Ben joined the Meadowbrook ministry team in August 2014. As the senior minister, his responsibilities include preaching on Sundays, pastoral care, and coordinating spiritual formation opportunities for the Meadowbrook family. Ben has a passion for the study of scripture, preaching, and prayer and does his best to lead others closer to God as he himself continues to grow. Before Meadowbrook, Ben served as the campus minister at the University Church of Christ in Abilene, TX. He earned a Masters of Divinity (2011) and a B.A. in Christian Ministry (2007), both from Abilene Christian University. Ben is very thankful to the Churches of Christ, who have nurtured him in the faith and introduced him to Jesus. Ben and Laura - his wife, ministry partner, and best friend - have been married since December 2013.
As Connections Minister, Amanda coordinates small groups, works with new members, and serves as the communication hub for the ministry leaders. She is passionate about helping people use their gifts for God. Special talents include drinking large amounts of diet coke. Previous career adventures include all things communication and she still conducts communication training for churches, business and industry. Amanda served a ten year tour as a full time college professor and also spent four years as the public relations professional for a non-profit. Amanda earned a B.A. in communication from Freed-Hardeman University and a M.S in communication from Mississippi College. Amanda and her husband Chuck have three children: Trey, Isabelle and Hazel.
Laura joined the Meadowbrook staff as Children's Minister in May 2015. Before coming to Meadowbrook, Laura served a number of churches in both children's and campus ministries. She has a B.A. in Intercultural Studies and Bible and an M.A. in Christian Leadership, all from Kentucky Christian University. Laura views the church as a spiritual family that learns together what it means to follow Jesus. She gets really excited when she sees children following Jesus with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength. Laura enjoys meeting new people and traveling to new places, especially when she gets to do so with her husband, Ben. She also loves to dance.
Marshall Wade is originally from Memphis, TN, while also spending a significant amount of his childhood in Saginaw, MI. He graduated from Oklahoma Christian University doubling majoring in Accounting and Vocational Ministry, and minoring in International Studies. He enjoys reading, traveling, playing billiards, and biking if the weather is nice. He is currently finishing up a Master's degree in Christian Ministry from Abilene Christian University. Marshall is married to Emily Wade, an eighth grade literature teacher at Brandon Middle School.
Belinda has been the face behind the front desk at Meadowbrook since June 2000. As administrative assistant, she juggles many responsibilities including publishing the weekly bulletin and mid-week announcements, maintaining and communicating prayer requests and updates to elders and ministers, scheduling the church calendar, greeting visitors and vendors, issuing keys, handling phone and mail duties, and the list goes on. Belinda and her husband Pete have been members at Meadowbrook since January 1995. They have two sons, Erik and Ian.
Ray has been on staff at Meadowbrook since 1991. He knows pretty much every nook and cranny of the nearly 60,000 square feet Meadowbrook has under roof. He is a jack-of-all-trades, and a master of some. No job is too big or small for him. Ray loves to spend his free time hunting, drag racing (legally) and watching his Philadelphia Eagles.