Welcome to First Baptist Church

Tyler, TX

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My name is Billy Bob Dempsey and it is my great joy to serve as the Minister of Worship for our Downtown Campus. I’m a trombone player/singer who is a teacher at heart. I love to hear our congregation sing and worship the Lord, and I love teaching others how to use their God-given gifts in worship. I am married to Cindy, who is an elementary music teacher in Tyler. Add in our son, Jonathan and our daughter, Nicki, and that completes the Dempsey family. We’re all involved in the worship ministry of the church in some way.

I love traveling, doing yard work, watching movies, playing the trombone, singing with the CenturyMen, and writing and arranging music, especially for a group that I co-founded and play with in my spare time, The Souled Out Jazz Orchestra. The Dempsey's have made our home in Tyler and at First Baptist Church since 2002. 


My favorite sports team? The Arkansas Razorbacks

My Favorite food? Kung Pao Chicken from Pei Wei

My Favorite drink? Coffee

Greatest Band ever? Chicago (I am a trombone player, you know)

Favorite quote? “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” - C.S. Lewis


Phone: 903.595.1021 ext. 214

Email: bbdempsey@fbctyler.org


Lisa McClure - Music Assistant

Huey Harpe - Church Organist

Andrea Holcek - Church Pianist