Staff & Leadership

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Gary Ward

Lead Pastor


Our Lead Pastor, Gary Ward has over 35 years of pastoral experience and is a native Texan. He holds a degree from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. He is a firm believer in the power of God's Word and leads Emmanuel to both read the Bible and live it out in their every day lives. Gary and Jill have two children, a son Alan and his wife Sarah, and a daughter Meredith and her husband Ben, and five grandchildren.  

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Will Becknal

Associate Pastor of Community and College


Will has served at Emmanuel Church since October 2012 and has directed the college ministry ,C2, since May of 2010. He oversees Community Groups and Young Couples Ministries in addition to the College Ministry. He is currently a student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is married to his wonderful wife, Jordan, and is the father of three kids, Luke, Benjamin, and Lydia. 

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Mike Bizzell

Associate Pastor of Missions and Administration


Dr. Mike Bizzell serves as Associate Pastor. He has been married to Dianna since 1979 and has two married daughters and three grandchildren. Mike holds degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and is trained in biblical counseling. He has served at Emmanuel since 1999. He also serves as adjunct professor with both Scarborough College and Dallas Baptist University. His passion is community ministry and missions.

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Dianna Bizzell

Children's Director


Dianna Bizzell has worked in faith-based childcare and/or church-based children’s ministry for nearly 40 years. She received extensive training at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, including a certification in Church Weekday Education. Dianna has been married to her husband, Mike, since 1979. And has served at Emmanuel since 1999. When she’s not ministering at the church she enjoys spending time with her 3 grandchildren.

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Jimmy Hatcher

A/V/L Director


Jimmy has been a member of Emmanuel since 2012 when he and his family moved to the Weatherford area.  He is currently the church’s AVL director, overseeing the visual and audio productions for Sunday morning service and the C2 ministry on Thursday evenings.  He also serves as one of our community group facilitators and a deacon for Emmanuel.  Jimmy and his beautiful wife April both have degrees from Tarleton State University, and have been married since 2009.  They have been blessed with three children, Wyatt, Avyee and their niece Alayna.

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Daniel Brown

Pastor of Students & Music


Daniel has been serving with us since February of 2018 as the Pastor of Students and Music here at Emmanuel. Driven by a desire to see God worshiped in song and glorified in disciple making, his dream is to see God move in the life of the local church. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Biblical Studies at Southwestern Seminary located in Fort Worth, Texas.