Pastor Gregg Matte and Houston’s First welcome Dr. Stephen Trammell as our next Executive Pastor! His role will be to oversee administrative and operational aspects of our church, shepherd The Loop Campus staff, and meet regularly with our Campus Pastors to ensure alignment and ministry effectiveness at all of our campuses.
Dr. David Self, our current Executive Pastor, has known Stephen for many years. "Through much prayer and discussion, it has become apparent that Stephen is the person to continue the work of Executive Pastor at Houston's First," says David. "He is gifted for this role and has an exemplary record of high-level leadership. Bonnie and I have been together with Stephen and Tonya for multiple conferences over the years, and we enjoy mutual friendship, respect, and vision."
"Tonya and I feel so blessed to get to join God in His activity here at Houston's First," says Stephen. "I am excited to serve as your new Executive Pastor under Pastor Gregg's godly leadership and having the privilege of shadowing David Self as he transitions into retirement at the end of the year. We look forward to serving with you in fulfilling the Great Commission!"
Stephen officially joins our staff on Thu, July 1, and David will retire on Dec 31 of this year. Together over the next several months, they will work toward a smooth transition of leadership, mission, and ministry. David and Bonnie feel that the Lord wants them to continue as members of Houston's First, and they plan to continue serving and teaching in their current Life Bible Study — His Likeness.
We are grateful for God's perfect timing and for providing our church with a servant leader like Stephen to serve as our Executive Pastor!
"I have known Stephen Trammell and his family for over 13 years. Stephen is one of the most organized and Godly men that I know. My family have been in several churches as we made job moves over the years, and seldom do you find a pastor who is an excellent pulpit preacher as well as an excellent pastor. Stephen Trammell fits both of these roles in excellent fashion."
— Ken Barrett, Deacon | Champion Forest Baptist Church
"Stephen Trammell is a servant of Jesus Christ helping you place your "Yes" on the altar and preparing you to serve when God picks up your "Yes" to do His will in your life!"
— Matt Ligon, Deacon | Champion Forest Baptist Church – North Klein Campus
"It is a joy and privilege to commend my friend and co laborer, Stephen Trammell, to you. Stephen is one of the most humble and professional leaders in his field in the SBC. He has been one of my primary “go to” persons when I had a problem for many years. I deeply love and respect this brother."
— Jim Law, Executive Director/Pastor Relations | North American Mission Board (NAMB)
“Stephen Trammell lives, loves, and leads people from a deeply committed love for Jesus, His word, and His ways. He is gracious, meek, and faith-anchored in every context. If we weren’t utterly in love with and invested in the local body of Christ where we served under his shepherding and leadership, we’d follow him anywhere.”
— Shauna Wallace, Bible Study and Life Group Teacher | Champion Forest Baptist Church – North Klein Campus
"Dr. Stephen Trammell is one of the finest persons I have ever met. He possesses a keen mind, has an incredible passion for working with and helping people from all walks of life, and is a community leader who is held in high esteem. I commend Houston’s First Baptist Church for selecting him as your Executive Pastor."
— Dr. Jim Cain, Retired Superintendent | Klein ISD
I grew up in Alexandria, Louisiana, and became a follower of Jesus Christ on March 28, 1979, just one month before I turned ten years old. God graciously used my parents' divorce when I was seven years old to place me on a journey that led me to a saving relationship with Jesus. The Lord called me to preach my junior year in high school on February 23, 1986, through my near fatal Jet Ski accident. I was licensed to preach on January 11, 1987, and then ordained to the gospel ministry on September 9, 1990, by my home church, Horseshoe Drive Baptist Church in Alexandria, Louisiana.
I graduated from Bolton High School in May of 1987 and then served as Interim Pastor during the Summer before starting Louisiana College. The church was so gracious to allow me to hone my skills in preaching and shepherding the flock.
Doctor of Ministry, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA
January 1998 – December 1999
Concentration: Evangelistic Church Growth
Master of Divinity, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA
August 1992 – December 1994
Concentration: Pastoral Ministries/Evangelism
Bachelor of Arts, Louisiana College, Pineville, LA
August 1987 – May 1992
Major: Religion Minor: Sociology
Preaching • Teaching • Vision Casting • Leading • Shepherding • Evangelism • Mobilizing • Team Building • Writing • Building Systems • Conflict Resolution
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