who we are

Wayne and Ali Smith

Wayne Smith is the Lead Pastor. Over the past 30 years, Wayne has served churches in Tennessee, Mississippi, Washington, and Texas. Wayne received his BA from The University of Memphis, his TH.M from Dallas Theological Seminary, and did Doctoral studies at Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology. He is passionate about teaching God’s Word and seeing the local church fulfill its mission in this world. He and his wife Ali have been married since 1991 and have raised three great kids.

Ali also graduated with a BA from the University of Memphis and has studied interior design at the New York Institute of Interior Design. In addtion to being a full-time mom, she served on the Board of Directors of a Christian school and has started two small businesses. Ali is a gifted counselor and has never met a stranger. She is always active in serving her family, the church, and the community.

Wayne and Ali have stepped out in faith believing it is God’s call for them to plant a disciple-making, reproducing church in our focus area.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors serves as a temporary board until such a time as the Church can raise up Elders who will fill this role. 

Wayne Smith

As the Pastor and Lead Church Planter, Wayne serves on the Board of Directors.

Paul Gastineau

Paul retired as the Vice President of Regulatory Relations with CenterPoint Energy, where he had worked since 1977. He and his wife of 45 years have two sons and four granddaughters. They worship and serve faithfully at Magnolia First Baptist Church. He has served in multiple positions in church leadership and on various boards and has been deeply involved in World Missions particularly in Poland.

Marcus Woodring

Woody retired from the U.S. Coast Guard as Captain of the Port for Houston-Galveston in 2011 and now works as the Chief of Port Security and Emergency Operations at the Port of Houston Authority. Woody and his wonderful wife Kim have been married for over 35 years and have three sons and six grandchildren. They faithfully worship and serve at Bethel Church of Houston. He has served in multiple leadership positions in church and on boards of various organizations.