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



Children & Families Pastor

Bachelor of Music in Church Music, Ouachita Baptist University
MDiv, George W. Truett Theological Seminary

Ruthie – she’s my best girl

Three phrases I yell at people to encourage them:
“Teamwork makes the dream work!”
“You gotta risk it to get the biscuit!”
“You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength!!”

Musical Artists I Can Always Listen To:
Dixie Chicks
Chance the Rapper
Taylor Swift
Dashboard Confessional
Frank Ocean
Robert Earl Keen

Books I Love:
The Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
Pastrix – Nadia Bolz-Weber
The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein

Favorite Musicals:
Les Miserables
The Last Five Years

Some Other Things:
- I enjoy secretly trying to figure out other people’s enneagram numbers
- I’ve watched all 7 seasons of Pretty Little Liars – I do not recommend it to you
- I like to look up the endings to books/movies/reality tv shows about halfway through



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 things:
I can beat you at cornhole (or bags if you are from the north)
I was born in a state I never lived in
I was the lead singer for a christian alternative band in HS

Books I Love
The Pastor - Eugene Peterson
Hope for the Flowers -Trina Paulus
Jesus the Son of Man - Khalil Gibran

Best movie of the last year:
Lion - (Straight Outta Compton is a close second)

Albums I love:
Blue Album - Weezer; Left and Leaving - The Weakerthans; Clarity - Jimmy Eat World; Taylor Swift - 1989; The Black Album - Jay Z

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
Display Specialist - Bath and Body Works


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

Albums I Like:
Curse Your Branches By David Bazan
Romantic Works by Keaton Henson
Sprained Ankle by Julien Baker
Brother, Sister by mewithoutYou
Mean Everything to Nothing by Manchester Orchestra
You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen

Other things I like: 
Hot Dogs



Office Manager

Other Job: Yoga Instructor

Enneagram Number: 1, The Reformer

Spouse: Gerhard Stubben
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 Spiritual Formation & Discipleship, George W. Truett Theological Seminary

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

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

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, UnderOath



Pastoral Associate

Enneagram Number: 
8, The Challenger

Fur babies:
Neville and Minerva, two beautiful tabby cats

BA in Youth Ministry/Adolescent Studies, Judson University, Elgin, IL
MDiv candidate (Biblical Studies & Languages), George W. Truett Theological Seminary

Favorite Musicals/Soundtracks:|
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (stage version preferred), Les Miserables, The Last Five Years, Galavant, Beauty and the Beast (both 1991 & 2017), Hamilton

Favorite musicians:
Relient K, Taylor Swift, Kesha, Adele, Dolly Parton, The Civil Wars

Favorite movies: 
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), The Breakfast Club (1985), The Duff (2015), The Muppets Christmas Carol (original 1992 theatrical release including the later removed song "The Love is Gone"), Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them (2016)

Favorite TV:
Doctor Who, Firefly, Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey, Gilmore Girls

Top Books That Changed My Life:
The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann
Texts of Terror by Phyllis Trible
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse by Elizabeth A. Johnson

Other things to know:
I love tattoos, Chipotle, and Leinenkugel’s beer. I can and will beat you at Harry Potter Trivia.



Pastoral Associate/Headmaster of the Order

BA in Business, Baylor University
M.Div candidate, George W. Truett Theological Seminary [May 2019]

My Favorites:

TV: Atlanta, Game of Thrones, Friday Night Lights, Sherlock
Movies: Star Wars the Force Awakens, Lord of the Rings, Moonrise Kingdom, almost all Chistopher Nolan films, & Drive (or really anything with Ryan Gosling)
Books: The Road - Cormack McCarthy, The Horse and his Boy - CS Lewis, Celebration of Discipline - Richard Foster

Music: Relient K, John Mark McMillian, Kings Kaleidoscope, Emery, Fleet Foxes

Eating establishments: Torchy's, Shorty's, Chuys, Pei Wei, & Cajun Craft

Other Job: Creating Ice Cream at Heritage Creamery 

Random things I enjoy

  • Cappuccino's at Pinewood
  • My dog Hopkins (Hop)
  • Houston Texans Football
  • Floating the Comal River
  • Addidas