Stacia Ellis
President of the Board

When & Where I Became a Christian: I accepted Christ in VBS at Ovilla Rd Baptist Church around age 10 and recommitted my life at 25 yrs. of age, at Hillcrest Baptist Church.

My Family: I come from a very strong, Christian family. My dad and mom raised us in church and instilled God’s love in us every day. My dad passed away 20 years ago but it seems like yesterday. My mom and younger brother still reside in our childhood home.

Regular Order at My Favorite Coffee Shop:  Venti Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso with an extra shot (that makes 5!)

People That Inspire Me: Anyone that shows God’s love to people and animals!

Weird Quirks: I have to smell everything I eat before putting it in my mouth, and I cannot stand stepping barefooted in anything wet! Except the ocean – that is incredible!

Least favorite thing to do: Clean house and wash clothes

What Makes Me Laugh: My friends and their crazy antics and my own crazy life!

Favorite Movies: Musicals – Sound of Music is my fave! - and all of the Avengers movies.

Favorite Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Favorite Music/Band/Singers:  TobyMac, Crowder, all Christian Music, 70’s and 80’s rock bands

Favorite Book: Harry Potter and Twilight series

Jennifer Reed
Vice President of the Board

When & Where I became a Christian: When I was a young child at my home church, Abundant Life Temple in Durant, Oklahoma

My Family: I’m married to my husband Mike. We have two sons, Adrian, 24 and Brayden, 15. We have three dogs and a cat.

Regular Order at My Favorite Coffee Shop: Carmel Macchiato

People That Inspire Me: Jesus and my husband Mike

Weird Quirks: I cannot wink.

Least Favorite Thing to Do: MOP!!!!!!

What Makes Me Laugh: I laugh at my own corniness the most. Seriously, my girlfriends make me laugh constantly.

Favorite Movies: The Goonies

Favorite Scripture: Jeremiah’s 29:11

Favorite Music/Band/Singers: Bon Jovi, Maverick City

Favorite Book: Anything by Nicholas Sparks

Heather Coe

When & Where I became a Christian: I grew up in the church but then only went sporadically after my parents' divorce. A friend started taking me again in high school and I was baptized at 17. I continued to go to church through college and until my husband joined the Army. Life changed completely and I made lots of bad decisions!! On August 7, 2016, I re-dedicated my life to the Lord & was baptized again at The Avenue.

My Family: I have been married to my husband Tom for 18 years and we've been together for 23.5 years!! Tom is medically retired from the Army but does vehicle inspections to keep busy and is a certified gunsmith. We have two children; Vincent is almost 15 and Hannah is almost 13. Vincent enjoys photography and playing airsoft with his friends. Hannah loves playing the trombone & hanging out with her friends.

Regular Order at My Favorite Coffee Shop: I love coffee, so I have a favorite drink at each coffee shop! My current favorite is a Picture-Perfect Freeze with Hazelnut from Dutch Bros.

People That Inspire Me: My grandparents

Weird Quirks: I have a terrible memory, so I'm always taking pictures to remember!

Least Favorite Thing to Do: wake up in the morning!

What Makes Me Laugh: So many things - laughing is good for you in so many ways, so I try to laugh often.

Favorite Movies: Fantastic Beasts series 

Favorite Scripture: James 1:22 & 1 Cor 16:14

Favorite Music/Band/Singers: Yo-Yo Ma and for King & Country

Favorite Book: Historical fiction books about the Civil War era & psychological thrillers.

Christi Ziegler

When & Where I Became a Christian: It feels like I've been a Christian pretty much my entire life because I have been in church since I was born. However, I made the decision for myself to follow Christ around the age of 11.

My Family: I'm married to my best friend, Shane, and we have 5 amazing boys together ranging from ages 8 to 20. We also have 4 dogs who are a part of our family.

Regular Order at My Favorite Coffee Shop: Dragon Drink with Matcha Powder

People That Inspire Me: My mom and my 2 sisters. They are all 3 such strong woman and have helped mold me into the woman I am today.

Weird Quirks: I am really super extra. Those closest to me know that when I plan something there is going to be lots of extraness details put into whatever it is I'm doing.

Least Favorite Thing to Do: Clean the bathroom.

What Makes Me Laugh: My family brings me so much joy.

Favorite Movies: The Notebook

Favorite Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11

Favorite Music/Band/Singers: Maverick City, Elevation & Dylan Scott

Favorite Book: Spirit Formed Life by Jack Hayford

Casey Rone
Grant Coordinator

When & Where I Became a Christian?
I don't know... but I was Baptized finally at Oaks Church by Sharon.

My Family: I have a 31-year-old daughter and 4 grandsons and a 20-year-old son.

Regular Order at My Favorite Coffee Shop: Sweet Cream with extra cream iced coffee or a hot mocha in the winter.

People That Inspire Me: God

Weird Quirks: Not a huge meat eater. Smells and textures aren't my friend.

Least Favorite Thing to Do: Clean

What Makes Me Laugh: Sistah Flashlight and my grandkids.

Favorite Movies: Hope Floats, Heartland, Virgin River, Top Gun and so many more!

Favorite Scripture: Proverbs 31:25 and Issaiah 40:31

Favorite Music/Band/Singers: We the Kingdom, Christian and Country, The Eagles, Bon Jovi, George Strait

Favorite Book: Bible, not a huge reader.

Melisa Musquez
Transition Assistance Coordinator

When & Where I Became a Christian: San Antonio, TX 1988, Baptism (Cornerstone Church) San Antonio, TX 2008, Rededicated (Trinity Church) Cedar Hill, TX 2012.

My Family: Military family background and youngest of six. My parents are #goals, living and loving life in their 90’s. My beautifully, talented and only daughter is one of 30 grands/great-grands!

Regular Order at Your Favorite Coffee Shop: Cold brew with cold foam.

People That Inspire Me: People that have a testimony of the miracles God has done in their lives, in spite of adversity.

Weird Quirks: I'm just a quirky person, overall!

Least Favorite Thing to Do: Laundry, especially putting laundry away.

What Makes Me Laugh: Children, animals, people who say funny things.

Favorite Movies: Sound of Music, Sahara, Return to Me, Pride & Prejudice (with Matthew Macfadyen), Crazy Rich Asians

Favorite Scripture: Psalm 18, Psalm 61:2, Isaiah 61:1-3

Favorite Music/Band/Singers: I love music and have too many favorites to list!

Favorite Book: "The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency" series by Alexander McCall Smith

Lori Fields
Programs Director

When & Where I Became a Christian? June 1991 at Falls Creek Youth Camp. Louie Giglio was preaching a sermon called “Nine Inch Nails”.  

My Family: My Husband – Jason. My Children – James, Audrey, Kyle, Madelyn & Sadie.

Regular Order at My Favorite Coffee Shop: Cold Brew with Vanilla, Coconut or Mint.

People That Inspire Me: Jesus, Alan Rogers, John and Johnny Baker, Henry Cloud and John Townsend & Nedra Tawwab.

Weird Quirks: I read multiple books at a time and don’t step on my bathroom rug with your outside shoes on, LOL!

Least Favorite Thing to Do: CLEAN!

What Makes Me Laugh: My husband!

Favorite Movies: It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Grease, The Greatest Showman, The Notebook

Favorite Scripture: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, not anything else in al creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

Favorite Music/Band/Singers: Worship Music, Musicals, Country, 80’s Music, Classical/Opera (I used to sing Opera)

Favorite Book: Bible, Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life, and 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.