Senior Pastor Bart Lipscomb
Bart Lipscomb grew up in south Alabama and was brought to saving faith at a young age, for which he is eternally grateful. He says “apart from the home church I grew up in, Al Jackson the Senior Pastor at Lakeview Baptism Church in Auburn, Alabama, had a significant impact on me personally and in pastoral ministry as well.
During his time at Auburn University, the Lord laid on his heart a call to pastoral ministry through the influence of his local church. He went on to earn a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has also had the joy of attending the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College.
Bart and his wife, Jessica, who grew up outside of Cincinnati, met in Thailand during a summer in college. She was teaching English and Bart was working on the construction for a drug rehab center in the northern hills of the country. Jessica’s family moved to Gatlinburg during her high school years, and she went to college at Vanderbilt.
Bart and Jessica were married in 2006. They have three children and one very happy lab. He enjoys college football on Saturday afternoons and cold mornings in the deer stand. He says “our crew loves to be outside and active together. One thing we have enjoyed doing together and hope to get better at in this next season is gardening!”
Founding Pastor Dan Schiel (deceased)
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Texas, Dan was called to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ at age 20 and has served as pastor in independent churches for over five decades. At age 48, he resigned his pastorate in Midland, TX, where he had served for nine years, to move to Point Roberts, WA, to attend Regent College, a seminary in Vancouver, B.C. Canada, where he earned a Master’s degree in 1997. In November of that year, he and his wife Grace Ellen returned to Conroe, TX, to assume the pastorate of Christ Church on League Line Road, a church he had founded twenty years earlier. His focus in ministry is to help his congregation live contemplatively, paying attention to God at work in their lives, and to live in response to Him. Pastor Dan retired early in 2021.
Stephen Robinson served as an Elder at Christ Church in Conroe since 2005 and recently resigned to become a Deacon under the church adoption program by Sovereign Grace Ministries. Initially from New Jersey, he completed college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Chemistry and moved to Los Angeles where he enrolled in a combined M.D. – Ph.D. program at UCLA. As a certified pediatrician since 1975 he worked in emergency medicine in Los Angeles. He completed an MPH at UCLA which allowed him to work with international health agencies developing programs while working in Africa and Indonesia for 15 years. He became a Christian in 1992 while living in The Moluccas in western Indonesia. Dr. Robinson has lived in the Conroe area for the past 21 years recently semi-retiring from a solo private pediatric practice in 2017. Stephen and his wife, Janet, have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Bob Wendrock is a Texan by birth but grew up in South Louisiana. He and his lovely wife of 56 years, Jeanne, had the privilege of living all over the United States and England during Bob’s 24-year Air Force career. After retirement, he flew for 13 years with United Airlines. During these careers, Bob and Jeanne made many moves (24) using each as an opportunity to serve the Lord in a variety of churches located literally all over the world. In 1980 they helped start a new church in Mountain Home, ID where Bob served as a teacher and Elder. They came to Conroe, TX in 2006 and soon became members of Christ Church. Bob served as an Elder at Christ Church from 2011 to early 2021 and now serves as a Deacon. He has a BS degree in Biology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana, Lafayette) and a MA degree in International Relations from Troy University, Alabama. They have two children and five grandchildren. Bob is an avid bass fisherman and until recently enjoyed viewing nature from his bass boat. And while he no longer fishes regularly, he is still always looking for a fishing opportunity.