Larry Johnson
Executive Director


Larry has served Ellis Baptist Association since 1984. He began as the Missions Coordinator for the old Trinity Brazos Baptist Area (Ellis, Johnson, and Paluxy Associations) for the first ten years and in 1994 became Executive Director of Ellis Baptist Association.  He is a graduate of LeTourneau University in Longview as well as Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth. He served First Baptist Church in Waxahachie as Minister of Missions/Evangelism during his seminary years.  He is married to Yvette. They have three sons, three daughters-in-law as well as several grandsons and granddaughters. Larry is a past president of the Texas Associational Directors of Missions Network and Chairman of the Church Missions Sending Fund of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.  He has authored articles for Net Results magazine.


Barbra Evenbly
Communications Director

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Barbra has lived in multiple states growing up as an Air Force "brat" but calls Texas home.  She graduated from Ennis High School as well as her daughter, Lori Ann.  She is a proud Gramma of Lillie Belle, born in December 2013.  She is currently assisting with Girls in Action (GA's) at Baylor Baptist Church in Ennis where she is a member.  She has gone to GA camp several years and totally enjoys missions, character building and watching the girls grow in Christ. 

She is excited to learn more about the ministries of Ellis Baptist Association and to get to know the many great people.  



Richard Cody
Church Planter

Richard serves part-time as church planting associate while helping with a church plant in Waxahachie.  He started serving on the Leadership Team in 2007 followed as an associate in January 2012. Richard came to the association from Hillcrest Baptist Church, Cedar Hill were he had served as Associate Pastor of Education/Discipleship and Associate Pastor of Education/Administration since 2000. He has served churches in west Texas, Houston area and New Mexico. Richard's role is to help develop a “Simple Church Net” for house churches and small small churches developed from life circumstances. While his Sunday School, small group, administrative and financial experience are used by EBA churches. Richard and Terry have lived in Ellis County since 2000. All three of their adult children graduated from Midlothian.


Shannon Hopkins
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.