Board of Directors
Faires Austin retired from Faulkner University after serving as the Student Housing Director for two years, the Dean of Students for 12 years and in Student Recruitment and Adult Graduate Recruitment for six years. An Air Force veteran, Austin served in the United States, England and Vietnam. Austin has a bachelor’s degree from Faulkner in Biblical studies, a master’s degree in counseling from Liberty and three Certificates of Achievement from the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame. Austin has made six 30-day trips to Israel to excavate at Tel Beth-Shemesh, and he has traveled on mission trips to Cuba (six times) with Herald of Truth. Austin has been married to his wife, Margie, for 53 years, and the couple has two children and three grandchildren. He serves as an elder at the University Church of Christ in Montgomery, Ala.
CChip Bennett is a graduate of Abilene Christian University. After graduation, he played for the Cincinnati Bengals as a linebacker. When his football career was finished, he returned to the family ranch in Yoakum County, Texas. He spent the next forty years farming and ranching.
Chip and his wife, Darla, have recently retired in Abilene, Texas. They have five children and nine grandchildren. Remington Ridge Church of Christ is their church home where Chip is involved in the singing ministry.
Bob was an LPL Registered Representative and Registered Principal. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Buffalo (1969) and his Masters Degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (1972). His long career includes reaching the rank of Captain in the USAF, Vietnam Era Veteran. He was then employed in health care administration field for three different hospitals over a period of 22 years. During that time he served as Board member and Secretary for two hospital Credit Unions for over 14 years. He then moved into the investment industry spending four years as the first Edward Jones representative in Livonia, MI and the next 22 years in Plymouth, Mich. with LPL Financial Services.
He specialized in working with small business owners, pre retirees and retirees. His goals were to help clients invest for retirement, lower their taxes, save for their kids’ college, and pass on more to their heirs. Bob, a resident of Livoinia since 1978, has been involved with Livonia AM Rotary for 22-plus years, a member of the Livonia Chamber for 22-plus years, Plymouth Chamber for 5-plus years and a member, deacon and elder in the Livonia Church of Christ. He has also been active in the fund raising committees for Rochester College and the Church of Christ Care Center.
Bob holds the FINRA series 7, 24 and 63 registrations, and is insurance licensed for everything except property/casualty. He has been married to Teri, an RN, since 1974. They have two children and five grandchildren.
After returning from the Air Force in 1990 after 22 years of service, Malcolm began teaching in the College of Business Administration at Abilene Christian University as a professor of Human Resource Management. After 30 years, Malcom retired in 2019. He has traveled to China, France, Japan, Canada, Mexico and England to study international business and human resource management. His research has been intensively presented and published nationally and internationally.
He provides volunteer consulting for a number of nonprofit organizations.
Malcolm formerly served as an elder of the Hillcrest Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas.
Jim received his education from Lipscomb University and Middle Tennessee State University. He began his work with Lipscomb University in May 1999 after having worked in Development with Herald of Truth ministries for eight years. Jim also served as pulpit minister for churches in Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee for 29 years. He currently serves as Chaplain for the Stone Rivers Manor and retired in August of 2019 as the pulpit minister of the Vultee Church of Christ. He and his wife, Mary, live in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Board Chairman Wes Cunningham was employed by the Sears Holdings Corporation for 43 years and is now retired.
Cunningham has been married to his wife, Joyce, for 49 years and they live in Elgin, Ill. They worship with the Cardinal Drive Church of Christ in Rolling Meadows, Ill. where he has served the congregation as an Elder for 25 years and is a frequent teacher in the adult Bible education ministry.
Doug Edwards spent about 42 years of his career serving on the
administration of small Christian colleges and universities, having served as Vice President on three different campuses. In his “retirement years” he did the fund raising at Camp Manatawny, a Christian camp in Pennsylvania for six years. He is currently employed as Director of Philanthropy at the Church of Christ Care Center, a Christian senior care facility in Clinton Township, Mich. This campus has a 77-year history and has about 230 senior residents, nearly 250 employees and offers a variety of services and levels of care. Doug received his bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine in Art Education and a master’s degree from Villanova University in Educational Leadership.
Doug is currently serving as an elder at the Metro Church of Christ in Sterling Heights, Mich. This is the fourth congregation in which Doug has served as elder in the last 28 years.
Doug is married to Janet (Huffard) Edwards, and they have two married children and five grandchildren. Their son, Phillip, is married to Terri Perry Edwards, and their daughter, Laura, is married to James Hodges. Both families live in Texas near Austin.
A Marketing graduate of Abilene Christian University, Rick Elam has worked for the Vanguard Group in Valley Forge, PA since 1984. He is currently a client administration manager in the institutional division.
For 13 years, Rick was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Coventry Christian Schools in Pottstown, Pa. Since 2005, he has been an elder at the Chesmont Church of Christ. Rick and his wife, Kathy, have three children.
Dr. Michael Houts has a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and currently serves as Nuclear Research Manager
for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Prior to joining NASA, Dr. Houts worked 11 years with Los Alamos National Laboratory serving in various positions including Team Leader for Criticality, Reactor, and Radiation Physics and Deputy Group Leader of the 70-person Nuclear Design and Risk Analysis Group. Recent awards include a NASA Exceptional Service Medal, a NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal, and being selected as an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Dr. Houts grew up outside the church and was a staunch evolutionist through his early twenties. Dr. Houts and his wife were baptized into the Lord’s church in 1999, and have two children. Dr. Houts also serves as an auxiliary staff science writer for Apologetics Press.
Andy Starck is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and now works
as President/CEO of Starck Real Estate. He served in the Texas National Guard for six years. Andy volunteers as a Cubmaster for boy scouts and also serves on the Hershy High School Booster Club and the High School District 214 Foundation. He was named an ACU Distinguished Alumni in 1997-98.
He and his wife Sharon, attend the Cardinal Church of Christ in Rolling Meadows, Ill. They have two children and six grandchildren..
A native of Rutherford County, Tenn., Lynn Watson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University and his doctor of jurisprudence degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.
Lynn practiced law in Murfreesboro for nine years and served five years on the Board of Trustees of Middle Tennessee Christian School. In 1992, Lynn became the President of MTCS where he served for twenty years. In 2012, he returned to the practice of law, focusing on wills, trusts, estates and charitable gift planning.
Lynn is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and a graduate of Leadership Rutherford. He was one of the founders of Youth Leadership Rutherford, a program that each year provides more than thirty outstanding high school students from across Rutherford County opportunities for leadership development while learning more about their county. He has served on the board of Leadership Rutherford and the National Christian School Association, and he currently serves on the board of The Journey Home, Inc.