Teaching and Lead Pastor
Michael’s love for the local church in general, and preaching in particular, are rooted in his upbringing and over 35 years in local church service. His additional ministry experiences include teaching adjunct at The Master’s College, extensive prison ministry in California, and pastor and church-planter training in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Michael shares the ministry with his wife, Christy Lynn. They are most grateful for two gifted sons, two amazing daughters-in-law, and seven practically-perfect grandchildren.
Michael is a graduate of Baptist Bible College (BA), The Master’s Seminary (MDiv), and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (DMin). He has pastored churches in Michigan, California, and Texas.
Pastor of Community and Mission
Seth Thornton serves as the Pastor of Mission & Community at C3. He oversees Community Groups and missions endeavors at the church. Seth desires to see C3 become a church that learns together, shares life together and reaches our city for the gospel together.
He has been influenced by the teaching and discipleship ministry of Tommy Nelson, the passion and single-mindedness for the glory of God of John Piper, and Tim Keller’s ability to win over skeptics and missionally reach his city.
Seth grew up in the Texas hill country (the promised land) on a ranch near Llano, Texas. He went to college at the University of North Texas where he played on the UNT golf team and earned a bachelors degree in Business Marketing. After college, Seth spent a year in Tommy Nelson’s discipleship program and served at Denton Bible Church while earning a graduate degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. After seminary, Seth served as a student pastor in Houston for 9 1/2 years.
Pastor of Family Discipleship
Todd grew up in Fort Worth playing many different sports and thriving within a Christ-centered family of 5. Todd attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California for two years, studying Theology, Liberal Arts, and playing on the Varsity tennis team. Transferring to the University of Texas in Austin, Todd graduated with degrees in Psychology and Sociology.
After an internship at Kanakuk Kamps, he took a position as Staff & Area Director for K-Life Ministries in Dallas and served there for six years. Pursing his love for Christian music, he spent a year in Nashville, TN working with Interl’inc as the Tour Coordinator with music artists such as Audio Adrenaline & DC Talk. The next 15 years, Todd was a Director at Kanakuk Kamps in Branson where he met and married his wife, Bronwyn.
Lantz Bowman, from Lubbock, grew up attending a small Southern Baptist church and witnessed his mom pray to receive Christ at the kitchen table during a Saturday morning visitation by the pastor. Lantz soon followed in his own profession of faith at the age of 8 but it was the strength of his mother’s faith during her five-year battle with breast cancer that would have the most significant impact on him. She died when he was 15 years old; her unwavering trust in God’s sovereignty would be one of the building blocks in Lantz’s journey of faith. While in college at Texas Tech University, Lantz grew in his relationship with the Lord through personal study and by being discipled by one of the Bible teachers from his church’s college ministry.
Since May 1999, Lantz has worked with Ronald Blue & Co. as a financial planner, helping his clients apply biblical principles of money management so they can better steward the resources God has put under their care.
While attending Houston’s First Baptist Church, Lantz became involved in the Singles’ Department and there met his future wife, Kelly. They were married in October 2001 and were blessed with their son, Hunter, in 2005 and then with their daughter, Mia, in 2007.
Brandon Clarke is a native Houstonian. Brandon came to the Lord at a summer camp when he was young. While in high school, Brandon was mentored through Student Venture (CRU for High Schools) and began attending Northwest Bible Church with friends. God used the love of friends and his Student Venture mentor to show Brandon a deeper connection to spiritual disciplines. Brandon attended Texas A&M University where he attended Grace Bible Church and was a member of BYX (Brothers Under Christ).
After college, Brandon worked for a short time as a 6th grade teacher in Aldine ISD at Caraway Intermediate School before attending law school at South Texas College of Law. Brandon met his bride, Beth, at a super bowl party for a single life class at Second Baptist Church. The two were married in Brandon’s second year of law school, in 2003. Brandon has worked as an office tenant representation broker at CBRE since 2006.
Michael Roberts was born in Dallas and raised in San Antonio. After attending church on and off with his family, Michael began Young Life in high school. He heard the Gospel clearly taught at a Young Life camp in Colorado his sophomore year of high school. During that trip, he placed his faith in Christ, thus beginning a process by which God would lead faithful men in his life to train and disciple him in God’s word.
Michael learned how to study God’s word and developed a love for the Church during his time at the University of North Texas in Denton. College brought his now-wife Brooke into his life. God allowed them to participate in various ministries during their 4 years of dating, including Back Yard Bi- ble club for inner city kids, and CollegeLife. While at UNT Denton, Michael felt a strong desire to go into full-time ministry. Shortly after graduation, he completed a 9 month Bible program, married his bride, Brooke, and accepted a job as a Student Pastor in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Skip Stites was born in Georgia, but has lived in Houston since the age of three. He grew up in Spring Branch and attended Spring Branch Community Church until middle school, when his family joined Houston’s First Baptist Church. In fifth grade, Skip’s mom led him to Christ while she read the book of Matthew to him. Even at a young age, Skip remembers feeling broken over his sin and grateful for a savior. Skip’s new faith was tested by his parents’ divorce soon after. God used the church to teach Skip about the importance of scripture and the power of prayer. God’s word, youth leaders, and his friends’ parents guided him through the difficult years of not having a father.
Skip began serving Christ by teaching high school students at Westview Mission while attending the University of Houston. After graduating from U of H, Skip worked in IT at UCC Direct. He served in the college class at Houston’s First Baptist for eight years, before meeting Devon. Skip and Devon got married in 2001, and they continued to serve in the college ministry together. During this time, they grew in their understanding of God’s glory and his sovereignty through Jay Brown’s teaching and also through John Piper’s ministry.