As a young man, leading groups to Kampala Uganda, Thomas began to see the need for discipleship in the church. He knew that for people to sustain their knowledge of Jesus Christ, they needed to be stewarded like Jesus did his disciples. In the spring of 2016, God began to pull Thomas’ heart towards missions’ full time. Running from this calling for about a year, God was cultivating his heart to begin something that was bigger than himself. In August of 2017, Live Missions was started and began to pursue churches and colleges and showing them God’s heart through a missional lens.
Thomas served on staff at Albany First Baptist Church for four years as the Youth Pastor. While at Albany FBC, he led youth and adults from the church on trips to Uganda & Rwanda. He and His wife, Jordan, were married in the June 2013. They have a daughter named Laney and a son named Jett. Thomas graduated from Hardin Simmons University in May 2014 where he majored in Ministry with a minor in Missions.
Ryan joined the Live Missions Staff in September 2019. He spent the previous 11 years as Worship/Youth & Family Life Minister at First Baptist Church in Holliday, TX. He was born and raised in San Angelo, TX. He graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Go CRU!) with a B.A. in Christian Ministry in May 2008, where he also played golf. He felt the calling into ministry at age 16 while attending a youth camp at Camp Chaparral. Ryan has a heart for Knowing Christ and making Him known. He enjoys traveling and taking road trips with his wife Kelly and their dog, Sader. He loves watching or playing sports (golf, hunting, snow/water skiing, playing music, and really anything outdoors).
Favorite verse: Proverbs 3:5-6
After graduating from West Texas State University, Laura began her career as the Junior High & High School choral director in Denver City, Texas. Laura moved to Abilene in 1991 to join the choral department of Cooper High School as associate choral director of the Cooper Choirs. During her tenure at Cooper, “Miss G” prepared many choir students for numerous musical experiences such as solo & concert performances, audition preparation & annual choir tours. The choirs have received invitations to perform nationally & internationally. Laura accompanied choirs on trips to perform in many statewide festivals, Carnegie Hall and the Rathaus, the city hall in Vienna, Austria.
In 1995, Laura moved from Cooper HS to serve as the Jefferson Middle School choral director. She transferred to Clack Middle School in 2002. Students in these choral programs consistently earned superior ratings in UIL competition & many were named to the region’s honor choirs. In 2017, Laura retired from Abilene ISD completing 28 years educating students at the secondary level.
Laura attends First Baptist Church, Abilene, where she is an active member of the Sanctuary Choir. She has had the pleasure to serve the choir as a section leader & served as choir president in 2012-2013 when the choir traveled to Vermont on a choir mission trip.
Miss Grametbaur enjoys crafting, scrapbooking & organizing. She also enjoys cooking. Her favorite activity is baking for family & friends.