About Us


At FBC The Colony, we believe in the importance of doctrine based on God's divine revelation of Himself through Scripture. Here we have summarized our core beliefs and believe that the following statement of faith accurately represents the teaching of God's Word, and therefore, is affirmed by all members of FBC The Colony.


To glorify God the Father through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, by :


We are a church where members make a difference by:

  • loving others
  • caring for needs
  • praying without ceasing
  • studying the Bible
  • reaching out with compassion
  • giving sacrificially
  • glorifying God through our unity

Dr. Mark L. Richardson


I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, FL, saved by God's grace at seven years of age, and surrendered to God's call into the gospel ministry at age seventeen. I earned an undergraduate degree in religion from Oklahoma Baptist University (Shawnee, OK), a Masters of Divinity degree with honors, and a Doctor of Ministry specializing in expository preaching from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Kansas City, Missouri). God has allowed me to serve Him in various positions of leadership for twenty years through the local church. I have a burden for the Church to see how the crucifixion of Jesus transforms the individual and corporate life of the church such as in discipleship, leadership, decision making, unity, evangelism, ministry, counseling, teaching, and worship. So in addition to local church ministry, God led me to co-found a 501(c)(3) organization called CrossReach Ministries International with my godly and gorgeous wife Monica in 2000. It's a Great Commission, renewal ministry dedicated to increasing the local church's awareness, understanding, and relevant application of the message of "Christ crucified." I have also authored two books on the crucifixion of Jesus, three seminars which equip people in the study and effective communication of God's Word, and wrote an article for Testamentum Imperium, an online theological journal. I am also a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.

I also like golf, weight lifting, pool, and playing drums and percussion in praise and worship bands.

God called me to this great church from Oklahoma where I served as a senior pastor. Monica and I have four boys.

I invite you to surrender to God, receive His forgiveness of sin by turning to Him in faith, and lose your life in the service of others, both locally and globally. There is no greater risk and satisfaction. And there is no greater reward! Join us in the journey!

John Pecoraro

Pastor for Evangelism and Students

As a graduate from Louisiana Tech University in May of 1982 with a Bachelor of Science Education degree, I began teaching at an area high school until January 1994. During those years I married my beautiful wife, Pam, and we began serving in the Youth Ministry at Spring Baptist Church. We also served the Lord on various summer long mission trips with Continental Singers. While on these trips God began to work in my life to lead me into full time ministry. After three summer trips we began having children, but we continued to serve with the youth at Spring Baptist. It was in June 1989 that I became part of the staff at Spring Baptist as the Interim Youth Minister while still teaching. In August 1989, I surrendered to God's call into full time ministry. Other various part time positions at Spring Baptist from 1990 to 1993 were the Middle School Minister and Single Adult Minister. God allowed me to become the full time Youth and Education Minister in January 1994 at First Baptist Old Ocean. During this time, my family grew from four to seven wonderful children, five girls and two boys.

Through God working in various peoples lives I began ministering at First Baptist The Colony as the Pastor of Youth in August 2001. God brought us here from Sweeny, Texas to serve mainly with the youth of the church. During this time God has blessed our entire family with the love, friendship, and encouragement of the people of First Baptist.

My desire for the youth at First Baptist is for them to want to invite their friends here to worship and to be ministered to. I also desire that First Baptist will be a place to help them grow spiritually. So I invite you to look further at this web site and the areas of ministry to see how we can better serve you and how you can serve the Lord. Feel free to contact me personally by phone, email, or just come by my office as the door is always open.

Jason Kelley

Worship Director

I have lived in The Colony, TX literally all my life.  I have a big heart for this community.  My wife and I met in kindergarten, married in college, and are wonderfully blessed to have six biological children and one “adopted” child.  

I went to West Texas A&M for a Bachelors in Music Therapy.  I have a heart for helping people pursue and praise God through good times and bad.  My mantra is “rejoice louder than the pain.”  I do this by leading our church family in singing praise to God during our worship services.  I like to implement the full band, choir, brass team, adults, youth, and children.  There is so much talent in our church, and I want to use all of it to praise the Lord.  I also enjoy writing and teaching original songs to our church.  My favorite moments are when I can hear the whole church making a joyful noise unto the Lord.

I have had the privilege of leading a non-profit who helps homeless and addicted for eight years.  Currently, I work as a counselor with another non-profit who offers Christian counseling to everyone for whatever donation they can make.

I love seeing the power of God in action.  My aim is to continue to point people towards God by leading, teaching, serving, evangelizing, and counseling.  No matter what situation they’re in, no matter how much they’ve messed up, no matter how far they’ve gone, I want people to know the hope we have in the Savior, Jesus Christ.  I want to see revival happen in our local communities, and beyond.

Please join us for a Sunday service, Wednesday night bible study, or any of the other ways to get involved.  We’d love for you to be part of our family.  Let’s pursue God together.  

And by all means, if you are interested in singing or playing an instrument for the Lord, please contact me.  I’d love to see you using your gift to glorify our God.

Ron Ferrante

Pastor of Small Group Ministries

I was born and raised Catholic in upstate New York. After graduating from college, I spent 8 years in the U.S. Navy and later began my corporate career with NCR Corp. After spending many years in the corporate arena and then in my personal financial business, I accepted God's personal invitation to have Jesus as the owner of my life. We then joined a small Southern Baptist Church in So. California where I was baptized. I then became active serving in various areas of ministry. I was later appointed to leadership positions as Finance and Sunday School Chairman. After several years of service, I was ordained in November, 1992. We later joined Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA in 1996, where we were active in Small Groups, teaching various Bible studies, and Small Group training courses & seminars.

My ministry began in 2001, when I was called to lead the Senior Ministry at Saddleback Church. God blessed the ministry and it grew in 8 years from 400 to over 2500 members including over 59 Home Small Groups. After 14 years, at Saddleback, We re-located to Texas in 2010 and became active with First Baptist Church, The Colony, I later surrendered to God's call as Elder / Pastor of Small Group Ministries in order to establish Home Bible Study Groups and other needed ministries within the church.

Working directly with our Lead Pastor, the value of home groups was recognized as a way of building up the church Saints and reaching others for Christ. As the former Pastor of the Senior Ministry at Saddleback Church, I use the principles and benefits I learned, of Home Small Groups, to establish and build the Small Group Ministry.

I enjoy sports, reading, cooking and testing new special meals & deserts, and studying the Bible/prophecy. My beautiful wife, Sharon and I have been blessed with six grown children, twelve grandchildren and nine great grandchildren spread from Ohio, California, and Texas.

Support Staff

Kecia McCright


Robin Hull


Donna Reneau


Our Mission

Building believers who reach others for Christ.