Jay Smith

Senior Pastor


Jay Smith has been on staff full time at New Life First Baptist Church  since 2007.  He surrendered to the ministry while serving part time as worship pastor at New Life First Baptist Church.  He served as the full time associate/worship pastor for eight years before accepting the position of Senior Pastor in April of 2015.  Pastor Jay has a passion for God’s Word and for God’s glory to spread throughout the church to reach the world for Christ.  His heart is for the spiritual growth of the church.  Jay has been married to his wife Penny since 1994 and they have two children, Donny and Haley.  Jay is currently attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary pursuing his Masters in Christian Education.

Phone: 940.482.3417

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Danny Sparks

Youth Minister


As a young child, Danny met Jesus on a football field in his Northeast Texas hometown. He grew up as the middle child of his parents with an older brother and younger sister. Many Saturdays of his childhood he spent competing in horse shows and equestrian events across Southwest Arkansas. As a teenager, Danny was active in his church youth group where he was involved in skits, going to camps, and being with his friends. Sometime after graduating high school, Danny began to volunteer at a ranch where he could be involved with two of his passions, horses and special-needs children.

While attending the church in Northeast Texas, Danny began volunteering as the “youth guy” during the absence of an official youth minister. During this time, the church selected Danny to serve as a deacon of the congregation.

Then, while Danny’s job position was in the process of moving out of state, God provided Danny a job in Gainesville, Texas. The Sparks family moved to North Texas and soon began attending First Baptist Church Krum. They fell in love with the loving church congregation and became members. God has since blessed Danny with the privilege of serving as the youth minister here.

Danny found that he has a heart for teenagers. He relates to their youthfulness and enjoys just being around them, whether being silly or just listening to them. The teenagers tend to bring a playful joy to his life. He is passionate about seeing youth come to know Christ as their personal Savior, and he has a heart for seeing them grow in their relationship with Christ.

Danny also enjoys wearing overalls, driving big tractors, and fishing out of ponds. You can usually find him with his precious son, cute daughter, and beautiful wife.

Phone: 940.482.3417

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Amanda Green

Children’s Director

Amanda Green and her family have been part of New Life First Baptist Church since late 2014. Amanda has been an active member of the church, serving in various capacities. She found her calling in children’s ministry and started by supporting vacation bible school and serving as a camp sponsor. Over time, Amanda took on more responsibilities, and eventually became the Children’s Director.

Amanda believes that children’s ministry is a vital part of a church’s mission to spread God’s love and teachings. She understands that children are the future of the church, and that investing in their spiritual growth and development is crucial. As the Children’s Director, Amanda is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and fun environment where children can learn about Jesus and grow in their faith.

One of Amanda’s goals is to ensure that children’s ministry is engaging and relevant to today’s children. She recognizes that to connect with children, it is important to use creative and interactive teaching methods. Amanda works closely with her team of volunteers to develop lessons and activities that are both age-appropriate and meaningful.

Another important aspect of Amanda’s role is to support parents in their role as spiritual leaders in their children’s lives. She believes that the church and parents should work together to provide a strong foundation of faith for children. Amanda regularly communicates with parents to provide resources and encouragement to help them in this important task.

Overall, Amanda is dedicated to making children’s ministry a vibrant and exciting part of New Life First Baptist Church. She is passionate about helping children grow in their relationship with Jesus and is committed to serving the families of the church in this important ministry.

Amanda has been happily married to Kyle since 2005, and together they have a lovely daughter named Camryn. When she’s not busy cheering at Camryn’s sporting events, Amanda enjoys crafting, cooking, spending quality time with her family, and taking care of her two beloved dogs.

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