Jody grew up in Greenville, Texas and attended the Johnson Street Church of Christ. He attended Abilene Christian University and graduated in May 2008 with Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies in Bible, Missions, Ministry, and Exercise Science. Jody also received a Masters of Ministry from Harding University in August 2016, with an emphasis on biblical interpretation, whole church discipleship, and spiritual formation.
Prior to partnering with Pine Tree, Jody was the youth minister (2008 -2014) and preaching minister (2014-2017) at the North Ridge Church of Christ in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.
Jody’s ministry and missions background includes directing North East Texas Summer Youth Series Camp (NETSYS), serving as a Camp Deer Run staff member, working with Africa Transformations Network as a missionary in Rwanda, ministering to homeless teenagers as an outreach intern with Dry Bones in Denver, Colorado, and leading monthly Bible studies at the Titus County Jail.
Jody and his wife, Jessica, have a daughter Addie and a son Christian.
Jody and Jessica have a passion for making disciples of Jesus Christ. Jody wants to emphasize the internal health of the congregation so that they may fulfill the external mission of the gospel, making followers of Jesus.
Bruce grew up in Tyler, TX at the Shiloh Road Church of Christ. He attended Abilene Christian University and received his Bachelor of Arts in Bible with an emphasis in Youth Ministry in 2000. He also received his Master of Science in Digital Media with an emphasis on Graphic Design from Abilene Christian in December 2001. Bruce has worked in youth ministry since August 2001.
Bruce and his wife, Katy, have a son (Caleb) and a daughter (Peyton). They joined the Pine Tree family in June 2004.
Both Bruce and his wife, Katy, have a passion for youth and love encouraging them to grow spiritually. Through a combination of fun events and spiritually-minded activities, the aim of 4.12 Ministries is to grow a group of adolescents into a strong community of young believers.
Whitney is originally from Flower Mound, TX. She received her degree in Early Childhood Education from Oklahoma Christian University with an emphasis in Children’s Ministry. She has been doing Children’s Ministry since 2011, working with Garden Ridge Church of Christ and Memorial Road Church of Christ. Whitney joined the Pine Tree family in May 2015.
Juan is from San Luis Potosi, Mexico but grew up in Terrell, TX. Juan and Paloma have one son (Christian). Juan attended Brown Trail School of Preaching where he graduated in 2013. He became the Hispanic Minister in February of 2014. He has a personal website where you can find material in Spanish for personal growth, and learn more about him as well. www.viviendoencristo.com
Tony Griffies, a graduate of Troy University in Alabama with a degree in Psychology, has been in Student Ministry for 18 years, and is now serving at the Pine Tree Church of Christ as their Connections Minister. He has worked with several churches of Christ throughout the Southeast, which has offered him an opportunity to minister to a diverse church population. Tony, along with his wife Erin and their children Claire and Jonah, are excited to be a part of the Pine Tree Church Family!
Lori has served as a secretary with the Pine Tree church since November of 2000. She and her husband Neal have been members at Pine Tree since 1998. They have a daughter Carla and her husband Matt Nix. They also have a son Don and his wife Lauren. Neal and Lori have one grandson, Sawyer Nix.
Patti has been a secretary for the Pine Tree church since October 1999. Some of Patti’s responsibilities include attendance & contribution, phone duties, accounts payables, and visitor information. She and her husband Joe have been members since 1995 and have two sons, Blake and David & his wife Ashley & their daughter Emma.
My name is Donna Stagner and I am the director of Pine Tree Church of Christ Mother’s Day Out program. I am married to Scott Stagner and we have three sons. Our sons have blessed us with 3 beautiful daughters in laws and six grandchildren (five girls and 1 boy). With thirty years of experience in public schools of being a classroom teacher, reading specialist, a principal and teaching Sunday school since I was 13 years old, I have fulfilled my dream of “ growing up to be a teacher”. Now I spend my days being a director of Mother’s Day Out, working at UT Tyler with student teachers and playing with my grandchildren. As you get to know me you will realize that I have a passion for children and their success. I thank God for the gift of being able to work with children of all ages.
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