Specialty

Staff
Blake Arrington

Blake Arrington

College Minister

Blake Arrington

Blake Arrington came to Green Acres in 2013 from Central Baptist Church in College Station, TX, where he served as Associate College Minister. He also worked at Forest Hill Baptist Church in Nashville, TN as Missions Minister and was a missionary in Thailand with the International Mission Board. Blake holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M.


Blake and Shawna have three daughters and a fiery red-headed son. Blake and Shawna have been involved with college students since newly married and love seeing them reached for the Kingdom and walking in their faith. Blake loves to introduce others to the “perfect cup of coffee” and hear their stories. He also plays praise songs from the 1990s on a guitar he holds upside-down and left-handed.

Paula Ayers

Paula Ayers

Graphic Designer/
Photographer

Paula Ayers

Paula Ayers, GABC Graphic Designer and Photographer, holds a B.G.S. degree from Howard Payne University and an M.F.A. from the University of South Carolina. Before her arrival at GABC in 2001, Paula previously worked in graphics at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C. and served as a director, choreographer and special events coordinator at First Baptist Church, Columbia S.C.


Paula enjoys cooking, reading, mowing the farm, riding ATVs and walking her two dogs and caring for her son.

Betsy Barry

Betsy Barry

Children’s Associate

Betsy Barry

Betsy Barry is the Elementary Associate, serving the Children’s Ministry since 2011. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education, and is certified in Early Childhood, Reading and ESL from Stephen F. Austin State University. Betsy has also served Tyler Independent School District as a Reading/Language Arts teacher at Moore Middle School. She and her husband, Shannon Barry, have three children.

Shelley Browning

Shelley Browning

CrossWalk Video Producer/
Resonate Director

Shelley Browning

Shelley Browning is the CrossWalk Video Producer and Resonate Director. She holds a B.A. in Radio, Television and Film from the University of North Texas. Shelley joined the GABC Broadcast staff in 2011 after a long career in the television industry, including morning show editor and Master Control Operator at KETK in Tyler, Cox Media Commercial Producer/Director, and Tyler ISD TV Producer. She has also taught photography, media production and graphics arts in the Chapel Hill ISD. Shelley has one child.

Kenneth Burris

Kenneth Burris

HVAC Technician

Kenneth Burris

Kenneth Burris is our HVAC Technician and has served on staff since 2014. He attended Tyler Junior College, specializing in Business Administration and Lindsey Cooper HVAC in Irving, TX. He has previously worked as Director of Plant Operation/Safety Officer at Trinity Mother Frances HealthSouth in Tyler, DFW Mechanical and East Texas Refrigeration. Kenneth and his wife, Sheena, have four children and two grandchildren.

Marla Carlile

Marla Carlile

Early Education Center Director

Marla Carlile

Marla Carlile is the Early Education Center Director. On staff since 2012, Marla C.D.A. certification. She previously worked as Assistant Director and an Administrative Assistant and teacher within the EEC before assuming the center’s leadership.

Marla and her husband, Christopher Carlile, have three children.

Meghan Charles-Goad

Meghan Charles-Goad

Girls Minister

Meghan Charles-Goad

Meghan Charles-Goad is the GABC Girls Minister. She holds a degree in music education from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Prior to coming on staff in 2004, Meghan was a Student Ministry Associate and Interim Student Minister at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Houston, TX. Her article, “Girls Ministry from Start to Finish” was published by Group Publishing (2010).


Meghan is married to John Goad and is a self-described live music enthusiast, travel extraordinaire and cooking and baking fanatic.

Thom Clark

Thom Clark

Associate Recreation Minister

Thom Clark

Thom Clark is the Associate Minister of Recreation. He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies/Church Education from Southwest Baptist University and an M.A. with an emphasis on Christian Education and Church Recreation from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to GABC in 2013, he served in Youth and Recreation at Reidland Baptist Church in Kentucky, as Recreation Director at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisiana and in Youth and Recreation at Eldorado First Baptist Church in Illinois. Thom and his wife, Michelle, have three children.

Jaime Cornelius

Jaime Cornelius

Women’s Ministry Associate

Jaime Cornelius

Jaime Cornelius is the Women’s Ministry Associate, joining the staff in 2016. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Tyler and has been a Sunday school teacher, Bible study facilitator, camp counselor and Kidz Praise leader. Jaime and her husband, Matt Cornelius, have five children.

Kyle Cox

Kyle Cox

Associate Recreation Minister

Kyle Cox

Kyle Cox has served as Associate Minister of Recreation since 2012. He holds a B.A. in Christian Ministry from Leavell College and an M.A. in CE with an emphasis on Recreation from New Orleans Baptist Seminary. Prior to coming to Green Acres, he was Minister of Recreation, Children and Media at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Grenada, MS.


Some of his favorite pastimes are spending time with his family, watching anything sports related, enjoying God’s Creation and going to Disney World. Kyle and his wife, Kim, have two children.

Billy Bob Dempsey

Billy Bob Dempsey

Minister of Instrumental Music

Billy Bob Dempsey

Billy Bob Dempsey is the former Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Tyler. He holds a B.S. in Education from the University of Arkansas, and an M.M. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Billy Bob has a long career in the music ministry, and has previously served as Minister of Music at several churches, including: First Baptist Church, Picayune, Mississippi, Mississippi Avenue Baptist Church, Aurora, Colorado, First Baptist Church, Lewisville, Texas and First Baptist Church, Hurst, Texas.

Billy Bob and his wife Cindy reside in Tyler.

Jon Easterling

Jon Easterling

CrossWalk Technical Director

Jon Easterling

Jon Easterling has served as CrossWalk Technical Director since 2010. He holds a B.B.A. in Music/Business from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. He previously worked as a freelance Recording Engineer in Nashville. Jon and his wife, Teresa, have three children.

Kurt Fehlis

Kurt Fehlis

Middle School Minister

Kurt Fehlis

Kurt Fehlis is the GABC Middle School Minister. He holds a B.S. in Sociology from Texas A&M. Before joining our staff, Kurt was Student Pastor at Hyde Park Baptist Church, Lead Student Ministry Intern at First Baptist Church, Houston and early in his career was a Middle School Summer Intern for our very own One-Ten Student Ministry.


Kurt is married to Lauren, who serves in the GABC Worship Ministry. He enjoys Longhorn athletics, is a resident foodie, Disney fanatic and video game enthusiast.

Mike Foudy

Mike Foudy

Lighting Director

Mike Foudy

Mike Foudy is the Lighting Director. He attended Anderson University in Indiana and prior to coming to Green Acres in 2004, he was a 17-year veteran Lighting Director with the contemporary Christian music group GLAD. In addition to lighting for the group, he was Road Manager, Office Manager and bus driver. Before touring with GLAD, Mike was a Road Manager, Audio Engineer, bus driver and performer in two show bands. He has also served as Technical Director at a Washington D.C. suburb church.


Mike and his wife, Jennifer, have four children between them.

Andrew Francis

Andrew Francis

Mosaic Singles Director

Andrew Francis

Andrew serves as the Young Singles Pastor. Before coming to Green Acres, he served 11 years as Worship and Small Group Pastor at LifePoint Fellowship Church in Tyler. He is passionate about biblical teaching, discipleship and serving the local church. Andrew earned a B.A. in Christian Ministry from East Texas Baptist University. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Theology at Liberty University.


Andrew and his wife, Kristi, have three daughters.

Angie Fulton

Angie Fulton

Children’s & Middle School
Music Coordinator

Angie Fulton

Angie Fulton brought her love for children and music to Green Acres in 2009, after holding a faculty position at Tyler Junior College. She is serving as our Children’s and Middle School Music Coordinator.


Angie holds a B.F.A. and M.A. She is married to Brad Fulton and has two children.

Darlene Ginn

Darlene Ginn

Bookstore Manager

Darlene Ginn

Darlene Ginn currently serves as the Bookstore Manager. She also managed the Food Services ministry for more than 17 years. Before coming to Green Acres in 1998, Darlene was also Food Service Director for First Baptist Church in Henderson, TX. She is a graduate of Henderson High School and is an LVN Nursing School alumna of Panola Jr. College.

Jenny Greer

Jenny Greer

Database Manager

Jenny Greer

Jenny Greer is the Database Manager. She is a longtime GABC staff member, serving since 1995.

Casey Hawkins

Casey Hawkins

IMAG Director/
Producer

Casey Hawkins

Casey Hawkins is the IMAG Director & Producer. He owned Hawkins Digital Media, LLC in Tulsa, OK prior to coming to GABC in 2016. Before operating his own business, Casey was a Broadcast Technician for Level 3 Communications/VYVX in Tulsa and held an Engineering position at KOTV, also in Tulsa. He has also worked for KLTV and KETK in Tyler, Owned CH Productions in Tyler and was a GABC Broadcast volunteer while still in high school. Before moving to Texas, he volunteered in the Media Ministry at Eastside Christian Church in Fullerton, CA.

Amy Hendricks

Amy Hendricks

Preschool Associate

Amy Hendricks

Amy Hendricks is the Preschool Associate, joining the Children’s Ministry staff in 2016. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from Baylor University. Amy and her husband, Bret Hendricks, have four children.

Jason Humphrey

Jason Humphrey

High School Minister

Jason Humphrey

Jason Humphrey has served as High School Minister since 2004. He holds a B.S. in Christian Ministry and an M.A. in Theology from Austin Graduate School of Theology, and an M.A. in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously served as Student Ministry Associate at Bannockburn Baptist Church in Austin, TX. Jason, a BBQ enthusiast, enjoys spending time with family, Longhorn college sports and hanging out with friends. He and his wife Misty have two children.

Gary Jordan

Gary Jordan

Worship Pastor
GABC South Campus

Gary Jordan

Gary Jordan is Worship Pastor at GABC South Campus. He currently serves area students at Bullard ISD as Director of Bands and Director of Fine Arts, which he has held more than 20 years. He has previously directed high school bands at Longview, Cleveland, Huntsville and Lufkin. He has also served as Tyler Junior College Band Director.

Gary holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from Stephen F. Austin State University. He and wife, Tracy, have four children and three grandchildren.

Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones

Young Adults Minister

Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones is Minister to Young Adults and has been on board at GABC since 2014. He holds a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Tyler and a Master of Theological Studies with a concentration in Cross-Cultural Missions from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously served as a church planter with the International Mission Board.


Jeremy is husband to Brittany and father to two little girls. He has a passion to reach his generation for Christ, both locally and globally. He enjoys gardening and bowhunting.

Mark Leonard

Mark Leonard

Audio Director

Mark Leonard

Mark Leonard is the GABC Audio Director. He attended Tyler Junior College and previously worked in Computer Services and is a veteran staff member, serving since 1999. Mark and his wife, Stephanie, have four children and two grandchildren.

Bill Little

Bill Little

IT Director

Bill Little

Bill Little is the Technology Director and is a veteran staff member, joining the ranks in 2000. Bill attended East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. He previously served as the GABC Audio Director. Prior to coming on staff, Bill owned Technical Services and A Little More Sound, Inc. He was also a CAD department manager form Estes, McClure & Associates. Bill and his wife, Susan, have one child.

Stacie Nipp

Stacie Nipp

Preschool/
Activity Coordinator
3’s & 4’s SMBS Coordinator

Stacie Nipp

Stacie Nipp is the Preschool Curriculum/Activity Coordinator and the 3’s & 4’s SMBS Coordinator. Stacie joined the GABC staff in 2000 after holding a similar position at Central Baptist Church in Clovis, New Mexico. She also taught preschool at Trinity Day School and Oak Tree Academy in Tyler. Stacie and Tim Nipp have two children and one grandchild.

Tim Nipp

Tim Nipp

Principal Accompanist/
Staff Arranger

Tim Nipp

Tim Nipp came to Green Acres in 1997 after serving at churches throughout Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico. He is a ten-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force (1986-1996).


He and wife, Stacie, have two children and one grandchild.

Clement Ohio

Clement Ohio

Assistant Facilities Manager

Clement Ohio

Clement Ohio is the Assistant Facilities Manager. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Texas College and prior to coming to GABC in 2003, he was a Manager for WalMart. Clement and his wife, Dixie, have two children.

Roger Pierce

Roger Pierce

Retreat Center Director

Roger Pierce

Roger Pierce is the Director of the Paul W. Powell Retreat Center, which he keeps in tip-top shape for the many guests there to enjoy. He has served since 2011 and is a graduate of East Texas Baptist University and Marshall High School. Roger and his wife, Brenda, reside in Whitehouse.

Lee Poe

Lee Poe

GraceWorks Counselor

Lee Poe

Lee Poe is a GraceWorks Counselor with a B.A. in English/Psychiatry from Tarleton State University and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Texas A&M Commerce. Lee came to GABC in 2005 after serving as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Livingston, TX, Senior Pastor of Fountain Park Baptist Church in Allen, TX, Pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, TX and Youth/Outreach Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Mesquite, TX.


Lee and his wife, Becky, have two children and three grandchildren.

Kelvin Reed

Kelvin Reed

Associate Worship Minister

Kelvin Reed

Kelvin Reed joined the GABC staff in 2016 as Associate Worship Minister. He holds a B.A. in Music Education/Piano from Carson-Newman College and an M.A. in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Kelvin has also been Pastor of Worship at First Baptist Church, Lewisville, TX and Minister of Music and Media at Central Baptist Church, Jacksonville, TX. Kelvin and his wife, Holly, have three children.

Chance Riehl

Chance Riehl

Resonate Worship Leader

Chance Riehl

Chance Riehl is the Resonate Worship Leader. He holds a B.A. in Christian Ministry and was the Worship Pastor at Rock Mountain Calvary in Colorado Springs, CO before joining the GABC staff in 2016. Chance is “humbled and grateful to serve at GABC!” He and his wife, Shelley, have three children.

Jane Simmons

Jane Simmons

GraceWorks
Associate Counselor

Jane Simmons

Jane Simmons is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a desire to help others. She holds a B.S. in Biblical Education, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology. She has authored the ESL Curriculum in Civics for the Literacy Council.


Jane has held positions at Willow Bend Boys’ Residential Treatment Center, served as a Teacher’s Assistant at Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler and on the Literacy Council of Tyler in the GED and ESL programs. Additionally, she has been a home school mom.

Jane and her husband, Rev. Steven G. Simmons, M. Div., have six children and three grandchildren.

Kelli Vazquez

Kelli Vazquez

Broadcast Coordinator &
Web Administrator

Kelli Vazquez

Kelli Vazquez is the Web Administrator and Broadcast Coordinator. She holds a B.S. in Journalism/English from the University of Texas at Tyler and an A.A. from Kilgore College. Prior to joining the GABC staff in 1997, she worked for Brookshire Grocery Company as a Typesetter before running a Mac support desk. She worked for the Longview News Journal in Ad Composition and for Stereo and Video Center in Longview as an ad designer. At Kilgore College, she served as Editor in Chief for the Ranger yearbook and as the Editor in Chief for The Patriot News at the University of Texas at Tyler.


Kelli enjoys traveling, gardening, Broadway musicals, water sports and spending time with family and friends. She and husband Omar Vazquez have one child.

Brandon (Boogie) Wynne

Brandon (Boogie) Wynne

Student Pastor
Green Acres South

Boogie Wynne

Boogie grew up in Tyler, where he attended Robert E. Lee HS and was a member of Colonial Hills BC. He has a long history with the GABC family. Boogie was part of Colonial Hills when they originally planted Oakbrook Baptist Church, which later became Green Acres South. Additionally, he and his wife Karen met while both students in the College Ministry of Green Acres.


Boogie spent a few years in the Christian music business, and then the secular business world, before surrendering to full time ministry. Since then he has served in area churches as Student Pastor, Small Groups Minister, and Associate Pastor.

Boogie returned to student ministry when he came to Green Acres South in 2015. His prayer for The HUB Student Ministry is for it to be a place where students from all walks of life can come to RE:Fresh, RE:Fuel, and RE:Focus, so that when God calls they can say, “Here I am. Send me.”

When not raising three kids with Karen, Boogie enjoys the solitude of an early morning, laying on a beach, writing music, playing drums, playing drums, and playing drums.