Our Leadership Team

The staff and leadership here at Willow Bend Church is comprised of men and women who love to serve the Lord, and through Him, serve the body of believers in each area of ministry. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at 972-985-5518

  • Bob Knowles  - Senior Pastor  

    Pastor Bob Knowles grew up in Hurst, Texas. Before coming to Willow Bend, He served at FBC in Albany, Texas as the Senior Pastor for 5 years. Prior to this, he has 17 years of ministry experience including leading student ministry and serving as Associate Pastor. Pastor Bob holds a Masters in Theological Studies from Dallas Baptist University as well as a Bachelors Degree from Howard Payne University. Bob is married to his wife Julie and together they have five children: Seth Salem, Sage, Shafer, and Sadie. 


    Contact Pastor Bob Knowles

  • Paul Dunne - Executive Pastor 

    Growing up in Corpus Christi Texas, Paul began his walk with the Lord when he accepted the Lord during a youth retreat. From that moment forward started the walk toward the ministry – although he didn’t always follow, it was apparent that God was always leading.  Paul attended Howard Payne University and served in the ministry at different churches in the Central Texas area. He has also been privileged to sing back up vocals with artists such as Shania Twain, Peter Cetera, Chris Tomlin, John Tesh and others. Paul was licensed to the ministry in October 2006 and ordained March 2012. He has preached in churches in Hawaii, Connecticut, California, Texas and Colorado. In addition, he has served on church staffs in a variety of positions. He and Julieanne have been married for 28 years and their daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Phil Gosselin recently moved to Dallas.


    Contact Paul Dunne

  • Darrell Bye - Celebrate Recovery    

    Darrell has been involved with Celebrate Recovery since 2002, and began attending Willow Bend's CR in 2005; He has been serving as the Recovery Pastor since 2006. Darrell is celebrating recovery from a 46 year addiction to pornography and has extensive recovery experience. As the North Texas Representative for Celebrate Recovery, he works with other churches to establish and grow CR ministries. Darrell is also involved with after-prison care and serves as a volunteer for the Salvation Army's recovery program at their residential treatment center.


    Contact Darrell Bye

  • Worship Pastor

    Willow Bend Church in Plano Texas is currently looking for a part-time Worship Leader. The qualified candidate would need to lead rehearsals and service on Sunday mornings (with paid band) and lead with either an acoustic guitar or piano.  Should be willing to work with the pastor in coordinating the music ministry for our Sunday AM service and be able to attend weekly staff meetings. Should also have a discipleship mentality as he/she oversees band and worship team. Can be flexible with school and/or job.  WBC has recently experienced healthy growth and we are looking for someone to invest his or her life with our family. The Willow Bend Church mission is 1) Foundational 2) Inspirational and 3) Relational. 

    For further information or to submit a resume, please email Bob Knowles

  • Youth Pastor

    Willow Bend Church in Plano Texas currently has an opportunity for a part-time student or entry level applicant to learn and to grow the youth program.  The best fit for the role will be creative, patient, outgoing, and led by the Spirit. Title: Youth Pastor.  Responsibilities: Youth ministry on Wed nights, teaching Youth LifeGroup on Sunday morning, participate in weekly staff meetings, spirit of discipleship under the leadership of the pastor and elders.  As ministry grows, position can grow. Can be flexible with school and/or job.  WBC has recently experienced healthy growth and we are looking for someone to invest his or her life with our family.  The Willow Bend Church mission is 1) Foundational 2) Inspirational and 3) Relational. 

    For further information or to submit a resume, please email Bob Knowles