Our pastors are men of compassion, scholarship, and grace who seek to glorify God and point the world to Christ. They are among the imperfect people who make up our church, believing and teaching that Jesus came to save sinners through His life, death, and resurrection. Our pastors desire to make disciples who seek to treasure and follow Jesus.
Whitehouse Campus Pastor
Born in Fort Smith, AR, I grew up in the small town of Ozark. As a High School freshman, we moved to Henderson, TX where I met my wife Marla. We were high school sweet hearts and married two years after graduation. I graduated with an accounting degree from the University of North Texas. Marla and I have 3 children, Kylee, Ufayse, and Marcus. I studied Christian Education specializing in youth and families at Dallas Theological Seminary. In December of 2016, I graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lousiville, Kentucky with a Doctorate of Christian Ministry, specializing in leadership. I am blessed to lead the Bethel Whitehouse campus and find great satisfaction in training and equipping leaders. In my free time I enjoy running, hunting, building with my hands, and buttermilk pie.
Whitehouse Associate Pastor
I am married to my wonderful wife Melissa, and together we have two children — Caleb and Hannah. I was born and raised in Monroe, LA and attended Baylor University, where Melissa and I met. After graduation we began our lives together in Nashville, TN where I worked for Dave Ramsey for several years. We moved to Tyler in 2008 to join Pine Cove Christian Camps as an Associate Director. During those years we were blessed to become members of Bethel and see our family begin to grow. In 2014, I joined Bethel’s South Campus staff to lead the Connections and Family Ministries. In December of 2017, I received my Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. It’s been very exciting to be a part of what God is doing at Bethel first as a member and now on staff.
I attended Bethel for the first time in 1982 as a sophomore Robert. E. Lee student — my family had recently moved to town from the Dallas area. After graduating from West Point and serving in Desert Storm I left the Army, married my wife Sarina, and started a business career. Over the next 15 years I ran and built companies, and our family grew to six kids (elementary through high school). In 2009 I accepted the opportunity to join the pastoral team at Bethel, where I do whatever Ross tells me. I graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2012 with a MABS and finished my ThM in 2015. I enjoy hunting or fishing in my spare time outside of the family, work, and school.
I love serving alongside our missionaries somewhere around the globe. It’s even better when I can take my wife Stefanie and our three kids — Joshua, Alexandra, and Maddie with me on mission trips. We all love crossing cultures and getting our hands dirty to serve missionaries who are working overseas, especially in unreached people groups. Helping others understand God’s love for all peoples from every nation motivates me each day. Most of my career has been in camping ministry, but for the past six years, I’ve been privileged to serve in Missions and Outreach at Bethel. My free time is usually spent cheering on my kids while they are playing lacrosse, volleyball, or soccer.