Jason White - Lead Pastor
I grew up in Corsicana, TX and after graduating from college began teaching/coaching at the high school there that I had graduated from. I really enjoyed my years of teaching/coaching and ministering to students through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program, but God had other plans for my life! After spending 14 years coaching and teaching, God called me into full-time ministry and sent me back to school! I graduated a few years later from seminary with a Master of Divinity. I’ve served over the years as a Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor, Next-Gen Pastor, and Lead Pastor.
I am extremely blessed to have been married to the love of my life, Natalie for the past 18 years, and we are the parents of 2 incredible kids, Eli who is in the 6th grade and Ava who is in the 5th grade. We love spending time together and enjoy tent camping when we have the opportunity to get out and go. I have really gotten into running over the last few years and have ran in one half-marathon and 2 full marathons, but I also love bass fishing and playing golf as well.
What I love about Colonial Hills
The people! In the short time that we have gotten to be at CHBC, we have met some incredible people who have been such a blessing to us. We feel so loved and have been cared for so well as we moved here. It’s made our transition moving here so much easier! We are looking forward to being a part of this great church and serving alongside these great people!
Jerry Calaway - Pastor of Worship and 55+ Ministry
I am a product of East Texas, born in Kilgore, and raised in Linden and Tyler. I went to TJC, graduated from East Texas State (now Texas A&M at Commerce) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I have served in churches for the last 45 years. I also started a media ministry where I designed lighting, sound, and video for conferences all across America, and have filmed in Europe, Russia, and South America. I have tried to incorporate this knowledge during my ministry at Colonial Hills where I have had the great privilege of serving as Pastor of Praise & Worship for the last 32 years. I have been married to Donna for 43 years, and have three children, Jared, Cherisa, and John. They married three wonderful people, and we have been blessed to have seven of the most beautiful grandchildren, (three boys and four girls) in the world, although most grandparents feel the same way!
I keep busy skyping the grandkids, riding my motorcycle, videography, photography, enjoying our standard poodle, hunting, producing conferences, and aerial photography with a RC helicopter.
What I Love About Colonial Hills
I love this church! I am around some of the greatest people in the world on a daily basis. Whatʼs so special about CHBC? I think itʼs because they realize that they are not special. They are just common, everyday people serving a great God, and loving others through Him. I canʼt imagine going through this life without these great people by my side. They have celebrated with us as our children graduated, got married, and had kids. They hosted the ordaining and commissioning of our two boys, and supported them in their two year overseas mission, and when our oldest was in the Middle East. I have been blessed to grow old with this congregation.
Steve Alberts - Pastor to Students
I was born and raised in Colorado and came to Texas in 1995 after being called to ministry. God honed my calling to Youth Ministry while attending East Texas Baptist University where I served in two churches in Marshall Texas. While in Marshall, I married the love of my life and Louisiana girl, Shannon Thibodeaux. Our first daughter, Hannah, was born in Marshall and has now grown into a fine young lady with a heart for missions (twice to Ecuador) a dedication to martial arts (2nd Degree Black belt in Tang Soo Do). Feeling led to be a Youth Pastor, the three of us moved to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and serve in a church. My family grew both in size and in heart with the birth of two children: Annemarrie, who’s short but powerful life still ministers to many after her death; and our first son, Marshall, who is the example of being a gentleman, a history buff and is a powerful swimmer. After receiving my masters we moved to serve a church in Fayetteville Arkansas.
Shannon dedicated herself creating the best homeschool education for our children, which continues today. Our fourth child was born, Wesley, who has a strong character and is proving to be an excellent gymnast. After 10 years of ministry in Fayetteville, God called us back to Texas in 2015. The five of us (we now have a dog, Emma) moved to begin serving as Youth Pastor here at Colonial Hills Baptist Church. Twenty plus years of marriage and ministry, this one thing we KNOW is true: we serve a God whose active love for us brings us through every moment the good and hard all for His glory!
What I love about Colonial Hills
Colonial Hills is a church whose focus is on the message of Grace that is poured upon us through the life of Christ! Serving here is a privilege because I am surrounded by some of the greatest people every day. Colonial Hills has a heart for missions and connecting with people, this family of faith is a great environment for a family to grow! We are blessed to be here!
Robin Starnes - Preschool Director
I have been on staff for 26 years and I am a Charter member of Colonial Hills. I am the Director over any and everything that has to do with your Preschool child age 5 and under, including our Parents Day Out/Pre-K program. I was married to Rodney for 28 years and we have 2 daughters, Mallorie and McKenzie.
What I Love About Colonial Hills
I am a charter member of Colonial Hills and actually met my husband here. We were honored to hold our December 1989 wedding as the first event held in the sanctuary after it was burned to the ground in December of 1988. This has been the church that both our daughters were born into and continue to attend. The people of Colonial Hills have supported me through great joys in my life and also supported me through great losses. There is no other place that I would want to serve.
Diane Hightower - Pastoral Assistant - Diane@ColonialHills.com
Lisa Juneau - Financial Secretary - Lisa@ColonialHills.com
Britney Jones - Receptionist - Britney@ColonialHills.com
Ralph Ramirez - Facilities Director - Ralph@ColonialHills.com
Steve Sikes - UPWARD Director - Steve@ColonialHills.com
Emily Glover - Modern Worship Leader