MISSION HOUSTON BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Robert Baldwin Jr. , Treasurer
Bob joined the Board in January 2009. He is a career US Army officer, having retired from active duty in 1989 as an associate professor on the faculty at West Point. He and his wife Cathie moved to Houston that year to join Enron where Bob worked until 2000. While at Enron, the Baldwins lived and worked in Europe and Bob led business development in Asia-Pacific and privatization efforts in Latin America. Bob works full time now in small business development, concentrating on businesses that have the potential to build local communities while serving the least among us – including immigrants and ex-offenders. Bob had been deeply involved in Mission Houston for a number of years. He is the co-author of a book on community transformation, "The Missing Church: Being the Body of Christ Where It Matters in Family, Neighborhood and Work." He served as an instructor in Leaders Edge and is a graduate of Mission Houston's Faithwalking training. He has a B.S. in engineering from the US Military Academy and a PhD in economics from MIT. The Baldwins live in Tomball, TX.
Steve Capper, Managing Director
Steve has been on staff with Mission Houston since 2000 and has served as the Managing Director since 2003. He has worked in vocational ministry since 1978, and came to Houston in 1994 to be the Rector at the Church of the Redeemer, an inner-city Episcopal church. Steve has been a consultant to congregations since 1992 and serves also as a consultant to Christians in cities in both North America and southern Africa regarding community transformation. In addition, Steve serves congregations throughout greater Houston in preaching, teaching, and leading retreats. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Texas A&M University. He and his wife Karen were married in 1975 and have three children and three grandchildren. They reside in the Eastwood neighborhood, located in near East Houston.
Jim Herrington, Founding Director
Jim is the founding Executive Director of Mission Houston, serving in that position from November 1998 until December of 2001. He has served as a Pastor since he was 19, working in congregations in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. Jim also served as the Executive Director of the Union Baptist Association from 1989 to 1998. He earned a Masters in Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Arkansas. Jim and his wife Betty, a Houston ISD teacher, have been married since 1973, and have four children and three grandchildren. They reside in Montrose, where Jim currently pastors a network of house churches called Harbor Church.
Brandon Lackey, Chairman
Brandon joined the Board in February 2010. He works in the Enterprise Solutions Group of Oracle Corporation. Brandon has worked on various initiatives, specializing in Business Process Management strategy, enterprise portal alignment and web 2.0 execution. He is a published authority and featured conference speaker on portal strategy, Business Process Management and Enterprise 2.0. Brandon is also a bi-vocational pastor, co-founding Fellowship of Memorial in 2005, where he is currently lead pastor. Fellowship of Memorial is located in West Houston, where Brandon and his wife Lee Anna and their children also reside.
Todd joined our Board in October 2008. He is a successful entrepreneur and is active in leading Christian ministries across the Greater Houston area. Todd was the original Chairman of the Board for Second Mile Mission Center, a ministry to the poor in Fort Bend County, and is the founder of Innovative Outreach International (IOI), a ministry to male ex-offenders and males in substance abuse recovery. Todd and his wife Denise were married in 1983 and have three children. They are members of Crossbridge Community Church in Sugar Land, Texas. The family resides in Missouri City.
Randy Schroeder, Vice Chairman
Randy has served on the Mission Houston board since 2006, and began serving as the Chairman of the Board in January, 2010. He has been a Certified Financial Planner since 1987 and is the Managing Director of the Houston office of Ronald Blue & Co., a biblically based financial planning firm headquartered in Atlanta. He has a Finance undergraduate degree from the University of Texas. He is on the board of KSBJ radio station, the advisory board of the Houston Christian Foundation, and coordinates the Houston area Kingdom Advisors ministry. He is a member of Cypress Bible Church. He and Staci have been married for 25 years, and have three children, Kara, Matt, and Kim.
Laura joined the Board in January 2009 and served as a volunteer member of the research team for the Houston Profile Project. Laura is a member of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church. Both Laura and her husband, Mark, founded an executive search firm together, Source Meridian. They have two children, Katherine, a school teacher with Yes Prep, and Stephen. Laura's entire professional, church, and community service experience has been in Houston since 1979. She graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in English and is currently working on her Masters degree in Liberal Studies with Rice University. Since 2002, Laura has spent from 1/3 to 1/2 of her time serving various non-profit and ministry-related ventures in the Greater Houston area. Laura's expertise in executive search includes serving as a strategic recruiting partner for her clients providing executive recruiting, market research, and human resources consulting. The Sorrell family resides in the Memorial area of West Houston.
Bryan Tantzen has served on the Mission Houston Board since 2008. A Senior Director at Cisco Systems, he leads a team specializing in business transformation and previously helped transform many of the world's leading companies while at McKinsey & Company and i2 technologies. Bryan holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in Economics from Texas A&M University. He is fluent in Japanese and has lived and worked in several countries in Europe and Asia. Bryan and his wife Noriko have two children and are members of Tallowood Baptist Church and Fellowship of Memorial.