Chris Ruwaldt

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Chris and his wife Karol have pastored churches across Texas, Missouri, and Oklahoma for twenty two years.  They came to Alva  January 1, 2017. They have four wonderful children: Todd, Kelli, Allison, and Kendra. Chris decided to follow Jesus in March of 1987 after a realization that he was lost and in need of a Savior. Chris is involved with many activities in the community. He is the color commentator for Goldbug Athletics on the Goldbug Sports Radio Network. He is also the Chaplain for the Woods County Sheriffs Department. His desire is to see people come to know Christ, be discipled, and then reach other people for Christ. If you have any questions or comments, send Chris an email at  

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Derrick Thomas

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Derrick began his tenure as Minister of Youth at First Baptist Church in March of 2006, directing the full-range of youth minitries and activities. As the student minister he is the primary teacher for youth on Sunday and Wednesday evenings as well as planning youth events. He made a decision to follow Jesus in April of 1994. After asking many questions and those questions being answered by his dad, Derrick put his trust in Jesus at the kitchen table and was baptized a few weeks later.

Derrick's wife Chesnei graduated from NWOSU in 2007 and Derrick graduated in 2008. They were married June 14, 2008, and daughter Asa was born May 29, 2013. She quickly became a teenager at heart. Their second daughter Bays was born August 15, 2019, and she is quickly becoming a teenager as well.

Derrick has been a volunteer assistant football coach for the Goldbugs since 2010. Chesnei is a Special Education teacher at Alva Middle School, and also coaches the cheerleading squad. They believe this teaching position became more than just teaching, but also a calling in her life that she has not taken lightly.

Their hearts desire is students and to see them go deeper in their relationship with the Lord, and for those who do not know the Lord, they look for ways they can minister to them so that the gospel can be heard and seen through their lives. 



Aleta Nolan

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  January 2021  
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