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“I knew Mike from Richey Street Baptist Church. He was great guy, and I enjoyed knowing him.Youth group was always fun with him. We had good services...Read More »
1 of 100+ | Posted by: Margaret Thurman Bruce - TX

“To Jackie and family and Linda - our heartfelt sympathy to all of you. I know you will miss Mike, but he is with his heavenly family and rejoicing...Read More »
2 of 100+ | Posted by: Mary Adelyn Blair - Pasadena, TX

“continued... Before we left for Uganda Mike called us up in front of the First Woodway family to pray over us and then spent personal time with us...Read More »
3 of 100+ | Posted by: Doug Taylor - Arua

“continued... I remember going to visit him in his office to talk about being baptized as a believer. I remember when I was 19, a sophmore home...Read More »
4 of 100+ | Posted by: Doug Taylor - Arua

“January 4th was a bitter sweet day for the Taylor family in Uganda. We started our day celebrating my wife's (Kathryn's) birthday, then we received...Read More »
5 of 100+ | Posted by: Doug Taylor - Arua

“Dear Jackie, Jodi and I could not be present, but we attended Mike’s funeral via its streaming over the Internet. We were blessed to worship...Read More »
6 of 100+ | Posted by: Morris Chapman - Franklin, TN

“Pastor Toby...and his family, have been very very special to me, and to my family! We are forever grateful for Pastor Toby, for his love and...Read More »
7 of 100+ | Posted by: Julie Moore - Waco, TX

“To the Toby Family---- We only moved here 3 years ago---but immediately Mike welcomed us like he had known us forever. I got involved with Men's...Read More »
8 of 100+ | Posted by: Ben and Kathy Hagins - Woodway, TX

“I thank God for Mike. We first met in seminary and I have followed his ministry since then. He was one of our finest Texas Baptist pastors. I thank...Read More »
9 of 100+ | Posted by: Randel Everett - Midland, TX

“Please accept my deepest sympathy! I am so grateful I was able to go on the Alaska trip with Mike! It was a very special time!! ”
10 of 100+ | Posted by: David Lynn Ross - Waco, TX

“Mike will always be remembered as a man of integrity and love. Stuart and I have always said that no matter how many people were in the room, Pastor...Read More »
11 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Huey - Waco, TX

“We are overseas but really wish that we could be in Waco at this time. We are in Turkey because the Lord led us through the ministries of FB Woodway...Read More »
12 of 100+ | Posted by: Rob Branham - waco, TX

“Mike was a dear person who loved all and lived a life expressing that belief. You have my prayers and the prayers of Woodway First United Methodist...Read More »
13 of 100+ | Posted by: Rev. John A. Dirk - Woodway, TX

“Our sympathy and prayers are with this sweet family today. We will never forget the love and friendship we felt when we became members of FBC. What...Read More »
14 of 100+ | Posted by: Eddie & Kay Robertson - Hewitt, TX

“Jackie, Josh, and Scott, our family has such sweet memories of our time at 1st Woodway and having Scott in my second grade class at Speegleville...Read More »
15 of 100+ | Posted by: Mary Alice Osborne - Mansfield, TX

“Jackie, many prayers to you and your family. Mike touched our family in so many ways. You are all in our thoughts, hearts and prayers and may angels...Read More »
16 of 100+ | Posted by: Tressie McGrew - Waco, TX

“Cheryl, Kimberly, Kelli and I experienced Mike's love for each member and the church body as a whole for the seven years we were members ending in...Read More »
17 of 100+ | Posted by: Charles K. Pearce - Sugar Land, TX

“28 years ago, Pastor Toby helped lead me to Christ and also baptized me. We’ve been so blessed over the years to have a man like him leading...Read More »
18 of 100+ | Posted by: Weston Cooper - Elm Mott, TX

“Our family will always remember and cherish the tender way Pastor Toby greeted our 3 young daughters after church each Sunday. He always had a...Read More »
19 of 100+ | Posted by: Virginia Kearney - Woodway, TX

“Jackie, Josh, and Scott: Tom and I have loved you and your family for 32 years. Mike was the only pastor that our 3 girls knew, praying with each...Read More »
20 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Lucenay - Hewitt, TX

“I was one of the 1,700 people that Pastor Toby baptized. He was very influential in my youth and the decisions I made at that time. I am praying...Read More »
21 of 100+ | Posted by: Sara Guess - Austin, TX

“Thank u Mike for being a light in this world. You are made new again with your savior and we rejoice. Blessings Jackie and family. You are in our...Read More »
22 of 100+ | Posted by: Mark & Donna Morman - Waco, TX

“Dear Jackie, Josh, Scott, and Family, My heart is saddened to hear of your loss. Mike was such a wonderful pastor to our community, and our...Read More »
23 of 100+ | Posted by: Kay Moore O'Brien - Carrollton, TX

“Dear Toby Family, Though we have lived in Waco for only a few years, we came to know and love Mike very shortly after moving here. Felt led to join...Read More »
24 of 100+ | Posted by: Harold & Tommie Samuels - TX

“My sincere condolences to the family. When I returned to Christ it was Pastor Toby's smiling face and amazing words that were there. His words were...Read More »
25 of 100+ | Posted by: Nikki Roberts - TX

“Thinking of you Jackie and all of your family during this difficult time. I loved Brother Mike and will miss him greatly. Call me if you need to...Read More »
26 of 100+ | Posted by: Carol Corley - Woodway, TX

“Jackie, Josh, and Scott, Our hearts are heavy but I wanted you to know how special Mike was to me. When Louie passed away back in 1993, Mike was...Read More »
27 of 100+ | Posted by: Sherry Beheler - Waco, TX

“Our deepest sympathy to the Toby family. The Connell family has been members of First Woodway since the 50s and has seen the growth in the Lord that...Read More »
28 of 100+ | Posted by: Mike Connell - Waco, TX

“Dear Toby Family: Just wanted you all to know how much light Mike put into our life. Not only did he join our hands in marriage but was our best...Read More »
29 of 100+ | Posted by: Doug Still - Waco, TX

“Dear Jackie,Josh and Scott, I was so sorry to hear of Mike's illness and death. Jackie, the years that I sat in your Bible Study class are so...Read More »
30 of 100+ | Posted by: Brenda Lamb Fritschen - Corinth, TX

“Dear Jackie, Josh, and Scott, We are praying for your sweet family and rejoicing that Pastor Toby is home in heaven. Mike married us and will...Read More »
31 of 100+ | Posted by: Ben and Lori (Allen) Taylor - TX

“Even though i didn't know Pastor TOBY personally...I can tell he was a man of God...he will be greatly missed by many..I pray for strength for the...Read More »
32 of 100+ | Posted by: annette - Waco, TX

“It is with heavy heart that we say goodbye to Pastor Mike Toby. You will never be forgotten. Heaven's gates shine bright. ”
33 of 100+ | Posted by: Russell & Janet Sheffield - Waco, TX

“We are both so grateful for Pastor Toby's leadership and are going to miss his sermon's. He defintely showed us what it looks like to walk with...Read More »
34 of 100+ | Posted by: David and Cheryl Creveling - TX

“I was baptized by Mike Toby in 1979 and married by him in 1980. God blessed my life tremendously through Mike and I am very thankful for him and his...Read More »
35 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Baggett - Belton, TX

“Dear Toby Family, It is with deep sadness I write this message. I had the privilege of serving with Dr. Toby on the BGCT Executive Board the last...Read More »
36 of 100+ | Posted by: Jesse E. Mc Lendon - Tyler, TX

“Pastor Toby will be missed tremendously but I rejoice that we will see him again in the presence of our God and King! God's blessings, comfort,...Read More »
37 of 100+ | Posted by: Nancy Nichols - Hewitt, TX

“Dearest Jackie, Scott, Josh, Monica and Olya - Every Sunday we looked forward to hearing Mike Toby proclaim the Word of God with clarity and courage....Read More »
38 of 100+ | Posted by: Roland & Marilyn Eichelberger - TX

“The world is such a better place because of Mike's obedience to His Lord. There are many who will say "thank you for giving to The Lord for I am a...Read More »
39 of 100+ | Posted by: John Wheat - Kerrville, TX

“Dear Jackie, Scott and Josh, Dwain and I want you to know how saddened we are with the loss of Mike! We will continue to keep you in our prayers and...Read More »
40 of 100+ | Posted by: Dwain and Jeanie Moss - Waco, TX

“Jackie, we have such sweet memories of you and Mike in Texarkana. It was such a pleasure to see Mike when he made several return visits. I have...Read More »
41 of 100+ | Posted by: Joy & Lee Fontaine - Texarkana, TX

“Dear Toby Family, I am so saddened to hear the news. You all do not know us, but our daughter attends the College Minustry as a student at Baylor....Read More »
42 of 100+ | Posted by: Machelle McQueen - Frisco, TX

“The memory I have of Bro. Mike is that he was always smiling and always seemed very happy. I met him through BGCT Executive Board and Conventions. ...Read More »
43 of 100+ | Posted by: Bonnie Sellers-Martinez - El Paso, TX

“When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Donna & I were deeply saddened to hear of your loss. We truely loved Mike and...Read More »
44 of 100+ | Posted by: Gary Simpson - Fort Worth, TX

“Pastor Toby enriched and blessed our lives. Listening to his message was a spiritual feast every Sunday. We thank him for preaching the...Read More »
45 of 100+ | Posted by: Sanda Racoti - Robinson, TX

“Dear Toby family, You do not know us, but I just wanted you to see yet another example of how far-reaching Mike's ministry is. We attended Woodway a...Read More »
46 of 100+ | Posted by: Arlene and Steve Griffis - TX

“We will miss Mike's leadership, smile and friendly greetings. Rhonda and I were priviledged to be the last couple Mike married in the old Estates...Read More »
47 of 100+ | Posted by: Robbie Jones - Hewitt, TX

“Mike Toby was a giant in the faith whose impact for Christ is immeasurable on this side of the river. We extend utmost sympathy to his family, and...Read More »
48 of 100+ | Posted by: Don and Brenda Newbury - Burleson, TX

“Jackie & boys, Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this time. We have the fondest memories of Mike during his pastoring of PG Baptist Church...Read More »
49 of 100+ | Posted by: Phyllis & Mike Wilson - Texarkana, TX

“Jackie you may or may not remember my wife Tami Clark. You were an intrumental part in preparing her to be a pastor's wife. Tami and I attended FBC...Read More »
50 of 100+ | Posted by: Jeff and Tami Williams - Denton, TX

“Dearest Jackie and Boys, We lost a Champion of Faith when Mike stepped over to be with our Jesus. It was Mike's gain and our loss but also the hope...Read More »
51 of 100+ | Posted by: Bud and Penny Allred - Texarkana, AR

“Dear Toby Family: I grew up in FBC, Texarkana, the parent church of the plant for Bowie Baptist Church where Mike preached. I had the privilege of...Read More »
52 of 100+ | Posted by: Jan Poynter Birkenholz - MN

“We join with so many others in thanking God for Mike's life and service in God's kingdom and add our prayers for God's comfort for his family and all...Read More »
53 of 100+ | Posted by: Meadowbrook Baptist Church - Waco, TX

“Mike Toby Family, I had the privilege of knowing Mike during the 6 months we were preparing to travel to Israel.(the trip that did not happen...Read More »
54 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna Oates - Woodway, TX

“Dear Toby Family, We've been so blessed by Mike over the years. We are forever grateful for his leadership and support in the church and in our...Read More »
55 of 100+ | Posted by: Sam, Melissa, Lily, and Ella Reid Cates - TX

“Pastor Toby - we will miss you terribly but we are happy for you that you are now in your father's house. ”
56 of 100+ | Posted by: John and Suzanne Miles - Hewitt, TX

“Pastor Mike, I was fortunate to have know you and I only hope to be half the man that you were, I know your in the mansion where jesus has prepared a...Read More »
57 of 100+ | Posted by: Jimmy E. Gumm - Valley Mills, TX

“One of my favorite memories of Pastor Toby is that he called my kiddos "unruly" in jest. He said he was always impressed at how docile and behaved...Read More »
58 of 100+ | Posted by: Ashley Brodie - Hewitt, TX

“Jackie and family, so sorry to hear about Mike's passing. I remember what an impact he left on my life so many years ago while a member there at...Read More »
59 of 100+ | Posted by: Lisa Harris - Fairfield, TX

“Great man of God and precious friend. We'll miss him so much. ”
60 of 100+ | Posted by: Charles & Nursel Carroll - TX

“Dear Jackie, Josh and Scott, My heart is heavy because of your loss. I will always remember Mike as a kind man with a warm smile for anyone he met....Read More »
61 of 100+ | Posted by: Pam Dominik - Waco, TX

“After all the years since we were students at Pasadena High School, I still remember Mike as a Good Person. We had a big class, and we went in many...Read More »
62 of 100+ | Posted by: Patrice McCullen Schexnayder - TX

“Our love and prayers are with the Toby family. Pastor Mike was a very precious man, his love for the Lord and kind, tender smile will stay in our...Read More »
63 of 100+ | Posted by: Mike and Mary Ann Parsons - TX

“As this week's Prayer Partner for FBC Hewitt, I express condolences to your family and to FBC Woodway on behalf of our congregation. I know many,...Read More »
64 of 100+ | Posted by: Meredith Harris - Waco, TX

“Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. He was an inspiration to me and all his other classmates at Pasadena High School. Phyllis ...Read More »
65 of 100+ | Posted by: Phyllis (Wright) Bishop - Killeen, TX

“To my dear life long friend, Linda Toby Biirchfield, My heart is so sadened to learn of Mike's passing. In my mind, he's still that pesky little...Read More »
66 of 100+ | Posted by: Gerri Smith Washburn - Houston, TX

“Such an amazing gift from God, so thankful he shared his gifts with this world. His work was done... May God's peace be with your family. Amen...Read More »
67 of 100+ | Posted by: Terri Warren Michalka - Florence, TX

“May the presence of Christ be so real to you, dear family. Mike was always a high example of Grace to me. Like so many, I am better for knowing him...Read More »
68 of 100+ | Posted by: Jay & Kelle Abernathy - Palestine, TX

“We are sorry for your loss, he was a great and well respected Pastor by many a great man of God, we will keep the Toby family in our prayers, rest in...Read More »
69 of 100+ | Posted by: Mr & Mrs Gilbert Adames - Waco, TX

“We are saddened by the loss of a great man of God, but grateful that he made a quick trip Home. The influence of his life will be felt by many for a...Read More »
70 of 100+ | Posted by: Ken and Nelda Weldon - McGregor, TX

“A great man who will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Toby family. ”
71 of 100+ | Posted by: The Kampermann Family - Woodway, TX

“We are sorry for your loss, but know you are comforted by the promises of our Lord. ”
72 of 100+ | Posted by: Walt & Billie Owens - woodway, TX

“Jackie, I express my condolences over the loss of your husband and my dear friend. I am visiting my family in Louisiana and will not return until...Read More »
73 of 100+ | Posted by: C. Wayne Nance - Waco, TX

“Jackie & Famiy A Great Man has passed, an I know you are hurting! I don't remember feeling this way about a person's death since I was a child when...Read More »
74 of 100+ | Posted by: Donald Citrano - TX

“Thanks for all you've done for the Lord, the lost, our church, and my family. You will truly be missed. ”
75 of 100+ | Posted by: Tammy Humphrey - Woodway, TX

“you will always be remembered ”
76 of 100+ | Posted by: Jackie Ivie - Crawford, TX

“I praise God that Mike was a pastor in every sense of the word to our family. We will greatly miss his presence while rejoicing he is finally home...Read More »
77 of 100+ | Posted by: Marsha & Mike Key - Hewitt, TX

“So very blessed by pastor Toby and his family over the years! I will never forget the god-given peace that he displayed in the video that bob made....Read More »
78 of 100+ | Posted by: Lyndsey Ellis Sutton - Greenville, TX

“We will miss you greatly. Terry, Linda, and Kaitlyn Ratliff ”
79 of 100+ | Posted by: Terry, Linda.Kaitlyn Ratliff - TX

“A great pastor and leader ”
80 of 100+ | Posted by: Kevin, Tamie, & Gabrielle Harrington - TX

“We will miss Mike Toby. His memory will guide us in the way of Kingdom living until we walk the streets of gold right by his side! We love you...Read More »
81 of 100+ | Posted by: Charlie and Jan Dodd - Woodway, TX

“Our prayers join you in this sacred time. We thank God for the ministry and influcence of your Mike. Tall among men in grace and wisdom, he stood as...Read More »
82 of 100+ | Posted by: Harry Lucenay - Hong Kong

“I know that Jesus has welcomed Mike into heaven and that heaven is rejoicing. When I first met Mike the first thing I noticed was that it didn't...Read More »
83 of 100+ | Posted by: Penny Miller - Webb City, MO

“Praying for all of you guys that you have a peace that passes all understanding like pastor Mike had! ”
84 of 100+ | Posted by: Holly (Lathern) Bush - Bangs, TX

“Mike blessed our family being our pastor for years and we will miss him very much. He led Ben to the Lord and baptized him. For that we are eternally...Read More »
85 of 100+ | Posted by: Joni Greathouse - Woodway, TX

“Jackie and family, It is with great sadness that we say an earthly good-bye to Mike, but don't you know there is a lot of singing and shouting...Read More »
86 of 100+ | Posted by: Kathy Rivers Lynch - Midlothian, TX

“What a man of God. May God continue to comfort and bless each of you. My prayers are with all of you. Carolyn Stewart Sinyard ”
87 of 100+ | Posted by: Carolyn Stewart Sinyard - Fulton, AR

“Blessings and prayers to Mike's family. May the Lord comfort and encourage you during these days. Mike & I were in seminary together, and did our...Read More »
88 of 100+ | Posted by: Dr. Stephen P. Davis - IN

“"For I am the Lord,your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you."Isaiah 41:13 My thoughts and love are...Read More »
89 of 100+ | Posted by: Mary Lou Court - TX

“Pastor Mike welcomed us when we came into the membership at First Woodway. He was always a Pastor that took time for his church family. He was kind...Read More »
90 of 100+ | Posted by: Tommy and LaDell Moore - McGregor, TX

“Mike I love you like a brother. I cherish the memorys I have with you. You were the single one person who nfluenced my life the most. Thank you God...Read More »
91 of 100+ | Posted by: Jim & Carrie Smith - Richmond, TX

“Mike meant so much to my family and me, as you and your family do. I know God will give you strength through this difficult time. You are all in my...Read More »
92 of 100+ | Posted by: Judy Matthews Lewis - Waco, TX

“Jackie and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. We rejoice knowing Brother Mike is with his Heavenly...Read More »
93 of 100+ | Posted by: Thomas West Family - Waco, TX

“Jackie, My prayers are with you and your family today and into the future. I never had the pleasure to meet Mike, but over the years had heard...Read More »
94 of 100+ | Posted by: Grady Boyd - Brownwood, TX

“Jackie, Josh and Scott, I wanted you to know that I'm lifting you up in prayer and the Woodway First Baptist Church family. Blessing on you, your...Read More »
95 of 100+ | Posted by: Charlotte Tanner - Hewitt, TX

“Jackie and Family, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course,I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of...Read More »
96 of 100+ | Posted by: Tommy & Barbara Hornburg - Waco, TX

“We are glad you were part of our lives. ”
97 of 100+ | Posted by: Vernon, Graci, Marisela Moore - TX

“We were members at FBC Woodway for 12 years. Each one of our family was blessed by the discipleship at church and made the decision to be baptized by...Read More »
98 of 100+ | Posted by: Kristin and Bert Maqueda - TX

“Mike was a big reason I fell in love with large churches! His sermons touched my heart everytime. He is someone I aspire to be. Just want to thank...Read More »
99 of 100+ | Posted by: Lacie - TX

“Dear Toby Family, Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. We are glad that we got to know Pastor Mike through our travels "home"...Read More »
100 of 100+ | Posted by: Cindi, Tom and TJ Knight - WV

Dennis Michael Toby February 18, 1947 - December 29, 2012 Pastor Dennis Michael Toby of Waco passed away Saturday, December 29, 2012, at his home with his family. Services will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 4, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Woodway with Rev. Terry Graham officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Dr. Toby will lie in state Sunday through Thursday, and the family will receive visitors 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Thursday, January 3, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel. One of God's brightest lights has gone home to his Source. Like the stars in the sky that have burned out long ago, the illumination that he provided will shine on for a long time to come. His radiant energy, passion, and love chased away the darkness and unveiled God's truth and hope in the world around him. He was God's lighthouse to this lost world. He was a distinctive voice for God calling out to all those in need and responding to all of those that cried back. For thirty-five years he built up the church of First Woodway with its staff and members. He lived, loved, laughed, strived, struggled, and rejoiced with his church that he kept in his heart and mind. His gift to us is his legacy of strength, leadership, loyalty, stewardship, honor, and action that he modeled for us all so diligently his entire life. He never ceased striving for Christ; he never stopped growing the Church out of love for Christ's congregation; he never quit working on missions out of Christ's love for a world that would be eternally lost without those efforts. Just as he exercised his body regularly, more so did he exercise his mind to learn about the Lord so that he could strengthen his relationship and ministry with and for the Lord. In doing so, his heart continually strengthened, growing with love. When we think of Mike and what he would do, we know he would tell each of us to stand tall and strong as houses of light for Jesus just as he did. Mike started life on February 18, 1947, in Ada, Oklahoma, but his ministry began early at Pasadena High School, where he read a devotional and gave the prayer each morning over the intercom system to the school. In 1966, he met his future wife, Jackie Kay Compton of Odessa, Texas, at Houston Baptist College. They began their lives together on August 19, 1967. He was a Club Director for Youth for Christ in college which gave him a future vision of becoming a youth pastor. From 1967 to 1969 he served as Youth Pastor at First Baptist Huntsville and filled the same position at Memorial Baptist Church in New Orleans from 1969 to 1970 while he earned his degree in Graduate Studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1970, Mike went into evangelism by starting the Mike Toby Evangelistic Foundation, which led him to serve as the Minister of Evangelism at Wayside Baptist Church from 1971 to 1972. During this time the pastor felt called to another church and Mike took on the interim position in his absence. This opportunity became the catalyst for the vision of beginning his ministry as a pastor. Mike briefly served, in 1972, as Associate Pastor at Second Baptist Church Little Rock before moving on to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned his M. Div. in Religion in 1974. While studying at Southwestern, Mike started serving as the Senior Pastor at Bowie Baptist church in Texarkana in 1973. His first son, Joshua David Toby, was born shortly after his move to Texarkana on June 3, 1974. During the time he was in Texarkana he led the church to relocate and rename to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. He guided them through two building programs and more than doubled membership and average Sunday school attendance. Finally, in 1977, Mike was called to First Baptist Woodway. Shortly thereafter, his second son, Scott Michael Toby, was born on October 11, 1977. There, he would go to lead a membership growth from 1, 050 to over 4, 600; increase the average Sunday school attendance from 292 to over 1, 500; do over 1, 700 baptisms; lead nine building programs, including a total relocation in 1990 and sponsored ten mission points in Waco. He led numerous mission trips including trips to Cuba, Chile, Mexico, Morocco, Turkey, Russia, Belize, Philippines and New Zealand. Mike is preceded by his mother, Pauline Johnson Toby, and his father, Clifton (Pat) Monroe Toby. He is survived by his wife of forty-five years, Jackie; his son, Josh and daughter-in-law, Olya Nikole Toby, and their precious sons (Mike's grandsons), Evan Lucian Toby and Conrad Alexander Toby; his son, Scott and daughter-in-law, Monica Lake Toby, and their much loved daughters (Mike's granddaughters), Marlena Maria Toby and Gisele Elise Toby. He is also survived by his sister, Linda Burchfield. Mike leaves us all with the commission, "to be the lighthouse." The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Memorial Guestbook" at