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 you 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 is a Certified Navigator for Church Unique and God Dreams, and completing his certification for Life Younique. He is also a Certified Church Consultant, facilitator for Franklin/Covey Leadership, and trained Conflict Mediator. He has a passion for faith development that results in believers and churches illuminating new pathways to a more effective future, as well as mission partnerships that produce new churches. John’s LifeCall is, “To hold the light for people and organizations navigating new pathways to a more effective future.” His wife Lottie is a teacher and they have three children, Kelcie, Sean, and Nikolai. They are members of Lakeshore Drive Baptist Church in Hudson Oaks.

John’s LifeCall: “To hold the light for people and organizations navigating new pathways to a more effective future.” Click here to discover how you can uncover your LifeCall.

You can read John’s blog here.

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 and manages the reservations for both the People Movers and Ministry Trailer and takes care of the A/V Library with the die cuts. She enjoys working with children and also looks forward to Vacation Bible School season and the Senior Adult Activities. She contributes the major staff support to the annual Senior Adult Luncheon.

Leah grew up in a large family (seven siblings) that owned a popular tropical fish business. She continues her enjoyment of tropical fish along with both koi and turtle ponds. 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 eight grandchildren that are their pride and joy.

Sherry Gerry, Administrative Assistant

Sherry has been working in our Office since April 2018.  She prepares and sends out the weekly update, answers the phone, is working on our website, and assists John.  Sherry is on her church’s First Impressions Team, Women’s Ministry Team, and helps with Wednesday night suppers.

Sherry grew up in Iowa and went to college in Kansas City, MO where she met her husband, Lance.  They have lived in several different states and have been to several different countries on missions trips.  Sherry and Lance are members of First Baptist Church in Weatherford where Lance is the Operations Manager.  They have two adult children, Nathan and Rebekah, and one grandchild.

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