I am an Associate Professor of Biblical Studies in the School of Christian Studies at Wayland Baptist University. Having felt God’s calling to ministry since I was in junior high school, I attended Hardin-Simmons University (BA, 1990, MA 1995) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDIV 1995, PHD 2002) in preparation for training future church leaders and leading churches in ministry and missions.
I currently reside in Plainview, TX (since 2019) with my wonderful wife Leeta (elementary school teacher) and my youngest son Matthew (into tennis and theater). I also have three other children: Hannah, currently working on her PhD at the University of Dallas; Richard, with his lovely wife Allison, are enjoying life in central Texas; and Caleb, who is attending Dallas Baptist University.
I have spent over 20 years in Texas churches, and I understand the joys and the struggles of the small and medium-sized church. I have been blessed by the Christian people who make up these local congregations, and it my calling to undergird these ministries when the opportunity arises. My most recent full time pastorate was at the Shadow Hills Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas, from 2005-2013.
I am honored to be serving as the interim pastor at Stonebridge Fellowship in Plainview, Tx. I am excited about the wonderful things that God is planning for our time together.
I started working with college students at a church in Auburn, Alabama during graduate school and began on staff at Stonebridge in the Fall of 2010. I love the energy, the passion, the desire for truth and something real that college students have. That might be why I keep going back to school! I love the enthusiasm that college students have, and I believe God has called me to show them that Christianity is way more than religion or rituals, but that Christ can (and should!) impact every aspect of life in a real and meaningful way. Students bring vitality to the church, and my passion is to help them develop into the future leaders God created them to be. I am so glad to be a part of Stonebridge Fellowship, a church that truly cares about college students.
My story starts down in Georgia, where I first learned to play the fiddle. I was approached by this devilish looking man who considered himself quite the musician. Long story short, we battled and I won. I now own this shiny fiddle made of gold and I've been looking for a place to utilize my skills. I thought, where best to use and build my creativity skills, than alongside one of the coolest ministry teams I've ever met. My musical skills may strictly be characterized by playing the air fiddle, but then again... I'm not the music minister. Hi. I'm Lisa.