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 has returned to Criswell College to pursue a Master in Counseling to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. 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.
BRANDON VESTAL, EDUCATION PASTOR
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.