Shepherds

Greg Barnhill

Greg was born on a small farm in Kirksville, MO. His family eventually moved to Houston in 1966.  After high school he attended the University of Houston to pursue a degree in Political Science.  He works in the insurance business as an Executive General Adjuster for Crawford Global Technical Services, conducting commercial claims following flood or fire damage. Greg is a cancer survivor of Uveal Melanoma and Epitheliod Mesothelioma.  In 2011 he passed his 10 year survivor birthday. He is a pastoral care chaplain for Lifeline Chaplaincy at St. Luke’s Hospital and a volunteer for CanCare, a Christian based cancer support organization.

Greg and his wife Sue have been married for 37 years and have lived in Katy since 1984. Sue is retired and enjoys needlepoint, traveling and baking.  They are pet lovers and have three dogs and a cat.  Greg enjoys soccer, golf, fishing, traveling and telling jokes. The Barnhill’s have two grown children. Greg Jr. is general manager of an Italian restaurant in Houston. Ashley is finishing her degree in special needs education in San Antonio, TX.

Greg is active in the Men’s Ministry and is involved in campus expansion work. He loves teaching in the Youth Ministry and frequently serves at youth retreats and on youth mission trips. Greg became a shepherd in 2006 and serves as the resource shepherd for the Prayer Ministry, the Basket Ministry, the Marriage Ministry, and the Widows Ministry.

Mike Bednarz

Mike grew up in a Catholic family on a cotton farm in West Texas, near Wilson, south of Lubbock. He is one of 12 kids. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1979 with a degree in engineering.

While at Tech, Mike met his future wife, Nell. They were married on Oct 2, 1982. Following several months of Bible study, he was baptized into Christ in November 1982. Mike and his family lived overseas from April 1988 thru Jan 1999 in Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Australia, and Venezuela. He and his family moved to Katy in 1999 and joined the then Westside Church of Christ. Mike and Nell have two grown children. Megan graduated from Texas A&M with a master’s degree and is employed in Houston. Rachel is married and graduated in December 2011 with a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M.

While at Cinco, Mike has been involved in the Finance Ministry, Men’s Ministry, Missions Ministry, Men’s Bible Study, and has helped teach bible classes on Sunday morning. Mike became a shepherd in November of 2010 and currently serves as the resource shepherd for the Financial Peace Ministry and the Men’s Ministry.

Steve Bennett

Steve grew up in Fort Worth Texas. He graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1981 with a degree in business management and a degree in marketing. That same year he began working for  Amoco Production Company in Levelland Texas. In 1983 his family moved back to the Dallas/Fort Worth area where Steve worked for a manufacturer’s representative organization for industrial safety products, which he now owns.

In 1975 he met his wife Tamera at Midtown Church of Christ. They were married in 1981 after he graduated from ACU. Their son Brent was born in 1989. In 1993 they moved to Houston and soon began attending Westside Church of Christ (now Cinco Ranch Church of Christ). Steve enjoys using his gifts to encourage and be hospitable to others, spread the good news of Christ and increase Gods Kingdom in the Katy/Richmond area.

While a member at Cinco Ranch Steve served as the Audio Visual Ministry Team Leader. In 2008 he became a shepherd. He currently serves as the resource shepherd for the Audio/Visual Ministry, the Website Ministry and the Publicity Ministry.

Kenny Elder

Kenny was born and raised in Beeville, Texas and was baptized at the Beeville Church of Christ in 1969. He graduated from Texas A&M University in May 1979. Kenny has worked for various companies in the energy industry since 1979, taking early etirement from BP, after almost 20 years, in 2008. He currently works for Noble Energy as a Procurement Advisor supporting drilling and completion operations in the Eastern Mediterranean, offshore Israel and Cyprus.

Kenny married his wife Beth in September of 1979. They have three grown children, Russell, Phillip and Sara. The Elders have attended Cinco Ranch Church of Christ since July 1999. The entire Elder family has participated in youth mission trips to Mexico, Honduras and New Orleans since 2000. Kenny also sigs tenor with the praise team. His hobbies include hunting, golf and attending Aggie athletic events with Beth.

Kenny has served as a shepherd since 2004. Prior to that, he served as the Ministry Team Leader for youth from 2001-2004. He currently serves as the resource shepherd for the Little Ranch Pre-School, the Cinco Kids Ministry and the College and Young Professionals Ministry.

Richard Loveland

Richard and his family joined CRCOC in October of 2006 when they moved to Katy after living overseas for nearly 10 years.  Richard is a Petroleum Engineer by degree (from Louisiana State University) and has worked in the industry over 25 years.

Prior to moving abroad, Richard lived in Anchorage, Alaska for 10 years where he met his wife Nancy while attending the Anchorage Church of Christ.  While out of the U.S., they worshipped with Christians from many different walks of life and even hosted a home church for several years. These experiences provided a special time of spiritual growth for their family.  They have been married for 21 years and have two children, Cara and Travis. The Lovelands all enjoy traveling, outdoor activities, and watching movies together.

Richard and Nancy thoroughly enjoy serving with the Youth Ministry, Missions Ministry, and the Greeting Ministry, as well as teaching classes.  Richard became a shepherd in November of 2010 and serves as the resource shepherd for the Missions Ministry, the Women’s Ministry, and the Youth Ministry.

Louis Warren

Louis and his family came to CRCOC in 1995 from Ft. Worth when he took a job as controller of an oil & gas services company. He earned a degree in accounting from Abilene Christian University.

Louis met his wife Becky while living and working in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. Becky has a love for worship and serves on the Praise Team and has also served on the Missions Ministry team. Her passion for mission work comes from growing up in a missionary family in Costa Rica. Louis and Becky have participated in several mission trips with the youth group. Becky has developed and led Vacation Bible School on several trips to Honduras. Each year they also try to attend Stream in the Desert, a weekend worship retreat. Louis enjoys playing tennis and Becky enjoys cross-stitching. They both enjoy attending musicals. Louis and Becky have been married 25 years and have two sons, Daniel and Travis.

Louis has served as a shepherd since November of 2010 and has served on several ministry teams including finance, worship, audio/visual, missions and youth. He also led singing in the early days of the congregation. He is the resource shepherd for the Finance Ministry, the Youth Ministry, and the Adult Education Ministry.