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


Office Manager

Spouse: Jon-Michael Carman, Ph. D Religion Student at Baylor

Pets: Romulus, an adorable ragamuffin dog (picture a basset hound with wire hair, who loves apples, smiling, and being best friends with everyone) 

MA in New Testament, Pepperdine University (Will finish in December!)
M.Div, Emory University
BA in Biblical Studies and Ministry, Hope International University

Places I've Called Home:
Vigan, Philippines
Los Angeles, CA
Atlanta, GA
Waco, TX

Martial Arts
Hiking, bird watching, and most outdoor activities
Reading (especially classic fiction novels)
Traveling (Favorite place so far: Istanbul, Turkey)

Favorite Nonfiction Authors:
Barbara Brown Taylor
Nadia Bolz-Weber
Mary Oliver

Favorite Fiction Authors:
Jane Austen
Charles Dickens
George Eliot

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.