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Pastor D.M. Cotton, Senior Pastor

Pastor Demetri Cotton hails from Forth Worth Texas.  The youngest of two boys, born to two high school math teachers  in FWISD.  As a child, Demetri exhibited a love and skill for art. His love for art continued well into collage where he was a double major in Art and Computer Science and receiving Bachelors Degree from East Texas State University, (E.T.S.U), now called Texas A&M of Commerce. It was there where he also met his wife of Dallas, Texas, Brenda McDowell. After leaving college he and Brenda married and moved to Dallas. Making use of his art degree,  Demetri  received employment with the Dallas Independent School  District, working at Woodrow Wilson H. S. as an art instructor. He worked there for thirty years before retiring.

During  this time also, Rev. Cotton’s  interest in the bible grew. While teaching he worked on a Masters Degree from Dallas Theological Seminary where he graduated in 2000. This was also the same year that he was called to become the pastor of the Goodwill Baptist Church. As pastor of the historical Goodwill Baptist Church, Demetri feels a drive to serve God and to continue to show compassion to the community.


“Greetings to all first let me express my appreciation to this historical church and its gracious members. Thank you Goodwill for showing your love to a mere man, who has felt a call from God to preach an incomparable gospel. It is my desire to serve God and to share His life transforming power with this community. As Paul said about David, “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep…” it is my desire to serve my generation and to lead Goodwill to serve this community during its time. It is my belief that Jesus is the Son of God, and his work on the cross is the only hopes of redemption for mankind.”


Favorite bible verse: Exodus 3: 14. I like the fact that with such God like brevity, God simply tells Moses, “I AM THAT I AM.” Love it.

Favorite Food: Pretty much everything I eat is my favorite, but since you ask. I love Soul food, Mexican, steak, tacos, Italian, wings, Pho, wings, did I mention wings?

Favorite Pastime: I am an avid Pickleball player. The fastest growing sport in America. Google it. Love working out, and playing video games.

Talent: I am an artist.

Favorite Dessert:  Vanilla ice cream, pound cake.

Favorite Movie: Black Panther, Marvel Super Heroes movies, Batman (Darknight),  Last of the Mohicans,

Favorite Vacation: Hot Springs, California. Beautiful place.

Favorite Musician: DeBarge, Shaka Kahn, Patty Labell,

Favorite Music: Gospel, Hip Hop, 80’s soul

Favorite Actor: Samuel L. Jackson

Favorite Actress: Regina King

Most Admired Person(s): Martin Luther King, Barack Obama,… nuff said.

Favorite TV show: I love series. The remake of Battlestar Galatica, Breaking Bad,  Netflix superhero series, Daredevil, Green Arrow, etc. HBO – The Watchman

Favorite Teams: Mavs, Rangers, Cowboys

Favorite Color: Burnt orange, not because of U.T. either.