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For the past several years, Mike and his wife Michelle have owned a business and serve in teaching and leading capacity in their local church. Through their involvement in the church’s small group ministry they became great friends with Brian and Jill Coday. Mike and Brian had many conversations about Shepherd Staff and the help that this firm offers. Eventually, they realized it would be a great fit for Mike and he joined the team.
Mike loves to work with wood and ride his motorcycle. Sports are also a passion for him and since his running days have taken a toll on his knees, golf is a great fit now. He loves the outdoors and traveling with his sweetheart. Together he and Michelle have a passion to love people well through business and life.
Most recently, Douglas held a staff position in Round Rock at a 15-year-old church plant where he was the founding Worship and Communications Pastor and transitioned along with the growing congregation to become the Executive Pastor as the church grew. Douglas grew the church leadership; recruiting and hiring many of the near 20 team members on staff. In addition to ministry background, Douglas is experienced in church planting, fundraising campaigns, building projects, finance, and operational strategy.
Douglas is married to his amazing wife, Darin, and the two have four wonderful children ages 8 to 16: Kinsey, Taggart, Chord, and Topher.
Justin has over 15 years experience serving on different ministry teams in various church positions. He has served in both lay and vocational leadership. Justin has experienced many different levels of ministry leadership from church maintenance, to co-leading a church as the primary teaching pastor. Over the past 10 years Justin’s focus in ministry has been Worship and Youth Ministries.
Justin is a musician, an author, and has led a group of adults and students through an 18 month film development process. This process culminated in a Dove approved, nationally distributed full length feature film titled “Two Steps from Hope.” Of which, Justin acted as the Producer, Screenplay Writer, and Editor. Currently, Justin is mentoring other pastors in the area, and assisting area churches in Worship Ministry and Pulpit fill.
Justin’s many experiences give him the ability to relate to different aspects of the ministry, as well as interpret and understand multiple viewpoints of church leadership. He uses his experiences to help create stories that encapsulate the ideas of others and communicate them to the public in creative and passionate ways. Justin enjoys the company of others, and has a heart to use his gifts to create environments where Ministry leaders can thrive.
Justin and his bride, Brittney have three children, and enjoy spending time together doing outdoor activities. Justin and his family currently live in the small town of Berne, Indiana, and enjoy the simplicity of small town living.
The firstborn of a full-time pastor, Jake’s whole life has been spent in ministry. Having served in several churches in a variety of capacities, he has additionally engaged in multiple leadership opportunities. Through being inundated in the world of the church, Jake has gained a personal and ever-expanding understanding of the way God works through His people. Earning his undergraduate degree at Wheaton College, Jake anxiously awaited a call to full-time ministry like many of his family members. However, when the Lord spoke through Daniel 12, Jake was called to a deeper state of faith and to look beyond his preconceived expectations. Through this, God eventually directed Jake to The Shepherd’s Staff, wherein the union of his background in ministry and vocational interest in consulting and management took place. Having previously used his experiences with Christian organizations like Samaritan’s Purse, Worldview Academy, and Wheaton College, Jake continually strives to learn more about how we as God’s children can live out the faith well.
Jake is currently an associate for The Shepherd’s Staff, lives in Wheaton, Illinois, and is an attendee of two churches in the Chicagoland area: Wellspring Alliance Church and Chicago Tabernacle. He is a diehard Chicago Blackhawks and Cubs fan, is constantly pursuing a deeper understanding of art that speaks truth, and has developed a newfound love for tennis.
Byron has been in church ministry for over 20 years and brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to our team. He received his B.A. in Music and Worship Arts from Hope University in Fullerton, CA. Byron then spent some time traveling as a Christian artist and performed with numerous musicians, worship leaders, and groups, such as Paul Baloche, Tommy Walker, Larnelle Harris, Maranatha Music, Promise Keepers, and Gospel Music workshops.
In time, Byron’s love for worship leading and church ministry drew him into full-time pastoral leadership. He has served in numerous churches of differing denominations, sizes, and cultures and has been instrumental in helping churches across the county grow and expand their ministries. He has also coached and mentored many leaders within the sphere of worship, tech and creative arts. This experience has uniquely positioned him with the ability to understand the needs of the local church as well as assist candidates in finding an exceptional ministry fit.
Byron has been married to his beautiful wife Brenda for 21 wonderful years and has two beautifully talented daughters, Anya and Alexis. They currently attend and serve their local church in Akron, Oh.
Wade is a native Texan with 15 years of ministry experience. From working for one of the largest churches in the nation, as well as serving a key role in a re-plant of a church from the ground up, he has experienced all seasons and growth points of churches.
Throughout his time on church staff, Wade has lead Student, Mission and Recreation Ministries, overseen administrative and pastoral staff, headed up multiple staffing initiatives and overseen building projects and contracts. Having been fully immersed in all aspects of the church, partnered with his deep love for the local church, allow him a thorough understanding of how to meet the need of filling leadership positions.
Wade, his wife, Sally and their two children (& two rowdy boxers!) live outside of Houston, where their life is full of sports, camping, road trips, all things Texas A&M and movie nights. Wade serves his local church as a Lay Pastor, student ministry volunteer and adult small group leader.
Jennifer has over 20 years of ministry experience and currently serves as a Family Pastor in West Houston. While she has served mostly in the Children’s and Family Pastor role, she has also had the opportunity to lead in a variety of ministries including Youth Ministry, Women’s Ministry, Disaster Relief and Campus Pastor. Her ministry experience has been at churches ranging from 500-35,000 members in Texas and Oklahoma.
Jennifer and her husband met during seminary and have been married 20 years. They enjoy traveling the world together whenever they have a chance. Scott and Jennifer are raising two teenagers, Sam and Sydney. They lead an adult small group through their church and enjoy opportunities to help other couples through marriage mentoring.
Prestonwood is Bo’s “home” church and he grew up there for 30 years. He led the Young Singles and College Ministry for 6 years before moving into other age-graded ministries. Bo also helped develop Prestonwood’s curriculum, oversaw their membership process, and helped oversee church-wide projects.
Bo continued exploring how the church could reach more people while also seeing each person deepen their love for Christ. He became the Connect Pastor at Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview, TX and oversaw children, student, and adult ministries of over 2,300 people. During this time, he saw the great need for qualified and excited staff. As he began to oversee more staff he realized how much better ministry was when the right person was in the right spot.
Bo and his family felt the desire to move back to the metroplex and recently they have become a part of the Lakepointe family in Rockwall, Texas. He is the Next Step Pastor and oversees spiritual decisions, baptisms, host teams, and the Next Step membership class. His passion to see the right people in the right spot has grown and so Bo joined the Shepherd Staff team in the Fall of 2020.
Bo and his wife, Carrie, have 2 wonderful children, Zane and Lily. As a family they love playing or watching games, enjoy trying out food all over the metroplex, and having fun to the extreme.
Josh began serving in ministry in Fresno, CA in 2008. Since then, he’s led various ministries including worship, children’s, youth, young adults, and a small church plant in Central Pennsylvania. Currently, he serves as the Youth Pastor at Sent Church in Plano, TX.
Josh has 4 years of experience in executive search, with marketplace clients in the industrial automation and engineering space. He’s helped military veterans, college grads, and seasoned professionals continue to move forward in their careers. Josh loves partnering with leaders to provide solutions to some of their biggest talent challenges.
What motivates Josh most in life is his love for Jesus, his amazing wife Stefanie, and his 6 marvelous children. Josh believes that his kids are his greatest legacy.
For over 20 years Wes has been involved in church leadership roles in Oklahoma City, Chicago, and Denver. This diversity of experience allows Wes to serve organizations and help them identify the leader that is the right fit for their needs and vision. Wes has been married to his wife, Alexandra for 12 years and together they have 4 children: Wynter, Charlotte, Everleigh, and Forrest. Wes is honored to serve with Shepherd’s Staff and partner with churches to see the Kingdom of God continue to advance.
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