Robert Carter - Senior Pastor
Some pastors carry the title of Dr., others carry the title of Reverend, but I’ve always wanted to be known simply as Robert , just another member of the family of faith. The fact that God has called me to serve the church as pastor is a gift for which I am thankful. I love what I do. But it is certainly nothing to boast about as if I’ve earned it. My wife and I are regular people. Well, I am at least. She’s pretty special and especially pretty. We love to walk on the beach, see a good movie or just hang out with the kids. We have four great kids and two beautiful grandkids: Our son, Bobby, his wife, Maleta and their daughter, Collins, and our daughter, Chelsea, and her son Carter. That’s five all together, and we love each one of them and enjoy them immensely.
I love to read, mostly theology. I love sports of all kinds, especially fishing, hunting, archery and racquetball. But the hobby I enjoy most is falconry, the ancient art of using a falcon to hunt.
The greatest good news I have ever heard is that God loves me. He loves me just like I am, not because of anything I have ever done or anything I will ever do.
Robin Starnes - Preschool Director
I have been on staff for 18 years and I am a Charter member of Colonial Hills. I am the Director over any and everything that has to do with your Preschool child age 5 and under, including our Parents Day Out/Pre-K program. I have been married to Rodney for 22 years and we have 2 daughters, Mallorie and McKenzie.
What I Love About Colonial Hills
I am a charter member of Colonial Hills and actually met my husband here. We were honored to hold our December 1989 wedding as the first event held in the sanctuary after it was burned to the ground in December of 1988. This has been the church that both our daughters were born into and continue to attend. The people of Colonial Hills have supported me through great joys in my life and also supported me through great losses. There is no other place that I would want to serve.
Steve Alberts - Pastor to Students
I was born and raised in Colorado and came to Texas in 1995 after being called to ministry. God honed my calling to Youth Ministry while attending East Texas Baptist University where I served in two churches in Marshall Texas. While in Marshall, I married the love of my life and Louisiana girl, Shannon Thibodeaux. Our first daughter, Hannah, was born in Marshall and has now grown into a fine young lady with a heart for missions (twice to Ecuador) a dedication to martial arts (2nd Degree Black belt in Tang Soo Do). Feeling led to be a Youth Pastor, the three of us moved to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and serve in a church. My family grew both in size and in heart with the birth of two children: Annemarrie, who’s short but powerful life still ministers to many after her death; and our first son, Marshall, who is the example of being a gentleman, a history buff and is a powerful swimmer. After receiving my masters we moved to serve a church in Fayetteville Arkansas. Shannon dedicated herself creating the best homeschool education for our children, which continues today. Our fourth child was born, Wesley, who has a strong character and is proving to be an excellent gymnast. After 10 years of ministry in Fayetteville, God called us back to Texas in 2015. The five of us (we now have a dog, Emma) moved to begin serving as Youth Pastor here at Colonial Hills Baptist Church. Twenty years of marriage and ministry, this one thing we KNOW is true: we serve a God whose active love for us brings us through every moment the good and hard all for His glory!
What I love about Colonial Hills
Colonial Hills is a church whose focus is on the message of Grace that is poured upon us through the life of Christ! Serving here is a privilege because I am surrounded by some of the greatest people every day. Colonial Hills has a heart for missions and connecting with people, this family of faith is a great environment for a family to grow! We are blessed to be here!
Jerry Calaway - Pastor of Praise and Worship and Administration-Facilities
I am a product of East Texas, born in Kilgore, and raised in Linden and Tyler. I went to TJC, graduated from East Texas State (now Texas A&M at Commerce) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I have served in churches for the last 40 years. I also started a media ministry where I designed lighting, sound, and video for conferences all across America, and have filmed in Europe, Russia, and South America. I have tried to incorporate this knowledge during my ministry at Colonial Hills where I have had the great privilege of serving as Pastor of Praise & Worship for the last 28 years. I have been married to Donna for 38 years, and have three children, Jared, Cherisa, and John. They married three wonderful people, and we have been blessed to have seven of the most beautiful grandchildren, (three boys and four girls) in the world, although most grandparents feel the same way!
I keep busy skyping the grandkids, riding my motorcycle, videography, photography, enjoying our standard poodle, hunting, producing conferences, and aerial photography with a RC helicopter.
What I Love About Colonial Hills
I love this church! I am around some of the greatest people in the world on a daily basis. Whatʼs so special about CHBC? I think itʼs because they realize that they are not special. They are just common, everyday people serving a great God, and loving others through Him. I canʼt imagine going through this life without these great people by my side. They have celebrated with us as our children graduated, got married, and had kids. They hosted the ordaining and commissioning of our two boys, and supported them in their two year overseas mission, and when our oldest was in the Middle East. I have been blessed to grow old with this congregation.
Beth Gillispie - Childrens Ministry Coordinator
I was born and raised in Tyler. I have been married to my husband, Todd, for 13 years. We have two beautiful children, Mia and Jayden. My husband and I have owned our own small business, Tyler Plumbing, since 2005. We have also homeschooled our kids for the past four years. As a family, we enjoy cooking great food and fishing. Our fishing camp at Caddo Lake is our home away from home. So, if you don’t see us, that’s probably where we are hiding.
Why I love Colonial Hills:
I have been a member of Colonial Hills for over 30 years. I was even in the very first God’s Kids performance a million years ago. I was baptized in a horse trough in the gym during revival. Almost every moment of my Christian life has been influenced or shaped by someone or something at Colonial Hills. I can truly call it my church home. I am excited to be raising my kids in the same halls that I was raised in, surrounded by the same love and support I received from this church. I am blessed to have a job doing what I love in a place I hold so dear.
David Buckley - Pastor of Education and Finance
I was born on a family farm in western Pennsylvania. We moved south of Houston in 1976. I have been a member of Colonial Hills since 1999. I started as Minister of Missions. A few years later I became Pastor to Children and then Pastor to Families. I resigned in 2009 but stayed active in the church. In 2015, the church extended a call to me as Pastor of Education and Finance.
I am very involved in my community. I do public address announcing Bullard men’s and women’s basketball games and even some radio broadcasting for the Bullard football team. I also have a drone that I enjoy flying.
I have 2 children. My son, DJ is a junior at Stephen F Austin State University pursuing a degree in biology. My daughter, Whitney is a high school student in Bullard. She is a member of the award winning Bullard High School Panther Marching Band.
What I Love About Colonial Hills
Colonial Hills is a place that you can be real! It is a group of people who gather as they go through “life” together. The Good News of grace, love, and forgiveness is shared here. We are always reminding each other the truth in God’s Word of “Who we are“and “Who’s we are“! It’s a great place to get connected to Christ and then to others. People are not looking for a friendly church, they are looking for friends.