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 Seminary 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

  • Darla Rose

    Minister of Children

    Darla served as an assistant in the children's department prior to answering God's call to become Minister of Children in January of 2019. Darla has a passion for children and a desire to partner with families as they guide the next generation to know and adore Jesus. 

    Darla and her husband Cody married in 2008 and have three children. They serve together in homeschooling their children and as licensed foster parents. Darla enjoys spending time with her family and reading books with her children.

    Contact Darla at drose@wyliebaptist.org

  • Kristen Parramore

    Children's Ministry Assistant

    Having served in both Wee Town and Praize Kidz, Kristen joined the WBC staff in March of 2019 as the Children's Ministry Assistant. Kristen graduated from Southern Arkansas University with Bachelor's degrees in English and English Education and from Henderson State University with a Master's in Liberal Arts-English. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom in 2008, she taught both high school and college classes. A military wife, she has also worked with children's ministries throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.

    Kristen is married to Russell, a C-130 pilot in the United States Air Force. They have two children, Cade and Jase, who are active members of the many children's programs Wylie Baptist has to offer. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys her boys' extracurricular activities--from Cub Scouts to sports--along with reading, writing, and event planning. She is honored to serve alongside the members of Wylie Baptist and to share God's love with children throughout Abilene.

    Contact Kristen at kparramore@wyliebaptist.org

  • Angela Walls

    Administrative Assistant

    I joined the Wylie Baptist Church staff in June, 2018.  I am very fortunate that God opened this door for me to work with such great people.  I am also privileged to be able to teach the Preschool-4 & 5 year olds in Sunday School.  It is so much fun to help these children learn about the love of Christ.


    My joy is my family: my husband (Jerry), daughter and son-in-law (Jessica and Jim), son (James), but especially my grand-daughter, Elizabeth Rose.


    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

    Contact Angela at awalls@wyliebaptist.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

  • Rick Edgar

    Director of Maintenance

  • Kayla Harbers

    Publications Assistant

    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

  • J.R. & Maggie Mendoza

    J.R. & Maggie Mendoza have served as our Janitorial Staff since the Fall of 2014. These two individuals are a picture of commitment to serving. J.R. & Maggie have two children whom they deeply love and three adorable grandchildren they love to spoil. Even with a full schedule they will hardly ever say “No” to helping out a friend in need!