Leadership Team

Board of Directors

Dr. Tom Billings

Chairman of Loving Houston. Executive Director of Union Baptist Association.

Peter Forbes

President Emeritus of National Christian Foundation Houston.

Judye Hartman

Retired computer programmer and math teacher. Currently leading a church-school partnership with Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church.

Mike Malkemes

Founder and Director of Generation One, a community transformation ministry in Houston’s Third Ward.

Dr. Dave Peterson

Pastor Emeritus at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church. Currently the Director of Community Outreach Programs with the McNair Foundation.


Marilyn Lee
Executive Director

Marilyn has education, corporate, nonprofit, and ministry experience, a BA from Rice University, and an MBA with a focus on nonprofit management and development economics with the specific goal of mobilizing churches around community needs.

Melissa Emerson
Program Manager

Melissa has a unique combination of an undergraduate degree from the University of Houston, a Masters of Divinity degree, and experience as a church minister and an event coordinator in the non-profit sector equipping pastors to connect Sunday faith and Monday work.


Scott Brown

Managing Director of Volant Energy Partners with local and national experience with youth, inner city, and leadership ministries.

Neil Bush

International businessman, co-chair of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, and chair of the Points of Light board of directors.

Steve Capper

Lord of the Streets Vicar and Founding President/Board Chair of For Houston’s Kids, with expertise in leadership development, spiritual formation, and community transformation.

Rick Figueroa

First Vice President with UBS Financial Services Wealth Management Group with extensive community leadership experience.

Brian Gowan

Executive Director of Pray Houston! with 35 years of pastoral and community transformation leadership throughout Houston and currently in Fifth Ward.

Jim Herrington

Former Executive Director of Union Baptist Association. Currently serving as Director of Faithwalking, an international missional movement.

Kevin Palau

President of the Luis Palau Association. Provides leadership for CityServe, a movement that mobilizes churches, businesses, and city leaders to love and serve their cities.

Scott McClelland

President of H.E. Butt Grocery Company’s Houston and Central Market division. Provides leadership for the Greater Houston Partnership, Memorial Hermann Hospital System, Houston Food Bank, and Brighter Bites.


David & Bonnie Weekley
Robert & Janice McNair
Rusty & Paula Walter