Lead Pastor

Richard "Buck" Wheat

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Buck was born in Dallas, Texas and has been in West Texas/Southeast New Mexico for over 25 years. He loves being in the area and now thinks of West Texas as home.

He has been in full-time, vocational ministry for over 28 years and served in several churches, part-time, while he was in college and seminary.

Buck graduated from Baylor University in Waco, TX in 1987 and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX in 1992.

Buck met his best friend and wife, Melinda, while they were students at Southwestern. They have different stories surrounding how they met, but they have no doubt that God has called them to be family. Buck and Melinda married in 1991 and have been blessed with two incredible children; Micah and Graci-Mei.

Buck enjoys several outdoor activities; Backpacking, Snow Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Running, and working in the yard just to name a few. He also enjoys playing games with others; 42, Hearts, Spades, and his favorite game is Pit. Buck believes that playing games and praying together are great ways to get to develop deep, lasting relationships.

Buck’s favorite ice cream is Jamocha Almond Fudge and has been known to drive out of his way to secure a large, Jamocha Almond Fudge shake.

Buck’s life verse is:

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loves me and gave Himself for me.” - Galatians 2:20 (ESV)

Buck has a servant’s heart and counts himself blessed to be at South Seminole Baptist Church. His greatest desire is to know Christ intimately and make much of His glory to the ends of the earth and to walk with others so they too may know and passionately pursue Him as Lord of their lives.

Adult 55+ Minister

Louis Grissom

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Louis was born in Dublin, Texas, and lived in Stephenville, where he grew up and attended school.

Louis Married Nancy on December 26, 1970.

Nancy was born in Dublin, Texas, and lived and attended school there.

Louis and Nancy have three daughters and the great sons-in-laws who are Kyle and Amy Reese, Jamie and Melanie Ray and Josh and Crystal Clark. The seven grandchildren are Peyton Reese, Hannah Reese, Wyatt Reese, Blake Ray, Rylee Ray, Rhett Clark and Ramsey Clark.

They moved to Seminole in 1984 to farm, raise a family and make Seminole their home. South Seminole Baptist church has been an active part of their lives in that time. They enjoy family and friends and traveling when they can.

We are so grateful to be a part of South Seminole.

Kidz Minister

Melinda Wheat

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Melinda was born in Abilene, Texas, was raised in Southeastern New Mexico, and considers West Texas home.


She graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a double major in Religious Education & Business Administration and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts degree in Religious Education with an emphasis in Childhood Education.


Melinda married her best friend, Buck in 1991 while serving as a full-time Children’s Minister in the Dallas area. She “retired” from that position when Buck graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has served as a volunteer in various capacities of children and youth ministry over the past 28 years.


Buck and Melinda have two amazing children, Micah, a sophomore at Dallas Baptist University, and Graci~Mei, who is in the 8th grade. She is humbled daily by the blessing of being their mom.


She enjoys being home with her family, reading, playing games, Ladies Bible Studies, researching homeschool and children’s curriculum, and spending time with her church family.


“I consider it a joy and extreme privilege to have this opportunity to serve the children and their families at South Seminole.” – Melinda Wheat

Certified Ministerial Assistant

Peggy Whitaker

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Peggy has been an invaluable part of the ministry team at South Seminole since 2003.  She has been married to Lynn Whitaker since 1977 and has five children and seven granchildren.  Peggy handles the financial aspects and is the staff ministry assistant. 



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