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.

Email Blake at [email protected].

Chris May – Worship Pastor

Chris has been leading people to experience God through worship in a variety of venues, including church services, retreats, and conferences since 2000. He has served as Worship Leader and Youth Minister at several local churches, including previously at Waller Baptist in a volunteer capacity. He also has many years of experience teaching and coaching and currently teaches at Northpointe Intermediate in Tomball Independent School District. Chris received a BS in Biology and Religion from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 1998 and an MEd in Education Leadership from Lamar University in 2010. Chris and his wife Marisa have five children.

Email Chris at [email protected].

Joel Bauler – Associate Pastor to Students

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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].

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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