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.
Graham Baskin is the Campus Minister for the Greater Houston Church. 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!
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.
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.
Youth & Family Women's Minister
Amber Prince is a women's minister with the Youth and Family Ministry. She was baptized as a teenager in 2007 in the Worcester County Church of Christ. Amber served as a campus ministry intern for three years in Columbia, SC, where she graduated with a degree in Services to Children and Families. Amber is passionate about working with the youth and is so happy to be working with families across the Houston church as of June 2018.
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 Youth Ministry 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 the youth ministry 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 is part of the singles ministry of the Mission Point Church in San Antonio and Kaylee is involved in the singles ministry in Houston.
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.
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 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.