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Mitch Minson

Senior Pastor

Cell: (903) 235-0919


I am so grateful that the Lord allows me to serve among the wonderful people of Linden First Baptist Church. My wife and family moved here in August of 2021 and are so excited about what God is going to do. 

We have five children, four of them live with us here in Linden and the fifth (our oldest) is married and lives in San Deigo with her husband. My family is my first ministry and I can be found in my free time serving them.

I am a graduate of Liberty University where I received both my Bachelors and Masters degrees. At some point I plan to finish the work I have begun on my doctorate.

I am an LSU fan through and through and am proud to admit it, even in NE Texas!

If you live in the NE Texas area I would like to invite you to join with us as we serve the Lord in our region. Come as you are and see what God has in store for you as you follow Him.

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Justin Gutierrez

Youth Pastor

Cell: 903-576-2849



Justin grew up right down the road in Daingerfield, Texas. As a high school freshman, Justin’s spiritual journey began at a 5th Quarter Pizza Party at FBC Daingerfield where he first realized his need for Christ. After graduating from high school, God led Justin to East Texas Baptist University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion with an emphasis in Youth Ministry.

While attending ETBU, Justin met his wife Grace who is now an elementary school teacher at LKCISD.

Justin was called to FBC Linden in March 2011. His ministry philosophy is that “people don't care what you know unless they know that you care” and his belief that God made us for community in Him and through Him leads to his pursuit of very personal relationships with his students and parents.

As for hobbies, Justin likes to read, watch movies and TV shows, and play strategy games.

In case you couldn’t tell from his picture, he and Grace are Dallas Cowboys fans through the wins and the losses. And just to confuse the rest of us here in the South, he’s a Dallas Stars & Pittsburg Penguins NHL hockey fan.

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Dawn Hansche

Children's Director & Head Custodian

Cell: 903-930-3495




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Tammy Wells

Financial Secretary and Music Minister

Cell: 903-931-1597


Tammy was born in Fairfield, Texas where her dad was the Music Director at FBC Fairfield. Following her dad’s call to be Music Director at East Sherman Baptist Church, she received Jesus as her Savior at the age of 7.

You could say music is in her DNA. She enjoyed singing in children’s choir, the youth choir, and in the high school choir. One the greatest joys of her life was when she and her parents started singing together as a trio in local churches and revivals.

Tammy and her family finally moved to northeast Texas to Linden. She fell in love with the piney woods and the people in small town America. It was in Linden where she met and fell in love with her high school sweetheart Gary and raised two sons, Chris and Cliffton. Tammy and Gary are blessed to have two grandsons, Logan and Levi. She says “It’s absolutely wonderful to be a grandmother! I love my boys!”

After working for the Cass County government for 39 years, Tammy followed in her family’s footsteps to serve as the Minister of Music and Financial Secretary for FBC Linden.

Tammy loves praising and worshipping the Lord and sharing her love for music with all ages!

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Psalm 150: 1

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Mary Rowland

Office Secretary

Cell: 903-720-9971


Mary was born and raised in Marshall, Texas. She received Jesus as her personal Savior at the age of 9. In 2007, she and her husband William moved to Linden where they become members of FBC. 

Mary has been our church secretary since November of 2016. She loves her family (William, Christopher, and Christina), loves her church family, and loves to volunteeer in different ministries in the church.

Mary's hobbies include watching movies and doing word search puzzles. Her favorite Scripture verse is Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

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Darrell Rodgers


Cell: 903-691-4048