As one who grew up never attending church; not becoming a Christian until his junior year in college, the non-traditional path of Pastor Bobby Dagnel has given him a unique connection with the unchurched, and the ability to teach, discuss, and apply the scriptures in a way that appeals to a broad group of people from diverse backgrounds. After being suspended from the University of Oklahoma, Bobby embarked upon a search to find meaning and purpose in life. Through the initial concern and gentle inquiry of a co-worker, and the subsequent counsel of a local pastor, Bobby would commit his life to Christ and set the direction for his life. With a strong sense of calling, a razor-like focus, and while working 60-hour weeks as a welder, Bobby continued his educational pursuits at The University of Texas in Tyler, completing a Bachelor of Business of Administration in management and a minor in marketing. This was followed by a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, he has completed the classroom requirements for the Doctor of Ministry degree at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, focusing on church and culture, with specific emphasis on bioethical issues related to organ donation.
Pastor Dagnel’s church and community leadership has been extensive. Named as the pastor of First Baptist Church Lubbock in 2002, his previous pastorates include the First Baptist Church in Nederland, Texas (1995-2002) and the First Baptist Church of Hemphill, Texas (1989-1995). In addition, Dagnel has served on the staff of the historic First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa, Alabama as Business Administrator (1987-1989) and Green Acres Baptist Church, Tyler, Texas as the Associate Minister of Recreation (1982-1984).
Besides his congregational duties, our pastor has served a nine year term on the Baylor University Board of Regents, where he also served on the Advisory Council for Baylor’s Center for Ministry Effectiveness. This was followed by a three year term on the Board of Trustees for Wayland Baptist University. With a particular sensitivity to matters related to faith and reason, and the existing potential for a crisis of faith among university students, Pastor Dagnel has maintained an active involvement in higher education, including service on the adjunct faculty of Wayland Baptist University and as a guest lecturer for Texas Tech University School of Law.
With a background rooted in athletics, Pastor Dagnel has been afforded many ministry opportunities among student-athletes; currently as the team chaplain for Texas Tech Football.
He has had the honor of serving as the guest Chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives in September of 2004. Both nationally and abroad, Pastor Dagnel has had the privilege of leading conferences and training opportunities; having also served on the ethics board of local hospitals as well as various advisory boards and councils of local school districts.
He and his wife, Patti, have two children: Courtney, who lives and works in Lubbock and Hunter, a mechanical engineer for Lockheed Martin, in Dallas, Texas.