Richard began serving on the Leadership Team in 2007. In January of 2012 he began serving as the Church Planting Associate where his role was to help develop a “Simple Church Net” for house churches and small small churches developed from life circumstances. His Sunday School, small group, administrative and financial experience has been a great asset to the EBA churches. Richard came to the association from Hillcrest Baptist Church, Cedar Hill where he had served as Associate Pastor of Education/Discipleship and Associate Pastor of Education/Administration since 2000. He has served at churches in west Texas, Houston area and New Mexico. Richard and Terry have lived in Ellis County since 2000. All three of their adult children graduated from Midlothian.
Darla Schembera is married to Brian. They have three children, Megan, Dillon and Shane and have been married since 1993. They have spent a large portion of that time traveling around wherever the U.S. Army told them to go. They have moved 10 different times, and their homes have included Germany as well as many states here in the United States. Darla has over 25 years of diverse work experience, and is fluent in English and Spanish. She has spent much of that time volunteering at church as VBS director, Sunday School teacher and AWANA Leader/Director. Darla and Brian both grew up as missionary kids in Ecuador. Darla is looking forward to serving you and is available to help in any way that she can. Feel free to call or come by, she would love to see you, and looks forward to serving the congregations of EBA in any way that she can.
INTERNATIONAL PARTNER (HONDURAS)
Shannon and Kristi Hopkins met in high school at First Baptist Church Gordon, Texas. In 2000 Shannon and Kristi married. They have three children, Tyler, Emma, and Isabella. For 10 years they served in youth ministry. Throughout this time they have participated in mission trips all over the world.
In April 2008 they went on a vision trip to Gracias, Honduras. It was on that trip they believe God began calling to serve on the mission field. After much prayer and seeking the guidance of their closest peers, colleagues, and family that they surrendered to the call.
In September 2010, the Hopkins formed 61 Isaiah Ministries and began raising support. They left December 28, 2010 to attend Language School in Costa Rica. In June 2011 they moved to Gracias, Lempira, Honduras.
Debbie retired from corporate life in 2010 with a background in administration, investments and finance. She is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University with an emphasis in business and accounting. Debbie worked with EBA in 2011 and served on the Leadership Team and International Missions Board. In 2014 she earned her certification in Chaplaincy and is currently working as Chaplain for Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Waxahachie. Rick and Debbie are active members of Waxahachie Bible Church. They have been married 44 years as of 2015. They have two married sons with beautiful daughter-in-laws but the best of life is their four grandchildren.