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Meet Our Staff

Chris Riley


Chris is married to Amber and has two kids. Their son, Bryson, is a music major at Wayland Baptist University and their daughter, Dawson, attends Idalou High School where she is involved in volleyball, theater, and UIL academic competitions. As pastor of FBC Idalou, Chris strives to preach sermons and teach Bible studies that make an eternal difference. He wants to help people impact their OIKOS with friendships that make a difference and point people to Christ. Chris loves to umpire girls fast pitch softball, chase the kids to their activities, and currently serves as a volunteer firefighter with Idalou VFD.

Bryson Wallace

Minister of Students and Education

Bryson is Married to Elizabeth and has two kids. Slayden is a toddler with too much energy and Adaline is his much quieter little sister. Bryson earned his Bachelor of Arts in Bible and his Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry at Howard Payne University. (Sting em!) He is currently working on a Master of Divinity in biblical studies. As the minister of students and education it is Bryson's desire for students to know and share the love of God. He wants his students to impact their schools and their community by being the light in the darkness. Bryson enjoys playing guitar, studying Greek and spending time with his family. 

Jim Green

Minister of Worship

Jim is Music Minister at FB Idalou and is married to Misty. and together they have 7 kids ranging from 34 yrs old to 13. Kelis and Jasey still live at home. He prepares the worship music, leads rehearsals, and assists with the sound technology used in the services. His desire is for everyone to experience the presence of God through the expression of praise and worship, both corporately and personally. He enjoys playing word games and being with Misty, tennis and video games with the kids, praciticing instruments, music arranging and learning software.

Mary McKinnon

Church Secretary

Mary joined the staff in December 2017 as the Administrative Assistant; she is responsible for the secretarial and bookkeeping duties. She enjoys helping in all areas of the church as needed. Mary is married to Rick and they have 3 daughters, Cassidy, Hailey, and Madison.  She likes to spend time with family & friends, and cannot start her day without a cup of coffee.

Vestal Blakely

Minister of Senior Adults

Vestal is Married to Carol Jean. Formerly a missionary in Africa, Vestal has a heart for missions. This heart for missions is seen through is heart for people. Vestal makes many hospital and home visits. Vestal plans opportunities for the Senior Adults to go out and do ministry. He has done this through the Exodus Prison Ministry and through various trips that he has organized. Vestal loves to tell stories, minister to others and spend time with his family.