Our Staff

  • Mike Harkrider

    Senior Pastor

    Mike has served Southern Baptist Churches in Texas since 1980. Mike began serving at WBC in February of 2018. Mike has served as a senior pastor in 3 previous churches for 28 years. His gifts include leadership, shepherding, faith, proclamation, unity, peacemaking, service, and mercy.

    Mike is married to Pat, who serves alongside Mike in his ministry, specifically in areas of women’s ministry and Bible teaching. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. Mike likes the outdoors, sports, people, and spending time with family.

    Contact Mike at mharkrider@wbcabilene.org

  • Rick Grant

    Associate Pastor of Music

    Rick has served Southern Baptist Churches in Texas since 1985. Rick has been on staff at WBC since the end of September, 2002. Here at WBC, Rick has filled various staff positions including Minister of Education, Discipleship, Worship, and Associate Pastor.

    He is married to Mardi, who serves WBC as church pianist. They have one daughter (Bridget Moore) and one son (Dr. Brooks Grant). Rick loves airplanes, music, and the great outdoors. Rick and Mardi have two grandsons, Parker Moore and Micah Moore, and two granddaughters, Presleigh and Emory Grant.

    Contact Rick at rgrant@wbcabilene.org

  • Darrin Ray

    Pastor of Education and Senior Adults

    Darrin has been on staff at Wylie since 2016 after having graduated with his Master’s of Divinity from Logsdon Seminary at Hardin-Simmons University.  He is married to Dr. Carri Ray who works as an Audiologist at West Texas Rehab here in Abilene. They have a high school aged daughter Carrmin that attends ATEMS High School, and two rambunctious dogs named Red and Violet.

    Darrin is passionate about Senior Adult and intergenerational ministry as well as teaching and preaching the Word of God while sharing the compassion of Christ with others through Pastoral care.  He is convinced that the promises of scripture and Christian service to God is for a lifetime and relevant in and for every “season” of life.

    Darrin enjoys fishing, hiking, Texas Ranger’s Baseball, video games, movies, reading and birding (especially with Carrmin).  He loves taking his family to visit State and National Parks in his spare time.

    Contact Darrin at dray@wbcabilene.org

  • Philip Jorgensen

    Student Pastor

    Philip joined our ministry team in September 2016. Philip received his undergraduate degree from Howard Payne University where he met Bianca, his sweet wife, and they were married in 2013. Bianca is fluent in American Sign Language and is currently a teacher for the deaf in AISD. Philip recently received his Master's Degree from Truitt Theological Semenary in Waco.

    Philip loves trying out hole-in-the-wall restaurants, he has been to every continent except Antarctica, and he spends a fair majority of his birthday money on books.

    Contact Philip at pjorgensen@wbcabilene.org

  • Marilyn Swilling

    Children's Minister

    Marilyn has been a member of Wylie Baptist since 2003. She was born and raised in Taylor county. Marilyn is married to our Director of Maintenance, Scott, and has 3 kids and 8 grand kids. She joined our staff in February 2011 after teaching in Extreme Kidz and directing VBS for us.

    "God has given me a passion for the children of our community, and my mission is to help lead our future generation into a lasting relationship with Jesus Christ."

    Contact Marilyn at mswilling@wbcabilene.org

  • Tempye Carey

    Administrative Assistant

    "I am very blessed to have served here at WBC since June of 1978. I have been privileged to see the church grow and change in so many wonderful ways. My favorite thing to do is to teach 2nd and 3rd graders in Sunday School. I love teaching these kids about Jesus and then getting to see them grow up to serve God. I also enjoy participating in Ladies Bible Study, seeing women who are hungry to grow in God’s Word. I love our church because it is made up of all age groups. Each group contributes to the whole of the church. "

    Contact Tempye at tcarey@wbcabilene.org

  • Sheila Harbers

    Administrative Assistant

    Sheila comes to us as a former pastor’s wife of the late Donny Harbers. She and Donny were married 40 years, were in full time ministry for 30 years, and served at WBC for 5 years together. In April 2017, Sheila came on board as WBC Receptionist/Assistant. Ministry has always been a part of her life, so she counts being on staff at WBC as a true blessing.

    Sheila enjoys sewing and singing in the Church Choir. She has three children: Dustin, husband to Melissa; Lanona Brown, wife to Randy; and Kayla Harbers. Her children add much joy to her life as well as her four grandchildren: Ashton, Holden, Jaelyn, and Lawson.

    Contact Sheila at sharbers@wbcabilene.org

  • Jordan Humber

    Director of Wylie Child Development Center

  • Scott Swilling

    Director of Maintenance

    After a long career in the Air Force, Scott joined our ministry team in 2008. He is responsible for keeping the church facilities up and running; a job he does very well. He is married to our Children's Minister, Marilyn, and is actively involved in our Children's Ministry. Scott is a proud dad and granddad.

    Contact Scott at sswilling@wbcabilene.org

  • Kayla harbers

    Kayla is our publications assistant, who creates our power point presentations and Sunday bulletins. Kayla came to us in 2013. She loves making graphics and working with the church. Kayla was raised by Sheila and (the late) Donny Harbers in the church and has a deep love for its people. Family, friends, music, and her pets are what Kayla coincides her greatest blessings from the Lord!

    Contact Kayla at assistant@wbcabilene.org