Meet Our Pastor
Our Pastor, Dr. Royse T. Cockrell, was born in Dallas, Texas, September 3, 1964. While still a
child, his parents moved to a farm located near Gatesville, Texas. He grew up in the city of
Gatesville and graduated from Gatesville High School in 1983.
It was this same year, during a Revival meeting held at Gateway Baptist Church, that he trusted
Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized into the Gateway Baptist Church. By the
way, his brother, Pastor Dan N. Cockrell was the one preaching the Revival. In June of 1984, he
was accepted into the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Academy in Huntsville, Texas. After
completing the Academy, he was assigned to the Palestine, Texas area where he served as a
Lieutenant of Correctional Officers. In 1987, Dr. Cockrell married the former Janice Niersmann
and they have 3 children.
It was early 1992, that our Pastor discerned God had placed an overwhelming desire within him,
to surrender to the Gospel Ministry. On August 11, 1992, at Grace Baptist Church in Palestine,
Texas, he surrendered publicly to the Ministry.
Dr. Cockrell was called to pastor the First Baptist Church of Brownsboro, Texas in October of
1993. After seeing the Lord bless the church greatly, he believed it was God's will for him to
accept the call to pastor the Gateway Baptist Church in Gatesville, Texas where he is currently
ministering and the Lord is blessing.
Dr. Cockrell has a Bachelors degree in Christian Education, a Master of Theology and an earned
Doctor of Ministry degree.
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