Gary Vaughn

Pastor Gary has a passion to share the Word of God and see people grow in their love for the Lord and to serve Him intentionally. He is a graduate of Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary with associate and bachelor's degrees in English Bible. He tries to stay fresh in his preaching by attending yearly expository preaching workshops offered at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth. He has shared from God's Word on mission trips to Romania, the Philippines and Israel.

He is married to Debbie. Debbie is a senior sales representative for Balfour Publishing Company and she loves ministering to and being involved in the church. She is a gifted teacher who loves to share and encourage others through the Word of God. Gary and Debbie have two sons, Aaron and Jarod, a daughter-in-law, Maureen, and one grandson, Brooks.

Gary enjoys the outdoors, hunting, fishing, BBQ, gardening and reading.

Life Verse: "For me to live is Christ and to die is gain" ( Philippians 1:21)

Youth Minister

Vacant !

Minister of Music

Michael Young

Michael began serving Lake Tyler Baptist Church as the Worship Leader in January 2017 as an interim. In 2019, the position became permanent. Michael serves as a deacon and is an ordained minister. He has served in various staff positions, throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Alaska for over forty years. Additionally, Michael has served on mission trips to Tanzania, Mozambique and Belize.

Michael enjoys hunting, fishing and music. Michael and Anita have been married for five years and enjoy a blended family, with six children, twelve grandchildren currently, with two more expected in early 2021. They also have one great-grandson.


Debbie Shelton

I joined Lake Tyler Baptist Church in 2008 and was hired as the Church Secretary & Bookkeeper in January 2009.  I have over 44 years experience in office administration, human resources, accounting and marketing. I also serve as Sunday School teacher of the College/Career Young Adult class. In the past I have served as a G.A. Leader, a Sunday School  teacher for 4-5 year olds, Women's Minstry Leader and I sang with the "First Light" Gospel Trio for over 12 years. 

I work full time as the office manager and legal assistant at the law firm of Kent, Anderson, Bush. Frost & Metcalf. I have served in various positions including President, Secretary, Treasurer, Bylaw Chair and Membership Chair at the local, state and national level for the Texas CattleWomen, Inc.

My husband and I have been married over 45 years and we have 2 children, 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

To relax from my hectic work schedule, I enjoy spending time with my family, singing, cooking, cross stitching, reading, gardening, and sewing. I love the Lord and seek to serve Him daily according to His will.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13

Children's Director

Tina Kinney

I have been blessed to be a part of Lake Tyler Baptist for 14 years. I have spent the last several as the Childerens Director.

I spent 23 years working for State Farm Insurance until the birth of my special needs son in 2008. Little did I know what a blessing he would be and little did I know that God had an even bigger plan for me. I had always had a desire in my heart to work with children but with my job it was almost impossible to help with VBS or teach a Sunday School class.

A friend told me You don't find God's will , God's will finds you. God's will did find me and placed me in my current position.

I have had the opportunity to start several outreach programs for our children and have seen many blessings come from these programs. I have seen many children come to know Jesus as well as some parents. What a blessing this has been!

I work with a remarkable children's team and we are continually brainstorming for new and better ways to reach, teach, and attract children for God's glory.

Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.