Our Staff

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Dr. Mark Riley

Lead Pastor

Mark Riley became our senior pastor in September 2008. Mark has pastored churches in Texas and Oklahoma. Mark earned his bachelor"s degree from Baylor University, Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary here in Fort Worth, and his Doctor of Ministry from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California. He is married to Bernis, a licensed professional counselor who practices at their counseling center, SoulCare Counseling, in Colleyville. They have three grown children: Matt, John, and Heather.

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Renee Wheat

Worship Leader

Renee Wheat was born in Hawaii and raised in Fort Worth. She is married to Donnie. The Wheats have have two sons, one of whom is a Youth Pastor in Oklahoma and the other is a worship leader. Donnie is her best friend and enjoys helping with the sound and background details of worship events. She has recorded her own original music and can be contacted at reneerollins.com. Renee's personal vision is to know Jesus and experience Him through heartfelt worship and share his compassion with the world.

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Mark Brown

Adult Minister

Mark Brown is our Minister to Adults. Mark is from Missouri and Iowa originally. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa. At age twenty-five God called him into ministry. He earned his Master's degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He has served as minister of youth and education at Central Baptist Church in Italy, Tx, First Baptist Church, Miami, Ok, and First Baptist Church Garden City, Ga. He has served as youth minister of Connell Baptist from 2001 to 2006, and then at Bisbee Baptist Church in Mansfield, Tx until coming to us as Minister to Adults in 2016. Mark's wife is Cindy, a licensed nurse. The Browns have three grown children and have adopted two preschoolers that keep Mark and Cindy young. Mark is passionate about reaching adults and families and helping them grow into mature followers of Christ.

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Eric Roberson

Youth Minister

Eric Roberson is a native of Fort Worth. He graduated from Arlington Heights High School and grew up at Connell Baptist Church, where he received Jesus as his Lord as a child. Eric is called to minister and invest into young people and is passionate about discipling youth and seeing them follow after Christ.


Lisa Arnold

Children's Minister

Lisa Arnold, a native of Dayton, Texas, has served as our Children's Minister since 1992. Lisa is a graduate of East Texas Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Lisa and her husband, Curt, have two children. Curt is employed as a financial analyst by an aerospace company in Fort Worth. Prior to coming to Connell, Lisa served as Children's Minister at Williams Road Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
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Josefina Chavez

Director of Hispanic Ministries

Josefina Chavez came to the U.S. at age thirteen from Rio Grande Zacatecas Mexico. She attended El Paso Community College and certified as a nurse assistant. She moved to Fort Worth to continue her education in the medical field but in the process she changed her major to family counseling and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, getting her certification as a Biblical Family Counselor in 2010. She gave her life to Christ in the Fall of 1998. In 2003 she came to Connell Baptist Church and found her calling as a teacher and missions leader. She began teaching in the E.S.L. ministry where she had the privilege of presenting the gospel to hundreds of students who came to learn English. Later she became the leader of the E.S.L. ministry. Later she became the lead translator during the worship services where the service and sermon are translated live into Spanish. In 2017 Josefina was called as Director of Connell’s Hispanic Ministries. She enjoys spending time with her children Martin and Kate. Her life scripture is “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)


Adela Castellon

Administrative Secretary

Adela Castelon has been Administrative Secretary at Connell since 2008. Adela is a graduate of TWU and has served as an officer in the United States Air Force. Adela and her husband, Mario, are members of Mission de Paz in Fort Worth where they both teach and serve in the youth ministry. They have three daughters and three grandchildren.