Troy Cates

Cates Family at the park

Troy Cates Associate Pastor Minister of Music and Senior Adults

Troy Cates graduated from Lamar University in 1992 earning a degree in Music Education. He entered the ministry in 1989 as a sophomore in college and continued his education, earning his Masters of Religious Education in 1997 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. First Baptist Church is fortunate to have Troy as Minister of Music and Senior Adults since 1998.

While working as a youth minister and choir director at a church in Port Arthur, Texas, Troy met Joy Burns. Her father was the senior pastor. In 1995 Troy married the boss’ daughter! Joy is a stay at home mom and also the FBC Porter Women’s Ministry Coordinator. Any choir member will tell you that Joy is Troy’s greatest helper in the music ministry. The Cates have two children, Jacob 15 and Abi 12.

Not only does Troy love to cook (especially breakfast), he enjoys working out with friends at his home weight room. One of his favorite Bible verses is also the scripture mission statement for Troy’s Gym. “For bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8 NASB

In his 16 years at FBC Porter, Troy has seen children grow from the pre-school choir all the way through youth choir and then off to college. He’s even had the privilege to baptize both of his children here. Troy believes the best days are yet to come for FBC Porter and is excited to be a part of what God has in store as we reach out to our community and the world.