Pastors & Staff

Bro. Mike Fortenberry


Bro. Mike has been in the ministry since he was 16 years of age. He began as a Song Leader/Youth Director at his home church in Ft. Worth. After graduating from L.D. Bell High School, he pursued his theological training at Arlington Baptist University. He has been a Senior Pastor since 1974, and in November of 2022 he will celebrate 48 years of pastoral ministry. He is an honorary alumnus of Criswell College. A founding chaplain of McCuistion Hospital, now Paris Reginonal Medical Center.  Bro. Mike is been active in local school districts activities as well as Area Wide Crusades for students. He & his wife Gency have been married for 48 years. Gency is a highly sought-after Women's Ministry speaker, having taught with the Southern Baptist Of Texas State Convention Women's Ministry Team for several years. Gency has also been the leader of many Women's Conferences featuring such people as Lisa Harper, Gloria Gaither, Beth Moore, Liz Curtis Higgs, Priscilla Shirer, Elizabeth Elliot, Charles Billingsly, Babbie Mason, & The Hoppers. Bro. Mike & Pastor Wade White also do an annual Men's Conference each August recently having America's Most recognized fisherman Jimmy Houston at the 2022 Fishers of Men Men's Conference.

Justin Thompson

Associate Pastor

Justin and his wife Jami moved to Paris in 2016, from Atlanta, GA.  Justin spent his first 5 years in Paris working as an Academic Advisor at Paris Junior College.  He joined our staff full time in September of 2021.  Before coming to Paris, Justin spent 10+ years in student, college, and missions ministry, and worked for six  years in different staff roles at Georgia Gwinnett College and Georgia State University.  He and Jami have three children: Jace, Julia, and Jared.

Tim Snowden

Worship & Senior Adult Pastor

Tim Snowden joined the staff of His Place Fellowship in 2019 and serves as the Worship Pastor and Minister to Senior Adults better known as the 55+ Ministry.  Tim holds a Bachelor of Applied Science with a concentration in music and ministry from East Texas Baptist University.  Tim married his beautiful wife, Sandra, in August of 1977 and together they have have two adult children and one energetic grandson who keeps everyone on their toes.  Originally from Hallsville, Texas, Tim has served in churches in Texas and Missouri.  He served 15 years in the Austin area before moving to Paris.
I have been blessed to serve the Lord in music ministry for over 45 years and what an honor and humbling privilege it has been to serve God’s church.  My passion is to sing of His great love forever.  I am surrounded by a team of gifted musicians and singers each week who use their talents to serve the Lord.  I enjoy hunting, golf, reading and vacationing in the mountains with my family.

Marshall Cochrum

Youth Pastor

Marshall, his wife Brooke and daughter Kinna moved to Paris in April of this year. He has a huge heart for people and can't wait to see what the Lord is going to do through the youth in this community. 

Cara Besteman

Children's Director

I have been the children’s director at His Place Fellowship since July of 2019, and have loved every minute of it! My husband Jason and I have been married since 2008 and have 3 awesome children. We love to serve together in the Children’s ministry and other areas of the church! Our goal For His kids is that all will learn about the love of Jesus, what He has done for us, and how we are to live as children of God.

Anne Shelton

Administrative Assistant to Mike Fortenberry

Anne has been the  Admin at His Place since the beginning.  She makes everything run around here, and we would be lost without her.  She has  years of experience in the professional world, including a season at Verizon.