These individuals are committed disciples who have been called to pursue a leadership role within the church body. They have gone or are currently going through extensive ministry training. This training has equipped these individuals to actively be pursuing the mission of Jesus and empowering others to do the same.
Tom connected with the Northeast Family of Churches in January of 2017. He and Debbie felt a sense of belonging with that fellowship very quickly. It was virtually "love at first sight."
Tom has over 45 years of ministry experience working in Arkansas, Texas, Iowa and Oregon. He led church plantings in Ames, Iowa as a full time minister and in Portland, Oregon as a bi-vocational minister. Tom and Debbie started leading the Arlington Central Church planting in January of 2018. They moved to Arlington in November 2018 to be with the people they fell in love with.
Tom retired from Fujitsu Network Communication in Richardson, Texas as a Senior Project Manager after nearly 20 years. There he showed a passion for ministry in the corporate world.
Tom loves being a disciple of Jesus. In particular, he loves still learning and being changed even in the later years of life. He is called to build discipleship in the church's adult population.
Debbie is a professional pianist/accompanist/singer and taught piano, voice, classical guitar and choir both privately and in schools. She is a contributing author/editor of music textbook series. She did music therapy internships in psych hospitals, geriatric settings, and rehab for brain trauma patients. She was an interpreter for the deaf community in college. Debbie has been "running with God" for about 62 years and is passionate about equipping others to serve God. She has been in church ministries and involved with discipleship for many years.
Ashley is a follower of Jesus and an Arlington native. She feels very grateful to be part of ACC and have such a wonderful church community! Ashley joined FOCUS during her time at UT Dallas and has been part of the community of churches ever since. She enjoys and is passionate about her work as a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist serving the Arlington and Grand Prairie area.
Grant and April moved to Arlington back in 2015 with a passion to show Jesus to the Arlington community. Grant is the kind, quiet, engineering type and April is the talkative, intuitive, creative type. They have a little baby named Milo and a little dog named Zoe. Family Group to them has been exactly what the name says: a family! We would love for you to visit anytime.
Morgan grew up in Arlington and enjoys being outside with his family. Professionally I'm a software engineer, non professionally I'm a lot of other things. Speaker, writer, and jokester. Life with a 3 year old, 1 year old and mid 20 year old (my wife) is pretty great and crazy. Drop me a line if you have any questions or want a funny meme.
Danae ("like Renee with a 'D'" is what she tells people who have trouble pronouncing her name!) feels blessed to be able to call herself a member of ACC and even more blessed to know that she is a child of the living, almighty GOD! She likes to consider herself first a disciple, then a wife, and finally a mother. Danae enjoys spending time laughing with her husband who is always cracking jokes and her two silly little ones, Titus and Shiloh. She spends her weeks raising her children up in the Lord (some days she is simply satisfied with keeping them alive!), and she also teaches homeschooled children a bible lesson once a week through Bible Study Fellowship. Danae has a wedding planning business with her twin sister, Chelsey, and she enjoys squeezing some weddings in whenever she is able! She greatly values her family and friends, and she is always so excited to learn more about the Lord and His Word.
Sean is our resident extroverted puppy. He owns a dog (Artie) and a cat (Denton) whom he takes care of alongside his wife Nicki Newell and daughter Odessa Newell. Sean works as a software engineer in the area (Irving). He seeks to bring the gospel everywhere he goes and is passionate about workplace ministry. He's been a disciple and leader since 2013 and is always learning new things. Sean loves soda a little too much, and isn't too shabby at the video game super smash bros.
Nicki is a stay-at-home mom and artist. When she’s not running after her busy toddler, Odessa, she enjoys drawing, painting and sipping on a good cup of coffee.
Brock grew up in Plano, TX and moved to Arlington to help start a college ministry plant in 2016. He has been a part of ACC from the beginning and really felt a connection with the vision that outreach and ministry are still vital and applicable in the adult discipleship. He is currently working full-time as a warehouse manager for Verona Marble Company. He is bold in asking to pray for people and is not shy when it comes to pursuing you with the love of the Lord. Brock is an encourager, a comforter, and wants to speak the Lord’s truth and identity into your life. On the side, he enjoys building computers, working out, watching anime and playing video games. If you like any of those things, he is your guy to nerd out with!
Rachel graduated from University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is working as a Registered Nurse. Currently, she is pursuing her Masters of Science in Nursing as an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner with hopes of working as a Hospice (end of life) Nurse Practitioner. Rachel’s calling to nursing has been there since her senior year of high school and she hopes to comfort, encourage, and minster to people in some of their most vulnerable and hard times. She has known the Lord most of her life and is excited to continue to pursue a life of combining work and ministry. Rachel loves getting to know new people, encouraging them, and loving on them! Rachel loves watching movies or shows, playing with her puppy, Cooper, and decorating and organizing in her free time!
Matt grew up in a strong faith community in Wylie, on the edge of the DFW Metroplex boondocks with a family legacy of missionary work and discipleship. He has since lived throughout DFW and each move has been a spirit-led action, one of which facilitated Matt’s connection with Arlington Central Church. In January of 2018 when ACC was founded, Matt began taking graduate courses at UTA. By the grace of the Holy Spirit, he was able to move to Arlington to be more closely involved in both ACC and school. Although he has since graduated and recently moved to Irving, Matt continues to be an active member of the ACC community and eagerly looks forward to the soon-to-be-in-person meetings! When not working, spending time with friends & family, or eating, Matt enjoys exploration through hiking and motorcycling!
Pita Bass is a believer, follower, and lover of Jesus. She is currently working as an Associate Banker at Chase bank, where she holds the role of "Culture Champion" through which she leads her branch in diversity, inclusion, and volunteer opportunities. Pita is a bi-vocational staff member of Arlington Central Church through the apprenticeship, where she devotes her time to learning, exemplifying, and spreading the Gospel message. Pita is especially passionate about serving others through her home, making meals, and encouraging them through hospitality.
She loves spending her free time singing, writing, playing with her cats, and inventing new recipes for her husband, Bryan, to enjoy. Pita feels called into full time ministry, and will pursue it as the Lord leads. For now, she is thrilled to be a part of this fellowship of believers, and joyfully calls Arlington Central Church her family.
Jocelyn was born in El Paso, TX, grew up in San Marcos, TX and now currently lives in Arlington, TX. She absolutely loves Texas! Jocelyn recently graduated from UT Arlington with her degree in Public Health. Which means she is passionate about people and their overall health. Jocelyn is currently working as a Freshman Admission Counselor at her alma mater, UT Arlington. She loves serving people and is excited about the opportunity to get to share with prospective students her experiences and how Jesus captured her heart at the beginning of her freshman year when she got involved in campus ministry. She is committed to pursuing a relationship with Jesus and experience and honor Him through her everyday life. Jocelyn loves the depths of relationships, encouraging people, and filling the needs of others. She joined on as an Apprentice in May 2020 and the Lord has been shaping her heart towards a life of discipleship and carrying out the mission of Jesus.
In her free time she loves to eat good food, watch interior design videos, and laugh at almost anything. She cannot wait to meet you and hear your story!
Josh moved into the DFW Metroplex in 2018. He grew up in a smaller town called Huntsville, TX until he started graduate school at UT Arlington. God has placed some amazing people in his life to bring him where he is today with the relationships he has and the community he is in. Josh has been a part of the ACC community since the beginning and loves it! He is involved in such a God-chasing, disciple-making, neighbor-loving family! When he is not hanging out with his amazing girlfriend Hannah, he is spending his free time cooking, playing video games, watching anime, and making music!
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