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Leadership & Ministry Staff 

Church Council

DaySpring is guided by a five-member Coordinating Council. Current council members are:

Church Treasurer

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PASTOR

Eric has been pastor of DaySpring since 2008. He has a BS from Texas A&M in Industrial Engineering and a Master's of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. Currently, Eric is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX and has served as Adjunct Faculty at Baylor University and Truett Theological Seminary.  Eric is married to Jenny Howell. They have 3 children, ages 16, 12, and 10.

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DIRECTOR OF ADULT SPIRITUAL FORMATION

BRETT GIBSON

Rev. Brett Gibson has 15 years of church ministry and chaplaincy experience, serving communities in Texas and Colorado. He and his wife Christina have three children: Ellia, Olive, and Owen.

An Enneagram Nine, his interests include reading, public radio, musical theater, and all things DaySpring.

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INTERIM YOUTH MINISTER

KINGSLEY GIBBS

Kingsley joined DaySpring and began volunteering with the youth group in 2019. She has a BA in Writing and Rhetoric from Baylor University and a MDiv from Truett Theological Seminary. Kingsley has worked in the nonprofit sector of migration, academic book publishing, and creative writing. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and waterskiing. Kingsley just recently married Nathan Gibbs.

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Assistant Minister to Children

Natalie Glen

Natalie is a MDiv/MSW student at Truett and the School of Social Work at Baylor and has had a great deal of experience working with children and youth through Mission Waco and serving as a Sunday School leader at Church Under the Bridge.
As Associate Minister to Children Natalie's primary focus will be scheduling and overseeing worship care while also providing leadership and support to our baby - preschool Sunday school and Wednesday evening activities.

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ASSOCIATE PASTOR of COMMUNITY LIFE

TIFFANI HARRIS

Tiffani has been at DaySpring since 2009. She has her MDiv from Truett Seminary at Baylor University and is married to Brent Harris, who is also her best friend. She and Brent have 3 teenagers children and enjoy hiking together as a family in state and national parks and visiting famous Texas BBQ joints along the way. 

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MINISTER OF MUSIC

SUSAN THRIFT

A native of Waco, Susan is a retired high school choir director who has been in the music ministry for over 30 years.  When not making music (singing, directing and composing) she loves to read, work in the yard and spend time with her three amazing grandchildren!

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MINISTER TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

AMY EVERETT

Amy has her MDiv from Truett Seminary and MSW from Baylor's Diana R. Garland School of Social Work.  Amy is married to Jeremy Everett and they have 3 sons, Lucas, Sam, and Wyatt...and a dog named Jake. Together they enjoy trips to Colorado and playing Dominoes.

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OFFICE MANAGER

REBECCA EDWARDS

Rebecca Edwards is the proud wife of Joel (a professional artist) and the mother of three (Ella, 16; Jack, 13; and Lucy, 13).  In her role as office manager, she loves connecting with people and tending to details of the church. She also enjoys teaching art through various volunteer capacities. She finds joy in travel or on some adventure with the family. Her other passions include photography, crafting, and learning new things.

Ministry Staff

Pastoral Associates

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Samuel has been apart of the DaySpring Community since childhood. He graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Great Texts and is currently working on his M.Div. at Truett Theological Seminary. His interests include music, books, and hikes with his dog, Winnie

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Bailey Payne

Bailey came to DaySpring during the online days in the fall of 2020. In 2019, after graduating from Baylor with a BA in Religion and Communication Sciences and Disorders, she moved to the UK to work in a local church.

Due to the pandemic, she finds herself back in Waco working as a speech therapist and now serving DaySpring as a pastoral associate. In her opinion, Spotify is the best and most underrated social media platform. 

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Kate Rojales

Kate has attended Dayspring since the spring of 2019 and started volunteering with the youth group in 2020.  She is a senior at Baylor University, studying chemistry, religion, and Great Texts, and she also leads chapel in the Honors Residential College.  In her free time, she loves reading, hiking, and hearing people's stories.

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Solomon Svehla

Solomon (along with his wife Madeleine) have been attending DaySpring since the fall of 2020. They are both M.Div. graduate students at Truett seminary. Vocationally, he is hoping to pursue an academic career in theology that will serve the Church in balancing right-belief, right-intention, and right-practice. He values and enjoys reading, kayaking, endlessly discussing theology, the Hobbit lifestyle, and iconography.