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Ministerial Staff

Senior Pastor 

Dr. Steve Branson

Pastor Branson has been pastor of Village Parkway Baptist Church since February 1994. He graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas with a degree in Marketing in 1975. He has earned a Master of Divinity (1979) and a Doctor of Ministry (1985) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He has been in the ministry since 1976 and has served churches in the San Antonio area and in the Lubbock area. He has taught for Wayland Baptist University and is currently serving as an adjunct professor for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He has been married to Jan Onstott Branson, from Fort Worth, for over 30 years. They have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. 

Enjoy Dr. Steve Branson's radio program on Saturday mornings at 11am.

Associate Pastor of Missions and Care

Doug Brinson -

Doug has served as Minister of Education in several churches since 1989, and in San Antonio since 1993. He has earned B.A., B.S. and M.A. degrees from Northwestern State University (LA), and a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Doug and his wife Glynrose have two daughters, Hillory and Amy. His hobbies are cycling and reading.

Associate Pastor of Education

John Turner -

John has been the Minister of Education since June 2016. He graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a degree in Business Administration in 2000 and is currently finishing up a Master of Divinity degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
John came to faith in Jesus Christ in 2001. In 2004, John felt God calling him to ministry, but he was serving as an Air Force officer and had a commitment to fulfill. In the meantime, God used John in a variety of ways, growing and maturing the calling on John’s life. In 2013, John retired from the Air Force and began attending seminary fulltime.
John married his wife, Angie, in 1997 and they have three children, Georgia, Diego, and Caleb. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, and reading.

Associate Pastor of Youth

Nathan D. Thomas

Nate Thomas is our newest staff member at VPBC, joining us in September 2017. He graduated from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC in 2005. He received his Masters in Christian Apologetics. 

He has been in ministry for over 13 years as youth pastor, assistant, and senior pastor. During his time in ministry he has published 5 Christian living books and is currently workingon book 3 of a youth biblical fiction series. 

His is married to Kari for 14 years and has 6 children that participate any various programs within the church. His hobbies are cheering for OU Sooners football, writing, and reading.

Associate Pastor of Music 

Rob Karns -

Rob has been the Minister of Music since June 2016.  Having received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance from the University of Wyoming in 1984, and a Master of Music degree in Music Theory from the University of Houston in 1986, he entered the Army’s music program as a staff music arranger and instrumentalist.  Finishing his military music career in the Air Force, he retired from military service in 2014 and is currently finishing his PhD in Church Music from Baylor University.  Rob has been an adjunct faculty member at two universities, a 4th – 12th grade band director, an arts administrator, professional saxophonist, private music teacher, and associate music minister in several churches.

Rob was raised in a strong Christian family where he “accepted Christ” and was baptized at the age of 6.  It wasn’t until 15 years later, during a music tour in Hawaii that he became serious about his faith and realized the implications of his decision to follow Christ.  Rob’s call to ministry wasn’t very dramatic, he sort of fell into it and realized that that’s where he was meant to be.

Rob’s wife, Ann, a professional musician as well, forever brightened his life by marrying him in 1988.  Their son, William, is currently studying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.  Rob enjoys chess, hiking, gardening with his wife, and playing jazz.

Director, Preschool and Children Ministries 


Debbie made a profession of faith as a young child, and has been active in churches ever since. She became a member of Village Parkway in February 2000. She has been extremely involved in Children's ministries for many years, and has served in many areas. She has been a Nursery worker, Nursery coordinator, a Sunday School teacher to all ages from 2-year-olds to Youth, worked with VBS, MDO, and Children's choir; taught 5th/6th grade history/literature at VPCS, member of VPCS COM (chairman since 2006), and has been part of the Children's ministry for Bible Study Fellowship since 2000.

She is the mother of five wonderful children, and grandmother of two adorable grandchildren.

Mother's Day Out



Becky came on staff as MDO Director in August 2013 after teaching in the program. Becky has served in various capacities at Village Parkway and is excited about her new role in the MDO ministry.

Becky is married to Todd, who sings in our Praise Band. They have four children: Jake, Addie, Cooper and Corinne.

Office Staff


Gina Short -

Gina has been working here at VPBC since 1997.  Although she was originally hired on as a part-time bookkeeper for the school, when she was offered the full-time position as bookkeeper for all the church, school and Mother's Day Out, she accepted.  She have been the bookkeeper for all three ministries since 2000.

Gina came to the Lord in 1987 and was baptized here at VPBC alongside her husband.  She has taught many Bible study classes in the years since then in children’s, youth and adult ministries.  In 2007 she began what would become yearly mission trips to Honduras. She has been blessed to administrate these many mission trips and has seen the Lord work in Honduras through this ministry.

Gina married her husband Kyle in 1986 and they have two grown daughters both of whom live in Texas. She enjoys spending time with her husband, hiking, swimming, sewing, making jewelry and reading.

Office Manager/Pastor's Secretary

Pennie Buntrock -

Pennie has been the Office Manager/Pastor’s Secretary since February 2013. She is a native of Washington state and the youngest of three girls. Prior to moving to San Antonio in 2011, she worked as the Ministry Assistant of Education/Senior Adults at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Enterprise, Alabama.

Pennie came to faith in Jesus Christ on January 1, 1995. She enjoys working on staff at Village and when not in the office, Pennie regularly serves in youth ministry, where she helps lead a group of high school girls.

Pennie married her husband, Roger, in 1996 and they have two beautiful daughters, Samantha and Allison, and a cute dog named Chewbacca. Pennie likes the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and doing crafts.

Receptionist/Office Assitant 

Melissa DeMouy

Support Staff

Robert Trevino