Congregational Evangelist and Women's Ministry Leader
Todd and Patty Asaad
Todd and Patty serve as Congregational Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader for the DFW Church. Todd has a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine and a Master’s in Christian Ministry from Abilene Christian University. Patty has a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. They served several churches in the Midwest prior to moving to Texas in 1996. They have served in the full-time ministry for more than 30 years.
Todd and Patty were married in 1988 and have two sons, Blake (and wife Erin) and Grant. Todd enjoys playing disc golf and spending time with friends. Patty enjoys yoga and cooking and is always trying new recipes.
Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader - Central Worship Center
Allen and Laura Gower
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.
Youth and Family Ministers - Central Worship Center
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 Worship Center
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 enjoy 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 Worship Center
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!
Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader - Denton Worship Center
Jeff and Kelli Smith
Jeff and Kelli serve as Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader for the DFW Church. They currently lead the Denton Worship Center. Jeff received his Bachelor's degree from Texas State University and will have his Master's degree in Missional Leadership from Rochester University at the end of 2020. Kelli also graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Human and Family Development, with an emphasis on mental development.
These best-friends have been married since 2009 and have three incredible daughters. The Smiths have served many ministries around Texas, and are very experienced in campus/college ministry. Some of Jeff's hobbies include searching for the perfect cup of coffee, cooking delicious ribs, and educating his daughters on what "good music" sounds like. Kelli's passions include all things Disney, constructing memorable crafts, and reeducating her daughters on what "good music" really sounds like.
Elder and Elder’s Wife - Denton Worship Center
Paul and Tamara Sheldon
Paul and Tamara serve as an Elder/Elder’s wife for the Denton Worship Center. Prior to arriving to the Dallas area in 2001, they served in the San Diego, Colorado Springs, San Antonio, and Austin churches in numerous leadership capacities. They were baptized in San Diego in 1989.
The Sheldons have been married for over 30-years and have two daughters: Lauren, who along with her husband, Byron, serve in the Central Worship Center; and Lacy, who along with her husband, Zack, serve in the Seattle Church of Christ. Paul is currently a partner in the Plano office of the Quilling Selander Law Firm. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2015.
Paul and Tamara love spending time with their family, traveling, and trying to play golf!
Denton Campus Worship Center
Jaime and Makaela Trujillo
Jaime and Makaela serve with the campus ministry in the Denton worship center.
Both Jaime and Makaela moved to Denton to attend the University of North Texas where they met and began dating in the campus ministry. Jaime graduated from UNT with degrees in Anthropology and Religion and Makaela graduated with her degree in History.
The two were married in Summer of 2020 and have loved making their home in the artsy city of Denton and serving college students.
Makaela loves cooking, any and all kinds of do-it-yourself projects, and thrift shopping.
Jaime’s hobbies include playing video games and watching movies. Together they love adventuring locally, trying new food, and traveling when they have opportunity.