Board of Directors

Nick Davis

Nick Davis

Senior VP at Westbound Bank of Houston

BBA, MBA – Sam Houston State University
Nick has served in many community leadership positions, including President of Conroe Rotary Club. He is married to Kara and has one son.

Dr. Dearing Garner

Dr. Dearing Garner

Executive Director, Children’s Emergency Relief International

B.A. – Carson Newman University
M.Div., D.Min – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dearing has served as Senior Pastor of four churches, on the Executive Committee of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and on the Board of Houston Baptist University. He is married to Bobbie and has three children.

Whit Goodwin

Whit Goodwin

Vice President for Student Life, Houston Baptist University

B.A. – Samford University
M.Div. – Beason Divinity School
M.A. – University of Alabama

Whit has served the students at HBU since 2011, leading campus ministries and outreach. Finishing his doctorate at Azusa Pacific University, he has two daughters and one son.

Phil Herrington

Phil Herrington

Founder and President, Global MPACT

Founder and President, Global MPACT
B.A. – Houston Baptist University
M.Div. – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Phil has successfully planted four churches. Through Global MPACT he consults with churches, offering 35 years of experience as a church leader, pastor, and church planter. Phil is married to Jennifer and has four children.

Steve Long

Steve Long

Counselor, Houston’s First Baptist Church and Dobie High School, Pasadena, TX

B.A. – University of Houston
M.A. – University of Houston, Clear Lake
M.S. – University of Houston, Clear Lake
L.P.C. – State of Texas

Steve has served as a high school teacher and counselor for 28 years and as a counselor at Houston’s First Baptist since 2012. He is married to Holly and has three children.

Gary Pate

Gary Pate

Partner, Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, L.L.P.

B.A. – Houston Baptist University
M.Div. – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Jurisprudence – University of Houston Law School

After a successful ministry as s senior pastor, Gary was led to a new career as an attorney. Named to Texas Monthly’s Rising Stars attorney list. Having published several articles in prominent law periodicals, Gary is married to Debbie and has five children, including three adoptive children from Russia.

Terry Johnson

Terry Johnson

Chaplain, Tomball Hospital System

B.A. - Houston Baptist University
M.A. - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Following a successful career in sales, Terry has served on the pastoral staffs of four different churches in Florida and Texas, from 1984-2012. His other ministry assignments include a nine-year term on the Board of Trustees at Houston Baptist University. Terry is married to Shirley and has four children and seven grandchildren.

Perry Peary

Perry Peary

Self-employed Entrepreneur

B.A. St Edwards University (History) Summa Cum Laude
Currently working on Masters – Sam Houston State University (History)
Deacon at Sugar Land Baptist Church
Former Tank commander U.S. Army, Vice Squad Officer – Houston Police Dept.
Self-employed entrepreneur since 1970 various industries
Married to Sabra, four sons, four daughters-in-law- two granddaughters, one grandson
Passions are writing novels, cooking and helping with multiple ministries in Houston