Board of Directors
FOUNDER / PRESIDENT
BIO: Craig Etheredge is an author and local church pastor in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He holds a master of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the president and founder of discipleFIRST Ministries, which trains pastors and leaders nationally and internationally, and he is the co-founder of the CrossCreek Network, which plants disciple-making churches all over the world. He also teaches discipleship courses as an adjunct professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
BIO: Mark is a CPA, who spent the first 8 years of his career in public accounting with Price Waterhouse, and held two officer positions in a 26 year career with RadioShack Corporation, the latest as Vice President – Treasurer. Mark has been active in leading small groups at First Colleyville. Mark is a board member of Cornerstone Assistance Network, a non-profit organization assisting homeless and disadvantaged families in Tarrant County, an organization he has served for more than 20 years. Mark has an Accounting degree from Baylor University and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Mark has been married for 36 years to his wife Beverly; they have two married children, Meredith Foster and Blake Barfield, and 4 grandchildren.
BIO: Brent was called into pastoral ministry in 2002 and has served as the Lead Pastor of churches in Mississippi & Alabama for over 16 years. Brent takes great delight in teaching people the Word of God, but his primary passion is training disciples to make disciples. Currently living in the Vancleave, Mississippi community, he serves as the Lead Pastor of First Baptist Vancleave. He has a Master's of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry in Evangelism and Church Growth from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Brent has been married to his beautiful wife Jennifer for over 20 years. They have 3 children, Sarah, Anna and Will.
BIO: Dr. Moody wears lots of ministry hats but the one he is most proud of and the one he often says he will give up last is as a personal disciple maker. Chris currently serves as the lead pastor of Beaumont’s First Baptist Church and as an Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology for Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, VA. Dr. Moody continues to guide FBC Beaumont, an historic church founded in 1872, through a major shift in focus from a traditional SBC model of ministry to a ‘Making-DiscipleMakers’ model of ministry. Numerous onlookers throughout this ‘discipleshift’ have given the same refrain: “If First Beaumont can do it, any church can do it.”
BIO: Gibson Largent is the founding pastor of Ridgeline Church, a plant out of Riverside Community Church, where he served as an associate pastor from 2007-2011. He and his family moved to the Philadelphia area after attending the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from 2005-2007 in Louisville, Kentucky. He is originally from Norman, Oklahoma. He and Julie have four kids and live in Souderton.
J. David Groce
BIO: J. David Groce is a seasoned business and tax attorney passionate about serving the Lord and others. Whether advising legal and tax clients, leading his team of professionals, serving at Cross Creek Church, or sitting on various Christian ministry boards, David brings a biblical perspective seasoned with real-world applied faith to enable every organization to lay hold of their divine calling. In 23 years of marriage, David and his wife Jennifer have invested their lives in small groups and disciple-making for children, youth, and adults, starting with their two children, Teddy who is at Baylor, and Grace who is finishing at Grapevine High School.
John P Harvell
BIO: John is a retired former Executive in Information Management Systems as a Owner/CTO/CIO of startup enterprises (Axiom Systems Consulting, Gateway Software Systems), private corporations (KOFILE Systems, Global 360BGS, Business Records Corporation, Business Resources Corporation) and divisions of public corporations (Xerox, ACS, Tyler Technologies). John had a history of academic excellence as he graduated from college at age 18 in with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics (Magna Cum Laude) and has a Master’s Degree in Mathematics. John is a board member of THINK TWICE Ministries (prison focused) and TIP OF THE SPEAR Ministries (foreign missions focused). John is an active member of CrossCreek Church and Ministries with a passion for discipleship, returning citizens (Freedom Church), and missions. John is fluent in Spanish having lived for 13 years in Cuba and 3 years in Mexico. John has lived in Texas since 1969 (Praise God) and Colleyville since 1986. John and his wife Beth have 4 children (one deceased) and 6 grandchildren. In addition to his family, John loves CrossCreek, Pastor Craig, and his Connect Group (Called to Action).