Bart Barber has served FBC Farmersville since 1999. He is married to
Together they have two children,
Sarah. Bart is a
Lake City, Arkansas,
where his parents had him in church before
he was born. God saved him at the tender age of almost-six, called him to
preach when he was eleven, allowed him to preach his first sermon (such as it
was) when he was fifteen, and permitted him to serve as a pastor of a church
when he was a senior in high school.
Bart has a B.A. from Baylor University
in their University Scholars program,
an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
in Fort Worth, Texas,
and a Ph.D. in Church History, also from Southwestern. For his dissertaiton he
wrote about a denominational split among Arkansas Baptists in 1902, suggesting
that they all should've gotten along with one another.
Tracy is very involved with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. In fact, she's the
state coordinator for Texas Baptist Men in the area of caring for children during
the aftermath of disasters. The Barbers homeschool their children, whom God placed
in the family via adoption.
Jim is very involved in Texas 4H Shooting Sports. Sarah is an award-winning
Bart writes occasionally for the SBC Voices
blog, and even less frequently for his own blog,
PraisegodBarebones, which is
named after a 17th-century religious and political figure in London.
He is active in denominational life, serving
Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, and
the national Southern Baptist Convention.
Bart's goal in preaching is to preach text-driven sermons. In other words, he sees
it as his goal in preaching for you to walk away from the sermon understanding
better what the Bible teaches and knowing what God wants you to do with your life.
Often he preaches through books of the Bible from start to finish, sometimes pausing
in the middle to address other needs.
Bart has done a lot of things recreationally in his life. He has a private pilot's
license, which he doesn't really use anymore. He's a bit of a tech-geek (computer
programming and such). He plays the guitar, the banjo, and the mandolin (at least,
well enough for his own enjoyment). But to tell you the truth, his favorite hobby
is simply learning something new.
James Cheesman was called to serve as Associate Pastor at FBC Farmersville
in the spring of 2015. His primary role is leading the music and worship
ministry of the church. He also helps in other ministry areas and loves
teaching, discipleship, and missions. James lives in Farmersville with his
wife, Megan, who is also a church musician and a piano teacher. James met
Megan, who is originally from Canada, in Fort Worth, where they were married
in January 2015. James and Megan are blessed to have a precious baby girl,
James' father, a Music Minister in Cuero, Texas, cultivated a love
for music in James from an early age. James plays the piano, guitar,
French horn, mandolin, accordion, and various other instruments. He
also is a vocalist and a choral enthusiast. He enjoys songwriting,
including writing rock melodies, acoustic ballads, praise and worship
songs and hymns, as well as composing and arranging choral and instrumental
music. Sheet music, chord charts, lead sheets, and recordings of
several of James' original songs and arrangements are available on
His compositions and arrangements have been sung by high school choirs,
seminary choirs, men's ensembles, youth choirs, and church choirs in
Texas, Georgia, New Jersey, and Tennessee.
After graduating from Cuero High School, James attended
Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He
earned his Bachelor's Degree in Church Music with a Concentration in
Piano and a Minor in Religion. James went on to earn his Master's Degree
in Church Music with a Concentration in Music Ministry from
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
James has been leading worship since he was 16. He served as the Minister
of Music at FBC Marlin, Texas, where he was ordained in August 2012, an
intern at First Baptist Nashville, Tennessee and the Music and Worship
Pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
James is a big fan of the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Cowboys, Baylor Bears
football and basketball, and various soccer teams (FC Dallas, Tottenham
Hotspur, and USA Soccer). Since he married a Canadian, he has even started
following hockey. He and Megan also run frequently and get pretty competitive
when playing board games.
Tracy Odneal has been serving FBC Farmersville since October 1996. He married Laura
(Caudle) Odneal in 1988. They were blessed with one child, Emily, who graduated from
Oklahoma State University in December of 2013. Tracy accepted Christ as his Lord and
Savior two weeks after he graduated from Greenville High School in 1980. He answered
God’s call to ministry in 1996 at the age of 34. This is his first and only church
Tracy graduated from East Texas State University
in 1991 with a BBA in General
Business. He received his Master of Arts in Christian Education degree from
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2002.
God has given Tracy a heart for teenagers. He often says that God wired him weird
because in his fifties he still loves to hang out with teenagers. We at FBC
Farmersville have been blessed through the years to have some amazing teenagers.
Several of them have gone in to ministry and are extending the ministries of FBC
Farmersville around the globe.
In his spare time, (what is that really?), Tracy loves to play tennis, golf,
basketball, and most sports. He has become a huge Texas Rangers fan in the past
few years. Tracy loves to spend time with his wife and daughter and attending
Oklahoma State University football games whenever he can. One of his favorite
Bible verses is Matthew 22:37—“You shall love the Lord your God with all your
heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
Get to know First Baptist Church of Farmersville
We are changed by the gospel. We believe that every
person in the world has sinned. When I sinned, it changed my relationship with God
and my inward nature. It changed my relationship with God because a verdict of guilt
came upon me and I stood condemned. It changed my inward nature because sin is like
an addiction. Sinning makes me a sinner—a person whose nature is inclined toward
Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and rose again in order to open a door to escape
the effects of sin. By way of the gospel of Jesus Christ we can be pardoned for our sin.
By way of the gospel of Jesus Christ we can be changed from a sinner to a saint in terms
of what we do, say, think, and feel.
We are a Bible-based church. We believe that the Bible is
true without any mixture of error. We seek to derive our theology, ethics, structure, and
worship patterns from the Bible. When our culture asks difficult questions, we try to
respond with biblical answers.
We are telling people about Jesus and inviting them to follow Him.
Our church is involved in evangelism and missionary work throughout the world by way of our
partnership with other Southern Baptist churches. We have been involved directly—going ourselves,
beyond our giving and our praying—in local work; throughout Texas; in places in the
United States, including Utah, Montana, and Chicago; and international destinations like Senegal,
Guatemala, Cuba, China, Thailand, Ecuador, Haiti, and Great Britain.
Our church serves others. Our partnership with Farmersville
churches through City on a Hill Ministries provides food, clothing, and bill-payment services
to our needy neighbors. Through individual church members who participate in SBC Disaster Relief
and through our church's mission trips we have responded to Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, Rita, and Harvey;
Superstorm Sandy; tornadoes in multiple states; and tsunamies in the Western Pacific.