B.B.A, Baylor University; M. Div., George W. Truett Theological Seminary

Chris was called to Pastor Southland Baptist Church in March 2018. Before ministering at Southland, Chris served churches in Katy, Hearne, Houston, Sugar Land. Chris and his wife, Brooke have two daughters: Carly and Allie. Chris is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry from Logsdon Seminary with plans for completion in 2019.



Pastoral care & administration

B.S., Sam Houston State University; M.A., Southwestern Seminary

Jill has been ministering at Southland since April of 1991. She has served as the Youth Minister, Minister of Education, and now as Associate Pastor. She has a deep love for the church and for seeing people connect to God's work in the world. Jill has an incredible son named Will.


Dr. Tim Lyles, Associate Pastor


B.A., Baylor University; M.Div., D.Min., Truett Seminary at Baylor University

Tim has been at Southland since August of 2011. Before ministering at Southland, Tim served churches in San Marcos, Seminole, Mertens, and Clifton, Texas. Tim enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, and rooting for the Baylor Bears.


Travis Garcia, Minister to Students

B.A., Howard Payne University       

Travis Garcia joined the staff at Southland in September 2018. He enjoys working with students, connecting them to the Gospel, and seeing God transform their lives for the Kingdom. Travis is married to Erin, and they have one awesome son, Jacob. Travis, Erin, and Jacob love heading to the beach, whenever they have a chance, to soak up some sun, waves, and great food.


Susan Beaty, Preschool Minister

B.A., McMurry University, M.A., University of Houston

Susan has been with Southland since April of 2015. Susan and husband, Stacy, have been active members of our church since November, 2009. They've served in many areas of our church, and their five children are involved in both our preschool and our children's ministries. Susan is excited about this new chapter in her life. She's looking forward to experiencing all that God has for her and our church as she lives out a call to professional ministry that she first experienced in high school.


Janet Abernathy, Children's Minister

B.A., Angelo State University, currently working on M.A. in Children's Ministry at Dallas Baptist University

Janet has been directing cchildren's ministries at Southland since May 2010. She has a passion for children and their families, Vacation Bible School, and Kid's Camp. Janet is married to Bryan, and they enjoy life with their four beautiful children, Kaden, Mary-Kate, Everly, and Pippa. She likes to sew, travel, craft, and read when she has spare time.                                                                                                                                       


Terry Waller, Director - Water for all

Terry and Kathy Waller have been staff missionaries in Bolivia with Southland Baptist since 2001. Previously, the Wallers served overseas through the International Mission Board of the SBC. Terry has created an innovative well-drilling technique that is now in demand throughout the world. Through his Water for All ministry, Terry and his partners have drilled over 2000 wells in over a dozen countries. Water for All currently has permanent work in both Bolivia and Ethiopia. Kathy's work with HOPE Bolivia, an economic development program for Bolivian women of the world find economic independence and personal dignity. Southland considers having the Wallers on board to be one of the greatest blessings God has given to Southland.