Pastor Cowden was born and raised in and around Fort Worth, Texas. He was baptized at Haltom City Baptist Church in 1986 and obeyed God’s call to preach in 1995. He was ordained and licensed into the ministry in 1998 by New Hope Baptist Church in Boyd, Texas. His first staff position was in 1998 at Midway Baptist Church in Azle, Texas, where he worked with the youth and college class. In 2000 he accepted the call to become New Hope Baptist Church’s youth/associate pastor, and served in that capacity for 17 years. Ernest as been Fairview’s lead pastor since June 2018.
Ernest married his wife, Shelby, in May 2012, and they had their first child, Connor, in April 2018 and their second child, Claire, in March 2021. Ernest enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf with friends, and watching the Texas Longhorns (we at Fairview have chosen to overlook this last character flaw).
Ernest is an passionate preacher of the Gospel and believes men, women, youth, and children flourish when God is glorified.
Dakota was raised in Fort Worth, Texas. Baptized by First Baptist Fort Worth and immediately jumped into serving in ministry in any way he could. Licensed into ministry when he was 21 he served at a small church before the pandemic and moved back to Fort Worth. In 2021 he accepted the position of Associate Pastor of Student and Children’s ministry and is now the full time Associate Pastor.
Dakota married his wife in June of 2022, he enjoys reading, watching movies, and watching the Dallas Stars hockey team (even though they’ve consistently let him down).