Mark Dean is the Lead Pastor of Sienna Ranch Baptist Church in Missouri City, Texas, where he has served for 22 years. Mark is a graduate of Mississippi College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a Colson Fellow. He is pioneering a church-wide biblical worldview discipleship/mission strategy called Christ Culture. Mark and Marcia have been married for 40 years. They have 2 children and 3 granddaughters.
Since 2017, Lauren has served as the Church Engagement Manager with Joni & Friends Texas. The mission of Joni & Friends is to communicate the gospel and equip Christ-honoring churches worldwide to evangelize and disciple people affected by disabilities. In her time with Joni & Friends, she has engaged churches from all over the state to help create opportunities for families affected by disability to engage in community within their local churches through Sunday morning services, respite nights, parent support groups and volunteer training. Inspired 10 years ago by serving at camp who specifically hosts groups affected by disabilities, Lauren recognized her heart’s pull was to advocate on behalf of those whose voices were going unheard. The opportunity to see a family transform from surviving to thriving is what keeps her motivated to create relationships in the community to help equip local churches to serve individuals and their families affected by disabilities.
Matthew S. Stanford is CEO of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute in Houston, TX and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and the Houston Methodist Hospital Institute for Academic Medicine. Dr. Stanford’s research on the interplay between mental health and faith has been featured in such national publications as The New York Times, USA Today, and Christianity Today. A Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, he is the author of several books including Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness and Grace for the Children: Finding Hope in the Midst of Child and Adolescent Mental Illness.
Daniel Williams serve as Minister to Special Needs Families at Houston’s First Baptist Church. After spending many years in the legal and business worlds, Daniel was called into full-time ministry to serve special needs families, “the least of these.” Daniel and his wife, Mary Lynn, have three precious kids: Tyna, Mae and David, who also happens to have Classic Autism Disorder. Daniel holds degrees from Texas A&M University (BBA), Baylor University (JD) and is currently pursuing his MAFM in Special Needs Family Ministry from Dallas Baptist University.