Eric Creekmore

Eric Creekmore

Lead Pastor

After earning a B.S. in History and Political Science from Drexel University, Eric entered the Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant. Eric rose to the rank of Major and served as an F/A-18 “Hornet” pilot. During his twelve year military career he accumulated over 1,400 hours of flight time, deployed once each to Afghanistan and Iraq where he flew a total of 67 combat missions. He was medically retired from active service in May of 2008.

Eric became a follower of Jesus Christ while deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom in the Spring of 2002. After returning to the states he sensed God’s call to leave the military and pursue vocational ministry. As he prepared to leave the Marine Corps, God gave him the desire to plant churches and train men to be the spiritual leaders in their marriages, families and communities. Upon retirement Eric moved with his family to Forney, Texas in order to complete a Master of Theology degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. During his third year of seminary, Eric sensed that God was leading him to plant a church right in their Forney neighborhood, Travis Ranch. After much prayer and consideration the call was confirmed and Eric began making preparations to plant what would become Mission Church. The church began in the Creekmore’s home on January 16, 2011.

Eric and his wife, Heather, have four children. He enjoys spending time with his family, exercising and reading.

Jacob Simmons

Jacob Simmons

Family Pastor

Jacob was born on Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, but was raised in the East Texas town of Terrell. In the summer of 2010, God began to work on Jacob’s heart and after a trip to Los Angeles, Jacob came to faith, by the grace of God, and became a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. After two years at a community college, Jacob felt called to a life of ministry. In August of 2014 Jacob became Mission Church’s Student Ministry Director and after two years of being discipled and serving, Jacob came on staff part-time as the Student Pastor in April of 2016. In September of 2016, Jacob came on staff full-time and became Mission Church’s Family Pastor where he is currently serving!

Jacob graduated from Dallas Christian College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry in May of 2015 and married Leah in June of the same year. They live in the Historic Downtown District of Forney, Texas with their tea-cup-pup, Bella. Leah is a Speech Pathologist for Mesquite ISD. Jacob loves eating Leah’s delicious cooking and loves to fish, read, and teach God’s Word.

His heart and passion is to see people grow in their faith and experience true life transformation. God has called him to disciple, as an example of someone who has seen what the Gospel can do in its power to bring about a changed life for the glory of God through the power of the Gospel, all in the context of everyday life.

Aaron Alvarado

Aaron Alvarado

Worship Pastor

Born in Dallas, Aaron spent most of his early years in East Texas and feels incredibly blessed to have been raised in a Christ-centered home. He, along with his brother and sister, were homeschooled. Aaron believes this gave him a greater opportunity to be exposed to the gospel on a daily basis.  With a strong foundation of the gospel, he gave his life to Christ at the age of six.

Learning to play guitar in his early teens, Aaron’s passion for music and praising God through it quickly became apparent. Whether he was just jamming to some Third Day with his buddies, or playing worship songs at his home-church, the times he was found without his guitar in hand were few and far between.

After moving to Forney, TX in the fall of 2008, Aaron really felt the lifelong calling God had placed on his life begin to surface.  In early 2013, God made evident His plan, and brought Aaron to Mission Church where he eventually joined the worship team.  Through answered prayers, confirmation, and guidance from Pastor Eric, Aaron took on the role of worship leader in January of 2014 and on December 18th, 2016 Mission Church announced Aaron’s ordination and promotion to Worship Pastor.  Aaron has a passion for God and an eagerness to praise him that drives him as he leads.

Erin Harding

Erin Harding

Mission Kids Director

Erin was born and raised in Mesquite, TX. She grew up having a passion for helping others. Once she graduated high school, she helped out as a Young Life leader, which led her to serve at Fellowship Bible Church in Dallas. At Fellowship, she discovered that her true passion was to help draw children closer to Jesus by making the Gospel fun and understandable at their level. She taught Sunday School there for 6 years before the Lord lead them to Mission Church, a church plant of Fellowship. After the first visit, they knew Mission Church was where the Lord wanted them, so they packed up and moved to Forney!

Erin loves to spend time with her husband and their five energetic children. When she isn’t busy keeping up with the kiddos, she also loves to bake, decorate cakes, help out with Cub Scouts, do fun artsy/crafty things, and hang out with friends.

Laurel ewing

Laurel ewing

Women's Ministry Director

Growing up in the Dallas area allowed Laurel to be well versed in doing church, yet one thing lacked – an actual affection and love for the Lord. Marrying early and becoming a mom finally opened her eyes to her desperate need for a heart change if she was ever going to be content and find true joy. In the midst of struggle, Laurel and her husband found themselves sitting under strong leadership and being taught how the gospel affects every part of their life – both individually and together.

She had the opportunity to lead women through a Christ-centered 12-Step program for four semesters and lead a home group with her husband at their previous church.  During this time, Laurel realized her desire and gifting to encourage women to love God with their entire self – heart, mind and strength – by knowing who he is by study of his Word. Her desire is to see every single woman deeply affected by the abounding love given by God in Christ Jesus. She wants to encourage every single woman to use their gifts and talents and abilities for the good of the church and to grow in the wisdom of the Lord and understanding of his ways.

Laurel has received grace upon grace in the person of her husband, Jake, who lives out loving her like Christ loves the church. Together, they have four fantastic boys who bring chaos, joy, broken bones, and an opportunity to learn patience and gentleness on a daily basis. They live on the outskirts of a small town and fancy themselves “country” with their chickens, pond, and the occasional goat.

Charles (Charlie) Bezhaw

Charles (Charlie) Bezhaw

Prayer Ministry Director

Charles Bazhaw (Charlie) is passionate about the gospel, prayer and discipleship. Charlie’s desire is to see others grow in their relationship with Christ to build stronger marriages, families and friends (Luke 10:27). Charlie was born in Dallas at Baylor Hospital (a Baylor baby) and grew up in Mesquite Texas.

In February 2005 after a time of prayer, Charlie dedicated his life’s work to be in service to the Lord. Shortly after that Charlie retired after a 25 year successful Fire Service career as a Fire Chief, to begin the educational-equipping-process for Ministry, attending Liberty University.

Charlie lives in Forney, Texas with his wife Jennifer, where they have two adult children and one seventeen year old son. Charlie enjoys spending time with his family, running, exercising, movies and is a self proclaimed coffee snob. Charlie also enjoys spending time with the Lord in prayer and word and has begun the life-long process of becoming a theologian.

Pete Salinas

Pete Salinas

Men's Ministry Director

After High School, Pete joined the United States Marine Corp as an Avionics Technician. Following his five-year active duty commitment, he moved back to DeSoto Texas were he fell in love with Christine. They married in 1996 and started a family that would ultimately total 8 children (4 Boys and 4 Girls).

Early in his marriage, he realized that there was no way he was going to be able to take care of a wife and child on his own. So really wanting to be a great husband and father, he reached out for the Lord and committed his life to growing a real and fruitful relationship with Jesus Christ. By God’s grace, Pete and his family were lead to Mission Church, where they found a genuine Gospel Centered Community. Although Pete is still growing in his faith and growing in his ability to lead his wife and children, he wants to ensure that all men are being properly equipped to become the man that God wants them to be. He firmly believes that a Husband/Father can either raise a family up or tear it down.

Pete lives in Kaufman Texas with his wife Christine and 7 of their children. Although Pete spends most of his time serving his family, he does enjoy dates nights with his wife, which can include dinner, shopping, dancing, running, shooting, or just sitting in their truck watching Netflix together.