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Senior Strategist for Church Health & Leadership
Jeff Lynn serves as the Senior Strategist for Church Health and Leadership, resourcing and networking church leaders across the state. He has been in ministry for over 32 years, serving...

senior staff

  • Jeff Lynn

    Senior Strategist for Church Health & Leadership

    Jeff Lynn serves as the Senior Strategist for Church Health and Leadership, resourcing and networking church leaders across the state. He has been in ministry for over 32 years, serving in itinerant Christian music ministry, as a Worship Pastor, and as a Senior Pastor for 25 years. He recently served as pastor of Yorktown Baptist Church in Corpus Christi, TX for twelve years. Jeff has been married to Renee since August 1988, and they have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and one grandson. Jeff’s replenishment therapy is golf.

  • Jim Richards

    executive director emeritus

    Jim Richards was saved and answered the call to preach at age seventeen. He pastored for twenty-one years in Louisiana, later serving as Director of Missions in Bentonville, Arkansas. He has traveled and ministered in all 50 states and 19 countries. He has preached at seminary chapel services, pastors’ conferences, state conventions and the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. Richards has served the SBC on various committees and boards, including being elected First Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention in 2007.

    Dr. Richards’ education includes two undergraduate degrees, a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of both seminaries. The Criswell College in Dallas awarded Dr. Richards the Doctor of Divinity in 2013.

    He has authored several books, including Hard Hat Area: Building Biblical Families, Encouraging Words for Difficult Days, Revelation: The Best is Yet to Come and Embracing the Ends of the Earth, and he is a contributing author in The Mission of Today’s Church and Messages for the Journey. He writes a regular column in the TEXAN newspaper and has contributed to numerous blogs, periodicals and newspapers.

    When the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention was formed in November of 1998, Dr. Richards became the first Executive Director. The SBTC has experienced phenomenal growth both numerically and financially. The Convention has become an important partner for churches in Texas and with the Southern Baptist Convention.

    Dr. Richards and his wife, June, have three children and four grandchildren.

  • Joe Davis

    Chief Financial Officer & Senior Strategist

    Joe Davis serves as Chief Financial Officer and director of the Operational and Financial Services for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, a position that he has held since August 1999.

    The Operational and Financial Services area facilitates all ministries of the SBTC through exact accounting of all income, management, and exact recording of budgeted expenses as well as implementation of other business policies. Cooperative Program receipts and designated funds are properly accounted for and held as trust funds for the purpose for which they are given.

    Joe is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. He is married to Judy and they have four daughters.

  • Lance Crowell

    Senior Strategist of Digital Ministries and Communications

    Lance Crowell serves the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention as the Senior Strategist of the Digital Ministries & Communications Department. His team works to communicate what God is doing among the churches of the SBTC as well as to assist churches in online ministry and training.

    Lance accepted God’s call to the ministry while studying engineering at the University of Houston. He served at Sagemont Church in Houston for nearly seven years as Collegiate/Young Adult Minister.

    Lance is a graduate of the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He holds a Master of Divinity and is currently a Doctor of Education student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in the Terry School of Education. Lance is blessed with an incredible wife (Mandy) and two amazing kids. In his free time, he enjoys time with his family, reading, sports and photography.

  • Nathan Lorick

    executive director

    Dr. Nathan Lorick is currently the Executive Director for the Southern Baptists of Texas Conventon. His desire is to see a movement of God in this generation through intentional evangelism, missions, discipleship and church planting. He has served the Southern Baptist Convention on the nominating committee as well as a trustee for the International Mission Board. He is a graduate of East Texas Baptist University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned both a Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree. He also holds an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Louisiana Baptist University. He and his wife Jenna live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with their 4 children.

    Nathan has been a guest on media outlets such as “Fox and Friends,” “Glen Beck Radio,” “American Family Radio,” “Tony Perkins Live” and many others for taking a stand for religious liberty. His passion to see culture transformed by the power of the gospel sets him apart in his generation. Nathan is the author of Dying to Grow, the initiator of the 1Cross app that shares the gospel in over 60 languages and creator of the “Game Plan” evangelism initiative. When not traveling Nathan enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, reading and running.

  • Tony Mathews

    Senior Strategist (interim)

  • Tony Wolfe

    Associate Executive Director

    Tony joined the SBTC staff May 1, 2017. Before working with the state convention, Tony served Southern Baptist churches in Texas and Louisiana for 18 years in the areas of Worship, Education, Christian Counseling, and the Pastorate. He holds degrees from Lamar University, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Tony has authored several books including “Going Social,” “Seven Things You Must Do to Be an Effective Small Group Leader,” “Mile Markers; Stages of Growth Along the Journey Toward Spiritual Maturity,” “Be Encouraged; For Pastors and Wives,” “A Deacon On Purpose,” and more. He is a regular contributor to Lifeway’s Deacon Magazine and several denominational media outlets.

ministry staff

  • Alex Gonzales

    Church Health & Leadership Associate

    After serving the SBTC in a part-time capacity as a Field Ministry Strategist in Dallas for 4 1/2 years, Alex joined the Church Health & Leadership Department full time in August 2018. Prior to joining the SBTC full time, Alex pastored Hickory Tree Baptist Church in Balch Springs for 10 years and had previously served on staff at three other churches.

    Alex’s areas of focus are Mentoring, Churches in Transition, Pulpit Supply, Interim Pastor Trainings & Connections, Pastor Search Teams Training, Succession Planning & Coaching, & Bi-Vocational Pastors.

    One of his hobbies is announcing high school sports for Frisco ISD, at times filling in for a few colleges in North Texas. More importantly, his pride and joy are his wife Tabitha, who’s been on the business side of the medical field for almost 20 years, his son Cody, who is a student at the University of North Texas studying to be a teacher, and his daughter Avery, is in high school and diehard softball player.

  • Billy Barnes

    55+ Adult Ministry Associate

    Billy Barnes serves as a part-time 55+ Adult Ministry Associate.

    In addition to leading events for 55+ adult ministry, he is available to meet and consult with churches who need help with their Senior Adult Ministry. His heart is seeing senior adults come to know the Lord and grow in passion for Him.

  • Brandon Bales

    Student Ministry Associate

    Brandon joined the SBTC staff November 1st, 2021. Prior to working with the state convention, Brandon served Southern Baptist churches in various student ministry roles all over Texas. His 20 years of student ministry experience is a result of his passion to serve teenagers, students leaders, and the local church. Brandon attended Dallas Baptist University and the College at Southwestern.

    Brandon and his wife, Heather are from the DFW area.  They have been married for 17 years and have four children. Apart from family and ministry, Brandon enjoys competitive sports and a good woodworking project.

  • Bruno Molina

    Language & Interfaith Evangelism Associate

    Bruno Molina is the Language & Interfaith Evangelism Associate for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. He partners with churches by encouraging, equipping, and resourcing them to evangelize the people of over 300 language groups and many faiths in the state of Texas. He is an Adjunct Professor of Evangelism and Apologetics at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS). He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from New York University in International Relations & Spanish, and both his Master of Arts in Theology and Ph.D. in World Christian Studies from SWBTS. He is a former pastor, church planter and Human Resources Manager. He lives in Fort Worth with his beloved wife of over 35 years, Clara and he have two grown children: Cristina and Daniel.

  • Chris Enright

    IT Administrator

    Chris Enright serves the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention as the Information Technology Associate/IT Director. His responsibilities include all computers, software development and purchases, new technology launches, all technical aspects of ministry and special projects. Chris worked in the retirement and marketing areas of GuideStone Financial Resources for 14 years before moving to state denominational work in May 2008.

    Chris holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing & Management and an MBA in Finance from Baylor University. He has a beautiful wife, Heather, and three children. His focus is to use his administrative gifts for Kingdom work.

  • Chuy Avila

    SBTC en Español Lead Associate

    Chuy Avila serves as a Church Planting Associate and catalyst for the DFW area.

    Chuy is tasked with networking with pastors to call out planters from their churches, facilitating training for new planters and supervising current planters.

    Chuy also serves in leading SBTC en Español. SBTC en Español exists to support the development of Hispanic churches in Texas to become healthy and effective congregations to fulfill the Great Commission.

  • Dan Acharya

    Missions Strategies Associate

    Dan Acharya serves as a Missions Strategies Associate, leading People Group ministries.

    Born into a Hindu family and raised as a Brahmin priest, Dan was introduced as a teenager to his Savior through John 15:16. He has been in ministry over 27 years as a church planter and evangelist both in Asia and Texas. He has seen God plant over 285 churches throughout his years in ministry.

    He is married to Narola, with one son, Sevak.

  • Jason Crandall

    Church Planting Strategist

    Jason Crandall facilitates the planting of churches in the Houston area.

    Jason is the founder and lead pastor of CityView Church in Pearland. He is the author of the book Proliferate, A Church Planting Strategy for Everyday Churches and a frequent blogger at Jason has a Bachelor’s degree from Bob Jones University, a Master of Arts degree from Liberty University, a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Jason is married to Allison and they have 3 boys, Drew, Blaise and Judson.

  • Jayson Larson


    Jayson Larson serves as Digital Ministries & Communications Associate and Editor of the Texan magazine. He spent the first 15 years of his professional life as a journalist, writing and editing in locations across East and Northeast Texas, before answering a call to vocational ministry in 2015. Jayson served as Missions & Evangelism Pastor at FBC Vidor in Southeast Texas and later served as Senior Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Central Oregon. His wife, Brandi, is a math teacher at Grapevine High School and they have two children: Cameron, who is a United States Marine, and Kennedy, a college student and cross country/track athlete in Oregon.

  • Jesse Contreras

    SBTC en Español Associate

    Jesse Contreras serves as the SBTC en Español Associate, a position that he has held since 2011. SBTC en Español exists to encourage and facilitate the fulfillment of the Great Commission to SBTC churches and associations in reaching hispanic groups in Texas through conferences, retreats, informational sessions and church consultation.

    Jesse holds a M.A. in Christian Education and a Bachelor of Arts, both from Criswell College. He is married to Wendy and they have three children.

  • Karen Kennemur

    Preschool/Children's Ministry Associate

    Karen Kennemur serves in the areas of family, preschool and children’s ministries. She assists ministry leaders in their ministries to children and their families.

    Karen also is the Associate Professor of Children’s Ministries at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS). Before becoming a professor at SWBTS and later joining the SBTC, Karen served at several churches as a preschool and children’s minister and was the director of a private Christian preschool.

    Karen received her PhD in Childhood Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, her M.A. in Christian Education with a concentration in Children’s Ministry from SWBTS and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University.

  • Laura Taylor

    Women's & Pastors' Wives Associate

    Laura Taylor serves as the Women’s Ministry Associate for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.

    Laura graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. For the last 25 years, she has been involved in women’s ministry as coordinator, retreat planner and speaker. She teaches for the Cleburne Christian Women Job Corp and teaches God’s word to women at First Baptist Church Alvarado where her husband is pastor. Laura is a trained chaplain for SBTC Disaster Relief and enjoys ministry on deployments but her passion is to “love on” and disciple women to follow Jesus.

    Laura and her husband have two daughters.

  • Mitch Tidwell

    Collegiate Ministry Associate

    Mitch has worked for the SBTC since 2011 serving in collegiate mobilization, disciple-making and now leads our collegiate team. He believes that the most strategic generation is the next generation.

    Mitch received an undergraduate degree in business from Liberty University and his graduate degree in theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He lives in Fort Worth,TX with his wife, Olivia, and son, William.

  • Paul Stohler

    Regional WTX Associate

    Paul joined the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention in January of 2021 as the Regional Catalyst for West Texas.

    Before joining the SBTC, Paul pastored two churches for over ten years in Texas and Oklahoma and served in several churches across Texas in different ministry roles.

    Paul has a bachelors degree from Howard Payne University and two degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; a Masters of Divinity with Biblical Languages and a Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching.

    Paul is married to his beautiful, better half, Michelle and he has two amazing children, Jonathan and Maddie. He also has two dogs, and a cat, enjoys drinking coffee, reading, watching movies, and going on family adventures.

  • Richard Taylor

    Church Health & Leadership Associate

    Richard Taylor currently serves as the Church Health & Leadership Associate. Before serving in this role he was the Associate Director of Church Planting. Richard is also the former Director of Evangelism for the Baptist Convention of New York, where he served for 10 years.

    Richard preaches revivals, leads workshops, seminars, and conferences on evangelism, strategic planning and leadership development for churches and other organizations. An effective communicator who challenges and helps people move beyond mediocrity.

    Richard received educational training from Texas A & I University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served for over 25 years in various ministry, church and denominational capacities.

    Originally from Corpus Christi, he and his wife Romona currently live in Watauga.

  • Scottie Stice

    Disaster Relief Director

    Scottie Stice has served as the Director of Disaster Relief for more than ten years.

    Scottie previously served with the International Mission Board in Central America and churches across Texas. He holds a B.A. from Criswell College, a Master of Arts in Missiology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is a Ph.D. candidate in World Christian Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Scottie and his wife Judy have been married for over 38 years and have four adult children and three grandchildren.

  • Shane Kendrix

    Regional NWTX Associate

    Shane Kendrix join the Southern Baptist Texas Convention In January of 2021 where he is the regional catalyst for northwest Texas.

    Previously, Shane pastored churches in Texas and Oklahoma for 11 years.

    He graduated with a doctorate of ministry from Andersonville Theological Seminary in 2015.

    Shane grew up in southwest Oklahoma and is now a resident of Abilene, Texas. He is a husband and father to five children, ages 1 to 13. In his spare time, Shane can be found spending time with family, fishing,

    Sharing the truth about God is Shane’s passion. He is excited to work for the Southern Baptist Texas Convention and have the opportunity to minister to pastors.

support staff

  • Allen Sutton

    Graphic Designer

  • Amanda Kennedy


  • Anna Whitson

    Missions Ministry Assistant

    Anna Whitson serves as a Ministry Assistant.

    Anna manages People Group Ministry trainings, ESL trainings, Global Hunger Relief grants, Annie Armstrong and Lottie Moon Offerings.

  • Caleb Lasater

    Digital Media Catalyst

    Caleb oversees social media, email marketing, app & web management. He received a degree in international communications from Texas A&M University and his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Rachel live in Bedford with their daughters, Liliana and Amelia.

  • Chris Nation

    Lead Ministry Assistant of Church Health & Leadership

  • Cody Groce


  • Deborah Smith

    Ministry Assistant to Tony Wolfe, Cooperative Ministries

  • Easter Cooley

    Operations and Financial Assistant

  • Faith Syphrett

    Digital Ministries Ministry Assistant

  • Gayla Harris

    Missions Ministry Assistant

    Gayla Harris serves as a Ministry Assistant.

    Gayla manages Reach Houston, Reach Austin, Reach El Paso, Reach the Rio Grande Valley and other mobilization partnerships, Reach Texas offerings and the annual Church Planter retreat.

  • Gayla Holt

    Communications Assistant

  • Gloria Corbitt

    Cooperative Ministries Ministry Assistant

  • Jessica Grey

    Church Health & Leadership Ministry Assistant

  • José Santiago


  • Julie Harris

    Staff Accountant

  • Karen Thomas

    Accounts Payable

  • Kelsey Barnhill

    Collegiate Ministries Assistant

  • Kelsey Melvin

    Disaster Relief Ministry Assistant

  • Madelyn Ellis

    Student Ministry Assistant

  • Marsha Nance

    Human Resources/Facilities Manager

  • Randi Kent

    Assistant to the Executive Director

  • Rebecca Burk

    Missional Ministries Assistant

  • Rita Koontz

    Church Health & Leadership Ministry Assistant

  • Samantha Helms

    Ministry Assistant to CFO

  • San Juanita (Juani) Shelton

    Ministry Assistant

  • Sheryl McFadden

    Event Coordinator

  • Teresa Nicholson


  • Tracey Finley

    Financial Assistant

field representatives

  • Dennis Parish

    field representative S4 & S5

    Dennis Parish serves as the Field Representative for the metro Houston area. He joined the staff of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention in May of 2013.

    Dennis has served as the pastor of Needham Road Baptist/The Church At 242 in Conroe for over 23 years. He finished his dissertation and graduated in November of 2012 with his Doctor of Ministry degree from Southwest Bible College.

    Dennis is married to his wife Karen, and they have 2 grown children and 12 grandchildren.

  • Gilbert Chavez

    field representative S2

    Gilbert Chavez serves as Field Representative in Central & South Central Texas. He joined the staff of the SBTC in April 2013.

    Gilbert most recently served as the senior pastor of Oak Meadow Baptist Church in Austin. Gilbert planted Oak Meadow in 1997 reaching 3rd Generation Hispanics (English preference). Oak Meadow has grown to reach multiple ethnic groups in multiple languages. Gilbert holds a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Dallas Baptist University.

    Gilbert is married to Liz, and they have 3 children.

  • Glen Pearce

    field representative E1

    Glen Pearce serves as a Field Representative in East Central Texas. He joined the SBTC staff in November 2016.

    Prior to sensing God’s call to vocational ministry, Glen managed a building material retail business, was a sales representative for a wholesale hardware company and was an assistant city manager in Southeast Texas.

    He graduated with a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in full-time vocational ministry since 1994. Glen served 10 years in Cave Spring Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia as Associate Pastor – Minister of Education / Administration as well as Interim Pastor. He then moved back to Texas and was the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Iowa Park for more than 15 years.

    Glen is married to Jerrye, and they have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

  • JC Rico

    field representative W1

  • John McGuire

    field representative E4

    John McGuire is a Field Representative covering eleven counties in deep East Texas. He joined the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention in 2013.

    John served as pastor in East Texas for 32 years, leaving the pastorate after nearly 21 years at First Baptist Church of Garrison in December 2012. He is a 1980 graduate of Tennessee Temple University with further studies at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

    John is married to Suzanne. They live in Nacogdoches and are the parents of Aaron and Ann Marie.

  • Mitch Kolenovsky

    field representative S3

    Mitch Kolenovsky currently serves as a Field Representative in South Texas. He joined the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention staff in January 2015.

    Prior to answering God’s call to full time ministry, Mitch served as a police officer and polygraph examiner for the Arlington Police Department and was a successful business man. He served in full time evangelism for several years before being called as pastor to Forest Hills Baptist Church in Seguin, where he served for 20 years.

    Mitch has a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas in Arlington and an M-Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Mitch is married to Reva, and they have 2 grown daughters and 5 grandchildren.

  • Roy Ford

    field representative N5

    Roy Ford currently serves as a Field Representative in Northeast Texas. He joined the staff of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention in January of 2015.

    Roy has pastored for 53 years in Texas, serving 5 churches during that time frame. He attended Texarkana College and earned a Diploma of Pastoral Ministries from the SBC Seminary Extension. Roy also served in the United States Marine Corps from 1964 to 1968.

    He is married to Carolyn, and they have 3 sons and 4 grandchildren.

  • Wayne Livingston

    field representative E2

    Wayne Livingston serves as a Field Representative in the region just east of Dallas. He joined the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention staff in April 2013.

    Wayne has pastored for 35 years in West Texas, New Mexico and East Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech/Communication from Tarleton State University. In addition, he has a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Wayne is married to Mary, and they have 3 grown children: Janie, T.J. and Michael.

  • Willie Hernandez

    field representative S6

    Willie Hernandez joined the SBTC staff as a Field Representative for South Texas in October 2021.

    Willie is currently the pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista, Gregory. He previously pastored in Dallas for 10 years and has served as a minister in several areas, including children, youth and Sunday school. Additionally, he has worked with mission causes in Mexico for 20 years, served pastors in Ciudad Juarez Valley, Mexico and worked for Hope for the Heart in Plano, Texas.

    Willie graduated from the Hispanic Baptist Theological Seminary in San Antonio and attended both Criswell College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    He is married to Laura, and they have 3 children: Willie, Jonathan and Dulce.