Don and Kathy DeFoor both grew up in the Ft. Worth area where they met in 1977 and married in 1979. They have two children (both of whom serve at GWF) and eight grandchildren.
Pastor Don DeFoor
Don entered the gospel ministry in 1983 and has been in fulltime service since 1990. After spending the first six years in evangelism and as an associate pastor, he accepted the senior pastorate at Bethel Baptist Church where he served from 1989-2007. In 2007, he resigned from Bethel and began singing full time in a Southern Gospel Trio. In August of 2010, God began dealing with Don about the need for a western heritage ministry in Godley. In November 2010, Godley Western Fellowship was founded by Pastor Don DeFoor.
In addition to leading GWF as its senior pastor, Don is also a tie down roper and sings with
The GWF Band when the opportunity arises.
Affectionately known as “Mrs. Kathy” not only to the kids, but to everyone at GWF, she always has a smile and a kind word. Having been beside Pastor Don in the ministry since 1983, she is no stranger to the task at hand. While she does not fill the pulpit, she knows with almost a sixth sense, when someone is hurting or happy and responds accordingly. In addition to her “First Lady” duties, Kathy leads the Children’s ministry and regularly "herds" dozens of kids each Sunday.
Besides caring for the church, she also owns and operates DeFoor’s Catering. All of GWF periodically enjoy the fruits of her labor, pun intended.