Lead Pastor

Spouse: Lindsay Carney

Arrows in Quiver = 4
Roy (2007)
Lilli (2008)
Mabel (2011)
Wendell (2014)

Master of Divinity, Truett Seminary (Waco, TX)
BA Marketing, Bethel University (St. Paul, MN)

Movies I’ve seen that I like:
Tree of Life
To End All Wars
Snowball Express

TV Shows I’ve seen that I like:
Little House on the Prairie

Fiction books that formed me:
The Great Divorce - C.S. Lewis
LOTR (if you need me to tell you what that is, it’s not going to work between us anyhow) - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Poisonwood Bible - Barb Kingsolver

Nonfiction books that formed me:
Justification - N.T. Wright
The Moral Vision of the New Testament - Richard Hays
The Crucified God - Jurgen Moltmann


Community Pastor

Spouse: Melissa Jeanne Rowland Whisnant
DOB: December 6, 1979

BA in English & Religon - Carson Newman College
MDiv - George W. Truett Theological Seminar:

3 Best Tacos In Waco:
Al Pastor on corn - Taqueria Zacatecas
Blackened Fish Taco on flour - George’s Restaurant and Bar
Habanero  Shrimp on flour - Torchy’s Tacos (only in August)

The One book I keep returning back to this past year.
The Pastor - Eugene Peterson

Best non-fiction book I read this year:
Behind the Beautiful Forevers - Katherine Boo

Album I can’t stop listening to (#dontjudgeme):
1989 (Deluxe Version) - Taylor Swift

The one show that constantly makes me lol:
How I Met Your Mother (and yes, I loved the ending)

3 Jobs I've Had:

Delivery Driver-Pizza Hut (near campus)
Receiving Manager- Bed Bath & Beyond
Chili Cook-Off Judge -Buffalo Gap Chili Cook Off


Worship & Arts Pastor

Spouse: Adair McGregor
Pets: Duncan (Dog), Simon (Cat), Penny (Cat), Ned (Cat)

BA in Religon (Bib. Studies & Bib. Languages), Carson-Newman College
MDiv (Theology), George W. Truett Theological Seminary

3 Movies I like:
The Dark Knight

3 TV Shows I Love:
Doctor Who
Battlestar Galactica (RIP)

4 Fiction Books I'd Recommend:
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
His Dark Materials Series by Philip Pullman 

3 Nonfiction Books I'd Recommend:
Evangelical Theology by Karl Barth
Flame of Love by Clark Pinnock
Walking On Water by Madeleine L'Engle

3 Albums I Like:
Curse Your Branches By David Bazan
Romantic Works by Keaton Henson
Sprained Ankle by Julien Baker

Other things I like: 
Hot Dogs

Kim Steubben (photo forthcoming)

Pastoral Associate

Enneagram Number: 2, The Helper

Spouse: Gerhard Stuebben
Pet: Juma, a beautiful self-centered cat that tends to stick to herself until she wants food and cuddles. 

BA in Religious Studies (Comparative Religion), University of Oklahoma
M.Div candidate, George W. Truett Theological Seminary [May 2017]

My Theological Areas of Interest:
Creation Care/Theology and Animal Theology
Mindfulness and Meditation/Prayer

4 Authors that Captured Me:
Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling
Ender’s Game (the whole Enderverse), Orson Scott Card
Anything by Henri Nouwen
The Circle Series, Ted Dekker

Favorite Desert Father:
Abba Poeman - “The nature of water is soft, that of stone is hard; but if a bottle is hung above the stone, allowing the water to fall drop by drop, it wears away the stone. So it is with the Word of God; it is soft and our heart is hard, but the man who hears the Word of God often, opens his heart to the fear of God” (Apophthegmata Patrum).

Favorite Desert Mother:
Amma Syncletica – “There are many who live in the mountains and behave as if they were in the town, and they are wasting their time. It is possible to be a solitary in one’s mind while living in a crowd, and it is possible for one who is a solitary to live in the crowd of personal thoughts” (The Life and Regimen on the Blessed and Holy Teacher Syncletica, Pseudo-Athanasius).

Musicians that move me:
Dry the River
Ben Howard
Relient K
Delta Spirit
Sarah Jarosz

Marshall Cook (photo forthcoming)

Pastoral Associate

DOB: 9/18/1986
Place of Birth: Amarillo, TX

TV: Scrubs, Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown, Batman: Animated Series
Movies: Forest Gump, Mean Girls, Master and Commander the Far Side of the World, Goodbye Mr. Chips, Robin Hood (Warner Bros. 1939)
Books: Brother To a Dragonfly- Will Campbell, Jayber Crow- Wendell Berry, The Imitation of Christ- Thomas a Kempis
Podcast: In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg

Parents / Special Skills
Ron: Pastoral Care; Hebrew; Road Trips
Sara: Table Fellowship, Humor, Childhood Education

States & Years
Texas: 24 Yrs
Tennessee: 4 Yrs
Georgia: 1 Yr


Uniform: Oxford Shirt, Khaki/Denim
Favorite Subject: History
Favorite Musical Artist (currently): Gillian Welch  
Ideal Meal: Guiso de Puerco Verde, Dr. Pepper, Buttermilk Pie
Scriptural Hangout Locale: Psalms
Spatial Hangout Locale: Porches
Coffee: Black
Burger: Mayo, No onions.