Allen and Laura serve as Evangelist/Worship Leader and Women’s Ministry Leader for the DFW Church. They currently lead the Central Worship Center, and Allen oversees the Worship Ministry church-wide. Allen graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Finance degree and will have his Master's degree in Missional Leadership from Rochester University at the end of 2020. Laura graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Allen has been in the ministry since 1995 (Laura since 1997), leading groups in Palm Springs, San Diego, and Colorado Springs before moving to Dallas in 2013.
The Gowers were married in 1997 and have three children: Tim, Trysten & Trey. Allen loves anything music. He sings, plays the guitar, drums, and tenor saxophone. He loves all sports and played baseball throughout his college years. Laura enjoys walking, traveling, and planning events.
Ministry Leaders - Central and Northwest
Youth & Family Ministry
Jordan and Kati Zech
Jordan and Kati Zech serve as Youth and Family Ministers in the Central Worship Center of the DFW Church. Jordan has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Villanova University where he was also on scholarship as a Division 1 Baseball Player. Kati received her certification as a Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. They served as a volunteer and part-time Campus Ministry Interns at North River Church of Christ in Atlanta, GA from 2014-2016. The Zechs moved to Dallas and went into full-time ministry in 2016. Besides the Youth and Family (teens), they also lead a small group in the downtown/uptown area of Dallas.
Jordan and Kati were married in 2016 and welcomed their first child, Judah, in April 2020. Jordan enjoys working out, playing disc golf, reading, and watching Star Wars movies. Kati likes reading, cooking, and practicing yoga. As a family, they love to hike, travel, and explore the City of Dallas.
Elder and Elder's Wife - Central
Shade and Sally O’Quinn
Shade and Sally have served as an Elder/Elder’s wife in the Central Worship Center since 2016. Shade also serves on the Board of Directors for the DFW Church. Shade and Sally helped plant the Kansas City Church in 1984 and the Dallas Arts Ministry in 1996. Along with their three sons, Sean, Willie, and Conner, the O’Quinns founded the Texas and Heartland Campus Ministry Fund to support campus ministries throughout the South and Midwest family of churches.
Shade, a retired architect, and Sally, a retired educator enjoys sports, music, and visiting their cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks. They relish time with their four granddaughters!
Elder and Elder's Wife - Central
George and Sherri Santellan
George & Sherri Santellan have served as an Elder/Elder’s wife in the Central Worship Center since 2007. Both were part of the original planting of the church in Dallas. George is a CPA and received his BBA in Accounting from Harding University, where he met Sherri. He has served the DFW Church as CFO since 1995 and is also on the HOPE Worldwide Board of Directors. Sherri is a church administrator.
George and Sherri have been married since 1981. They have two grown children, both members of the DFW Church. Their daughter, Stacy, is in the Singles ministry; and, their son, Stephen, is married to Kelly and they have two children. The Santellans enjoy being “Papa & Mimi” to their grandchildren. George loves everything related to cars, including classic cars, fast cars, NASCAR, and other car racing. Sherri loves creating things through sewing, crafting, gardening, painting, and using rocks — anything besides cooking!