I am humbled and thrilled to pastor the First Baptist Church of Commerce. Although my family and I have only lived here for a short time, we are very familiar with the community. My wife, Kathy, grew up here and we were married at First Baptist in 1996. She is the daughter of Dr. Wendell and Linda Edwards, who have lived in Commerce for almost 50 years, serving primarily within this church and the University. Kathy and I have two sons, Nolan and Ty.
Churches are often measured by the size of their congregation but Scripture uses a different gauge. Jesus commanded the church, from the very beginning, to “make disciples of all nations.” With this as their mission, the world was changed.
This command was not just for his immediate disciples but for those that came after them. That means us. As pastor, my focus is to equip our church to simply follow Christ in making disciples that make disciples for the sake of others and the glory of God. If we are doing that, then our lives, our church, our community, and our world will be transformed.
We are far from perfect but seek to love God with all that we are and love our neighbors the way that Christ loves us. We hope that you will join us soon. You are welcome here.
Michael E. Ryer
Associate Pastor to Music, Education & Administration
Michael brings over 33 years of experience to his job of Associate Pastor at FBC, having served churches all over the North and East Texas area. Michael began his ministry while a student here in Commerce, being the Music/Youth Minister at Boyd Baptist Church in Bonham, TX.
Michael has been married to Tyler native, Dana Buhman Ryer, for 30 years. He and Dana have two children, Ashlie Ryer, who is now a Personal Banker at Chase Bank in Tyler and Austin Ryer, who is in his final year at Texas A &M Commerce and works as a server at Luigi’s.
Along with being an Associate Pastor, Michael also has experience as a Minister of Youth, Music, Education and Administration and a variety of all those jobs as a combination minister. He taught college at Navarro College for 5 years and was an online instructor for Grand Canyon University, teaching Old Testament, New Testament and the History of Christianity. A Executive Board member of the Disaster Relief group, Amigos Internacionales, Inc (www.amigosii.org) keeps Michael busy in ministering with his mentor and long time friend, Dr. John La Noue.
Michael’s love for music and his passion for sharing God’s word fits well with FBC’s philosophy “Every member a minister”. He hopes that each person that enters a Bible Study or Worship Service senses the presence of an Almighty Father that loves them individually and cares for them daily.
Minister to Children
Sue Krupp is a native Texan, born in Houston and presently living in Greenville. She is the mother of four daughters: Ranjani 23, Kelly 19, Kacey 18 and Mikayla 15. After graduating from Criswell College in Dallas, she served as a missionary in both Central and South Asia among unreached people groups.
She has been involved in children’s work for over 30 years from directing children’s church, orphanage work, VBS, Summer Musical Activity for Kids (SMAK), ESL teacher, as well as working with organizations overseas to help feed, clothe and educate poor children. Through her work, she has seen many of the children grow up to become leaders in their communities.
Sue has a passion to help women and children become all God intended them to be. She has also been a speaker for women’s events. Her current interest is researching human trafficking and speaking out against this atrocity
Brandon grew up in Mesquite and graduated from Mesquite High School in 2013. He is currently a student at Texas A&M University - Commerce, where he anticipates graduating, with a degree in Education, in December 2017.
Brandon has played in the marching band at the University all four years. He enjoys the outdoors and once was a professional disc golfer. He also enjoys watching and playing baseball and hockey.
Brandon has a passion to see students become disciple makers in our church and in the community. He is a relational leader that enjoys seeing students' lives changed as they grow deeper in their relationship with Christ.