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Dr. Ward Hayes, Senior Pastor

Ward has been the Senior Pastor at Valley Grove since June, 2013. A second-
career pastor, he began full-time ministry after fifteen years in accounting and banking.
With a heart for the pastorate, Ward enjoys ministering to the church and community,
believing that families, especially our church family, are one of God’s greatest gifts to
mankind. He has been blessed with a wonderful family that includes his wife Jenna,
son Tate and daughter-in-law Tiffany, and daughter Mackensey and husband Steven,
and daughter Hanna.

Ward received his Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from Logsdon
Seminary. In addition to his seminary training, he strives to remain active in missions,
outreach and service, including an active partnership with JEES Church in Zaragoza, El
Salvador. He serves as chairman of the Finance Committee and on the Executive
Board for Texas Baptists, is a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Hendrick
Medical Center in Abilene and the Logsdon Seminary Alumni Council at Hardin-
Simmons University.