Meet Our Staff

Blake Nichols

Senior Pastor
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Meet Blake Nichols, our Senior Pastor!  Blake joined the staff of Waller Baptist Church in 2011 as our Pastor to Students.  After serving in that capacity for several years, the church called Blake to be our Senior Pastor in 2016.  We are excited about the journey we are taking and the vision God has placed before our pastor in leading us to serve and reach our community and grow the church for His glory.  The opportunities are unlimited and we would love for you to be part of our family!

Joel Bauler

Associate Pastor to Students
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Joel has been serving the Lord in pastoral ministry since the year 2000, when he began serving as a Student Minister in Inner-City Houston. In 2005, he and his wife, Traci, moved to Waller, where they have served together ever since. Joel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christianity and one in Psychology from Houston Baptist University in 2003. He received a Master of Theology degree in Parachurch Ministries from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2012. In 2007, Joel was officially ordained as a minister by Waller Baptist Church. After taking some time off to pursue another ministry in 2010, Joel and Traci are happy to be back serving at Waller Baptist as of September of 2016. They have been married since 2003, and they have four beautiful children – Jael, Josiah, Elijah and Elizabeth.

“My prayer is…that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you…so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

Erich Hurst

Associate Pastor to Children
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Erich started serving at Waller Baptist in October 2016. He has lived in the Houston area since 1985. He earned a BS degree in Computer Science from Texas A & M in 1990 and an MBA from U of H in 1996, and has been an IT professional for over 25 years. But in 2008, Erich felt a calling to vocational ministry, eventually earning a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2016. He served in his former church’s AWANA club for 12 years, 6 of those as Commander. Erich has a heart for biblical and theological education for all ages. He has been married to his wife, Karen, for over 25 years, and has three children: David, Hannah, and Peter.

John Isom

Worship Pastor and Pastor to Senior Adults
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John Isom has served on the WBC staff since March of 1980. He graduated from the University of Houston in 1970 with a business administration degree in accounting. After working for IBM as a computer systems analyst at NASA on Skylab and Space Shuttle programs, God called him to service at WBC to serve as Minister of Music and Youth, he enjoyed eight years of working with the youth, taking as many as 50 youth to summer camp. After completing seminary masters’ degrees in Religious Education and Marriage and Family Counseling, (and after getting too old for those all-night youth lock-ins) he became Pastor of Music and Education in 1988. He has served as the President of the Singing Men of Southeast Texas and enjoys leading studies on Biblical backgrounds and on family life. He is currently serving WBC as bi-vocational Worship Pastor and Pastor of Senior Adults while also working in the community as the Director of the Waller Economic Development Corporation. He and Barbara began dating at a high school summer youth camp and have been married since 1968. Barbara is retired from Waller ISD and the love of his life!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Martha Overby

Business Administrator

Martha serves as our Business Administrator having joined the WBC Staff in March, 2012.  She is responsible for the General Ledger, Accounts Payable and Payroll, along with other business, administrative and organizational requirements.  Martha joined WBC in 1967 and currently serves as an adult Bible study teacher, keyboardist on the Praise and Worship Team and as Church Clerk.  She and husband, Leon, have been married 50 years and have two grown sons and four grandchildren.   One of Martha’s many favorite Bible verses is about stewardship and it is found in Luke 6:38:  “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Charley Russell

Facility Manager

Charley joined the WBC Staff in 2010 as Facilities’ Manager after retiring from AT&T with almost 40 years of service.  He has been a faithful member of Waller Baptist Church since 1994.  He is married to Jeri Russell, who is also on the WBC Staff.  Charley has also worked as an EMT in Waller County for 25 years. He enjoys the new challenges of his position as Facility Manager and identifies with the mission of the church to reach out to the community with the love of Jesus Christ. Charley has two adult children: daughter Kim, mother of his precious granddaughter Mayzee, and son Mark who lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife Emily who is expecting their first in March 2017!!. He is developing an equine program for the state. One of Charley’s favorite Bible verses is “For you are a holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a peculiar people unto Himself above all the nations that are upon the earth.”  Deuteronomy 14:2.

LeVelle Calbat

Ministry Assistant to Sunday School & Women's Ministries

LeVelle joined the WBC Staff in August of 2003. She relates to the Bible character Anna “who did not depart from the temple” after becoming a widow. (LeVelle’s husband Joe went home to be with the Lord in February of 2003). LeVelle was born and lived in Houston, Texas for most of her life. Her husband Joe retired from The Houston Chronicle newspaper in 1990 and she resigned her position as Office Manager at NAVCO, a manufacturing plant that same year. They moved to Waller in 1991 where they both worked actively in The Mission Closet & Pantry of WBC (which closed when Waller Assistance and Restoration Ministries or better known as W.A.R.M. began its ministry) until illness prevented Joe from continuing at The Closet. They also served together in the Church Library. LeVelle continues to volunteer as WBC Church Librarian and at W.A.R.M. where she serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors as well as for the Waller Ministerial Alliance. She is a proud grandma and great-grandma. She is called grandma-on-the-go by her family. LeVelle sees all these activities as a way to serve her Savior, her family, her church family and her community. LeVelle finds living for Christ is exciting!

Carolyn Collmorgen

Ministry Assistant to Attendance & Blended Worship

In 2008, Carolyn joined the WBC staff as a part time ministry assistant.  She has attended Waller Baptist since 1996.  She is married to Julius and they were blessed with 3 children: Jesse, Jeremy and Julie.  She currently has 9 grandchildren. Her hobbies include reading, sewing and genealogy.  She specializes in our database maintenance and successfully handles all of our attendance issues. Her desire is to serve the members in any way she can through the office of WBC.

Jeri Russell

Graphics & Media
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Jeri came to WBC in 2005 as a part time secretary.  She was born and raised in Fresno, CA and after a 1700 mile trip to Texas in a 26’ U-haul pulling her little Honda, she arrived in October 2003.  She had spent 38 years as a hairdresser in CA where she operated her own business for most of that time. With a heart for ministry and a self-described ‘learning junky’, she handles most all of the graphics & publications as well as volunteers in the sound booth. She is married to Charley and has a daughter, Danielle and son-law Abraham, in CA who are on staff at Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa, where Abraham is the College Pastor. They are excited about developing outreach ministries at 3 different universities in the Los Angeles area!  She has a precious little granddaughter in CA she misses terribly! Jeri has a passion for creativity and helping WBC accomplish all the Lord desires for it to do.

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