MINISTER & SUPPORT STAFF BIOS
Byron Fike - Preaching Minister
Byron’s primary responsibility is to help the church stay focused on Jesus and following him. He does this through preaching and teaching, counseling and advising, praying and meditating, visiting and chatting, reading and studying (though not necessarily in this order!). Byron also functions as the lead minister by helping the ministerial staff work together as a team.
Byron has been married to his wonderful wife, Liz, since 1981. They have three grown children and five grandchildren. (They are happy to share pictures and stories with anyone indicating even mild interest.) Byron has long considered his family to be his most important ministry.
Byron’s resume reads like an advertisement for the Harding family of schools. He holds a Master’s in Theology from Harding School of Theology, a Bachelor’s in Bible from Harding University and a high school diploma from Harding Academy. In the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that all three of his children hold Bachelor’s degrees from Abilene Christian University.
Byron believes the best part of living in Houston is the ability to swim 7 to 8 months out of the year. In addition to swimming, he also enjoys walking his dog each day and playing guitar. His most passionate hobby is watching University of Alabama football and remembering the glory days of Coach Bear Bryant, when Byron sold Cokes, programs, and posters just to get into the games free. (Byron spent most of his formative years in Tuscaloosa.)
“I came to Clear Lake Church of Christ in December of 1999 completely convinced that God had called me to this work. After serving here all these years I believe our greatest days lie ahead of us. The elders are faithful and courageous. My fellow ministers are passionate and devoted. The congregation is welcoming and together we are all seeking to be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit to reflect Jesus to each other, our friends, our community, and our world.”
“We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.” (Colossians 1:28-29)
Donna Stone - Student Minister
Donna is one of our youth ministers and has worked with our youth in a variety of roles – first as a volunteer and now on staff- over the past 28 years. While she is also a full-time teacher at Clear Brook High School, Donna partners with Jarron Sharp (and all of our Refuge parents who are the “primary youth ministers”) to lead, teach, mentor, and disciple our CLCC 6th–12th grade students in spiritual growth and development.
Donna was raised in Sealy, Texas, as the third of four daughters born to Shirley and (the late) Bill Stone. She is the “favorite” aunt (of course!) of nine nieces and nephews. Over the years, Donna has unofficially adopted a few sons and daughters who she refers to as her “children by love if not by blood” – the best kind, she says, because she can spend time with them and spoil them… and then send them home to their parents.
After graduating from Sealy High School in 1981, Donna received a B.S.Ed from Abilene Christian University (1985) and an M.S.Ed from Baylor University (1986). The rest of her education has come from the School of Life.
If sleeping could be considered as a hobby, Donna would list it. But just in case, she also enjoys reading (or listening to audible books while she travels or works out), camping (although she doesn’t get to go often enough), and watching movies. Donna loves to sing and plays guitar, mostly to write songs that make fun of graduating seniors.
“It is easy to want to worship with and serve your family, and that is what CLCC is to me – my family. No family is perfect, of course, but I appreciate the way our members strive to love each other when things are good as well as when they are hard. I have seen firsthand the way this church shows their love through action, I believe our leadership is genuinely interested in following the leading of the Spirit. This is a church who helps me continue to grow my faith, and that’s why I’m all in.”
“Many years ago, I chose to take seriously the words of Jesus when He said the two most important commands are to love God and love my neighbor. (Mark 12:28-31) I strive to love others in a way that will draw people to the heart of God. But I know that my love has to be more than just “talk” so I also often remind myself of I John 3:16-18, where John says to ‘love with actions and in truth’.
Liz Fike - Connecting Minister
Liz Fike is responsible for day-to-day office management and ministry operations. In addition, she works to build a sense of community by attempting to connect people to people, people to ministries, and people and ministries to resources.
Liz has been married to Byron for 34 years. She is “Mom” to Jeremy Fike, Ben Fike and Elizabeth Arizpe, and is thankful for their wonderful spouses, Adrienne, Laura and Jaime, who round out their family so perfectly. She loves being “Grizzie” to her precious grandchildren and looks forward to spending much more time with each of them.
Liz graduated from Harding University in 1981 with a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education.
Liz loves to take naps, do water aerobics, and spend time with friends and family. She and Byron also enjoy grandparenting.
“God brought us to Clear Lake at the end of 1999. I have come to love and appreciate our church family for its commitment to showing people the love of God. I am grateful for the ways God has used church to shape and form my life and it is my hope and prayer that our church will be a place that continues to form myself and others into His likeness.
“It is for this reason that this passage from Ephesians 4: 11- 16 has become very meaningful to me: ‘So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.“
Jason Harvey - Minister to Families with Children
Jason is the Children’s and Family Minister at Clear Lake Church of Christ. He organizes Bible classes, Nursery, and other children events like His Kids Camp. He works to involve parents and empower them to act as the primary spiritual influencers in their children’s lives.
Jason met his wife Heather at Oklahoma Christian University and they married in October of 2009. They have three young children, Adley, Elijah, and Mikelle.
Jason has an undergraduate degree in Bible, a Master of Business Administration, and Master of Arts in Bible with and emphasis in Family Ministry from Oklahoma Christian University.
Jason enjoys working with his hands, playing active sports, and cracking a good joke.
“At Clear Lake Church of Christ, there is a community that has come together for the purpose of glorifying God with the hope of serving Him. I know God can work within this church and through this church and I am excited to be at a place like that.”
“The guiding principle of my life and ministry comes out of 1 Corinthians 11:1: ‘Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.’ I both follow Christ and lead others to Him. I should enable others to take on the same challenge.”
Jannacoeli (Janna) Gonzalez - Hispanic Outreach Minister
As the Hispanic Outreach Minister, Janna is responsible for sharing the good news of the Gospel to Spanish speakers. She is also responsible for ministering, teaching, and interpreting Sunday services and any other congregational activity to our Hispanic members. Janna is passionate about what she does and she is thankful that God has called her to be one of His servants.
Janna has been married to Pablo Gonzalez since 1988. Pablo is a former Merchant Marine officer who is currently working as a Marine Surveyor in the Houston area. Pablo is a caring and supportive spouse that has been involved in every aspect of Janna’s life, including ministry. Together they have three wonderful daughters: Oriana, a marketing professional, married to Kyle Wilson, who works as a middle school teacher; Johanna, a marketing and art student at the University of Houston; and Alana, a middle schooler who loves to dance and play sports.
Janna received her Law degree from La Universidad Santa Maria de Venezuela. Later she moved to Austin, Texas, where she was trained as an interpreter. In 2011 she graduated from the Texas International Bible Institute. Janna has been certified in anger management techniques and as a trainer for “Searching For The Truth Awareness”, a Bible-based program that helps people process emotional pain and provides tools to overcome addiction.
Janna is a people-person; she likes spending time with family and friends. Being able to keep in touch with loved ones is one of the things that she enjoys and appreciates the most. Janna has an adventurous heart that keeps her looking for places to visit and explore, so traveling has been significant in her life. In fact, she met her husband, Pablo, while traveling to Europe on a cargo ship.
“After visiting for a short period of time, Clear Lake Church of Christ became home to me. Its loving, humble, and honest leadership was something that I appreciated immediately. In fact, that example has been one of the most impactful influences in my spiritual life, as believer and as a servant.
I believe God called me and allowed me to be prepared for working for His kingdom serving the Hispanic community and CLCoC graciously gave me the opportunity to do so, entrusting me with the Hispanic Outreach ministry. I am honored to be able to serve God with the fullness of my capacity here, and I am thankful to be a part of a wonderful family and team.”
“I believe that God has called me to serve Him leading people to Christ through the teaching of His word. What other scripture could be more descriptive of the mission of doing so? ‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ (Matthew 28:19-20)"
Rossana Phillips - Administrative Assistant
Rossana works in the church’s front office and is often the first person you will meet. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Rossana assists visitors, members, ministers, and staff with needs and requests or finds the correct person to help.
She and her husband, Barry, recently celebrated 25 years of marriage. They have been graced with beautiful children: Ian (23), Jenna (daughter by marriage to Ian), Collin (21), Lauren (14), and Champ, their 12-year-old Golden. Approximately one year ago, they relocated from Miami, Florida, where they attended Sunset Church of Christ for 20 years.
Rossana graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 1992 from Barry University in Miami, Florida.
Rossana’s free time includes organizing and coordinating home and family projects, sewing, playing tennis with her husband, walking with Champ, and attending Pure Barre classes.
“Before even considering where Lauren would attend school in Houston, we researched the area churches. We wanted to become members of a church where love and relationship surpass judgment and tradition. Clear Lake Church of Christ is that church for us.“
Carrie Colley - Communications and Facilities
Carrie’s responsibilities include maintaining the building and grounds and maintaining the calendar of events for the church. She also is responsible for communicating what is happening within our church community through graphics, and written and electronic communication.
Carrie has been married to Michael since 1994 and they have one daughter, Ella. Carrie’s mother also attends Clear Lake Church of Christ. Her extended family is mostly in Texas, Montana, and North Carolina.
Carrie graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
Carrie loves animals and loves to travel. She would spend every vacation visiting a new zoo if she could.
“I chose to come to Clear Lake because my mom was attending, but I chose to stay because I saw a group of people really seeking God’s heart. There was no blind following of church doctrine or tradition. The leaders for this church strive to do things to God’s glory and are constantly going back to His word to seek truth. There is honesty and acceptance here that is hard to find anywhere else."
Brook Thompson - Finance
Brook works dual roles here at our church. She is the Director of the Mother's Day Out and Preschool Program and works in the Finance office as the Bookkeeper for the church. God has give Brook a heart to walk alongside parents and caregivers as they nurture their children. As Bookkeeper she handles many of the finance office responsibilities including: processing contributions, accounts payable, and payroll.
Brook is happily married to Dwayne. Together they are raising 3 teenagers. They love seeing how God is working in the lives of their children and look forward to what the future holds for their family.
Brook enjoys time spent outdoors with her family and friends. She likes camping, hiking, biking, walking and most water recreational activities. Brook also enjoys building and repurposing furniture.
“I serve at Clear Lake because I love God and I love His people. I have a desire to see families whole and working together for the health of the greater community. Although I worship with another local church group, I believe God loves the unity of his children and desires for us all to work together for His greater Kingdom story here on earth. ”