Chris is an attorney in the energy industry where he works to prevent and resolve disputes of all kinds.
Prior to his work in the industry, he was associated with international law firms in New York City and in Houston.
Chris earned his J.D. from New York Law School in 2002 and his B.A. in political science, with a minor in communications, from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1998.
Chris attends Sugar Creek Baptist Church in Sugar Land, Texas. Prior to joining Sugar Creek in 2018, Chris served at another church in the area in various governing, teaching, or volunteering roles from 2004 through 2018. His wife, Jenny, is a teacher, and they have two sons.
Mel is a former missionary to the Yao people in Malawi, Africa, also worked with a medical missions team under ABWE in the Philippines.
After Mel was saved at the age of 14 under the influence of a missionary in her hometown in the Philippines, she later graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Biblical Studies, Eastern Mennonite University with BS Management and Organizational Development and Liberty University with an MA in Health and Human Services.
She has two children, Ryan and Lesley and is member of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA. Currently she serves as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach as well as an English Language Learning teacher for refugees. At MissionNext she is passionate about coaching applicants who desire to serve God all around the world.
Dr. Kent Pool
Kent has been in the ministry for forty years as a Bible college & seminary professor, administrator and pastor throughout the state of Michigan, in Brazil and a Missionary in the Philippines.
His educational background includes: a Bachelor of Theology from Detroit Bible College; Master of Arts in Old Testament Studies candidate from Wheaton Graduate School; Master of Divinity in Christian Education from Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary & a Ph.D in Religion & Society from Oxford Graduate School in Dayton, TN.
He is happily married to Sandra for forty years. They are blessed with three children and three precious grandchildren.
Dr. Regan Espina
Regan is a medical doctor who served for 21 years as the surgeon and medical director of Leyte Baptist Hospital in the Philippines.
He has a degree in BS Biology from Central Philippine University and Doctor of Medicine from West Visayas State University and had his residency training at St. Paul’s Hospital in Iloilo City, Philippines.
He now resides in the US with his wife Lourdes and two children and they are actively attending and serving at Philippine-American Baptist Church in Spring, TX.
His faithful commitment to serving others leads him back to help the mission hospitals in the Philippines for a few months each year.