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Ministerial Staff

Senior Pastor

Dr. Ryan Carpenter -

Pastor Ryan has served churches and ministries for over twenty years in the Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Victoria areas. After completing his degree in Mathematics at Texas A&M University, Pastor Ryan enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. In 2021, he completed his Doctor of Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary specializing in church revitalization.

Pastor Ryan’s passion is for the church, and church revitalization is the process of helping churches renew their mission, discover their vision, and strategically focus on implementing their passion. He has learned that this process must be guided by the Holy Spirit and bathed in prayer.

One of the greatest blessings Ryan received during his time at Southwestern was meeting his wife of 19 years, Carrie. Carrie is also a seminary graduate, holding a Master of Communications from Southwestern, and they have served together in ministry their entire married life. They pray daily for God to bless their family and their friends and are thankful for God’s provision in their life.  

Pastor Ryan is thankful for your prayers as he prays for you and with you as we seek God’s purposes together.

Associate Pastor of Youth

Dr. Nathan D. Thomas -

Pastor Nate joined the Village staff in September 2017. He graduated from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC in 2005. He earned his Master's in Christian Apologetics and then earned his doctorate in Pastoral Counseling in 2023. He has been in full-time ministry since 2006 as a youth pastor, assistant, and senior pastor.

Pastor Nate is also a published author with JourneyForth Publishing (Bob Jones University Press) and publishing. During his time in ministry, he has published 5 Christian living books and a 4-book, best-selling series for Youth-Christian-fiction. Aside from writing, Nate also enjoys speaking at D-Nows, graduations, youth conferences, and men's conferences. Nate has been married to his wife, Kari Thomas, since 2003 and they have 6 children that participate in various programs within the church. Nate enjoys staying active, 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.  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.

Children's Ministry 

Diana Evans -

Diana is a Native Texan who grew up in Aransas Pass and moved to San Antonio in 2008. She is a graduate of APHS and St. Philips College.

Diana has been a Christian since childhood but gave her life to Christ in 1985.

Diana has worked with children in various roles since she was 13. She was no longer able to attend VBS so she started volunteering and hasn't stopped yet.

Diana married Todd in 2005 and they have 2 handsome sons Patrick and Joseph. She is an animal lover and spends her free time taking care of stray animals, crafting, and playing with her rescue dog Biscuit.

Mother's Day Out

Mother's Day Out Director


After working in the program for three years, first as a substitute teacher, and then as a teacher, Becky joined the VPBC staff as the Mother's Day Out (MDO) Director in August 2013.

Becky loves her job with MDO for many reasons, mainly because she enjoys working with children, but more importantly, Becky loves being part of a ministry that teaches the students about God's amazing love for them, and that recognizes the value of planting little seeds that will one day grow into a personal, life-saving relationship with Jesus Christ.

Becky and her husband, Todd (who sings in the Praise Band at Village) are natives of San Antonio and were married in 2001. After a year-long search for a church home, they joined Village in 2002. Becky and Todd have served at Village in various capacities ever since, including helping in the Village Student Ministry. Becky and Todd have three awesome children - Addie (in college), Cooper, and Corinne. They stay busy with church activities and gym-hopping across Texas, following their kiddos and their various sporting events.

Office Staff

Pastoral Administrative Assistant

Pennie Buntrock -

In 2013, Pennie joined the staff of Village Parkway Baptist Church as the Ministry Assistant to the Sr. Pastor. Since 2023 she has served as the Pastoral Administrative Assistant. She is a native of Washington state and the youngest of three girls. Before 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 ministries and events throughout the year.

Pennie married her husband, Roger, in 1996 and they have two adult daughters, a precious grandson, and a cute dog named Gypsy. Pennie likes the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and doing crafts.

Church Administrative Assistant 


Melissa joined the Village team in February 2018. She and her husband Rich first attended Village Parkway from 2010-2012 when they were stationed at Lackland AFB. In 2017, after 25 years of service, Rich and Melissa retired home to San Antonio and officially became members of the church and became very active in church ministry. Outside administrative duties, Melissa sings with the Praise Team and teaches in the Children's Ministry.

Melissa hales from Port Lavaca, TX, “GO SANDCRABS!” She received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Texas State University in 1992 and married Rich in 1993. They have two wonderful grown children, Abby and Justin.

Financial Administrator 

Shannon Fragozo -

Shannon started working as the Financial Administrator Assistant in January of 2022 and became the Financial Administrator in 2023.  Before that, she worked for the Mother's Day Out program at VPBC as the Director's Assistant for 14 years. Growing up in a military family she has lived in several different countries around the world but moved to San Antonio in the fall of '93 when she was a junior in high school. Shannon became a member of Village Parkway Baptist Church in '94.

Shannon met her husband Daniel while attending UTSA in 1995 and they were married in 1999 here at Village Parkway Baptist Church.  Together they have 5 children; Aidan, Marin, Caileigh, Ainsley, and Declan, who keep them busy in activities at church and with their school and sports activities.  

Support Staff


Eddie Ray Rodriguez

Eddie Ray joined the Village Staff in 2021. His work and support make an incalculable contribution to all the ministries and events at Village.