Connor Bales and his wife, Mary, first began their ministry together as newlyweds, serving as volunteers in the Student Ministry at First Baptist Church, Coppell, Texas. It was during this season that God called Connor into vocational ministry. Connor graduated seminary, sold his business, and began in full-time ministry. Connor was privileged to serve as the Minister to Married Adults at Prestonwood from 2010 to 2012, then as the Lead Pastor and Elder at New Beginnings Baptist Church in Longview, Texas, 2012–2019. In July 2019, he returned to Prestonwood as the North Campus Lead Pastor.
Connor graduated from Texas Tech University in 2000 with a degree in landscape architecture. Later, he graduated with a master’s degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Connor and Mary have been married 20 years, and they have five children: Kathryn, Coleman, Libby, Hannah and Campbell. Connor is passionate about the local church and believes it is the hope for the world. Additionally, as a family with two special needs children, he has a heart for special needs ministry and is committed to serving and sharing the Gospel with families affected by disabilities.