Our Staff

Who We Are

Jori Buchenau

Senior Pastor

Jori Buchenau

Date Joined GTF Staff: 9-1-04
Areas of Ministry: Pretty much everything except women’s ministry and worship
Family: April (Wife), Sydney (Daughter), McCoy (Son), Emory (Daughter)
Saved: September 1995
Education: WTAMU – Christian Life School of Theology – Trinity Fellowship School of Ministry
Previous Line of Work: Pest Control
One of the Things I Find Most Fascinating: Creation
Book: Romans
Food: Steak (Med Rare) with Asparagus
Snack Food: Granola (especially my Mom’s)
Movies: Anything with a meaningful message or explosives
TV Show: Sports Center or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (with my son)
Musical Artists: Jesus Culture or One thing
Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman or Tom Hanks
Actress: Sandra Bullock
Time of Day: 7:00am
Season: Spring
Place in the World: The Mountains
Place to Pray: The Mountains
Recreational Activities/Hobbies: Golf; Fly Fishing
Scripture: Romans 5:1
Sports Team: Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers (Yeesh)
Sport: Golf
Food: Anything with Curry (Barf)
Snack Food: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (Double Barf)
Time of Day: 2:30am
Season: Winter
Place in the World: Westgate Mall
Sports Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Best Thing Someone Said to You: “I do”
Life Motto: Keep Moving Forward
Two People I’d Like to Meet: Two of the greatest leaders in the Bible: Paul the Apostle and Moses (Jesus is already my closest friend.
My Hero: McCoy Buchenau
One of My Greatest Experiences with God: Being set free from my past
Most People Don’t Know This About Me: I occasionally drink out of the milk jug. (Don’t tell April)

Steve Sipson

Worship Pastor

Steve Sipson

STitle: Pastor of Worship

Email: steve@mygtf.org

Date Joined GTF Staff: January 2006

Areas of Ministry: Worship Team, Technical Team, Printed & Projected Communications

Family: Debbie – wife, Andreanna – daughter, Charles Stamm – father-in-law, 3 married children: daughter Brianne & Jon Braudt with children Joah, Madilynn, Gage & Kylan – son Ben & Heather Simpson – son Morgan & Ashley Simpson with children Tyler and one on the way.

Saved: Early in the Church of the Nazarene in Hillsboro, Oregon

Education: Neosho, Missouri High School, Drury University (in Springfield, Missouri) for Bachelor of Arts (in Religion) and Bachelor of Music (in Piano Performance) plus one semester of graduate work at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Previous Line of Work: Farm labor, Wurlitzer Music in Kansas city, Painting sub-contractor, Beltone Hearing Aid salesman, Clothworld stocker, shipper and assistant manager, music minister @ Trinity Fellowship.

One of the Things I Find Most Fascinating: That God is outside of time. I am only out of time…



Book: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

Food: hot or cold

Snack Food: Cheez-It regular – not the funny ones or Cheese Nips or anything else

Movies: Action Sci-Fi some, “While You Were Sleeping” our whole family quotes

TV Show: Haven’t watched regular tv in over 7 years. Is that legal in America?

Musical Artists: Mozart, singing Rembrandt

Time of Day: The morning when I haven’t done anything wrong yet – but then I have to get out of bed

Season: Spring – getting warm but not hot, colors coming into view

Place in the World: Not been everywhere in the world, but I do like the woods in the Northwest.

Place to Pray: back in the closet

Scripture: Psalm 57

Sports Team: 95-96 Chicago Bulls


Food: little square slimy cooked beets from grade school

Snack Food: chocolate covered bugs

Time of Day: Too late at night when I need to go to bed but can’t yet

Season: Late Summer when it’s still hot after already being hot for a long time

Place in the World: Inside a whale – Jonah, Pinocchio, Marlin & Dory; it’s been done, but I don’t think I’d like it – maybe been there figuratively sometimes, but not literally.

Best Thing Someone Said to You: I think I would have done that too.


Life Motto: Whats A Motta U! Hey! Whats A Motta U! (from the Marx Brothers)

One of My Greatest Experiences with God: a couple services during college years when God was revealing His tangible presence to me.

Most People Don’t Know This About Me: I was a fat kid in fourth grade and my nickname was “granny”

April Buchenau

Director of Women's Ministries

April Buchenau


Date Joined GTF Staff: 09/01/2011

Areas of Ministry:

Family: Married to Jori and we have 3 children Sydney, McCoy and Emory

Saved: January 1996 at a Heavens Gates and Hells Flames crusade. That night I said yes to Jesus and my life forever changed.

Previous Line of Work: Stay at home mom for 11 years

One of the Things I Find Most Fascinating: His Grace and how He always has it and never runs out of it.

Book: The Birthright by John Sheasby, The Shack by William P. Young & Hinds Feet on High Places by Hanna Hurdard

Food: Mexican Food I could eat it everyday

Snack Food: chips and hot sauce

Movies: Steel Magnolias, Field of Dreams, The Diary of A Mad Black Woman, Pride and Prejudice & Rocky

TV Show: Downton Abbey & Fixer Upper on HGTV

Musical Artists: Adele, Cold Play, Michael Buble, Hillsong & John Mark McMillian

Actor: Steve Carell

Actress: Madea

Time of Day: Evening (I love the quiet and stillness of my house when everyone in bed)

Season: Fall

Place in the World: The mountains

Place to Pray: In my car (He always seems to meet me there)

Recreational Activities/Hobbies: Shopping, getting a pedicure, laughing with friends & spending time with my family

Scripture: Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Sports Team: Texas Rangers

Sport: Baseball
Food: Seafood

Snack Food: Broccoli and cauliflower

Time of Day: Any time before 9:00am

Season: Spring (to windy)

Place in the World: Wal-Mart

Sports Team: Anything Football
Best Thing Someone Said to You: Mommy, when I grow up, I want to be just like you!

Life Motto: Laughter is Good medicine you can never have too much of it.

Two People I’d Like to Meet: Corrie ten Boom & Sarah, Abraham’s wife. I would love to meet the woman who put up with all of Abraham”s shenanigans and still managed to honor him and call him lord.

My Hero: Our son McCoy who despite having cerebral palsy lives a life of fullness and joy and he see’s greatness in everything. I hope to one day be just like him.

One of My Greatest Experiences with God: Getting to partner with God and bring 3 wonderful miracles into the world.

Jami Pafford

Director of Children's Ministries/ Administrative Assistant/ WebMaster

Jami Pafford

Jami has been holding on to God and following Jesus since she was four years old. Having found Him at such a young age it is her desire to share His love with little ones today. She has 15 years experience in children’s ministry. Jami also has a heart for young parents, teen moms and mentoring young women.
Date Joined GTF Staff: September 2008

Areas of Ministry: Children and Parents
Family: Kurt (High School Sweetheart, married June 3, 1995) Kaleb (son), Charleigh (daughter), Joshua (son)
Saved: by Jesus! 4yrs old in Children’s Church
Previous Line of Work: Executive Director of Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center of Dumas, Stay at home Mommy for 11 years, XIT Secondary School Teen Parent Support.
One of the Things I Find Most Fascinating: All God’s Children. People are so cool!
Books: Little Women, The Hiding Place, Outlive Your Life, The Help,
Food: Sushi! (Spicy Tuna Roll)
Snack Food: Dairy Free, Slave Free Dark Chocolate. Candied Ginger
Movies: Pride and Prejudice, Amazing Grace, StarTrek, Any Marvel Movie my husband takes me to 😉
TV Show: don’t judge me… Survivor, American Idol, Once Upon A Time, Shield
Time of Day: Sunrise, Sunset…oh, and lunch, I love lunch!
Season: Spring
Place in the World: Rocky Mountains
Place to Pray: Wherever I am
Recreational Activities/Hobbies: Photography, Reading
Scripture: Proverbs 31:8
Sport: Power Napping
Food: Only the scary ones I’m allergic to: Dairy, Wheat, Avocados, Nuts, Soy, Beef, Pork
Snack Food: Anything that looks yummy but has something in it I can’t eat.
Time of Day: 3:37AM
Season: Hot Dry Summer ( I do like the concept of Summer Vacation thought…)
Place in the World: Any place Hot
Life Motto: Let Them Know They Are Loved.
People I’d like to meet: My Great Grandchildren
My Heros: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, William Wilberforce, Cory ten Boom
Most People Don’t Know This About Me: I have an identical twin sister. Kurt and I started “not dating” when I was 14yrs old. ( I wasn’t allowed till I was 16)

Paco Armendariz

Paco Armendariz

Paco began serving on our worship team with sound, lights and projection. He also serves with our Usher Team. In 2003 he and his wife Manuela came on staff as custodians at GTF. Paco enjoys spending time with family and playing volleyball, especially mud volleyball! He also enjoys riding his motorcycle, working on cars and fixing things around the house.

Chuck Jones

Worship Leader

Chuck Jones

Name: Chuck Jones
Title: Worship Leader
Email: chckjns@suddenlink.net

Date Joined GTF Staff: May 2004
Areas of Ministry: Worship
Family: 3 grown children: Bob and Beth Talley, Jon Michael and Rebecca Jones, Sean Jones
Saved: 1968
Education: Bachelor of Science, West Texas State University (now WTAMU); Bachelor of Theology, Christian Life School of Theology
Day Job: Science Teacher
One of the Things I Find Most Fascinating: The depth of God
Book: Acts
Food: Everything that’s bad for me
Snack Food: Beef Jerky
Movies: Lord of the Rings trilogy
TV Show: anything science fiction or spy related
Musical Artists: too many to mention
Season: I like them all!
Place in the World: Israel, then Texas
Place to Pray: wherever I am
Recreational Activities/Hobbies: racquetball
Scripture: The Life of Joseph in Genesis
Sports Team: Go Cowboys!
Sport: (to watch) football
Food: Brussel sprouts
Snack Food: raw carrots
Sports Team: any team who’s kept the Cowboys from winning the Super Bowl
Best Thing Someone Said to You: “You made a difference in my life.”
Life Motto: Do Your Best, Trust God with the Rest, and Try Not to Worry in the Meantime

Manuela Armendariz

Manuela Armendariz

Manuela joined our custodial staff in 2003 with her husband. She has also served in our nursery where she enjoys “seeing their smiling faces and sometimes their crying faces.” Manuela is thankful for the blessings god has given her and her family. She enjoys reading the Word and gardening and playing volleyball!