Leadership Team


Founding Investors

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


Staff & District Coordinators

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
Director of Operations

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.

Tawana Goodwin
Fort Bend ISD
BJ Ramon
Houston ISD
Brittani Davis
Humble ISD
Allie Kretsinger
Klein ISD
Melissa Toon
Lamar CISD


Board of Directors

Dr. Tom Billings

Chairman of the Board of Loving Houston. Former Executive Director of Union Baptist Association. Enjoys teaching, training, photography, golf, and retirement!

Kelly Handel

Certified Public Accountant. Enjoys tutoring second grade students in reading and math, reading, traveling, and serving in various leadership roles at her church and local organizations.

Judye Hartman

Former math teacher and IBM for NASA computer programmer. Enjoys leading Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church’s partnership with Piney Point Elementary, traveling, and cheering on the UT Longhorns!

Harry Holmes

Native Houstonian and recognized leader in the Houston real estate industry. Enjoys mentoring at Spring Woods Middle School, serving as a grief facilitator, and providing leadership on several local boards.

Mike Malkemes

Marine Corps Desert Storm veteran, former Charles Schwab senior business development broker, and founding director of Generation One. Enjoys spending time with his wife and two adopted children.

Evelyn Ogletree

Executive Pastor of First Metropolitan Church. Former teacher and daycare owner. Enjoys mentoring, coaching, counseling, speaking on women and teen girl issues, and facilitating marriage workshops.

Parris Patrick

Founding pastor of Agape Community Bible Church. Founder and Executive Director of Alief Coalition for the Homeless.

Dr. Dave Peterson

Director of Community Outreach Programs with the McNair Foundation. Pastor Emeritus of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church. Enjoys writing, serving on local boards, and spending time with his 7 grandchildren!

Terri Wang

Board and committee member of multiple local nonprofits. Enjoys volunteering with refugee kids, studying the Bible with BSF and CBS, and dividing her loyalties between her children’s schools: UT Austin and Texas A&M!



Lawrence Allen, Jr.

Member of the Texas State Board of Education, and the Community Relations Liaison overseeing Faith-Based Partnerships in Houston ISD.

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 of For Houston’s Kids, with expertise in leadership development, spiritual formation, and community transformation.

Chad Clarkson

Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Houston Church Planting Network, a network of church networks working together to reach the city.

Rick Figueroa

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

Peter Forbes

Founding President of National Christian Foundation Houston. Former Board Chairman of Loving Houston, and former Financial Executive.

Brian Gowan

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

Dr. Jim Herrington

Founding Executive Director of Mission Houston, Co-Founder of Faithwalking, and Co-Founder of The Leader’s Journey: Coaching for Wholehearted Leadership.

Dr. Scott Jones

Bishop of the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Former Professor at Perkins School of Theology.

Dr. Ruth Lopez Turley

Founder and Director of the Houston Education Research Consortium, Associate Director of the Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and Professor of Sociology at Rice University.

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.

Girien Salazar

Director of the Faith and Education Coalition for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. Former Associate Professor and member of the Naval Reserves.

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