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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  • 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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  • 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 their 2 labs, Lucy and Tucker.

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