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Don and Beth Griffin
Having grown up in Longview, Texas, Don moved to Dallas in 1971 where he met his future wife, Beth. Both Don and Beth attended and served in the same church until they went off to college together to Tennessee Temple University. At Temple, Don went through a very intensive Biblical studies program and graduated from the college. He later received a master's degree and then finally a doctor of ministry degree from Trinity Theological Seminary.
After having successfully pastored a church in northeast Texas for four years, Don moved to Houston and started what would become Fellowship Bible church in Katy. Don loves the church and seeks to share in depth but practical teaching with his congregation each Sunday.
In addition to his ministry at Fellowship, Don has two grown children, Ruth and John, and considers them, along with his wife Beth, to be his greatest treasure.
Keith and Tracie Hite
After accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in college, I completed my Bachelor of Environmental Design at Texas A&M University and married my college sweetheart. I completed a Master of Architecture at the University of Houston and over the next ten successful years in the field of Architecture my wife and I had three sons. It seemed at the time that my life was laid-out before me. But the Lord's plan for my life took me down an unexpected path; in short order I was resigning from architecture about 20 years early. The Lord had me commit my life to full-time ministry at Fellowship Bible Church and to teaching High school Sciences at Southwest Christian Academy! I've never looked back and I never will! God is so gracious and merciful to guide us to the purpose for which He created us. Although I truly enjoyed Architecture, my heart and purpose are in teaching teens and adults the Word of God and His revelation in the Science of His Creation.
Romans 1:20 (NIV) For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
Psalm 19:1-3 (NIV) 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. 3 There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
Andrew and Shawne Frelier
Andrew and his family felt called to Fellowship Bible Church in the months following hurricane Katrina. In the storm aftermath, Andrew's job and family immediately moved from long-time residence and church life in New Orleans to Houston. The many changes deepened my faith and sense of service in God's plan for my life. At FBC, I clearly hear sound Biblical teachings and I see Christ's love in action through the hands and ministries of this growing church. Since joining, I have enjoyed meeting and greeting new visitors, teaching high school youth, and having fun at Church get-togethers. A special opportunity has come through the building process of a new church facility, located on 7 wooded acres near Katy Mills Mall, so that we can reach out to many more people with the good news of Jesus.
Andrew recently celebrated 20 years in marriage to his dear wife Shawne, and they are raising 4 precious daughters. We are grateful for the many wonderful teachers and role models in church and school that have so generously given to help instruct our children. Andrew and Shawne are very thankful to have grown up in Christian families and came to a saving faith in Jesus as children and publicly professed as young adults. Andrew attended Calvin College in Michigan and then graduated from Texas Tech with an M.S. degree in geology.
Favorite Bible Verse: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." (John 3:16-17).
Daniel and Alicia LaCount
I grew up in Sugar Land, Texas where I attended Dulles High School and after growing up and being confirmed as a catholic, I realized there was something missing in my life and religion was not the answer. I attended and graduated from the University of Houston in 1999 receiving a Bachelors degree in Earth Science and a Minor in Geology. I became an US Coast Guard licensed Captain O.U.P.V. in 2000. When I was 22, Billy Graham was preaching on channel 2 during prime time, and Jesus spoke to my heart. I hit my knees and asked Christ to come into my life and save me. I then prayed for a wife, and the Lord delivered a long time high school friend of mine, Alicia, and we have been married ever since. The Lord has blessed our house with 4 beautiful children, Alexa, Joshua, and twins, Abigail and Hannah. I am currently working in the medical field building and operating Imaging Centers in Texas. I believe in the inerrancy of scripture and the power of the living word of God on how He changes lives. My favorite scriptures are:
Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.
Joshua 24:15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Joe and Joanna Waits
Joe has lived in the Houston area for over 35 years. He attended a local area high school and has taken courses through Luther Rice Seminary and the College of Biblical Studies here in Houston. He has been married to Joanna for 19 years and they have 4 children.
Tom and Debbie Bulling
Tom, Debbie, and their children Evan and Emily repatriated from Indonesia in the summer of 2003 after nearly six years overseas. Before leaving Jakarta International Christian Fellowship, a vibrant church with an emphasis on small groups, Pastor Mark Kotchapaw provided some coaching on finding a new church back in the States by saying, don't look for a church that meets your needs but a church that needs you. What he went on to explain was that we should let God lead us to a new church where we could grow by using our spiritual gifts.
After visiting several churches in the Katy area, we attended Fellowship Bible Church and found the church that God was calling us to. At FBC we joined a church family and also found opportunities to serve. Tom leads one of the small groups and the YBiC men's fellowship while Debbie designed and maintains the church website. Our children enjoy the teen group and their many activities.
Tom and Debbie celebrated 20 years of marriage this year but have known each other for more than 25 years as they met at Texas Christian University during the summer of 1985 while both were pursuing M.S. degrees in geology. Both come from families who brought them up in the church with Biblical principles or what today is known as a Biblical worldview. Tom spent 2006 studying Biblical worldview with the Centurion's program, a year-long course offered by Prison Fellowship and taught by some of the best Christian minds of our time.
Favorite studies: That The World May Know, by Ray Vander Laan, Secrets of the Vine by Bruce Wilkinson, and How Now Shall We Live by Charles Colson.
Current reading list: Surprising Insights from the Unchurched and Proven Ways to Reach Them by Thom S. Rainer, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.