The members of our ministry and office staff team are listed below with their areas of service. We serve the Association to add value to our member churches in order to generate influence and impact for Christ’s Kingdom. Let us know how we can help you fulfill the mission that God has given your and your church. Click on the name to send an individual e-mail, or visit our contact page to see our office hours and phone number.


John Thielepape, D.Min. – Director of Missions

John has been Director of Missions since June, 2006. He is a graduate of Belmont University, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also attended Baylor University and remains a fan of the Baylor Bears. He has served as a Missionary Journeyman in Kitwe, Zambia and as Youth Minister and Pastor at churches in Texas.

John is a Certified Church Consultant, facilitator for Franklin/Covey Leadership, and trained Conflict Mediator. He has a passion for faith development that result in believers and churches finding their voice, as well as mission partnerships that produce new churches. His wife Lottie is a teacher and they have three children, Kelcie, Sean, and Nikolai. They are members of the Lakeshore Drive Baptist Church in Hudson Oaks.


Mark Nelson, Director of Baptist Student Ministry

Mark joined our staff in 2006 after serving as a pastor in Buffalo, Texas. He oversees evangelism and discipleship ministries to students at Weatherford College.

Mark is a graduate of Sam Houston State University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served churches in Stephenville, Lamesa, and Buffalo as well as previously serving in Student Ministry at Hill College. His wife Calli is a registered nurse and they have two sons, Bud and Brady and a daughter Katelyn. They are members of Northside Baptist Church in Weatherford.


Leah Newman, Financial Coordinator

Leah has worked in our Office since 1996. She takes care of our financial bookkeeping manages the equipment reservations. She enjoys working with the Children at her church and also looks forward to Vacation Bible School and Senior Adult Activities. She contributes the major staff support to the annual Senior Adult Luncheon.

Leah grew up in a large family (seven brothers and sisters) that owned a tropical fish business. She continues to enjoy tropical, pond, and marine fish. She and her husband Mike are active members of Indian Creek Baptist Church in Mineral Wells. They have three grown children; Callie, Richard, and Rachel and five grandchildren.


Lauren Johnson, Administrative Assistant

Lauren works part-time in our office while completing her degree in Graphic Communication at UTA. She takes care of the services and events that are related to our churches, handles duties at the front desk, and manages our external communications. Lauren is usually the first person that you encounter if you call or visit our office.

She is married to Brad, who serves as Music/Youth Minister at Friendship Baptist in Weatherford.  Lauren and Brad live in Weatherford.

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