Shanon L. Thomas,
Senior Pastor

Rockwall Friendship Baptist Church was founded in 2004 by Pastor Shanon Thomas and he continues to lead the church today. Shanon saw his need of a Savior at age 9 and began a personal relationship with Jesus Christ at that time.

He is a graduate of Texas A&M Commerce with a BS in Business. Following his undergrad work, he attended Criswell College and graduated with a MA in Christian Leadership. He returned to Criswell College and earned a Masters Degree in Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern; he's now pursuing a doctorate degree. After a few years in the corporate world, he joined the ministry. He has been preaching and teaching for over 25 years, spending several years teaching young adults and married couples.

Shanon has spent the majority of his life in Dallas where he enjoys reading and going to the driving range. Shanon and his wife Sophia were married in 1996 and they have one son, Zachary. They invite you to visit Rockwall Friendship and would love to meet you.




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Brandon Vestal joined our leadership team as Student Pastor in 2017. Brandon uses his outgoing and energetic   teaching style to provide an  avenue for students to truly learn how to be a disciple of Jesus. He  desires that teens serve Jesus in action, truly know him and walk with  him in their daily lives, and be prepared to give an answer for why they  believe.

He earned his B.A. from Howard Payne University and following his  undergrad work, he completed his Master’s from University of Texas  Arlington. He has spent many years as a history teacher, most recently  at Rockwall-Heath High School. In 2018, Brandon began pursuing his  doctorate in Educational Administration.

Brandon enjoys spending time outside-- bow hunting, mountain biking, rock climbing, and just being in creation. Brandon’s wife, LaVonda, is an educator also. They have three children: Faith, Judah, and Asha.





Joshua McDonald serves as Student Pastor for Rockwall Friendship Baptist Church. He has served in ministry for more than a decade.

Joshua holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and is pursuing a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Seminary. He’s a former professor with extensive experience in Information Technology (I.T.) and was able to mix his faith with his vocation while serving as chaplain in previous roles.

He has been married to his wife, Erica, for eight years. They have two boys ages three and one. In their spare time they enjoy spending time with their boys, visiting museums or historical sites and reading. Erica is a runner and loves to study on eating and cooking healthy.