2017 Conference Speakers

Neil Reynolds

Neil Reynolds is the Senior Minister at the University Church of Christ in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Neil also serves as Pathways Director for Kairos Church Planting and is the author of The Need for College Ministry: Awakening the Church to One of the Most Receptive Mission Fields in the World. He is married to Katie and they have two daughters, Eden and Graceann.

David Pounds

David currently serves as the preaching minister for Comanche Trail Church of Christ in Amarillo, TX.  He and his wife, Saundra, have two kids and a shared love of God and his church. A crucial part of David’s story is the campus ministry at Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock. His experience there as a college student matured his faith and helped him discern God’s leading into ministry. He interned there for several years before serving as the campus minister from 2007-2014. Those years of late-night volleyball, Thursday lunches, road trips, cookouts, campouts, and a whole lot of talking in coffee shops have formed in him a love for college students and enduring gratitude for campus ministry.

Dr. Latayne Scott

Latayne C. Scott, PhD is the author of 20 published books. Some deal with her experience as a happy Mormon, including The Mormon Mirage. The recipient of Pepperdine University's "Distinguished Christian Service Award," she is an adjunct professor (online writing coach) at Lubbock Christian University, the Author in Residence and a professor at Trinity Southwest University, and writes and edits from her home in Albuquerque.

David Ritchie

David is married to his lovely wife Kate, and together they have three sons, Solomon, Samuel and Simon Peter. As a fifth-generation West Texan, David was born and raised in the city of Amarillo. After nearly a decade of local church ministry, and several years as a college and young adult minister, David felt a call to pioneer a church in his hometown that was uniquely committed to gospel-centered ministry, community building, and church planting. In the fall of 2011, he took the call to replant what was then West Amarillo Christian Church as Redeemer Christian Church. David has studied at West Texas A&M University and Reformed Theological Seminary, and enjoys reading, travel, playing the upright bass, and spending time with his family.

Dr. James Hallmark

James Hallmark is the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Texas A&M University System. As Vice Chancellor, Hallmark oversees all matters involving faculty, curriculum, student affairs, student success, enrollment management/admissions, and special projects for the 11 universities and 150,000 students in the A&M System. Prior to being Vice Chancellor, Hallmark served as Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs at West Texas A&M University as well as a lengthy term as Dean of the Graduate School and Research at that institution. Hallmark also returned to WT in 2017 to serve a 3 month term as Interim President. Hallmark received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Oklahoma in Communication with a focus on organizational socialization, and his Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma Christian College with a double major in American Studies and Communication. In College Station, James and his wife Becky are active with Aggies for Christ, hosting a group of Aggies each Sunday evening for a meal and discussion. When still in Canyon, Becky worked at Buffs for Christ for 18 years while James served as the “Deacon of the Bible Chair” for a number of years.

Bob Shepard

Bob Shepard grew up in West Texas. He graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in chemistry in May 1965. He was active in the Tech Bible Chair. He married Linda Speer, who has been a partner in ministry ever since. They have two married children and three grandchildren.

Bob received a Masters of Theology from Harding Graduate School in 1968. He served as Campus minister at Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Durant, OK) from 1968-1972. He then became Campus Minister at Central State (Edmond, OK) for one year. During his year at Edmond, the Canyon, Texas elders asked him to consider becoming the Bible Chair Director at West Texas. He accepted their invitation and began his work there in June 1973. He continued to serve as Bible Chair director and campus minister until January 31, 2009. Bob was a campus minister for 40 years. He has also served as an elder for the University Church for the last 33 years. 

Bob still has a heart for campus ministry. He was blessed to work with many outstanding students who later became outstanding leaders in the church as elders, deacons, wives and Christian mothers, Bible school teachers, campus ministers, preachers, youth ministers, business leaders and a Christian university president.

Milton Jones

Milton Jones is the President of Christian Relief Fund in Amarillo, Texas. In his work there, he has focused on the care of AIDS orphans in Sub-Sahara Africa. He has also served as a preacher and campus minister in both Texas and Washington. Milton has authored eight books including a touching tale of one of his heroes with Cerebral Palsy, Sundays With Scottie. He is married to Barbie Jones and has two sons, Patrick and Jeremy. 

Worship

Kevin Schaffer

Kevin Schaffer is the Worship Minister for Central Church of Christ in Amarillo, TX. He graduated from West Texas A&M University with his Bachelors in Music Education. He was a tenor for the group Acappella from 1996-2001. Kevin has a passion for connecting people through music. Connecting them to the majesty of God-His holiness and mercy. Connecting people to each other. Connecting them with songs that speak when they have no words of their own. For Kevin music is more than a song—it’s prayer, praise, and confession. Kevin loves the art of the pun, family movie time and snorkeling. He is married to Michele and they have three children (Elise, Ethan, and Madalyn).