Leadership

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADr. John Neesley, Pastor

What I do: John leads our church staff & members.  He engages participants with Sunday sermons, and sermon previews uploaded to the Youversion Bible App.  He also extends the ministry off campus: preaching on Mondays at the Brookdale Retirement Center; picking up children in our apartment ministry on Wednesdays & Sundays; leading a Bible club on Wednesdays at Sinclair Elementary School, where he also mentors a child each week.  John responds to pastoral concerns in the community (hospital visitation, counseling, funerals, weddings, etc).

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About me: John has been the pastor at Lazybrook since August 1996. He graduated from LSU where he cut his teeth on presenting the gospel in a party atmosphere. His Master of Divinity from Southwestern Seminary & his PhD from New Orleans Seminary helped to solidify his understanding of the Bible in dialoging with others.  Since 1995, he has taught New Testament for 4 different seminaries and for HBU.  He married his high school sweetheart, Bobbye, in 1982.  She is a substitute teacher, reading specialist and assists with preschoolers at church. Their oldest child, Natalie, is married to Austen and is mom to Kate, who is John and Bobbye’s 1st grandchild.  “Pops” loves his visits to Ft Worth to see Kate!  Their youngest, Andrew, is married to Hunter and is a teacher.  John is a “gym rat,” who spends mornings at the fitness club working out, running and swimming.  He and Andrew love to shout for all the local sports teams & they have been known to make road trips to see their beloved Astros play.

 

 John Norwood, Asst. Pastor

What I do:  John leads our young adult ministry which involves Sunday morning Bible study and coordinating special events. On Wednesday’s John can be found helping the Pastor pick up kids for “Pastor’s Pals” and joining the men’s group in their mid-week Bible study.

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About me:  This is John’s second go-around with Lazybrook Baptist Church. From 2005 to 2007 he was our Minister to Students and now he is back as our Interim Associate Pastor. He graduated from Howard Payne University and completed seminary at George W. Truett (Baylor University). John’s ministry passions include personal ministry, prayer, and promoting fellowship within the church.  Like Pastor John, John Norwood is a bit of a gym rat – which is a good thing because, like Chris, John Norwood likes to cook!

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChris Couch, Minister of Music and Senior Adults

What I do: Chris leads our choir and congregation in the worship of our Lord and Savior.  He plans and directs our Sunday morning services.  He also leads our adult choir in performing special concerts and services (Christmas, Easter, etc).  Chris also leads the Senior Adult ministry through monthly fellowship and various annual events.  He also teaches our popular Wednesday Senior Adult Bible Study.

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About me: Chris has been at Lazybrook since 1999.  Chris graduated from the Univ. of Central Oklahoma and still cheers on the Sooners even if he is in Texas.  Chris has been married since 1985 to Vanessa and they have two wonderful kids: Marissa, married to Jake, and Taylor.  In his off time, Chris likes to read and play golf.  He also likes to cook at home and at the church.  Chris is a member of the Singing Men of Texas (smot.org) and enjoys traveling.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACathy Schrader, Director of Administration

What I do:  Cathy is primarily responsible for the business and financial affairs of the church.  She shares her gift of administration to facilitate and support the different aspects of  the churches mission.  She acts as liaison to Sinclair Elementary where she is Director of Kid’s Hope, USA.

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About me:  Cathy has held the position of Administrative Assistant for 12 years although she became a member in 1998.  She holds B.S. Degrees in Psychology and Education with graduate level studies at Texas Tech University and Southwestern Theological Seminary.  Fifteen years ago, her education and work experiences led Pastor John to recruit her to birth a Kid’s Hope, USA  partnership with Sinclair Elementary School.  Her passion for seeing kids succeed keeps her involved in various aspects of Children’s Ministry.  Cathy feels fortunate that God has called her to take several mission trips around the world and continues to take an active part in the mission activities of the church.  Cathy also loves to include her housemate in activities whenever possible.  Scruffy, her little terrier, is great with children, and loves to play.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALena Segovia, Administrative Assistant

What I do: Lena is the part time church secretary who assists the pastor and staff members in the office.  Her responsibilities in the office consist of answering phones, maintaining current membership records and guest information, ordering supplies and Sunday school literature.  She and her husband Efrain Segovia Sr. serve as the lead team for our Children’s Church Ministry on Sunday mornings.

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About me: Lena has been on staff since September 2008.  She has been a member of Lazybrook since March of 1997.  Her husband Efrain Sr. is a deacon in the church and part of the technical team that works the sound booth on Sunday mornings.  Lena has 4 children: Efrain Jr. is the music intern and the youth band leader, Jacob plays the bass on Sunday mornings and is part of the youth band, Megan is part of the youth band and helps in extended child care on Sunday mornings, and Ariel helps in extended child care as well.  Lena and her family love The Lord and serve whenever needed.

 

FullSizeRender-4Reid Felchak, Youth Minister

What I do:  Reid is the Youth Minster here at Lazybrook. He works to help middle school and high school age students grow in their faith and come to know the Lord in a deeper way.

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About me:  Reid has served as an intern in both the Children and Youth Departments, but has since found a home here as the Youth Minister. Reid is studying theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

RyanPicRyan Farmer, Children’s Ministry Intern

What I do:   Ryan is helping to lead Kidzone on Sunday nights and helps Pastor Neesley on Sunday and Wednesday nights with the van and apartment ministries.  Ryan also enjoys assisting others, and meeting any need that may arise.

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About me:  Ryan grew up at Lazybrook Baptist Church, and has been attending since he was just a baby.  He is currently studying at Lone Star College in Tomball.  Ryan’s whole family serves quite frequently at the church, and his mother Deborah is the VBS Director.  Subsequently, he has spent many late nights at the church helping set up or take down decorations for VBS- being the son of the director has its ups and downs.  He has two younger sisters, Amber and Sarah, and a little dog named Toby.  Ryan loves to read, listen to music, and play video games with friends.  He also loves to hang out with people, whether it’s with best friends, family, or strangers.