ABOUT US

Mission • Vision • Values

OUR MISSION COMPELS US:


We are partnering together to advance the kingdom of God so that we can take back what hell has stolen.

 

OUR VISION GUIDES US:


We see a growing and vibrant assembly of congregations and leaders who, through dynamic partnerships,

bring Kingdom reality to Texas and beyond.  The 20|20 Strategic Plan tells an exciting story of what we hope by God’s grace to be.

OUR VALUES DRIVE US:


We are interconnected by the fellowship with the Spirit and by serving together to take back what hell has stolen.

  • Biblically Grounded: We are people of the Book.
  • Historically Rooted: We are a Church of God movement people.
  • Missionally Motivated: We are a Great Commission people.
  • Compassion Driven: We are a Great Commandment people.

  • Learning Focused: We are a growing people.

  • Team Minded: We are a serve-together people.

STAFF

Dr. Timothy West

State Administrator

tim@texaschurchofgod.org

863-838-0187

 

Tim has held various posts in his tenure with the Church of God.  He planted two congregations, one in Orlando, Florida and the other on the Gold Coast in Australia. He led a turnaround congregation in Lakeland, Florida before assuming the role as State Administrator in 2008.

 

Tim is a graduate of Warner University (B.A. Christian Ministry), Webster University (M.A. Management), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.A. Theology) and Anderson University (Doctor of Ministry).

 

He has traveled extensively and loves to ride his Harley, play golf, backpack, read, and go to movies.  He is married to Cindy and has two children, Bryan and Elizabeth. He also has 4 grandkids, Alison, Paige, Hannah, and Gabriel.

David Kufeldt

Administrative Services Manager

david@texaschurchofgod.org

936-203-4461

 

A Bible professor once said, "You don't have to go into full-time Christian ministry to serve the Lord with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.  Go, be salt and light in business; show the business world what Christ looks like."  David took those words to heart as his calling.

 

David spent his working years in retail, distribution and in manufacturing; as an accountant, financial controller, IT manager, and as a business analysis manager.  David is now retired but stays active providing database support and analysis to Wake Church, a new church plant in Conroe, TX.

 

David is a graduate of Anderson University (BA) and Ball State University (MBA).  He is married to Brenda, who is a registered nurse, and they have two adult sons, Jarad and Adam.  

Rev. Greg Jerkins
Congregational Specialist

gmjerkins@comcast.net

281-960-5959

Greg is an ordained minister (‘04) who currently attends the South Park COG in Houston, TX.  His primary role is that of worship leader/musician; however, he embraces opportunities to preach, teach, and participate in various aspects of congregational ministry.

 

Greg earned a B.S. in Engineering Technology from Texas A&M University (’94) and enjoyed an 18-year career in the telecommunications industry.  Since 2014, he has been employed as the Transportation Supervisor for the Stafford Municipal School District.

 

He married his best friend Cristy over 21 years ago, and they cherish the blessings of their three children- Mason, Madison, and Myles.  In his leisure, Greg enjoys playing golf, practicing on his Hammond organ, fishing, and cheering on the Cowboys!

Rev. Efrain Cirilo

Church Partner Associate

efrain@wakechurch.com

936-444-6183

Efrain was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and raised in the Bronx, NY. His wife Megan was born and raised in Pennsylvania. The two met in college, where they both gave their lives over to the Lord.

 

God began to stir a passion and desire in Efrain to enter into full-time ministry. After several years of schooling and mentoring, God opened a door in Kilgore, TX at the Crosspoint Church. Efrain and Megan made the radical decision to quit their lucrative jobs, move halfway across the country with their little ones, and serve God in Texas.

 

After dedicating 8 years as the Senior Pastor in Kilgore, God called both Efrain and Megan to Conroe to plant a gospel-centered multiplying church. Through partnerships with Houston Church Planting Network, Stadia, Texas Ministries of the Church of God, and other partnering churches, Merge Church was planted on February 9th, 2020 with a core group of families and friends. Their first service welcomed over 400 people. Efraun has a passion to equip the local church and see it thrive.

 

They currently live in Conroe with their three children Grace, Josiah and Anna. 

Rev. Saundra McNeese

Business Specialist

saundramcneese@gmail.com

832-647-3996

Saundra has been active in the ministry and mission of the Church of God (Anderson, IN) as an ordained minister and a licensed chaplain of pastoral care, and she works as Associate Pastor at South Park Church of God. She serves as the 1st Vice President for the National Association of Women of the Church of God, West Middlesex.  She earned a Master’s in Business Administration and Social Work.

 

Saundra serves on the Board of Directors for a “women in crisis” association in Houston, and is a mentor for women at risk through her work with other congregations and other women centers in the Houston area.  She is also actively working to help congregations obtain their business status with the State and Federal governments and to find and secure grants to enhance their missions.

 

She has one son, Reginald Dwayne, and one great-granddaughter, Brandalynn. 

Rev. Wally Schiwart

Special Assistant
to the State Administrator

pastorwally@newdawnfellowship.com

432-557-1140

Wally began his ministry career at First Church of God in Odessa, Texas in 1994.  During his time at FCOG in Odessa, he served in multiple positions, including youth minister, associate pastor, and co-pastor.  After leaving First Church of God, Wally served at Gracepoint Church in Odessa.  In October 2014, Wally answered the call to plant a new work in Odessa, and on April 5, 2015, New Dawn Fellowship began meeting, with Wally as Lead Pastor. 

 

Wally graduated from Permian High School of Friday Night Lights fame, and has taken college courses at Odessa College, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, and Mid-America Bible College, now known as Mid-American Christian University.

 

Wally has partnered in ministry with his wife of 25 years, Tracie.  Together, they have 5 children, and 8 grandchildren.  Currently, Wally continues to serve as lead pastor of New Dawn Fellowship in Odessa.  Having always been bi-vocational, he is also the general manager over the Equipment Rental Division of Alpha & Omega Contract Sales & Consulting in Odessa. 

 

STATE LEADERS

Board of Ministry

Chairman

Dr. Ron Duncan (2022)

Retired
Parkgate Community Church
of Pasadena

Vice-Chairman

Rev. Tim Gould (2023)

Lead Pastor

First Church of God
of Houston

Secretary

Dr. Dave Root (2021)

Retired Military Chaplain

Place of Grace Fellowship
of San Antonio

Treasurer

Rev. Kenneth Meeks (2023)

Lead Pastor

Kendleton Church of God

of Kendleton

Member

Rev. Teena Houston (2021)

Lead Pastor

First Church of God
of Corpus Christi

Member

Rev. Wally Schiwart (2023)

Lead Pastor

New Dawn Fellowship
of Odessa

Member

Rev. Willa Moffett (2023)

Associate Pastor

Orange Church of God
of Orange

Member

Vacant

Credentials Team

Chairman

Rev. Tim Gould (2023)

Lead Pastor

First Church of God
of Houston

Member

Rev. Ken Merrifield  (2023)

Lead Pastor

Living Grace Church

of Tyler


Secretary

Rev. Sonya Johnson (2021)

Associate Pastor

Southpark Church of God
of Houston

Member

Rev. Diana Rodriguez (2021)

Associate Pastor

Camino de Salvacion

of Eagle Pass

Member

Rev. Nehiel Rojas (2022)

Retired

Parkgate Community Church
of Pasadena

OUR BELIEFS

Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)

The Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) is a global movement of people seeking to fulfill God’s mission in the world. We’re committed to studying the Word of God and faithfully living it out. We’re committed to the mission that Jesus Christ gave every believer: to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18–20).

 

The Church of God movement appeared in the 1880s in the midst of the broader American Holiness Revival. The pioneers of the Church of God hoped to restore a more biblical understanding and practice of what it means to be the church. One of our early church songs says: “The Bible is our rule of faith and Christ alone is Lord.” This lyric still summarizes the core belief of Church of God people. We have not issued any official belief statement, and we have no formal creed. The following statements and videos reflect the heart of the Church of God.

  • Jesus is Lord. The singularity, the exclusivity, the divinity of the one Lord Jesus is central to who we are. He is the Bread of Life. The Water of Life. The Lamb of God. The Way, the Truth, and the Life. The one Mediator between God and humankind. The Lord of lords, the King of kings. The Son of Man. The Son of God. The Word become Flesh. The Name at which every knee shall bow. Jesus is the subject (Acts 2:36).
  • Holiness. The Person, the work, and the power of the Holy Spirit is fundamental to who we are as a people. We unabashedly own the truth that the Spirit can transform us, possess us, equip us, and empower us. It is the work of the Holy Spirit that sanctifies us, makes us holy, sets us apart for sacred service, and seals us for eternity’s sake. It is the Spirit that convicts us of sin and enables us to overcome sin. It is the Holy Spirit that can breathe supernatural gifts into us, for Jesus’ sake. He is the Comforter promised by Jesus and the witness of our redemption (Galatians 5:22–23).

  • Unity. We are a people uniquely called by God to be a catalyst for Christian unity, believing that the division of the body of Christ is hell’s greatest weapon to thwart heaven’s ends in this world. We are convinced that the splintering of the body is not the Lord’s work, but the enemy’s; we believe that hell trembles at the prospect of a people united, redeemed by the blood, and possessed by the Spirit (John 17:21).

  • The Great Commandments. Love God with your whole self. And, love your neighbors as yourself. The Scripture tells us this is the sum of the Law and the Prophets. When a teacher of the Law sought to test Jesus (Luke 10), asking, “What must I do to have eternal life?” Jesus asked him what he read in the Scripture. When the man replied with the Great Commandments, Jesus approved, saying, “You have answered well; do this and you will live.” It was this exchange that birthed the seminal parable of the Good Samaritan. As a people in the pursuit of holiness, the Great Commandments clothe us.
  • The Supremacy of Scripture. We are a people of the Bible—the Old and New Testaments, supernaturally inspired, preserved across time, cultures, and continents, delivered to us, useful for reproof and instruction, for righteousness. The Scripture is our backstop, the ultimate field of inquiry and judgment, the measure of conduct, faith, and practice. Whatever the question, whatever the test, whatever comes before us, in the end, it is the Scripture, above all other disciplines, that informs and defines us. All other sources of knowledge fall beneath its shadow (2 Timothy 3:14–17).
  • Great Commission. To go and make disciples is the divine privilege and responsibility given to each of us. We champion the work of evangelism and discipleship in our own neighborhood, as well as the sending of international and home missionaries to places beyond our individual reach (Matthew 28:19–20).

  • Kingdom of God. The rule and reign of God is a present reality to be embraced and experienced today. His kingdom is not of this world, and will therefore never be about earthly politics. As children of God, the spiritual riches of the King of kings are ours to claim and steward as we preach the good news of the kingdom to the world (Luke 17:20–21).

  • The Trinity. Thought difficult for the human mind to fully comprehend, our one God expresses himself in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity serves a unique role to bring God glory and accomplish his purposes in the world (Genesis 1:26; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

  • Women in Ministry. The distributions of gifts by the Holy Spirit for the edification of the body of Christ is not determined by gender. God has poured out his Spirit on all people, and both sons and daughters will prophesy—and teach, and shepherd the flock. In Christ, in the kingdom of God, that which once divided us—Jew, Gentile; slave, free; male, female—no longer separate. From the earliest days of the Church of God movement, we’ve celebrated the ministry leadership of outstanding women clergy and continue to do so (Acts 2:17; Galatians 3:28).

RESOURCES

The following free downloads (PDF fomat) are available to provide more detail on the beliefs of the Church of God.



We Believe

Anderson School of Theology


What We Teach

Barry Callen


Salvation

Arlo Newell


Holy Living

Arlo Newell


Membership

Arlo Newell


Ordinances

Arlo Newell


Divine Healing

Arlo Newell


Christ's Return

Arlo Newell