Teaching Pastor and Elder
John Denby became pastor of Harvest Point Church in March of 2016. He married the love of his life, Amanda, in 2004, and they have three children, Luke, Joel, and Anayah. John is passionate about teaching and preaching the Word, seeing people come to and grow in Christ, serving with the elders, loving on the church, and reading good books.
John was born and raised in southeast Texas and was saved at age 8. At 22 years old the Lord called him into ministry during his last semester at Lamar University before graduating with degrees in accounting and finance. He started seminary the next semester at the Houston campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated in 2009 with a Master of Divinity. He later earned a Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2016. He has served as music/youth minister and pastor in southeast Texas before coming to Harvest Point Church.
Elder and Music Leader
Billy Birdwell was saved during a revival service at the age of 10. He married his wife, Janice, in 1992 and joined Harvest Point Church. They have three sons, Trenton, Ty and Trey, and feel blessed that they all currently reside in Nacogdoches. After high school Billy started working for a local carpenter and learned all aspects of the building trade. He has been a self-employed carpenter for over 40 years and specializes in cabinet building and laminate installation. Billy has served the church as an elder since 2005 and also currently fills the role of music leader. He and Janice started as Sparks leaders when Awana clubs were begun at Harvest Point in 1997 and since 2005 they have served as co-commanders. In his leisure time he enjoys hunting and dabbling in gun smithing.
Elder and Media Minister
Charles Eaves came to Christ at the age of 9 at a church camp. He has been married to Barbara since 1975 and they have one grown daughter, Jennifer. In 2005, Charles retired from a 36 year career at Stephen F Austin in the HVAC department. Charles and Barbara joined Harvest Point in 1999 and he was selected to serve as an elder in 2005. During his years at Harvest Point he has worked with the high school youth including serving as youth director and accompanying them on many, many excursions, mission trips, and camps. He and Barbara currently serve in the media ministry faithfully working in the sound booth each week. He also serves as an Awana club leader and Sunday school teacher.
Frank Hoppe accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of 10. When he married his wife, Sandra, in 1969 he became a part of the Harvest Point family. He and Sandra have two grown sons, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Frank retired from a 42 year career at NIBCO in 2008 and became assistant to the pastor of Harvest Point, where he ministered for several years. He has served the church in various capacities that include Sunday school superintendent, treasurer and on numerous committees. He was selected to serve as an elder in 2005 and also volunteers as an Awana club leader and assistant Sunday school teacher. In his free time Frank enjoys fishing, keeping up with his great grandchild, and traveling with Sandra.