Meet the Staff

Ward Hayes - Pastor

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Bro. 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, Bro. 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 daughters Mackensey and Hanna.

Bro. Ward received his Masters of Divinity from Logsdon Seminary and is currently in the project phase of a Doctorate of Ministry. In addition to his seminary training, he strives to remain active in missions, outreach and service. He 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, and is currently involved in Stephenville’s Meals on Wheels and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.



Rob Gleason - Minister of Music/Education

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Rob Gleason came in June 2014 to Valley Grove Baptist Church as Minister of Music and Education. Born in Michigan and later moving to Florida, he grew up in a loving family who served the Lord and took him to church every time the doors were open. In 1985, Rob accepted Christ as his Savior and has since desired to serve Him with every area of his life. In 1998, he surrendered to the ministry and pursued a Church Music Degree from Clearwater Christian College where he graduated in 2002. Rob has served in North Carolina as Minister of Music and Youth at Oxford Baptist Church from 2002 to 2008 and held the same title at South River Baptist Church from 2009 to 2014. Rob’s desire is for the worship of Valley Grove to prepare the hearts of God’s people for the reading and hearing of His Word. Knowing that “Minister” is the first word in his title, Rob enjoys ministering to people and helping them grow in their walk with Christ.

Rob has been married to his wife, Erica since 2002 and has three boys; Micah, Caleb and Joshua. Most of his time is spent involved with his family and ministry, but when Rob does have free time, he enjoys playing sports and watching his favorite college team, Michigan and cheering for the Detroit Pistons.

Rob is humbled to serve at Valley Grove and enjoys the loving atmosphere his family has experienced since coming to Stephenville.



Jeremy Pritchett - Minister of Students

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Jeremy has been on staff as Minister of Students at Valley Grove since February 2014. A native of East Texas, he and his wife Christina and son Henry moved to Stephenville from Longview, Texas. Jeremy graduated from East Texas Baptist University in 2009 with a degree in Youth Education and Administration. He is planning to start seminary in the spring. Among other things Jeremy’s hobbies include playing guitar, hunting and fishing.

Jeremy has a heart for students and works to make sure every student he encounters knows they are loved and have a place at Valley Grove. His purpose statement for the student ministry is this: share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, disciple new believers, and teach the Word of God, while also equipping his students to do the same. As the Minister of Students, Jeremy not only ministers to the youth of Stephenville, but also is involved with Valley Grove’s collegiate ministry. He is a big supporter of the Tarleton BSM and seeks to reach the TSU campus for Christ.



Anita Perry - Church Secretary

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Anita Perry joined the Valley Grove Staff as secretary in 2010. Prior to that time, Anita worked as Administrative Assistant for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service for 23 years. She retired from that position in January 2010 and planned to just enjoy retirement but God had other plans! Anita started working at the church later that year! She has served as the Church Clerk at Valley Grove since 1996.

Anita grew up on a farm in Jonesboro and met her husband, Jim, at the BSU while attending Tarleton State University. They have been married since 1971. Anita has been a member at Valley Grove for more than 20 years. She has been blessed with two wonderful children, Allison and Jeff and four terrific grandchildren Gracie, Chloe, Nate and Caroline.