Welcome New Elders!

I am blessed to have been born and raised in a strong Christian home.  In fact, my Dad retired in 2017 from a 45 year ministry as a Baptist Preacher in various churches in North Carolina.  I accepted Jesus as my Savior at the very young age of four and followed in Believer’s Baptism when I was five.  For all the blessing of making this decision so young, it was not without its challenges.  All throughout my childhood, I spent countless mornings in personal Bible study, memorizing scripture, and learning life lessons based on a Biblical perspective.  Still, doubting my true conversion was a persistent struggle.  It seemed that I rededicated my life to Christ, out of fear, every summer at youth camp.  What I eventually realized was that hearing famous conversion stories from skid row, drug addictions, and the like lead me to believe the lie that my conversion wasn’t that special because my sin wasn’t all that bad.  How much sinning could a four year old have done?  It just didn’t seem that impressive of a feat as forgiving really bad people.  The Holy Spirit eventually revealed to me through scripture that my sin was absolutely that bad and I needed a Savior as badly as any of those supposed “really bad people”.  Thank God that, while Jesus paid the sin debt for all the world, He also paid it personally for mine; a debt I cannot pay on my own.

My parents’ ministry caused us to move every few years, so I consider myself a North Carolina mutt; not really from any town specifically.  I went to Clemson University for undergraduate school and served in the Marine Corps for the four years following college.  I went to graduate school at Boston University. While in the Marines, I married my high school and college on-again and off-again sweetheart.  Amy and I will celebrate our 18thanniversary this September.  We have three children: Shaela (3), Andrew (7), and Ryan (10).  I have worked in commercial banking and commercial banking leadership since 2005.  We moved to Friendswood from South Carolina in 2013.

We are very active in our community and at Bay Area Church (BAC).  I was ordained as a Deacon by Tega Cay Baptist Church in 2011 and have served on the BAC Deacon board since 2015.  I have also served as a Lifegroup leader and director, lead the “What We Believe” class for church membership, and am a Safety Team member at BAC.  Amy is working to help structure a church development and support group for Foster and Adoptive Parents at BAC, a cause for which we are very passionate.  Amy has also regularly lead a neighborhood ladies Bible study in our home.  I have a passion for community involvement and have served for over 18 years as a volunteer firefighter and EMT.  I also currently serve on the Board of Directors at the Economic Alliance of the Port, the Clear Creek Education Foundation, and the Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

I am in complete agreement with the doctrinal statement and the mission, vision, and values of Bay Area Church.

I was blessed to be born into a Christian family with a Godly legacy passed down from my grandparents and especially from my two grandmothers. I received Jesus as my Savior when I was 10 years old at a summer camp in 1972. My wife Jan has had a huge spiritual influence in my life, even before we were married. When we were in 12thgrade together, we attended the same church and had a youth pastor and youth leaders that invested heavily into our spiritual maturity. After we graduated, we attended a summer retreat with these leaders, and both of us committed to live for the Lord the rest of our lives and follow His will only. He has greatly blessed that decision.

I was born and raised in La Marque, graduating from La Marque High School in 1980 and Texas A&M University in 1987 with a B.S. in Engineering & Manufacturing Technology.

I worked at Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham from 1987-1990 as a Production Supervisor.

Jan and I moved back home to live in this area by our families and I joined my fathers’ company, A&A Machine & Fabrication in 1990. I have held the position of President & CEO since 2010. A&A provides machining and welding services to world-wide petrochemical companies and I love representing A&A in our community. Our company believes in giving back and supporting youth in La Marque and Texas City.

I married my high school sweetheart, Jan, in 1984. We will celebrate our 34thwedding anniversary this August and we have three daughters. Our oldest daughter Erin is an Occupational Therapist at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Our middle daughter, Emily, is a Speech Therapist and lives in Ann Arbor, MI with her husband Aaron. Our youngest daughter, Elissa, lives in College Station with her husband Brett and they blessed us with our first grandchild, baby Daisy.

I have attended Bay Area Church for 18 years. Jan and I have loved serving the Lord, together, in various ways over the years. We’ve been AWANA commanders and leaders, and taught 12thgrade youth group for 10 years. We’ve been life group directors and participated in Bethlehem city and the Easter play for several years. I served on the Personnel committee and was Chairman in 2013.  I am currently teaching a Senior adult class where Jan and I are enjoying getting to know new friends. We desire to love God, and serve Him humbly while we love others.

I am in complete agreement with the Bay Area Church doctrinal statement and believe we can, and must, impact the 4B area and beyond by making disciples, equipping families and serving the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Sandra and I have been married for 26 years and have 2 children, Shelby (25) and Zachary (20). Our daughter Shelby married our son-in-law Sean Faries in May of 2016 and we became grandparents in July of 2017 (Ezra James Faries – he is awesome by the way).  Both Shelby and Sean are Aggies and Sean will be attending medical school Ft. Worth beginning this summer.  Our son Zach is a Junior at Sam Houston State majoring in Business.

I was raised in a small town in Southwest MO called Lebanon.  My family was very involved in our church and we were raised with the idea that “if the doors were open, we were there”.  Growing up, we attended First Nazarene Church in Lebanon until the age of about 10 or 11.  We then attended Lebanon First Assembly of God for the remainder of my childhood.

Throughout my childhood, I saw my parents serve as teachers in both children and adult areas, nursery workers, Deacon (my father) and committee members and leaders.  It was understood that we were to serve in the church and use our gifts to further the Kingdom.  It was also exemplified that we not only supported the church with our time, but with our tithe as well.  I was very blessed to have this modeled for me growing up so that it was a normal part of my faith as I entered adulthood.

I married my high school sweetheart in 1991 and we lived in Lebanon, MO.  While living in Lebanon, we attended and served at Lebanon First Assembly of God.  We moved from Lebanon, MO to Springfield, MO in 1996 and began attending and serving at James River Assembly of God.  We have been very fortunate to have been pastored by pastors who applied solid bible teaching and an expectation that we should be hard at work creating disciples in our homes, neighborhoods, and professions.

We moved from Springfield, MO to the Houston area in 2004 and began attending Grace Community Church.  After a few years at Grace we moved to Dominion Assembly of God in League City because of the strong youth program they had and the youth pastor.  In about 2011 we began seeking a new church home and God’s will for our family in where we would attend and serve.  We began attending Bay Area Church because, while assisting in coaching the football team at BACS, Don Hamilton and Chris Jones were very persistent in their belief that the then new pastor (Brian Haynes) would be someone we could get behind and support.  They were not wrong, and we have been at Bay Area Church ever since.

In our marriage Sandra and I have served the church together in various roles including: nursery workers, greeters, children’s Sunday school teachers, Adult Bible Fellowship leaders, Life Group leaders, finance committee, personnel committee, and Board members.  We have been privileged to play a small role in capital stewardship campaigns and missions outreaches and have seen firsthand God’s move through the willingness to obey His leading through the Holy Spirit.  Where He leads, He provides – this is something we have witnessed to be true not only in our lives but in the lives of the churches we have attended. It is definitely true here at Bay Area Church.

Sandra and I believe strongly in the mission of Bay Area Church and the goal of reaching the 4B area for Christ.  In the words of William Carey, “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things FOR God.”  It is a blessing to be in a church body that has bold vision and firm commitment to accomplish that vision.

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