Rev. Joe Bumbulis, Minister to Students and Missions
Joe Bumbulis has served as the Associate Pastor to Students and Missions since September 2010, but came to First Baptist in 2008 through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Residency Program. For two years he served as a resident working closely with the youth and mission ministries while gaining experience in all facets and areas of ministry. Upon completion of the residency, Joe served as Interim student and mission minister before coming on full time.
Joe's passions include spiritual formation, cultural theory, philosophy, economics, and theology. Working in the youth ministry and mission ministry allow access to all of these passions in a single role. After graduating from Big Spring High School in 2001, Joe attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where he graduated with honors in 2005 with a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy. While at UMHB, Joe was active on the football team, worked as a Residential Assistant as well as a staffer for summer youth camp, Walk on Water in Gerty, Oklahoma and a youth and children's intern at FBC Harlingen along with his wife.
Upon graduation, Joe attended Baylor University’s Truett Seminary on scholarship, where he graduated from in December 2008 with Honors. While at Truett, Joe worked at FBC Georgetown doing College and Young Adult Ministry. During his time at Truett, Joe discoverd a passion for missional theology, reading, and theological reflection, traveled to Hong Kong and India, and found time to completely rebuild his car from the ground up.
Also while at UMHB in 2003, Joe married Charlotte, a wonderful and talented musician. Charlotte graduated from Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2004 with a B.M. in Church Music. Charlotte taught music for 5 years in Killeen ISD and at Reilly and Wooten Elementary in Austin. Currently, she is a consultant for The Texas Baptist Fair Trade initiative, Good News Goods. Even though they do not have children yet, they are the proud parents of one giant baby: a 70 lb. Husky/Shepherd mix, Smokey.
Joe loves to experience the beauty of God through creation, in those forgotten and neglected, and in the faith journey of students.