Dr. Conway Edwards, Lead Pastor

Dr. Conway Edwards is Lead Pastor of One ministering to the evolving communities of Plano, Allen, Frisco, McKinney and surrounding cities. Conway’s unique ability to communicate the truths of Scripture in a relevant and uncompromising manner has helped to reach a generation of men, women, singles, couples and families embedded in a culture defined by individualism, materialism and humanism. Conway formerly served as Director of Singles at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas under the leadership of Senior Pastor, Dr. Tony Evans.

Conway holds a Master of Theology, with an emphasis in Pastoral Ministry, from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). While at DTS, he was a Leadership Fellow with the Center for Christian Leadership under the guidance of Dr. Howard Hendricks. Conway also holds a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University.

Conway has authored Leading a Turnaround Ministry: A Process for Exponential Growth. He and his wife, Jada, co-authored two books - When Love’s in View: Finding Focus in Dating and Relationships and The Undercover Woman: A Guide for Single Women and Their Spiritual Fathers.

In 2009, Conway and Jada recorded two broadcast interviews on Focus on the Family - Boundless (a podcast for singles), as well as a segment with Dr. Bill Maier and Dr. Juli Slattery. During both interviews, the Edwards discussed When Love’s in View, dating, relationships, marriage and God’s role for men and women.

Conway and Jada also serve together teaching, counseling and encouraging families, couples and singles.

They have a son, Joah, and live in Allen, TX.

Steve Purdum, Pastor of the First Year

As a native of Oklahoma City, Steve attended college at Oklahoma State University. During college, he received Christ. This brought a passion for youth resulting in him serving in youth camps and assisting in youth ministry at his church.

Steve's career followed a dual path for many years. He has served as a youth pastor, adminstrative pastor, and most recently as an executive pastor within his 31 years in ministry.  During much of this time, Steve also ran a multi-million dollar sales agency, as well as regional shipping warehouses.

Kathryn met Steve while serving in youth ministry together. They later married and have been together for over 25 years.  Steve and Kathryn have three children named Corbin (Alaine), Stacy (Ben), and Tanner.

Steve's passion is helping the church equip believers and release them back into the community firmly grounded in biblical truths.

Jada Edwards, Creative Arts Director

Jada Edwards is an experienced speaker, Bible teacher, and mentor. Jada has committed her life to equipping women of all ages, regardless of marital status, with practical, biblical truth to help them live more genuine lives.

Jada currently serves as the Creative Services Director for One where she seeks to serve the evolving communities of Collin County through creative expression and cultural relevance.

She served in various directional capacities within the youth and singles ministries at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship a church with over 1,000 youth and 3,000 singles.

Jada holds a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Organizational Strategy and has experience in improving organizations through process improvement and technological initiatives. She works in new business development, partner relations and marketing for Caribbean Choice for Christ, a U.S. based nonprofit leadership organization, founded by her husband Conway. Their ministry focuses on developing and equipping Christian leaders throughout the United States and Jamaica.

Jada and her husband, Conway, have a son named Joah. They live in Allen, TX.

Kurtran Wright, Director of Outreach and Life Groups

Kurtran Wright is the Director of Outreach and Life Groups. He was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Growing up in “Sin City” encouraged Kurtran to dedicate his life to Christ at a young age and cultivated a love for the lost. His involvement in ministry began as a child, continued throughout his teen age years, and has matured into full-time ministry as an adult. Kurtran is passionate about seeing people actively living out the gospel in every area of their lives.

He is a graduate of Yale University and holds a Masters in Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary. Kurtran previously served as Site Pastor in Philadelphia for five years. He also holds a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kurtran adores his wife Tracey and three children. They will all testify that he is a softy! In his spare time he likes buggin’ out to Holy Hip Hop and playing “ring around the rosie” with his daughters and basketball with his son. They live in Plano, Texas.

Dawn Stephens, Corporate Administrator

Dawn has always been a life long learner.  During her early years, learning meant observing what happens when a magnifying glass focuses the sun's rays on a leaf.  After that excitement, she focused on more formal learning.  Her studies led her to get degrees in physics, electrical engineering, and law.  Now, she is a student in the Christian Education Program at Dallas Theological Seminary. The pursuit of this degree aligns the most with her ministry passion.

While the seed for Dawn's ministry passion were the many years she spent in Sunday School, her passion became more evident as she began serving in capacities aligned with her gift/skill mix.  The joy that she found in serving was inexpressible.  As a single woman living away from home, her life changed dramatically through the community that she found in ministry.  Given these, her ministry passions include creating room for people to use their gifts/skills in ministry and helping women, especially single women, grow through community.

At One, Dawn is a part of One's Core Team and oversees the Finance Team, Communications Team, Legal Team, IT Team, Security Team, and Human Resources Team.

Brenton Cross, Children’s Ministry Pastor 

As a young adult in Jamaica, Brenton dedicated his life to Christ and soon began serving in his local church youth ministry, Sunday school ministry and became the community director of Youth for Christ. He later came to the United States to pursue theological and academic studies. Brenton earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and a Master’s degree in Ministry from Criswell College. 

Brenton has a passion for serving the church through teaching and equipping believers so that they can grow in their knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures and grow in their relationship with Christ. Brenton has served in various pastoral positions such as children’s pastor, youth pastor, and administrative pastor, including a tenure as the Research Assistant to both the late Dr. E. K. Bailey, founder and pastor of Concord Church in Dallas, Texas, and his successor the Rev. Bryan Carter. 

 While serving on the faculty of Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, as the chair of the English Language Arts Department in the Dallas Independent School District; Brenton is currently pursuing a PhD in Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas.  

Brenton, and his wife, Jessica live in McKinney, Texas and enjoy travelling and watching sports together.

Arthur Simmons is the Pastor of Partner Care and Volunteers. In addition to those areas, he also oversees the Care Network, which is the way we care for individuals during difficult times. Arthur is a native Texan who loves the outdoors.  He gave his life to Christ at an early age and was baptized along-side his mother at the church where his father continues to serve as a deacon.  Arthur committed to ministry service in his preteen years and soon thereafter committed his life to serving our country.  His official transition into ministry leadership began in 1992.

Arthur is an engineering graduate of Prairie View A&M University and holds a Masters in Business Administration.  He is presently continuing graduate studies at Tyndale Biblical Seminary and desires to complete a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership.

Arthur and his wife Crissy have a son and two beautiful daughters, Arthur II, Alyssia and Alanna.

Eric grew up as an Army brat and claims to be a type of “religious casserole”, since he’s lived all over the country and been involved in just about every church denomination known to man.  His family and friends say this simply leaves him confused, but he is quick to call it well-rounded.

Eric and his wife Jill sensed a call to full time ministry in 2005 and left the comfort of “home” in Oregon to join the staff of a church in Houston, TX.  After spending five years serving on local church staff in both Houston and Mckinney, TX, Eric joined the staff of Marriage Mentors in 2010 where he serves as the Director of Relationship Development.  Don’t worry, he has no idea what that title means either, but knows that he loves partnering with churches across the country to strengthen marriages through mentoring relationships. 

Eric and Jill have a passion to see couples build God-honoring marriages that leave a legacy for generations to come.  They have been married for 18 years and have three daughters: Karli (13), Kaia (11), and Kendal (8). Eric has a B.S. in Sociology from Oregon State University and a Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Eric is the Director of Counseling at One.

Raffinee Wilson

Raffinée Wilson

Assistant to the Corporate Administrator

Raffinée Wilson was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to San Antonio, Texas at age 8, where she remained until adulthood. After graduating high school in 2004, Raffinée began her post-secondary studies at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) as pre-med major, hoping to become a pediatrician. Always fascinated by the effects of race, class, and gender on humans and institutions, she changed her major to sociology and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2010.

Singing since the age of 3, Raffinée is passionate about sharing the truth of God’s word through music, which she feels is the universal language. Raffinée enlists this love for singing through overseeing the singles and youth worship teams, and is a leader on the main praise team at One. She is passionate about teaching, mainly music, and helping others grow in their craft.

A member of One since 2008, Raffinée is a Life Group leader, and is on staff as assistant to the Corporate Administrator. She enjoys spending time at museums, watching movies, bowling and journaling. Raffinée is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce, and resides in Plano, TX.

Norma Scott

Finance Manager

Norma Scott grew up as the eldest daughter of eight children in Peekskill, NY. After graduating high school, Norma worked as a sales assistant at IBM. After 13 years with the company, Norma made the decision to become a stay-at-home mom to her four children Angela, Sydney, Tressa and Tiger.

After a family move to Connecticut in 2000, the Scott family joined a new church. At this time, Norma gained a new perspective on being a follower of Jesus, and dedicated herself to living a life surrendered to Christ. Later, Todd’s career moved the family to Texas, where they began attending One. Being a part of this community of believers is where Norma became a firsthand witness to the life-changing power of community.

Norma serves as One’s Finance Manager as well as on the Campus Events and Manger-on-Duty ministries, and is a Life Group leader. Among her passions are golf, family, and ministry. Norma notes that besides the birth of her children, making her first hole-in-one was the greatest moment of her life!

Todd and Norma have been blissfully married for over 25 years and reside in Allen, TX.

Fred Brown

Middle School Ministry Director

Dr. Frederick D. Brown is a part of One’s Core Team and Co-Director of the DV8 Middle School Ministry. He has a zealous passion for ministering to youth through what he calls “edutainment”, which involves exposing youth to God’s written truths in an educational and entertaining way.  His service and fervor for youth ministry began during his teenage years where he served as a youth leader for Campus Crusade for Christ in his hometown of Plano, Texas.

Fred is a graduate of Florida A&M University where he met the love of his life, Bethany. He and his bride currently serve as Life Group Leaders and currently reside in Prosper, TX with their two dogs Zeus and Zoey.

Angela Scott

Middle School Ministry Director

Angela Scott was born in NY and grew up in a variety of states on the east coast including South Carolina, Virginia and Connecticut. She graduated from high school while in Connecticut and went on to college at the University of Delaware.While she began her collegiate focus on business and marketing, her passion for working with at-risk youth caused a shift in her academic goals. She graduated in 2008 with her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Services with a concentration in Clinical Services.

After graduation, she applied her degree by working with organizations such as Communities in Schools, the Boys & Girls Club, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. Angela currently also applies her passion and purpose by serving as one of the Middle School Ministry Directors at One.

Angela credits her parents, Todd and Norma, for fostering her love for others and her strong commitment to service. Angela’s heart’s desire is to let every youth she encounters know that they are important and they have greatness within them. More than that, she desires to walk alongside the young people as they discover their inner greatness and achieve the purpose and plan they were put on Earth to accomplish.

Angela currently resides in Allen, Texas and is the oldest of four children.

Chelan Beall, 

Director of AWANA

Chelan grew up in Jacksonville, Florida.  She came to know Christ at an early age when her mother presented the Gospel to her.  Immediately, she knew that there was a difference in her and life would not be the same.  She has a passion to see children practicing evangelism, learning God’s holy word, and living for Him.

After high school, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida State University.  Chelan met her husband, Art, in corporate America.  She later sensed a call to become a stay-at-home and home-school mom. 

Chelan lives in Sachse, Texas with her husband Art and their four sons.

Tony Roberts

High School Ministry Director

Tony Roberts grew up in the small town of Indianola, Mississippi. As a youth, he was involved several activities including varsity basketball, tennis, band, choir and student government. He went on to attend Jackson State University, majoring in Drafting in Design Technology. That led him to a career in Electrical Engineering for 10 years. He currently is a Registered Financial Advisor for the state of Texas.

His ministry ties started at an early age as he was heavily involved in the Interfaith choir, touring the country singing God’s praises. Once in Dallas, he joined North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship, where he served as Associate Director of AWANA and Director of the Sparks division. He currently serves as the High School Director of One.

He has deep passion for youth and music. He also produces Christian music for aspiring artists. He is married to Rodonna and has three kids, Tony, Tre, and Taylor.

Tony and his family currently reside in McKinney, Texas.

Jade Thorpe

Technology Director

Jade Thorpe is a native of Bloomington, Indiana and grew up in a large family with four sisters and three brothers.  The Thorpe household was a church-going family, and since his mother was the only piano player at their small Pentecostal church, Jade and his siblings had the opportunity to serve at every service throughout the week. This childhood experience resulted in the principles of serving others and church as a family and community being ingrained into his heart.       

 At a very early age, Jade found an interest in machines and technology.  He fixed the family vacuum cleaner at 8 years old, and wrote his first computer program on a TRS-80. To further pursue his interests in technology, Jade attended Purdue University, where he studied Mechanical Engineering Technology and Aviation Technology.  Jade has spent the past 20 years as a technology expert in the Aerospace and Aviation industries.  His passion for technology and love for solving difficult problems helps him to meet that challenges and needs of One, as he leads the Technology Ministries.

Jade is madly in love with his wife, Martha, and they are looking forward to raising a big family of their own.

Cory Cook

Cory Cook grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He accepted Christ during his middle school years. He attended the University of Northern Colorado and studied Physics and Mathematics. It was there that he met Shanaci who became his wife. The Cooks relocated to the Chicago area in 2005, where he joined the men’s ministry and served in AWANA. Cory grew up without his father, so he has always felt a strong call from God to lead other men to Christ. Cory helped establish the Iron Men of God program at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church in 2009.

Cory currently serves as the Men’s Ministry Director. He and his wife are also Couples Life Group leaders at One. In his free time, Cory enjoys date nights with his wife, watching movies, playing with his two boys, and traveling. Cory currently resides in McKinney, Texas with his wife Shanaci, and two sons, Cory, Jr. and Christian.

Donna Petagrew

Donna Petagrew is a native of Philadelphia Pennsylvania, but has made Flower Mound, Texas her home. She is a graduate of Howard University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing. She received her Master’s degree in Christian Education, with an emphasis on women’s ministry, from Dallas Theological Seminary. She has served as a Bible study teacher, a mentor, and director of programs and discipleship for over 10 years.

Currently Donna serves as the Connections Coordinator for STEP Women’s Ministry at One. Her responsibilities include helping partners (members) and guests strengthen their relationships with Christ by connecting them to existing and developing ministries. Her greatest joy is encouraging women to discover their God given purpose, and helping them fulfill it through strategic service. Donna and her husband, George, have been married for 22 years. They are the proud parents of two young adults, Allison and George E. II. They also have one fur baby, a Black Labrador named Cassie. Donna is an avid reader, and loves photography and scrapbooking.

Don Hunter

Don Hunter was born and raised in Washington, D.C. His mother and grandmother were strong influences on the spiritual direction of his life. He served as a Youth Pastor for 12 years in D.C. and Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of D. C. and a Master of Divinity degree from Howard University’s School of Divinity. He hopes to soon pursue a Doctorate of Ministry degree in Pastoral Leadership

Don currently serves as the Director of the Care Network and as the Pastoral Assistant to Pastor Conway Edwards. His passion is in ministry, personal and corporate intercession, evangelism, teaching, and preaching the Bible. Don and his lovely wife, Denise, have three sons, Dominick, David and Daniel. He enjoys spending time with family, reading, video editing and watching sports

Crystal Gilpin

Crystal Gilpin’s ministry background began at Heritage Fellowship Church in Reston, VA where she had the opportunity to serve. After leading a youth missions trip to Brazil in 2006, Crystal discovered a growing desire to understand more about God’s Word so that she could help teach others. That desire started her on a slow pursuit of online classes through Dallas Theological Seminary; which has now become the focus of her life. Crystal moved to Dallas in January of 2013 from her beloved East Coast roots to work part-time in the medical device industry and study for a Masters in Christian Education.

Crystal is passionate about leadership development in the church, and teaching to change lives and missions. She holds graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from Georgia Tech, but she is a Virginia Tech Hokie at heart. She is enjoying the process of learning how her background can be used in ministry to make an impact for God’s kingdom. She currently serves as the Director of the Equipping Center Bible Institute at One.