Our Pastoral Elders

Meet our Pastoral Elders

The Council of Pastoral Elders, representing Faithbridge Church’s connection to the global church, protects Faithbridge through prayer and counsel.

Steve Carter

Bible Teacher

Steve Carter is a pastor, speaker, author, podcast host, sports enthusiast, and the former lead teaching pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago.

Steve’s passion is to bring Jesus into everything he does. A gifted teacher, Steve spends his days crafting sermons, messages, blog posts, and books to encourage people in their walk with Christ. He describes his work as humbling and vulnerable—a soul-baring process that keeps him dependent, expectant, and grounded in Christ.

Steve lives in Chicago with his wife, Sarah, and their two kids.

Jessica LaGrone

Bible Teacher

Jessica LaGrone is the Dean of the Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. She is an acclaimed pastor, teacher, speaker, and writer whose engaging communication style endears her to groups throughout the United States.

A native of Texas, Jessica is an ordained pastor in the Texas Annual Conference at the United Methodist Church and previously served for nine years at The Woodlands United Methodist Church near Houston, Texas.

Jessica’s books and studies include Namesake: When God Rewrites Your Story, Under Wraps, and Broken and Blessed: How God Used One Imperfect Family to Change the World, and Set Apart: Holy Habits of Prophets and Kings have been used in personal and group studies around the world. Her book, also called Broken and Blessed, was released by Abingdon in Fall 2014, in addition to an all-church Advent study co-created by the pastoral staff at TWUMC to which she is a contributor called “Under Wraps.”

Jessica and her husband, Jim, have two young children, Drew and Kate.

Gary Thomas

Bible Teacher

Gary holds a B.A. in English Literature from Western Washington University, an MA degree in systematic theology from Regent College (Vancouver, BC), and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Western Seminary (Portland, OR).

He served on the teaching team at Second Baptist Church, Houston for 11 years and is currently on the teaching team at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, CO. Gary is also an adjunct faculty member at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon and Houston Theological Seminary in Houston, Texas.

Gary’s speaking ministry has led him to speak in all 50 states and nine different countries, and on numerous national television and radio programs, including multiple appearances on Focus on the Family and Family Life Today. Gary’s interviews on Focus on the Family have been chosen among the “Best of 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2021.” Gary is a lifelong advocate of using the Christian classics to bring people closer to Christ.

Gary enjoys running in his spare time and has completed 14 marathons, including the Boston Marathon three times. He and his wife Lisa have been married for 38 years and they have three adult children and two grandchildren.

Statement of Faith

Visit our Statement of Faith to learn about our convictions, persuasions, and opinions.

Want to chat about what we believe?

Contact a Pastor

Making more and stronger disciples of Jesus Christ, who make more and stronger disciples.

Faithbridge Church
18000 Stuebner Airline Rd
Spring, TX 77379

(281) 320-7588

Employment Opportunities