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. 


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  • Paul Dunner - 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.


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  • 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.


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  • Shelby Farris - Creative Arts Director

    Shelby was actively involved in the youth group and worship team at Willow Bend when she was in high school, and served on the worship team in the Baptist Student Ministry while she attended Texas A&M University. Upon graduating with her Bachelors degree, she became the Worship Leader for the contemporary worship service at FPC Bryan in Bryan, Texas. She has since returned to Willow Bend, and lives in Wylie with her husband Zack, and 2 labs, Lucy and Tucker.


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  • Eric Plyler - Youth Director

    Eric Plyler has been involved with youth for nearly 10 years. His love for ministry sparked at an early age and he loves serving in the church. He likes board games, anything competitive, and getting to know people. Eric currently serves as the “youth guy” at Willow Bend where he has attended for almost 2 years. Eric is a Music Specialist in FISD where he lives with his beautiful wife, Katy, and their wonderful pets, Winston and Roux.


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