SBTC Missions Team

 

Shane Pruitt, Director of Missions


Shane serves as the Director of Missions and oversees the Missions Department of the SBTC. Shane has been married to his beautiful wife Kasi for 11 years, and they have 4 children - Raygen, Harper, Titus & Elliot. He has been in ministry for over 13 years as a church planter, lead pastor, associate pastor, and student pastor. Shane is also a traveling communicator & Bible teacher for many student camps, revivals, rallies, retreats, schools, Disciple-Now retreats, conferences, panels, etc. He is also the author of a 60-day devotional titled, The Secret Place and the popular blog “I Already Am.” Read his most recent post at http://www.alreadyam.com/

David Alexander, Church Planting Team Leader 

David oversees the church planting team and the SBTC support system for those starting new churches of any model, shape or size. David was raised in Oaxaca, Mexico, has a degree in Engineering from Texas Tech, masters degrees from SWBTS, and a doctorate from MBTS. He has been the planter/pastor of 4 church starts and served on the planting team of several others. 

Barry Calhoun

Barry Calhoun, Mobilization Director & Church Planting Associate


Barry serves as the Mobilization Director and a Church Planting Associate. Barry started with the SBTC in 2006 and has worked extensively in church planting and missions.

He is a graduate of the Alabama College of Technology, Southern Bible Institute, Dallas Baptist University and Criswell College where he received an M.A. in Christian Leadership & Education. Barry has also studied at Oxford University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dan Acharya, Missions Strategies Associate

Dan serves as the Missions Strategies Associate, leading the Texas Missions Initiatives: People Groups and a Church Planting Associate. Born and raised as a Brahmin priest into Hindu Family, Dan was introduced to His Savior through John 15:16 at his teenage and became one of His fruit bearers ever since. He has been in ministry over 24 years as a church planter and evangelist both in Asia and Texas. He has seen God planting over 160 churches throughout Christian walk of faith.

Gayla Harris, Ministry Assistant to Barry Calhoun and Dan Acharya

Gayla manages the SENT conferences, Reach Houston, Annie Armstrong, Lottie Moon and Reach Texas missions offerings, ESL trainings, mobilization partnerships and TXMI trainings.

 
 

Carmela Mechling, Ministry Assistant to Church Planting

Carmela manages the SBTC tracking system, church planter monthly reports, and church funding.


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Eunice Cruz, Ministry Assistant to Shane Pruitt

Eunice manages the Hunger ministries and Texas Missions for Kids.


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Chuy Avila, Missions Associate in El Paso, Texas

Chuy serves as a church planting strategist and catalyst for the El Paso area. He is tasked with mapping the region, networking with pastors to call out planters from their churches, facilitating training for new planters and supervising current planters in El Paso. 

David Ortega, Missions Associate in Rio Grande Valley, Texas

David serves as a church planting strategist and catalyst for the Rio Grande Valley area. He is tasked with mapping the region, networking with pastors to call out planters from their churches, facilitating training for new planters and supervising current planters in the area of Texas from Brownsville to Rio Grande City.

 

Felix Cornier, Ministry Facilitator

Felix facilitates the overseeing of church planters in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He consults with sponsoring churches and also serves as a church planting coach. He is currently serving as the founding pastor of Iglesia El Camino, Lewisville, Texas.

Shawn Kemp, Ministry Facilitator

Shawn facilitates the overseeing of church planters in the North Texas area. He consults with sponsoring churches and also helps with the SBTC Cowboy church network. He is currently the founding pastor of The Crossroads Church, Anna, Texas.

Russell Cravens, Ministry Facilitator

Russell oversees church planters in the Houston area. He is also tasked with consulting with sponsor churches and recruiting prospective sponsors and planters. He is currently the founding pastor of Neartown Church, Houston, TX.

Ben Hays, Reach Houston Strategist

Ben serves as the Reach Houston Strategist and stepped into this role in the summer of 2016. He coordinates the SBTC efforts in Houston for church planting and church revitalization. Ben also works to mobilize short term mission teams from around Texas to serve alongside church planters in Houston. Ben has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Finance from Stephen F. Austin State University, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Exposition from Pensacola Theological Seminary. Ben is currently the pastor of The Church in the Center in downtown Houston, an SBTC church planted in 2008 in the world’s largest medical center. Ben is married to Kelli and they have four children.

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