Staff

Chris Gober

Senior Pastor

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In December 2015, First Montgomery called Chris to be our new pastor. He was called to ministry in 2011 while on a mission trip in El Salvador, but his background had been in Information Technology.  Chris received his bachelors in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M in 1996 and is pursuing his Master of Divinity from B. H. Carroll. While at A&M he met his wife, Marci, who was studying Elementary Education. Chris and Marci married in 1996 and have 4 children: Grace (Sophomore at Texas A&M), Clay (Freshman at Texas A&M), Laura (10th), and Emma (9th). Marci currently teaches 4th grade at Keenan Elementary.

Norma Bowers

Hospitality & Benevolence

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Norma serves in Hospitality and Benevolence. She is a country girl at heart.  She is a native Texan and was raised on a dairy farm.  She moved to Montgomery in 1997 and joined First Montgomery Baptist Church that same year.  She married John in 2001, and together they have 6 children and 16 grandchildren.  Norma loves cooking and serving others, and together with her team, she gets to enjoy both.  It’s not unusual to find her in the kitchen; stop by and say hello.


Kay Piland

Assistant Missions Director

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Kay moved to Montgomery in 2002.  She has taught ESL at First Baptist Church Richardson and has served as an Assistant Director with United Cerebral Palsy for both Montgomery and Harris Counties.  Kay joined First Montgomery in 2016.  She is no stranger to missions; she has served on West Conroe’s Mission Committee, Greeter Ministry, and Special Needs Ministry.  She has also served on the Board for Family Promise. Kay readily admits, “Serving others in need – that is how God’s been using me.  That’s who I am.”  She has four children, ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Jason Sandefer

Bible Study Director


Jon Sheptock

Worship Pastor

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Jon serves as the worship leader; he joined our staff in 2018. Jon has led praise and worship all across the nation and has been singing since the young age of three. Before he joined our staff, he was a traveling singer-songwriter. He has been blessed to do that for the past 13 years. He has a heart for worship and truly wants to see the congregation worship in spirit and in truth and know the amazing grace that God has given to each of us. Jon is married to his wife Staci of 19 years, and they have three daughters; Anna, Sadie and Chloe. He is a resident of Huntsville, Tx and enjoys movies, coffee, and sports but most importantly, hanging out with his family.

Monica Stanley

Director of Blaze University

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Monica and her husband Billy have been married for 17 years and have 3 children, Karley, Ashton, and Davin. The Stanleys enjoy camping, boating, hunting, and are currently restoring two classic trucks. During their free time you will find them near a river or lake when they are not camping or spending time with friends and family. Monica and Billy are faithful members of First Montgomery where they have both volunteered with youth ministry for several years. As the daughter of two educators, Monica values quality education for all students. Monica received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Sam Houston State University. Prior to homeschooling, Monica taught in public education and served as a Behavioral Specialist. Monica has been homeschooling her children for nine years. Monica’s vision for Blaze is to instill a love of learning in all students while meeting the needs of unique learners within our community.


Levi Stone

Youth Pastor

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Janie Johnson

Children’s Director

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Janie comes to us with a wealth of children’s ministry experience and heart for kids and families. She is currently pursuing a Biblical Studies degree from Houston Baptist University.

She and her husband, Karl, have been married 32 years and have two grown sons. They live in Bedias, TX where Karl runs his own manufacturing company and raises cattle.  


Larry Reinecke

Senior Adult Pastor

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Larry and Kay have been married for 47 years and have three grown children. Larry graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has pastored five churches. He is an avid fisherman and gardener.