Meet the Staff
Bro. Jim Ingram
Jim Ingram grew up in Hampton, Virginia, during his grade school and high school years. He received a full football scholarship to Virginia Military Institute, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in Modern Languages in 1972. After college, he worked in banking, then sold investments and insurance. He was called into the ministry at age 28 while working in a Crusade in London, England. When he returned from England, Jim turned over his business to a colleague and enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he graduated with a master of divinity degree in 1983. Jim met Kathy Wadley while in Seminary and they married in 1980. They are the parents of ____ children.
Jim pastored the Riverdale Baptist Church in Hampton, Virginia, following his schooling. During this time Jim and Kathy both sensed a call to be missionaries but realized that they needed additional ministry experience. Jim accepted a position with a church in Little Rock, Arkansas where he served until 1989. At that time, Jim and his family were called to serve as missionaries for two terms in France. After leaving France in November, 1995, Jim became pastor of First Baptist Church, Osceola, Arkansas. He also served as pastor of First Baptist Church Cullendale in Camden, Arkansas, and First Baptist Church in Bastrop, Louisiana, before coming to First Baptist Church Mart in October 2014. Since their arrival in Mart they have been blessed with the arrival of grandchildren. They enjoy the rural lifestyle of Mart and the Waco area where one of their daughters live.
Minister of Music & Education
Dennis Herring is a native of Waco and Robinson. He graduated from Robinson High School in 1974 and married Carolyn Richards in 1977. They have two children, Amanda Herring Wolfe and Eric Herring.
In the late 70’s and early 80’s, Dennis began a puppet ministry while teaching in the Youth-High School Sunday School department. Dennis continues with his puppet ministry on an as-needed basis.
Dennis’ love for music began when he participated in a musical in the 7th grade. In the 1990s he was part of a quartet called Living Water. In early 2000 the group transitioned into a trio and now a duet. Dennis and Carolyn have been members of First Baptist Church Mart for six years and he has served as Volunteer Music Director since September 2016.