11:45am - 1:00pm
Pastors’ Barbecue Lunch
Join us for a Roundtable Discussion led by Bruce Kendrick, Watermark Community Church, Joe Martin, C3 Trinity Church, Chris Simmons, Cornerstone Baptist Church, and Moderated by The Right Reverend Philip Jones, All Saints Dallas
CFL’s pastors initiative is to encourage and equip pastors in their critical role to proclaim the truth about the evil of abortion and shepherd their flocks so those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy or the pain of abortion can find refuge, healing and love in the church.
Bruce surrendered to Christ in the summer of 1998 while in high school. Three years later, he was asked to join the student ministry staff at FBC Frisco, and he and his wife opened their home to become foster parents. While serving in student ministry, they co-founded Embrace Texas in 2007, and for the next ten years equipped churches to care for orphans (James 1:27). In Fall 2017, Bruce joined the Watermark staff to continue the mission of restoring life and well-being for every child and their family.
Bruce grew up in Frisco, and he and his wife, Denise have been married since 2000. They have 9 children, five are adopted, and 3 grandchildren. They are both graduates of the University of North Texas, and proud Native Texans! If you need to reach him, he can be found at home playing with his children, eating Tex-Mex at Chuy’s, or camping at Inks Lake State Park.
Joe and Nancy Martin are the founders and senior pastors at Trinity Church. After graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1981, Pastor Joe moved to Dallas to work in the oil and gas business. In 1983, he asked Christ into his heart and committed his life to serve the Lord. He met Nancy, then a recent Texas Tech grad, and they were married in April 1985. Shortly thereafter, they began serving in full-time ministry. In 1995, their passion for the city of Dallas led them to start Trinity Church, a young, vibrant, multi-racial church in the Uptown/Park Cities area of Dallas. Pastor Joe and Nancy are a powerful team with a desire to see people living at their fullest potential and advancing the kingdom of God. They are committed to leading a life-giving church that impacts our city and reflects heaven here on earth. They are proud parents of two married children who have blessed them with six precious granddaughters.
Christopher L. Simmons was born in Washington, D. C. to the late George and Josephine Simmons. The youngest of three children, Chris was always with children around his own age in the home because his biological parents served as foster parents to over 300 children over a span of 38 years. Chris was called to the ministry at the age of 16 and preached his first sermon as a senior in high school at 17 years of age. Upon graduating with the THM in Christian Education, Chris enrolled in the doctoral program at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chris started serving at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in the inner-city community of South Dallas/Fair Park, Dallas, TX in May, 1988. He was called to serve as pastor in September, 1989. Under Chris’ leadership, Cornerstone started the Cornerstone Community Development Corp., Inc. which has as its mission of bringing about community development and revitalization in one of the most blighted area on South Dallas/Fair Park. Chris has been married to Janie for 25 years. They have three children, and 3 grandchildren
Philip Jones is the Rector of All Saints Dallas as well as the Lead Bishop of the Anglican Mission in America. Philip was born and raised in Dallas. He practiced law in Waco, Texas for seven years before he was called to the ministry. He has led churches in Marshall and El Paso, Texas and St. Andrew’s Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. His wife, Claudia Clinton Jones, is from Burnet, Texas. They have seven children and twelve grandchildren.