Meet our Staff

We are happy to introduce our staff to you!  If you need to email any of these fine folks, simply click on their picture,

and they will be happy to respond and interact.  [Professional photographs courtesy of Dayspring Photography.]

  • Derrick Arellano

    Minister of Music

    Derrick has served as the Minister of Music at FBC Lorena since 2013 after serving in various music ministry roles in north Texas.  He began his collegiate training at Texas A&M University studying engineering but transferred to Baylor University to study music as a voice major.  He loves playing sports (especially volleyball and basketball) and rooting for his San Antonio Spurs, as well as spending time and making music with family and friends.  Derrick's big desire is for our church to be known for meeting the needs of those around us and that those who are seeking will find FBC Lorena as a place to belong and connect.  Derrick and his wife Brooke are parents to their growing kids, Anson and Alayna.

  • Tricia Byrd

    Financial Assistant

    Tricia joined our church staff in 2007 after serving for several years as a bookkeeper and in human resources in the Waco area.  She enjoys gardening and is an active member of the Steel Magnolia Garden Club, and she also enjoys getting to read.  Her biggest desire for FBC Lorena is that we would become a beacon that leads the lost to Christ and helps the suffering to find comfort in Jesus Christ. Tricia is married to her sweetheart, Stanley, and they are the parents of two grown daughters and two grandchildren.

  • Heath Kirkwood

    Lead Pastor

    Heath joined our staff in 2016 as Lead Pastor after serving for nearly a decade in worship and student ministry in local churches.  He earned a BME and an MM from the Moores School of Music as well as a Master of Divinity from the George W. Truett Theological Seminary.  Gospel music has always been a significant part of his family and church life, leading him to being involved in summer singing schools since childhood.  Heath is the baritone vocalist for the Texas-based quartet, Gospel Express, and is an avid baseball fan and KC Royals enthusiast.  One of his desires for Lorena is to see the community and churches drawn together by sowing seeds of love in Jesus's name.  Heath and his wife Amanda are the proud parents of Norah and Riley.

  • Dan Stewart

    Student & Discipleship pastor

    Dan came to FBC Lorena in 2015 to serve as the Minister to Students after previously leading in student ministry roles in Louisiana and Texas.  He is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University where he earned a BA in Speech Communications and is he also earned his Master of Divinity from the George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in 2018.  Dan is a big sports fan, cheering on Louisiana Tech and Dallas area sports teams, and he enjoys playing rounds of ping-pong and disc golf. His biggest desire for our church and community is to create a culture where students can have as much fun as possible and also dive deeply into God's Word. Dan resides happily in Waco.

  • Lacey crenshaw

    children's Pastor

    Lacey came to FBC Lorena in June of 2019 as the Minister of Children. She graduated with her Bachelor's of University Studies and Master's of Christian Ministry from East Texas Baptist University.  Lacey has served in a variety of areas of children's ministry  in Texas. She also is a Certified Horseback Riding Instructor and teaches riding lessons. Her favorite thing to do is spend time in God's creation through hiking, camping, and traveling. Lacey has been married to her husband Nic for 2 years. Both serve humbly together. Her greatest desire for FBC Lorena is for the children to  learn to be empowered followers and servants of Christ and to see families serving, loving, and growing together. 

Meet Our Deacons

Our deacons are the epitome of service.  Each of them is glad to serve YOU!

[Professional photographs courtesy of Dayspring Photography.]

  • Kevin Austin


  • James Bryan

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  • Stan Byrd

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  • Jason Caldwell

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  • Craig Carpenter

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  • Randy Hickerson

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  • John Kuehn

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  • Jimmy Maughan

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  • Steve Voiles

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  • Bert Yow

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