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

  • Dowell Loftis  - Senior Pastor  

    Pastor Dowell Loftis is the interim Senior Pastor at Willow Bend and also serves as an Area Representative for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Dowell comes to us after serving as the Intentional Interim Pastor at Mission Hills Church. Previously, Dowell served as the Senior Pastor at Shearer Hills Baptist Church (1998-2013) and also served as the Program Director of Children's Emergency Relief International.


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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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  • Kelly Rothacker - Student Director   

    Kelly has been working with students for 8 years through coaching volleyball in high school and club, and YMCA programs. Prior to working at Willow Bend, she started Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and a mentoring program at her high school. Kelly loves spending time with students and teaching them God's Word.


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  • Nicole Ortiz - Kids Director  


    Nicole accepted the role of wbKIDS Director 3 years ago, after having been the assistant for 2 years prior to that. Nicole graduated with a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2004. She has clinical as well as ministerial experience in working with families and individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Her heart is to minister to families as a whole. She has been blessed to be the wife of Walt Ortiz and the mom of three biological kids: Harrison (12), Carson (10), and Mallory (5) as well as step-mom to Micah (18), Sarah (16), Nadiah (11), and Hannah (10). 


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