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 lived in Commerce for almost 50 years. 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.”
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. As an Executive Board member of the Disaster Relief group, Amigos Internacionales, Inc (www.amigosii.org), Michael stays 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. Sue has seen many 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
Josh was born in upstate New York, but moved to Missouri when he was 11 years old. When he was 16, he felt the call into ministry and began volunteering at his local church. He is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri with a degree in Christian Ministry, as well as a graduate of Luther Rice Seminary with a Masters of Divinity, and has previously served as Student and Worship Pastor at Freeman Heights Baptist Church in Arkansas.
Throughout his ministry career, Josh has taken parts leading retreats, camps, and various youth activities. He is thankful that God has brought him to Commerce and is excited to see what God will do here at First Baptist.
He and his wife, Kay, were married in 2008 and have one child, Kaylyn.