Dr. Conway Edwards
Lead Pastor, One Community Church
Dr. Conway Edwards is the founding and lead pastor of One Community Church, a fast growing church in Plano, Texas ministering to the communities of Collin County and hosting 7000 weekly in attendance. As lead pastor, Dr. Edward’s unique ability to communicate the truths of the Bible 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.
Dr. Edwards 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. Dr. Edwards also holds a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University. He formerly served as Director of Singles at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas under the leadership of Senior Pastor, Dr. Tony Evans, and is passionate about leadership and the local church. He is the author of Leading a Turnaround Ministry: A Process for Exponential Growth and is co-author of When Love’s In View and The Undercover Woman, with his wife, Jada.
Dr. Edwards and Jada are proud parents of a son, Joah, and a daughter, Chloe.
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. Crystal oversees the Finance, HR, IT, Communications, Equipping Center and Marketing Teams.
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.
Lisa Lee is originally from Ardmore, Oklahoma. Ten years ago she moved to Denton from California to be closer to her daughter and two grand children. Before settling into ministry finance at First Baptist Denton, she worked as an accountant for 10 years, first at an oil firm in Oklahoma, and then at an IT company in California.
Her love for finance ministry comes from her mother, who she now has the privilege of caring for. She is passionate about music, loves to sing, and was also active in the choir. When she is not singing Lisa enjoys snorkeling, traveling and enjoying the outdoors.
Cathy grew up in McLean, Virginia and worked 25 years in Office Management and Administration. She eventually married and moved to Texas, shortly afterwards she accepted a three-year assignment in Basel, Switzerland. In 2000, she started a volunteer ministry called Angel Cakes, in which she bakes birthday cakes for homeless children in shelters and group homes in North Texas.
Cathy and her husband David, are animal advocates who love dogs and the outdoors. They’ve lived in Plano, Texas for 20+ years, and have two amazing boys, Michael who just completed five years as a Navy Corpsman, and Spencer who is a student at Collin College.
Pastor of Outreach & Small 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.
Care Network Director
Coron Woods is originally from the state of Illinois, but he spent the majority of his adolescence in Milwaukee, WI. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelors in Information Technology, he moved to the DFW area. During this time, Coron worked in postal and banking operations for various corporations.
He has always had heart for helping others, and is very passionate about mentoring. He began a mentoring initiative to improve the retention of at-risk students during college, and continues to mentor youth within the OneCC high school student ministry. Coron has served in the 2:52 (high school ministry) as a leader and a small group facilitator. Coron now serves helping high school students get more connected, and as the assistant to Pastor Conway Edwards. Coron enjoys watching sports, traveling, and spending time with the youth he mentors.
Lewisville Campus Pastor
Matt grew up on east coast and attended the University of Maryland, earning a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Physics. His passion for ministry began while participating and later leading a campus ministry. Then after working as an Electrical Engineer for 3 short years, he was called into full time ministry. Which led him to attend Dallas Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master’s in Christian Education.
Matt began in ministry as the Director of Adult Ministries at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship under the leadership of Dr. Tony Evans. Later Matt played a vital role as the Associate Pastor in the launch of Destiny Church in Fort Worth, TX. And most recently, Matt was at Keystone Church in Keller, TX for 7 years where he led the Small Groups Ministry, Men’s Ministry and First Impressions Ministry.
Connection is his passion, and he is focused on leading everyone to become passionate followers of Jesus.
He has an amazing wife, Aneesah, and they have two beautiful daughters, Journey and Zoe.
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, are proud parents of a son, Joah, and a daughter, Chloe.
Kathy Purdum and her husband were led to One almost four years ago, where they serve as Life Group leaders. This ministry allows them to meet new people and help others connect at One. She also serves in the women’s ministry as a weekend host and lead for the evening Bible study, supporting our teachers and the worship team as they minister to other women.
Outside of church, she loves teaching her third grade class at McKinney Christian Academy, where she has been for 10 years. She has an amazing husband of 31 years, 3 wonderful children and 1 grandchild. Her prayer is that the Lord will continue to strengthen her walk and bring glory to Him.
Born in North Carolina, Amory Walker began playing piano for churches at the age of 12. His love for music and the encouragement of many mentors inspired him to pursue a music career. Amory holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Alabama State University, a Master’s degree in Music Theory from Florida State University, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Methodist University. Amory serves as the choir director at One.
Amory is currently the choir director for Griffin Middle School and Cobb Middle School in Frisco ISD.
Director of Worship
Darius is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, holding a Bachelor of Arts in sociology with a minor in religion from the University of West Georgia and Masters of Education from Argosy University. As an educator he taught for 12 years in the private school sector.His passion and call for music ministry started at a very young age. His first opportunity to serve as a minister of music was at age 15. Darius has over 25 years experience and leadership with several ministries as staff musician, music director, and worship pastor. Darius’ practical approach to worship crosses generational lines, cultural boundaries, musical genres, and denominational walls.
Darius enjoys traveling, bowling, movies and football season. Darius and his wife Kenya have two children Jazlin NeChelle and Kiersten Elyse.
Duane Coleman, born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up the “baby” of the family being the youngest of three children. He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin where he graduated with a bachelor’s of Science degree in Marketing, and it’s also where he met his wife Tasha. It was in Nashville, Tennessee that Duane gave his life to Christ and was reintroduced to his love of music; this time with a purpose.
After moving to Dallas in 1999, Duane joined Oak cliff and Bible Fellowship (OCBF) and served in the Worship Ministry by joining the choir. Duane was later appointed to Praise Team Lead, helped with the spiritual development of the team and had the opportunity of being a part of projects with other leaders and gospel artists. Since joining One, Duane’s pursuit and passion for God has been furthered under the leadership of Pastor Conway Edwards and creative arts director Jada Edwards. The idea of creating experiences through artistic worship to invite people to look inward and upward is the driving passion of his heart. What God does with the ordinary is extraordinary!!Duane is an avid football fan (go Steelers!!) loves listening to music, loves to cook, and loves spending time with family and friends.
Krystal Walker began playing the piano and organ for her father’s church as a child, and always had a passion for serving God musically and through evangelism. At age 22, she joined Impact Movement where she traveled playing urban Gospel music to over 10,000 people. Krystal has a B.S degree in Rehab Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s degree in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. Krystal, the church’s band director, is responsible for overseeing all musicians and plans for each instrumental team on a weekly basis.
Krystal is a public speaker for Aim for Success, an organization that helps young people avoid the risk of sexual activity, drugs, and bullying.
Born in east Texas and raised in Dallas, TX, Jonathan Traylor is the oldest of 3 and was raised by his Christian mother and grandmother. As Jonathan grew older, he began to take dancing and singing more seriously. His mother encouraged him to sing and use the gifts that God had given him for the glory of God.
In 2006, Jonathan began leading worship for his church and began receiving invitations to share at local events. This allowed him to sharpen his vocal skills, learn to play the piano, and understand the heart of pure worship. He believes worship should be authentic, genuine, pure and transparent. Jonathan has been able to travel nationally and internationally to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through worship.
Jonathan currently serves at One on the worship team and as Director of the Young Adult Ministry. With his testimony he hopes to continue to encourage others and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
He is a movie fanatic, loves to attend Christian concerts, and writing music.
Pastor of Partner Care and Volunteers
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.
Pastor of Special Projects
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.
Director of Spiritual Growth and Formation
Derrick is Director of Spiritual Growth & Formation, helping others find ways to grow more intimate with Christ. He is an Alabama native, who gave his life to Christ at an early age under the influence of his father, long-time Bible teacher, and mother, Sunday School teacher.
Like his father, Derrick found a passion for teaching God’s Word in 1990 and has regularly taught many Bible classes and studies since. He married his beloved wife Sylvia 26 years ago and they have two sons who are also passionate about Christ. They led family-marriage ministry sessions for many years and currently lead a Life Group at One Community. Derrick studied at Tyndale Theological Seminary and J. Lee Foster School of Biblical Studies. Derrick’s passion is Bible teaching and sharing godly wisdom to equip believers in growing in the truth of God’s Word and applying it in every aspect of life. He loves pouring into others all that he has learned.
Professionally, Derrick works in corporate leadership, focusing on technology innovation, and is degreed in Computer Science and Accounting, with years of professional education. He enjoys spending time with his family and church, and loves sports.
Terry Chapman is an expert in leading communities of faith to sustainable development. Recognized for his exemplary leadership and communication skills, Terry received two awards for sustaining church growth.
Prior to coming to One Community as Staff Coach, Pastor Terry served as a senior pastor for congregations throughout Texas. During his forty-year ministry, Terry has served congregations from 300 to 3,000 members.
As a Leadership Consultant for Viscern Inc, Terry traveled working with dynamic churches in leadership development, long range and tactical planning, and capital needs. It was out of that experience that he founded Creative Consultants.
Terry and his wife Jackie have been married for 48 years and they enjoy spending time with their family and friends. He currently serves on the board of Mosaic Ministries of Ocean Springs, Gulfport, and Biloxi Mississippi.
Jessica Cross is an educator and mentor of primary age students. With over ten years of experience in public school settings, Jessica has committed her life to designing multi-sensory learning approaches that incite wonder and provoke discovery in the hearts of children.
Jessica currently serves as the Director of Kid’s Creative. Kid’s Creative constructs appealing environments where children can fully engage with God and others by communicating spiritual truth through multimedia programming and innovative performing arts productions.
Jessica graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She holds a master’s degree is in Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University. Jessica and her husband, Brenton, are residents of McKinney, Texas.
Shari Condon’s background when it came to attending church was unsteady. Growing up, she attended many different churches depending on where her friends were going but nothing really stayed with her. It wasn’t until Shari came to One that she discovered how joyful it was to have God in her life. Since becoming a partner (member), Shari’s life has completely changed. She now serves as the Director of KidCare at One.
Until recently, Colorado was Shari Condon’s home. When she moved to Texas, Shari gained a whole new family. She knew she would work with kids from the time she was little. Shari has been a teacher for over 25 years and has enjoyed every moment. Shari grew up with three brothers and now has three sisters-in-law and five nieces and nephews. Spending time with them is one of her favorite things to do.
Eboni Morrison was born and raised in Youngstown, OH but moved to the Dallas area to finish high school in 2009. A 2010 graduate of Frisco Liberty High School, Eboni then earned an associates degree from Collin College and currently is pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood education.
Her passion for teaching children is reflective in how she serves at One. She currently holds the title of Pre-School Director for Onederful Kids and she uses what she has learned in the classroom to help teach kids about our Lord and Savior on a level that they understand so that they can live and model Christ. Eboni has been a member at one for six years and was introduced to the church by a friend of her family.
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 with her husband Art and their four sons.
Tamara is a native of Memphis, TN and attended Middle Tennessee State University and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aerospace Management and Computer Information Systems. While in college she enlisted in the Air National Guard, of which she is still a member, and is currently serving as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer.
Growing up actively involved in church, Tamara was always aware of Christ and His teachings but didn’t develop her own personal relationship with him until later in life. However, it is the memories of the Bible stories, Sunday School lessons, and dedication of her youth ministry leaders that she attributes her desire and passion to serve in Children’s Ministry and encourage children from a very young age to know God’s love for themselves.
Tamara and her husband Floyd currently live in Plano, TX with their two children Jamar and Makalyn.
Ron Walker Jr.
Pastor Ron Walker Jr. surrendered his life to the Lord early in life, teaching children at the tender age of 12. He began in ministry in 1992 as Senior Associate Pastor at Bethany Baptist Church in New Jersey under the leadership of Bishop David G. Evans. In addition to his Associate Pastor position, Ron Walker also held the position of Pastor of Youth and Young Adults Ministry. In a short time Ron Walker recognized his desire to dedicate his time fully to lead and support the youth member population.
Student Worship Director
Crystal Whitaker is a child of the Air Force. The majority of her childhood was spent on an Air Force base in Japan. After moving back to the states, she graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor’s in Policy Studies. Although she initially planned to attend law school, her life changed forever after a six-week summer mission trip focused on using music as an evangelistic tool with the Impact Movement. After seeking God’s guidance, she spent the next seven years as a full time music missionary traveling and sharing the gospel anywhere she could. The Impact Movement was instrumental in cultivating her walk with the Lord and ministry gifts.
Crystal is also a member 6 Way Street., a group of vocalists, MCs, and a DJ, that uses an eclectic blend of soulful Hip-Hop to share the Gospel. Then in 2013, she once again sought the Lord for direction, and made the decision to begin serving at One. Crystal is One’s Youth Worship Director, where her main goal is to lead worship and love people. She loves any competitive sport or game, watching Food Network, and spending time with her friends.
Middle School Director
High School Director
Landon Pickering is a dynamic leader and communicator who has a passion for building the local church and seeing people come to know Jesus. Growing up as a pastor’s kid and being immersed in the local church from an early age, Landon has developed a modern and appealing approach to ministry. His passion for the church and youthful style gives him the ability to capture audiences of all generations. His vast knowledge and ministry experience gives him a unique perspective in equipping the church to become a strong force in creatively reaching those in their community.
Landon’s leadership experience was largely attained after serving many years leading one of the largest youth ministries in America, along with overseeing the leadership development of several multisite locations. Landon’s years of leadership within the church has fueled the vision he now has to assist staff and church leaders to reach their full potential. Landon resides in Dallas, Texas and is an avid lover of trips to the beach, pizza, and basketball.
Students Program Director
Audio Visual Director
Samantha Scott grew up in Virginia as the youngest of five girls in a Baptist home. She attended undergraduate at University of Mary Washington and received a Business Degree with a focus on Human Resources. She later received a Masters in Science with a focus on Human Relations & Business.
Shortly after arriving to Texas, Samantha attended OneCC and never looked back. She is now the Director of the Cafe and Bookstore. Currently, she works in Human Resources within the healthcare industry. Samantha truly has a love for building relationships with others. She is pretty adventurous and enjoys riding motorcycles, skydiving, jet skiing and traveling.
Steve Knott was born and raised in Maryland. After high School, he moved to Northern California where he met the love of his life, Kim, who he has been married to for 25 years. He then received his Associates Degree in Printing from Sacramento City College. His career path began with the Department of Defense for 10 years, while co-owning a window washing and janitorial company. With the birth of their first and second child, Tiana and Elijah, Steve gave up his career and started a handyman business in order to be a stay-at-home father for his kids. In 2010, Steve began serving with the Eastern Hills Community Church, in Aurora, Colorado as a Facilities Operation Manager. Not long after that, Kim and Steve were blessed with their third child, Eliana.
Steve has a passion for using his gifts to help others. He received the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Tanzania, Africa to help build a church and this became a life-changing experience for him. He began to get more involved in the church and served in facilities, parking, children’s ministry and as a life group leader. Steve currently serves on the Facilities team at One. He enjoys being with his family, attending events for his kids and playing golf.
Daniel was born in Chicago, Illinois, but raised in Dallas, TX. Daniel gave his life to Christ at an early age.
After graduating high school in 1999, Daniel began his post-secondary studies at Texas Tech University as a piano performance major. Ultimately, he majored in English with an emphasis in technical communication, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2004. That same year, Daniel began law school at Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Virginia, and completed his Juris Doctor in 2007.
Daniel currently splits his time between his private law practice and academia, as an Assistant Professor for Liberty University Online’s Graduate School of Business. Daniel currently serves One as legal counsel and oversees the Risk Management Team. Daniel is passionate about helping churches be better stewards of God’s resources by proactively seeking legal and risk management strategies to protect assets, provide transparency, and preserve trust.
Glenn Allen was born in Greenville, N.C and raised in several states as a part of his military family. During his early childhood in Kinston, N.C, his grandmother taught him who God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are. He was around 12 years old when he began following Christ, even though he struggled in his walk during his teenage years.
Glenn has a heart for God, and using his God-given gifts to serve others. One of his greatest desires is to use his past struggles to mentor youth. He has spent time volunteering in community organizations and serving and teaching in several single and young adult ministries. Glenn is currently a member of the One staff as a part of the facilities team.
He is an avid basketball fan, and enjoys writing poetry and music. Glenn is currently taking classes at Collin College to become a teacher. He has an amazing wife, Beth, that serves on the One volunteer team, and a wonderful son, JaShaun.
Operations Coordinator - Lewisville
Tarry Staten has always had a passion for ministry and has served in many areas capacities. His previous ministry experience includes leading the facilities and operations team, the Sons of Issachar Men’s Ministry team and co-labored with his wife, Sonya, for the Life Improvement for The Family Ministry.
Tarry grew up in Monroe, La., where he also met his lovely wife Sonya. He is the proud father of four lovely children and two precious grand-children. He retired from the United States Military in 2009 and holds a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M University Central Texas.
Social Media Strategist
Rhonda is a native of Dallas, Texas and attended the University of Houston where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism. For over 20 years Rhonda has worked in the business community and served with various ministries and non-profit organizations including Kids Across America, Voice of Hope Ministries, Dallas Can Academy, American Heritage Academy, and Union Gospel Mission.
She brings into ministry an array of experience in marketing, public relations, finance, youth ministry, small group ministry, and discipleship. Rhonda is currently studying for a Master of Christian Education Degree at Dallas Theological Seminary and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, classic movies and vintage books.
Director of Database Management
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.
Pastor of Family Ministries and Counseling
Eric Wooten was born in Germany and raised all over the U.S. as the son of an Army officer. He received a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Oregon State University and a Master’s of Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX. He has served in ministry the past 9 years in both in the local church and in marriage ministry with Strong Marriages
Eric is the Pastor of Family Ministries and Counseling, overseeing the Couples, Singles and Counseling ministries of One. He has a passion to see individuals discover God’s purpose for their lives, couples build God-honoring marriages, and families leave a legacy for generations to come. Eric and his wife, Jill, have been married for 20 years and have three daughters, Karli, Kaia and Kendal. They enjoy college sports and any opportunity to relax on a beach.
Women’s Ministry Director
Donishea Martinez has a passion for ministry that stems from a life of being touched by others who have helped her overcome all of the fear associated with giving up her agenda, and embracing the woman God created her to be. Learning to transition from being a single woman to a wife, mother, ministry leader, and friend has not been easy. However, because of God’s grace and sense of humor, Donishea has been blessed with the opportunity to help other women their God-given role and become their authentic, uniquely-designed selves. She currently serves as the Women’s Ministry Director at One where her whole-hearted desire is to lead and support others as they become living examples of what it means to be fearfully and wonderfully made.
Donishea holds degrees in business from Howard University, Tulane University and Tulane School of Business. She is married to Jose Martinez and they have two children, Isabella and Jose. Her areas of passion are leadership development, discipleship, and creating environments that cultivate spiritual growth. She also loves party planning, dancing, and shopping.
Men’s Ministry Director
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 with his wife Shanaci, and two sons, Cory, Jr. and Christian.
Guest Central Director
Shanaci Cook was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado as an only child. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado, where she received a degree in Psychology. After marrying her college sweetheart, Cory Cook, Shanaci and her family relocated to the Chicago area where she reclaimed her faith to Christ in 2005. Shanaci has always had a fire and passion for serving God and people. Shanaci has had leadership opportunities and been a part of various ministries such as the women’s ministry, Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), missions, and Celebrate Recovery. But, her most important ministry has been serving her husband and two sons as a stay at home mom for the past four years.
Shanaci is currently the Guest Central Director at One, where she enjoys creating a memorable experience for each guest by helping them to feel welcome and connected. Shanaci currently resides in McKinney, TX, and in her free time enjoys going to the spa, watching movies with her boys, date nights with her husband, and scrapbooking with friends. Shanaci is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Professional Counseling. Shanaci and her husband, Cory, are parents to CJ and Christian.