Executive Director of Missions

Dr. Jerry Christopher

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Dr. Jerry Christopher is the Executive Director of Missions for Fannin Baptist Association in Bonham, Texas. He has served in this position since June of 1995 and has been a minister of the Gospel for over 47 years. Dr. Christopher has been married to his wife, RaDonna, for 42 years. They reside in Bonham.

Jerry and RaDonna have two grown children, Kaylan and Jeremy.

Kaylan is a Communication Specialist and Contract Writer/Editor. She is married to Lieutanant Colonel Nathan Pruess, USAF. Thet have one daughter, Madelyn Grace.

Jeremy is an Account Executive with the Texas Rangers Baseball Club in Arlington, Texas. He is married to Jennie and they have a daughter and son, Penny and Jacob. Jerry & RaDonna reside in Bonham.

Administrative & Ministry Assistant

Donna Cox

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Donna is a native of Fannin County, graduating from Sam Rayburn High School. Donna and her husband Carl have three children and eight grandchildren.

Dustin and wife Jessie live in Telephone, he is employed as project manager for Benchmark Enviromental. Kara and husband Phillip Mathis live in Telephone, TX.  Kara and Phillip both teach at Sam Rayburn ISD. Phillip is also serving as pastor at Ivanhoe Baptist Church.  Kylie and husband Jerod Bingham live in Telephone, Texas.  Kylie is employed as a  Registered Nurse at Baylor Frisco and Jerod is employed at Sam Rayburn ISD.   

Donna and Carl live in the Telephone area and are members of Elwood Baptist Church. Donna has served with the Fannin Baptist Association as the Adminstrative & Ministry Assistant since 1999.

Volunteer Jail Chaplain

Bill Thornton

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Bro. Bill and his wife Alta live in Telephone, TX.  Bill has served in many areas of ministry in the Fannin Baptist Association.  His first church to pastor was Vineyard Grove Baptist Church in Allens Chapel in 1954. Bill has pastored Telephone Baptist Church two times during his ministiry and also served as the Director of Missions of Fannin Bapitst Association for a short time.

Bill has been extremely instrumental in helping to start cowboy churches across the area.  One of those churches is Bois D Arc Creek Cowboy Church where he and Alta are members.  Bill and Alta have four children, 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandchhild. Bill continues to be very active in his work with the association by being a member of the FBA Relevant Ministries in Missions and Evangelism Team.

Most recently, Bill has been serving through the Fannin Baptist Association as a volunteer chaplain with the Fannin county jail and Texas prison system. 

  February 2018  
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