Our Staff

Jeff Gravens

Jeff was called as pastor of FBC Crawford in July 2009.  He was born in Ft. Knox, Kentucky but traveled the world while growing up in a military family.  Jeff dedicated his life to Christ while a freshman in college.  Experiencing the power of the local church was the most influential force in his spiritual development.  Thus, Jeff has a passion for the church and desires to see it have a powerful impact in the community.  He enjoys preaching biblically based, Christ centered sermons for modern day application.
Prior to coming to FBC Crawford, Jeff was the associate pastor of Brookview Baptist Church in Waco, Texas.  He has also been a staff member of two non-profit Christian ministries committed to community development and urban ministry.  Jeff earned a Bachelor's of Business Administration from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a Master's of Divinity in Theology from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University.  He also earned the Doctor of Ministry from Truett Seminary. His culminating project was titled, Acts 13:1-3 As Normative Praxis in the Local Baptist Church: A Connection Between Mission and Vocation.   

Jeff is married to Katie, a lifelong student of missions and world Christianity.  She has done mission work in the Northwest United States, the horn of Africa, and India.  Jeff is an avid reader, runner, and devoted sports fan.  He enjoys reading in the areas of theology, ecclesiology, and spiritual formation.  He runs for pleasure and has competed in numerous 5K's, 10K's, and half marathons.  He roots for the Texas Rangers and the Baylor Bears.  Jeff and Katie are parents to Abigail (born 2011) and Wesley (born 2015).

Sam Johnson

Music Minister

Sam lives in Waco with his wife Brianna, both of whom are Baylor University Alumni.  Sam completed his undergraduate degree in Church Music at Baylor University in 2015, and is now working towards a double Masters of Divinity and Church Music at George W. Truett Theological Seminary and Baylor University.  Sam and Brianna seek to glorify God in all that they do and have had the privilege of serving at FBC Crawford since May 2016. Sam enjoys making music, camping, hiking, biking, playing soccer, and woodworking in his free time.

Patrick Martin

Youth Minister

Patrick was called as youth minister at First Baptist in October of 2017.  He grew up in China Spring, Texas and earned a degree in psychology at Angelo State University. Patrick came to faith in Christ at the age of 18, during his freshman year of college. Over the next few years, God gracious called him into ministry. Patrick spent six years in San Angelo volunteering with youth and collegiate ministries. Patrick, along with your ministry responsibilities, is pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. He is honored to work with the students in Crawford. Patrick says, "God has given me the desire to disciple students and to guide them towards a closer relationship with Christ."