Meet Our Staff

Blake Nichols – Senior Pastor

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After joining the staff in 2011 as Pastor of Students, Blake was called to serve Waller Baptist Church as Senior Pastor in 2016. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1987, when at a youth camp in Mobile, Alabama he felt God calling him to be a pastor. Before coming to Waller, Blake served as a Church Planter with New Vision Baptist Church in Smyrna, Tennessee and before that as the Next Generation Pastor at Colonial Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas. Blake earned his Masters in Religious Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1991. He and his wife Rebecca have been married since 1994 and have four beautiful daughters, Samantha, Sydnie, Sara, and Shae.

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John Isom – Worship Pastor and Pastor to Senior Adults

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John has served on the WBC staff since 1980. He graduated from University of Houston in 1970 with a business administration degree in accounting, and worked for IBM as a computer systems analyst at NASA, until God called him to serve at Waller Baptist as Minister of Music and Youth. After completing masters degrees in Religious Education and Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, John became Pastor of Music and Education in 1988. He has been leading our worship service as Worship Pastor since 1980. He has served as the President of the Singing Men of Southeast Texas and enjoys leading studies on Biblical backgrounds and on family life.  Since 2003, he has also served as the City of Waller Economic Development Director.  He and Barbara, the love of his life, began dating in high school and have been married since 1968. They have 2 children, Danny and Christy, and 7 grandchildren.

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Joel Bauler – Associate Pastor

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Joel has been serving the Lord in pastoral ministry since 2000, when he began serving as a Student Minister in Houston. In 2005, he and his wife Traci moved to Waller, where they have served together ever since. Joel was ordained as a minister here at Waller Baptist in 2007, and after taking some time off in 2010 to pursue another ministry, returned in 2016 to serve as Youth Pastor, and was named Associate Pastor in 2018. Joel received BA degrees in Christianity and Psychology from Houston Baptist University in 2003, and a Master of Theology degree in Parachurch Ministries from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2012. Joel and Traci have been married since 2003, and have four beautiful children, Jael, Josiah, Elijah, and Elizabeth.

Email Joel at [email protected].

Erich Hurst – Administrative Pastor

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Erich started serving at Waller Baptist as Children’s Pastor in 2016, and became Administrative Pastor in 2018. He has lived in the Houston area since 1985. He earned a BS in Computer Science from Texas A&M in 1990 and an MBA from University of Houston in 1996, and has been an IT professional for over 25 years. But in 2008, Erich felt a calling to vocation ministry, and eventually earned a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2016. He has been married to his wife, Karen, since 1990, and has three children, David, Hannah, and Peter.

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Martha Overby – Staff Associate

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Martha joined the staff in March 2012, and currently serves as Staff Associate. Martha has been a member of Waller Baptist since 1967. She also leads an adult Bible study group and serves as the Church Clerk.  She and her husband, Leon, have been married since 1966 and have two grown sons and four grandchildren.

Email Martha at [email protected].

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LeVelle Calbat

Ministry Assistant

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Carolyn Collmorgen

Ministry Assistant

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Jeri Russell

Graphics and Media

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Charley Russell

Facilities Manager

2520 Cherry Street
PO Box 406
Waller, TX 77484
936-372-9155