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Our Board of Directors


Chris is the founding and lead pastor of eLife Church in Lubbock Texas. Chris’s background is often described as “From Microsoft to Ministry.” He formerly worked in Information Technology as a Network Administrator and Software Developer. He is the founding and lead pastor (for 11 years) of a non denominational mega-church in the Lubbock, Texas area. In just eight years, the church grew from 12 people in a living room to over 10,000 members. For 5 of those years, Outreach Magazine named them among the 100 fastest-growing churches in the nation. He was listed several years in a row as the Youngest Megachurch Pastor in the nation (he is in his mid-thirties). Several years ago, the Lord led Chris and the eLife Church leadership to shift to focusing on a Disciple Making Movement model both in Lubbock and in Southeast Asia. They are committed to sending 500 Movement Catalysts. Chris has just published a book, From Megachurch to Multiplication: A Church’s Journey Toward Movement describing the journey of eLife Church. Chris and his team hope that the changes they’ve made at eLife will inspire other churches to pursue a multiplicative disciple making vision here in the United States and also among unreached people groups.


Roger Sample graduated from Colorado State University and enjoyed a 41-year career in public accounting highlighted by co-founding and managing Sample & Bailey PC.  He enjoyed providing tax seminars sponsored by various state societies and lecturing in forty states.

During his professional career, Roger served on numerous boards and committees for businesses and charitable organizations.  He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Surgery Center of Fort Collins and Sempre Avanti Foundation.

He is active in Bible Study Fellowship as a group leader and, with his wife Susie, attend Connections Church in Fort Collins.  They enjoy spending time on the golf course, attending CSU sporting events and with their two children and spouses and seven grandsons.


Brenda Shull is author of many online publications in organizational development and coaching with appearances on network television and public radio. Brenda turned her Fortune 500 management consulting and communication coaching experience to the international scene through missions abroad. As a workshop presenter and keynote speaker for local and international conferences and conventions in human resources and organizational development, she has travelled throughout the world. In addition to consulting, she has served Adjunct Faculty positions with Russian American Christian University in Moscow (RACU), LCC International University (Lithuania,Eastern Europe), St. Petersburg (Russia) Christian University, Texas Christian University, University of Guilin, China, Tbilisi, Georgia, Lehza, Albania and MBA graduate level at University of Dallas and University of North Texas. Currently she is involved with a Part time staff position at SMU. Selected for Leadership Texas in 1990, she has continued volunteerism as a Meadows Museum docent and George W. Bush Library docent.


James Porter Smith is Board Treasurer. He used his degree in Business Administration/Accounting to serve for thirty-six years with Exxon Company USA in various finance related positions. He moved seven times with the company, including to Alaska to be a part of the building of the pipeline there. Jim has also invested greatly in the community, serving as chairman of a full-time task force of the Anchorage, Alaska Chamber of Commerce commissioned to identify the most desirable pattern for future economic development there, as well as serving as a member of various boards. He also served as a Sunday school teachers for a variety of age groups, as a deacon and on various committees in the churches of which he was a member.


A graduate of Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, TX, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX, Dr. Shuffield was pastor of local churches for 23 years before serving on the Texas Baptists (BGCT) convention staff for 14 years. Retiring in June 2013 from the Texas Baptists convention, Dr. Shuffield continues to serve on a number of municipal and ministry Boards and works with local churches as Interim Pastor, evangelist and missions consultant. He also teaches Missions and Ministry courses as an adjunct professor for Dallas Baptist University and Hardin Simmons University. He and his wife, Becky, live in Midlothian, Texas, and are active members at FBC Midlothian.