• Staff

  • Minister of Music & Worship

    Dr. D. Doran Bugg

    Dr. Bugg holds a BME from the University of Mississippi, a MM from Baylor University, and a DMA from Louisiana State University. He has a background in classical music and specializes in percussion. Over the years, he has served in multiple ministry capacities, mostly involving music and worship, in Mississippi, Louisiana, and now Texas. 

    In 2008, Dr. Bugg came to First Baptist Dallas under the leadership of Dr. Robert Jeffress to serve as the Minister of Music & Worship. With the help of his team, he plans, produces, and leads corporate worship every week. The ministry of the First Baptist Dallas Choir and Orchestra has a local, national, and international reach.  During his time in Dallas, the Choir and Orchestra have recorded four CDs, the second of which captures a live worship experience entitled “Transformation” and was released in Spring 2014. The Choir and Orchestra have released two CDs this year, Let God Arise and All is Well.

    Music and worship is a generational experience at First Baptist Dallas, used to connect people in worship on stage and connect people to the Word of God off stage. Dr. Bugg and his team teach this mission from the senior adult choir all the way down to preschool students in Wiggle Worship. 

    Dr. Bugg believes that the purpose of music in the church is to connect musicians and worshippers to Christ through the ministry tool of music and the arts. He and his team desire to teach scripture through the music presented as a means to share Christ with others. A native of Corinth, Mississippi, Dr. Bugg and his wife, Kristie, have two children, Ben and Libby and make their home in Dallas, Texas.

  • Director, School of the Arts & Associate Minister of Instrumental Music

    Dr. Joe Hardin

    Dr. Garry Joe Hardin II began as Associate Minister of Instrumental Music at First Baptist Dallas in May 2015 after serving as the interim in that position for over a year.  The previous 9 years, he taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary as Professor and Chair of the Instrumental and Jazz Studies Department, and Director of Chapel Music.  He developed student combos and recruited world-class artists to serve in the department as well as leading chapels featuring prominent preachers such as Paige Patterson, Charles Stanley, Johnny Hunt, Jerry Vines, Jimmy Draper, David Platt, Ronnie Floyd, Robert Jeffress and many more.

    Joe has degrees from Dallas Baptist University and Appalachian State University (NC) in trumpet performance as well as MM and DMA degrees in Composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  He’s been a finalist in the 1985 International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition, trumpeter for symphonies in Johnson City (TN), Irving and Mesquite, the lead trumpeter on the Live PBS telecast Daniel O’Donnell: Live from Branson in 2004, and sat in with big bands such as the Les Brown Band of Renown (Branson, MO). His orchestral composition The Vagrant’s Dance was selected as the annual student composition performed by the CCM Philharmonia in 1999 and several other compositions have been performed at multiple conferences and festivals.  He wrote a choral work for the dedication of the new Gittinger Music Center at College of the Ozarks in 2004 and a congregational anthem to commemorate the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Centennial in 2008.  While on the faculty at College of the Ozarks (MO) from 2000-2006, Dr. Hardin directed the C of O Community Band, providing music for a number of community convocations hosting guests such as Colin Powell, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ken Starr, J. C. Watts, Robert Gates, Bob Dole, Caspar Weinberger, Tom Brokaw and others.

  • Administrative Assistant | School of the Arts & Instrumental Music

    Jennifer Phelps

    Jennifer Phelps joined the Music & Worship ministry as the administrative assistant to the Associate Minister of Instrumental Music & the Director of the School of the Arts in November 2014.  Previously, she worked as a director's assistant at The Dallas Morning News and as a Market Manager for a photography company based out of Santa Clara, CA. Jennifer and her husband, Jerry, live in Cedar Hill and have five children and 2 dogs.

  • Drums

    Keith Banks

    Keith Banks is a professional worship drummer and anointed teacher. He has 20 years of drumming experience and is currently the drum instructor as well as a graduate at Christ For The Nation Bible Institute.

    Keith has a Bachelor of Business Management degree from Dallas Baptist University that he uses in developing resources to equip young and inspiring musicians.

    Keith has been privileged in working with musical productions with the media of television and radio. As well Keith has ministered overseas in South & Central America. Keith has been apart of many musical venues such as worship conferences, drum clinics, DVD recordings, live concerts, and jazz festivals.

    He also has musical experience in various styles such as Jazz, Gospel, Latin, Contemporary Gospel, Blues, Rock, Hip Hop, Fusion and many others.

    Keith has ministered and recorded with artists such as Marco Barrientos, Klaus Kluen, David Luckey, Eddie Coronado, Joseph Vincelli and many more. Keith is a full-time musician and is committed to innovating people with his talent.

  • Guitar

    Thom Hanby

    Thom has a degree is a Bachelor of Music from the renowned North Texas School of Music. He has spent his career playing on countless tours and recording sessions as well as teaching private lessons that entire time. He first and foremost is a Christian who wants to always be doing The Lord's will. He is married to Noell who is also a musician and they met at a gig years ago. Thom has 2 daughters also who are in law school and at UT. He has extensive teaching experience and loves to teach.

  • Piano

    Debbie Lamb

    Debbie Lamb is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters degree in Piano Pedagogy. She has been teaching students of all ages and abilities for over 25 years. In addition to teaching at SOTA, she teaches Foundations of Music and piano lessons at Dallas Christian College. Debbie is a member of the national and state music teacher’s associations (MTNA and TMTA) and is an accompanist for the RISD Solo and Ensemble Festivals. She is married to Hank Lamb, the senior pastor at Central Christian Church in Richardson, Texas, where they have raised their family of three children for the past 19 years. One of her great joys is the privilege to play the piano for worship services each Sunday. She loves teaching the piano and believes that her job as an instructor is to encourage and inspire each student to grow and develop their own God-given musical abilities.

  • Piano

    Yeona Lee

    Yeona Lee is a very active pianist, piano accompanist, chamber musician, church pianist and piano teacher. She is active member of DMTA, TMTA and MTNA, and has been teaching piano for 17 years. She was born in Seoul, South Korea into a Christian family, and she moved to the United States in 2006 with her husband. She started to take piano lessons at the age of 6 and began playing in public the following year. When she was 14 years old, she went to mission trip to Hong Kong and Thailand, played flute and piano for non-Christians and native peoples, and realized the power of music for broken heart. She soon decided to become a pianist and piano teacher to engage people to God. She served church as a pianist since 1997. She is currently a pianist at the Korean Central United Methodist Church of Dallas in Irving, Texas.


    She has successfully performed throughout South Korea and the United States, participated master class, international piano festival, and competition. She performed as a solo pianist and chamber musician in numerous venues such as Buam Art Hall, Goyang City Hall, LG Twin Towers, Steinway Hall in Dallas and Plano, Crighton Theatre in Conroe, Dudley Recital Hall in University of Houston, Irons Recital Hall in University of Texas at Arlington, Caruth Auditorium in SMU, and C.C. Young in Dallas. She performed at the Dallas Korean Radio Station with Christian chamber group, True Worshippers 12, and was broadcasted on radio 730 AM. She had master class from renowned pianist Joaquín Achúcarro, John Owings, Larissa Dedova, and Carol Leone, and her teachers including Ms. Eun-mi Cheon, Dr. Su-ryun Kim, Dr. Jill Sprenger, Dr. Carol Leone and Mr. Gustavo Romero.


    She earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance degree from Sungkyul University in South Korea, and Master of Music in Piano Performance degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. During her study at the seminary, she was awarded the James McKinney Outstanding Performer Award in 2010, and through the award she played Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 with orchestra at the annual gala concert at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After graduated the seminary she studied piano at SMU under Dr. Carol Leone, and taught piano at the Piano Preparatory Department in SMU, and class piano for non-music major students.

    She is currently a Doctoral candidacy at University of North Texas, pursuing Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance degree under Gustavo Romero, and Piano Pedagogy as related-field under Dr. Brad Beckman.

  • Voice

    Rachel Leite

    Rachel Caldwell Leite has been teaching children, youth and adults for over 14 years. She grew up as a missionary kid on the Amazon River in Brazil. She loves to encourage each student to discover what God has uniquely given them and to invest in strengthening their gifts and talents through technical maturity and emotional honesty.  Rachel has a BME-Choral from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

  • Violin

    Brittany Peterson

    Brittany Peterson lives in the Dallas, Texas, area and is the Executive Director and a Principal Player in Uptown Violins. She has taught lessons for ten years to ages ranging from three years old to university level students. She absolutely adores her students and loves helping shape their character as well as their musical skills every week. She studied Suzuki violin beginning at the age of three and Suzuki piano at the age of five. She attended Suzuki Institute in Ottawa, Kansas, for over six years, and attended Sound Encounters in Ottawa, Kansas, for four years under Alice Joy Lewis and Brian Lewis. Brittany later attended the MasterWorks Festival in Winona Lake, Indiana during the summer. More recently Brittany has been a violin and jazz violin instructor at High Plains Music Camp, Southwestern College-­‐ Cole Family Summer Music Festival, and her own studio's music camps every summer with Uptown Violins.  

    Brittany studied under violinist Chee-­‐Yun Kim at Southern Methodist University earning a Master of Music degree. She attended college at Baylor University where she studied private violin lessons under Dr. Eka Gogichashvili. She was concertmaster of the Baylor Symphony as well as played in the Waco Symphony. As the Wichita Youth Talent Winner of 2007, she soloed with the Wichita Youth Symphony while also serving as concertmaster. The same year she received the Women's Federated Music Award. 

    Now, Brittany uses her creative style and innovative ideas in her playing as well as in her teaching. She loves to perform classically alongside some symphonies such as the Dallas Chamber Symphony and the Fort Worth Symphony as well as use her Jazz improv skills as she arranges and plays various works in her small-­‐ensemble music business, "Uptown Violins". She plays on both acoustic and electric instruments and is a good judge of which instrument to use in different performance settings and ensemble sizes. Lastly, Brittany has even played in various country bands because you must learn to fiddle if you play in Texas! 

  • Flute/Piano

    Deborah Titus

    Ms. Deborah Titus, music educator, flutist, and collaborative pianist, works as a freelance musician in the DFW area, playing for soloists, choirs, musicals, and operas.  She recently earned her masters degree in Flute Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington where she was principal flute in the Symphonic Orchestra.  While there, she had a flute and piano studio of 35 students at the Music Institute of North Texas and in the Arlington ISD.  She also studied in the masters Collaborative Piano Performance program at the University of North Texas under the direction of Dr. Stephen Harlos and Dr. Elvia Puccinelli.  Ms. Titus was a choir director, music history teacher, and vocal coach at DeSoto High School.  Ms. Titus received her bachelor degree in Music Education, where she studied flute, piano, and voice.  Previous flute and piano professors include: Dr. Terri Sanchez, Dr. Jill Heyboer, Dr. Greg Morris, Dr. Linda Ligate, Kathy Cowens, Michelle Draper, and Larry Bridges.  

    While in school, she played principle flute in the symphonic and traveling orchestras, flute/piccolo in pit orchestras for operas and musicals, and flute/piccolo/alto flute/bass flute in flute choirs.  Ms. Deborah also won two state competitions on the flute.  She has written a full music camp curriculum and directed the music camp in New Mexico.  Throughout the Midwest states, Ms. Deborah has taught early childhood music classes to students from birth to 6 years and private flute and piano to students from age 5 to adult.  She also often performs recitals as Collaborative Pianist for high school, college, and graduate students in the area.

    She performs with several traveling orchestras and ensembles which have taken her to 42 states and 4 countries, including Russia, Poland, and Canada.  As a teacher, Ms. Deborah feels that it is her calling to teach students not only to play well, but also to view their love of music as a tool to be used in God’s Kingdom to draw people to Him.