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Our Board of Directors


Jeff Billinger served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for GuideStone Financial Resources, formerly the Annuity Board of the SBC from 1998 to 2015. He also served as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for GuideStone Funds, a registered investment company, from their inception to 2015. As Chief Financial Officer he oversaw Accounting, Financial Reporting, IT, Budgeting, Risk Management, External and Internal Audits and Facilities. He joined GuideStone Financial Resources in 1994 as vice president and assistant treasurer. Prior to his retirement in March of 2016 he directed the development of a new long term strategic plan for GuidStone and its affiliates. Prior to joining GuideStone, Mr. Billinger held positions in internal audits and financial management with Texas Instruments, Precision MicroElectronics and Alcoa Electronic Packaging. He also provided financial and management consulting for six years. Mr. Billinger earned his bachelor of business administration degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. After graduating from Baylor, he served for four years in the military. He then earned his master of business administration degree from Texas Eastern University (University of Texas at Tyler). He served on the Accounting Department Advisory Board for the University of Texas at Tyler. Mr. Billinger is a Certified Public Accountant. As a long-time member of First Baptist Church Richardson, Texas, Mr. Billinger has taught adult Bible fellowship classes, served as chairman of the Board of Deacons, Personnel, Finance, and Stewardship committees and sings in the adult choir.


Dan Edds, holds a MBA and has completed graduate work in Operations Management. He has been an independent consultant for school districts developing costing models and similar projects. In 2003 he joined MAXIMUS as Senior Manager in the Cost Services Division. He conducts and manages projects for cities and counties, primarily for restructuring fees for full cost recovery of Public Works, Police, Fire, Library Services, etc. He authored the book Transformation Management., and has been a contributor to The Journal of Cost Management and School Planning & Management. After college he joined the staff of Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts. He has lead several short term mission teams from his local church into Eastern Europe.


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.


Clarence has over 45 years of management experience in the areas of manufacturing, quality assurance, operations, and customer service.  He has held senior management positions in three international companies. He began his professional career in the U.S. Army.

In 2006, he founded Crown and Keys, LLC, a business and personal consulting company. In 2007, he contracted with Envive, Inc., a technology company with design, engineering, manufacturing, and fulfillment capabilities in the areas of consumer electronics and OEM systems.  The company obtained its ISO 9000:2001 Certification while Clarence served as operations manager and later, president.

In 2010, he contracted with Ideal Impact, Inc., a company performing energy management activities in churches and schools with the goal of both identifying and “guaranteeing” utility cost savings.  With Ideal Impact, he worked in both operations and sales and established many of the processes and training programs essential to hiring the sustaining engineers needed to meet rapid growth demands.

Clarence graduated from Morgan State College in Baltimore, Maryland in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.  He attained a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1977 in the area of management and administrative sciences.

Clarence resides in Richardson, Texas, with Barbara, his wife of 49 years. He has a daughter, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. He presently works as a Consultant with Baylor Scott and White Health. Notable Boards with which he is presently works include Abiding Fathers, Ambassadors of Youth, and EC Counseling Center. He is a member of North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship Church.


The theme of Roy’s life can be described as “an addiction to creating disciple making movements (DMM)”. In the past five years he has traveled the world studying the great movements of the gospel in Indonesia, India, Africa, South America and Europe. These travels have lead to the development of a Hybrid Strategy at Shoal Creek and the dedication to see movements of disciple making in the US begin out of Kansas City.

Roy served on the launch team of Fellowship Bible Church of Park Cities (now Fellowship Dallas), and served First Covenant Church (now New Covenant Bible Church) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for six years.

In 1988 Roy moved to Kansas City and worked at Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) for four years as Vice President for Human Resources. Leaving FCA in 1992, Roy, his wife Candy, and a group of four others started Shoal Creek Community Church, where Roy currently serves as the directional leader and spiritual literacy advocate.

Over the last 19 years Shoal Creek has grown to over a 1000 people through reaching folks who are not used to going to church. Roy has pioneered the concept of the “Hybrid Church,” which finds the synergy between the traditional “attractional” strategy and the principles found in disciple making movements. The Hybrid strategy highlights a “Come/Go” aspect that allows the gospel to move freely away from the physical space sometime referred to as a church.

Roy serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of International Medicine and City Team International.


Brenda Sanders currently serves as Collegiate Student Missions Consultant and Director of Go Now Missions, which is part of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. She wants to see college students grasp what it means to walk in obedience. She invests in college students because others invested in her as a college student and is passionate about seeing students become world minded Christians, committed to serving at home and abroad. Brenda holds a Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Her prior experience includes campus ministry, Assistant Director of Southside Area Ministries in Fort Worth, TX, Evangelism Consultant and Campus Evangelism Coordinator at the Baptist General Convention of Texas and Youth Minister.


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.