East Texas Baptist University Board of Trustee member and alumnus Dr. Monty Pierce has been called as pastor of First Baptist Church of Hallsville, Texas. Dr. Pierce is the 36th pastor of FBC, since the church was established in 1870.
Thomas Richardson, who writes a column for the Marshall News Messenger titled “Hallsville Happenings”, wrote this in his column that was published on April 4th :
Dr. Monty Pierce, 53, has been called and accepted as pastor of First Baptist Church in Hallsville at a business meeting Sunday morning.
Bro. Pierce was elected by secret ballot after the pastor search committee had unanimously recommended him. He had been with the church 11 years and served as associate pastor of Education Administration. It’s hard not to say “Monty,” served as interim pastor while Dr. David Massey was ill and has continued since his death last year.
Pierce is from New Boston, graduated from high school there and received his college degree from ETBC in 1983. He received his Master’s degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in early 1991 and his Doctorate from the same school in December of 1991. He worked at churches in Arkansas and the panhandle of Texas before coming to Hallsville.
Bro. Monty is married to Candice who works at Eastman and strongly supports him. They have a son, John Calvin Pierce, who is a senior at Hallsville High School. He is an accomplished singer and pianist who performs at church and school.
To read the rest of Richardson’s column, which he writes about the history of First Baptist Church Hallsville, click here.