shepherds, minIsters, deacons & office staff

Our congregation is blessed to be under the direction of four Godly and dedicated men who we call shepherds or elders. Creekside is served by deacons who manage the day-to-day running of the church. We also have three ministers to evangelize and provide for the spiritual needs of our members and our community.  Our goal is to share the gospel with everyone, regardless of age or language. We have a passion for people, our city and our world. 

our  Shepherds (elders)

  • Hal Garner

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  • Jim Hodo


    Jim and his wife Janis began worshiping at Johnson St Church of Christ after moving to Greenville in 1979. Jim served as a deacon before being selected to serve as an elder in 2000.  He teaches an adult Bible school class and has worked with college-age members in the past.


    Jim is retired from L3 Technologies.  Jim’s wife Janis grew up in the Johnson Street congregation where her father, L. B. Graves, served as a deacon. She is a retired public school principal and teacher.  Janis enjoys cooking for families in need, singing at funerals, teaching and visiting older members.


    Jim and Janis have two sons and five much-loved grandchildren. They love the Creekside congregation and consider the Creekside members as family.

  • Craig Kerr

    Craig and his wife Laura moved to Greenville  and began worshipping at Johnson St church of Christ in 2006.  Craig served as a deacon and became an elder in 2023.  He also enjoys teaching adult bible classes.

    Craig is employed at L3Harris, enjoys metalworking, astronomy, and restoring old cars.  He and Laura have seven children that she homeschools.  Laura enjoys sewing, helping with church events and service projects.  

  • Jim Lane

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  • Gary Pendergrass


    Gary and his wife Krista began worshiping with Johnson St Church of Christ in 1989. Gary began serving as an elder in 2011. He has been active in the work of the church as a deacon; junior high, high school and adult Bible class teacher; fill-in youth minister; song leader; LTC chorus director; and Monday Night for the Master coordinator.  He loves teaching Bible classes and working with the youth group. A major passion for Gary is writing spiritual songs and music in general.  Reading and sports round out his other interests.


    When he is not busy with church activities, Gary is gainfully employed as a project engineer at L3 Technologies. Krista, a former elementary school teacher is currently a homemaker, who teaches parenting classes at the Raffa Clinic. She loves children and devotes time to teaching the cradle roll class, keeping the nursery, and cooking for church activities.


    Gary and Krista are the proud parents of daughter Savannah, and son Will. 

  • Steve Pryce


    Steve and his wife Cecelia began worshiping with the Johnson St Church of Christ in 1975. After serving as a deacon and Bible class teacher, Steve became an elder in 2003. One of his main interests has been helping with the planning and building of the Creekside building.


    Steve is retired from L3 Technologies in Greenville and is interested in aircraft, aviation, and old cars.  Cecelia is a Registered Nurse who enjoys visiting the sick and sending cards. Supporting Steve in his role as an elder is a top priority with her.


    Steve and Cecelia have three grown and married children and have been blessed with five grandchildren.

  • Mark Wilhelm


    Mark and wife Liz began worshiping with the Johnson St Church of Christ in 1982. He first served as a deacon and then became an elder in 2007.  One of his primary interests is teaching Bible classes; shortly after placing membership, Mark began teaching on Sundays and Wednesdays.


    Mark enjoys watching sports and deluding himself into thinking that he could still play. Mark retired from L3Harris in 2022. 


    Mark and Liz have three grown children and five grandchildren. Liz, a homemaker, is the coordinator and Bible class teacher for the primary department. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, and walking.

our deacons

Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money, holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.  But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless.  Likewise, their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.  Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.  For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.  

1 Timothy 3:8-13

  • Wayne Armstrong

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  • Kirk Chambers

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  • Tom Davis

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  • Micah Fry

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  • Bruce Michaelson

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  • Kyle Nix

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  • Ritchie Thompson

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  • John Williams

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office staff

  • Jimmy Hyde - Minister

    Jimmy and his wife, Jennifer, met at Oklahoma Christian University and were married in 1996. they have two daughters, both currently in high school. Jimmy has been in full-time ministry for over 24 years. He was a youth minister for 17 years and has preached full time for 7 years. In May of 2020, the Hyde family moved to Greenville and began their ministry with the Creekside Church family. Jimmy enjoys preaching and teaching God's Word, singing, leading personal Bible study, and helping people. 

    "It's my heart's intent to preach the Word of God, Love the Lord's church, and serve people. If you're in need of help, have questions, or would like to know more about our church family, reach out to us here at Creekside. I would love to talk with you."

  • Victor Maldonado - Spanish Minister

    Victor and his wife Bertha have been members of the Creekside Family since 2004. Victor began serving as minister with the Johnson Street Iglesias de Cristo in July, 2004. Victor has been a preacher of the gospel for over 40 years and feels it is his life’s purpose to spread the gospel to the Spanish world.

    Victor holds annual gospel meetings, monthly devotionals at members’ homes, and First-Sunday-of-the-Month fellowship meals. He and his wife Bertha also travel and preach at two gospel meetings each year, participate in a national preachers’ and leaders’ conference, and also attend another conference outside the state of Texas. 

    Victor and Bertha work with U. S. and Mexican brethren in order to host a VBS in Nava, Coahuila, Mexico, as well as work to raise funds to build a retirement center/nursing home in the same location. 

    Victor and his beloved wife Bertha have four children and several grandchildren.

  • Kyle Bowman - Youth Minister

    Kyle graduated from Harding University (May 2022) with a Bachelor’s degree in Bible and Ministry with a Minor in Psychology. He has four years of experience working with young people, but this is his first full-time ministry position (and he is very grateful for it). He and his girlfriend, Kalei, have been dating since December of 2021 and plan on getting engaged and married in the coming years. Prior to coming to Greenville, Kyle was born and raised in Rogers, Arkansas. Kyle loves God and loves people and desires to serve the Church in the direction God’s Word teaches. He enjoys sports, socializing with friends and family, discussing theology, eating great food, outdoor activities, preaching, teaching God’s Word, and music (whether singing or listening).

    “I strongly desire to teach what the Word of God truly says and serve the body of Christ. The youth and their families are my priority, but I am still a servant to all of God’s church. My hope and prayer is that the Church can be the Church: truly loving God and truly loving people according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My office door is always open for anybody!

    I love you all, and I want to go to Heaven with you. To God be the glory.”

  • Silvia Armstrong - Secretary

    Silvia and her husband Wayne have been members of the Creekside family since 2012. Silvia has been a staff member since 2021 and Wayne, an instructor with Southwest Airlines, also serves as a Deacon. Silvia and Wayne have been married since 1998 and have one daughter, Isabella. 

  • Stephanie Nichols - Receptionist

    Stephanie and her husband, Micah have been members at Creekside since February 2019. Stephanie and Micah met in the Lions for Christ campus ministry while attending college at Texas A&M Commerce and are the proud parents of Lily and Addaleigh. 

  • Belinda Wilbanks - World Bible School Coordinator

    Mark 16:15 , “ Go into all the world and preach the gospel”, is the foundation for the World Bible School program.  Belinda Wilbanks has been the coordinator for the program since 2007 first at Johnson Street Church of Christ and now at Creekside church of Christ.   She is a retired teacher from Northwest ISD. Belinda has been a member of Creekside since the congregations moved into the building in 2015.