Our Staff

MINISTRY LEADERS

Doug and Angella Wens

Congregational Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader – Central Campus

Doug and Angella Wens lead The Greater Houston Church and minister with the Central Campus. Converted during college in Colorado, they joined the full-time ministry as singles in 1990, were married in 1991, and have two amazing daughters, Dakotah and Savannah. Doug and Angella have ministered in Colorado, California, Kansas, Utah, and Texas. They enjoy friends and family, and spending time in the great outdoors.  They love serving the church, living in Houston, and are proud Texans. Growing in their relationship with God and helping others to know Him has been their joy and mission throughout the years.

Damon and Michelle Curtis

Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader – Southwest Campus & Youth and Family Ministry

 

Damon and Michelle Curtis as ministers for the Southwest Campus, as well as oversee the work of the Youth and Family Ministry across The Greater Houston Church. Passionate about strong marriages and families, Damon and Michelle have served full-time in the ministry since 1999. They have gratefully served in churches in Dallas, Houston, New Jersey, and New York. They were married in 2000 and have two lovely daughters Ava and Claire.

Barrett and Rachel O’Connell

Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader –
Gulf Coast Campus & Campus Ministry

Barrett and Rachel O’Connell have led the Gulf Coast Campus of the Church since 2012 and maintain a passion for helping God work powerfully in families and marriages. Barrett was converted as a high school sophomore in Dallas, and Rachel just before high school in Oklahoma City. They met in college while on a mission team in Amarillo, Texas. In 2001, they moved to Houston and graduated from the University of Houston.  Married in 2004, they served several years with the youth ministry. They have two children, Kaylie and Bryce.

Derek and Misha Wooten

Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader –
North Campus & Singles Ministry

Derek and Misha Wooten minister to the North Campus and oversee the Singles Ministry. They have served in The Greater Houston Church since 2O11 after ministering in Indiana, Ohio, and Florida. Misha has her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction; and Derek is currently seeking his Masters in Missional Leadership. With their beautiful daughters Nadia and Skylar, they love to travel overseas, go to concerts, and play tennis.

MINISTERS

Graham Baskin

Campus Minister

 

Graham Baskin is the Campus Minister for the Greater Houston Church. After earning a degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University, he served in the full-time ministry in Georgia from 2017 until his arrival in Houston in 2019.  Graham’s desire is to see God move powerfully in college-aged students as they encounter Jesus through the scriptures and by witnessing the lives of other committed disciples. He’s excited about serving in the ministry here and aims to become a “True Texan!

Emily Stewart

Campus Women's Minister

 

Emily Stewart serves as a women's minister in the Houston Campus Ministry. She was baptized in the Youth and Family Ministry in 2012. Emily graduated from the University of Houston in 2017 with a degree in French. She is passionate about God’s kingdom around the world, but she especially loves her hometown of Houston. She has served in the ministry throughout her college years and has been serving in a greater capacity since finishing school. 

Isaiah Glenn

Youth & Family Minister

Isaiah Glenn is a minister with the Youth and Family Ministry. Baptized in 2016, Isaiah graduated from Prairie View A&M with a major in psychology. Isaiah served as a campus ministry intern with the Greater Houston Church from 2017-2019.

Gracie Benavides

Youth & Family Women's Minister

Gracie Benavides is a women’s minister with the Youth and Family Ministry. She grew up attending the Greater Houston Church with her parents and was baptized in the campus ministry in 2016. Gracie graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Exercise Science and served as a campus intern for a year after graduating. She is excited about serving in and giving back to the church she was raised in!

ELDERS, TEACHERS, and ADMINISTRATION

Ronnie and Linda Ricks

Elder and Elder’s Wife

Houston church members since 1992, Ronnie was appointed an elder in 2018. Ronnie and Linda have been married since 1986, and both are native Texans.  Ronnie has served on the church Board of Directors for over 20 years. With a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Ronnie works as the Manager of Production Planning with Westlake Chemical.  Ronnie and Linda’s son, Ashton and his wife Loveth are part of the Central Campus. Their daughter, Taylor, is a graduate student at Drexel University, and she’s part of the singles ministry in The Greater Philadelphia Church of Christ.

Rhett and Debbie Spivey

Elder and Administrator

Rhett was appointed an elder in 2018 and is a Nurse Practitioner at the Doctors Clinic Houston. Beginning in 2018, Rhett’s wife, Debbie, began as an administrator for the church drawing on years of experience as an executive administrative assistant. Married in 1990, they have served full time in ministries individually in Athens, Atlanta, Chicago, Milwaukee, Boston, and together in Dallas, New Orleans and Kansas City. Rhett and Debbie have two adult children.  Sarah and her husband, Michael Bringardner, are a part of the Mission Point Church in San Antonio, and Kaylee is involved in the singles ministry in Houston.

Joseph and Sheila Hammond

Elder and Elders Wife

The Hammond’s have been members of the Houston church since 1997. Joseph and Sheila have been married since 1980 and have two adult children. Joseph was appointed an elder in 2020. He is currently serving as the Southwest Campus Benevolence Representative and has previously served on the church’s Board of Directors and as a Spiritual Recovery Deacon and an Addiction Recovery leader. Joseph is an attorney and has been in private practice since 1985. Their son, Alex, is an attorney and his wife, Bethany, have two children and are part of the Austin Church. Their daughter, Brigette, is also an attorney and her husband, Marv Richardson, have one child and are part of the Bridge Point Church in Marietta, Georgia.

Jeff and Ginger McJunkins

Elder and Elder’s Wife

Jeff and Ginger McJunkins have been members of the Greater Houston Church since its inception in 1991. They moved from Dallas, TX to help plant the church in Houston. Jeff was appointed an Elder in 2020 and has served on the church Board of Directors since 2018. He has worked at First American since 1997, where he is currently the Sr. Examiner in the Tax Research Department. Jeff and Ginger were married in 1986 and have two adult children, both living in Houston. Bradley is part of the singles ministry, while Katie is involved in the campus.

Brian Akins

Teacher

Brian Akins serves the church as a teacher and was previously part of the teaching ministry in the downtown region of the Boston Church of Christ.  He has been married to Cynthia since 1998, and they have two daughters, Atalie and Eliana.  Brian received his Master of Biblical Interpretation from Lubbock Christian University in 2008.  He also has degrees from the University of Texas, Rice University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is an accounting professor at Rice.

John Beene, CPA

CFO and Teacher

John Beene, CPA, has served as the CFO since 2015 and was appointed as a teacher in 2018. A disciple of Jesus since 1987, John grew up in Tennessee, helped with a church planting in Knoxville, and then spent sixteen years in New York City working in church administration and full-time ministry. John oversees the fiscal operations of the church, and he is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity. John’s wife, Chandra, works as an attorney serving non-profits, and they have four children Hannah, Kayla, Ellen, and Josiah.

Lisa Ballard

Administrator

Lisa Ballard has been the church administrator since 2014.  Prior to that, she worked at General Dynamics as a cost center manager and a software analyst.  After becoming a Christian in 1990, she followed her heart to work in the ministry.  She married Jamie Ballard in 1992.  They served together as Evangelist and Women's Ministry Leader in San Diego, Chicago, Indianapolis, Champaign, and Los Angeles, before making Houston their home since 1999. They have two loving and intelligent daughters, Mallory and Madelena.

Mailing Address:
1321 Upland Dr. #5897,
Houston TX 77043
(this is for mail only and
not a physical location)

Phone: 713-487-7020

 

Email: info@greaterhouston.church

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