same abundant grace I have found in my new life in Christ.

God gives each of us a story to share. Don't keep your story to yourself. Shine your light!

Children's Ministry Director

Amanda Bennett

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Amanda Bennett joined the FBC Malakoff family in 2015 and has been an active volunteer in several of our ministries.

In June of 2017, she became our Children's Ministry Director.  Amanda enjoys living in Malakoff with her husband, Ralph, 4 children and some animals. She has a passion for Children's Ministry and enjoys organizing and coordinating events. 

Amanda is from Mesquite, Tx and also lived in Forney for 10 years.  She's a great addition to the FBC staff. 

Ministry Assistant

Nita Cutting

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Nita came to FBC in June 2010.  She was born and raised in Athens and returned to this area after a 5 year absence where she and her family lived at Possum Kingdom Lake near Mineral Wells, TX.  Nita loves the outdoors, spending time with her family, reading, and journaling.  She loves people and her deepest desires are to serve God in the church and the community.  Nita is currently the coordinator for our Women's Ministry here at FBC Malakoff and has a heart for ministering to the women of our community.  Nita has 4 children; Jason, Sarah, Stacey, and Andy, and two granddaughters, Riley and Gentry. 

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First Baptist Church of Malakoff
   November 2018