Board of Trustees, 2018-19

Mrs. Heidi Arneson
Mrs. Heidi ArnesonBoard Chair
About Heidi
Heidi currently works as principal of the firm, Noble Wolf I. Noble Wolf I is an Advisory Firm that works with clients to help them develop, manage and execute their business strategies. She previously worked as Managing Director for Noble Capital Partners, an investment firm that sourced and raised capital for private equity investments. Prior to her work at Noble Capital Partners she worked for more than 20 years as North American executive for Indofin Group, a Single Family Office that serves as a globally operating investment group headquartered in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Heidi attended Oral Roberts University and earned a B.S. in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has traveled internationally on mission trips, held various committee and chairman roles in her home church, Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Bible Seminary. Mrs. Arneson has served on the Board of Trustees for Grace International Children’s Foundation. Heidi is married to her high school sweetheart, David Arneson and they have four children, and two grandchildren.
Mr. Doug Johnson
Mr. Doug JohnsonVice-Chair
About Doug
Doug is retired from serving as Vice-President and Controller of Phillips 66. Previously, Mr. Johnson served at ConocoPhillips as General Manager, Upstream Finance, Strategy and Planning, as General Manager, Downstream Finance, and as General Manager, Upstream Finance. He and his wife, Diana, have two children.
Mr. Steve Wood
Mr. Steve WoodSecretary/Treasurer
About Steve
Steve was born and raised in Big Spring, Texas. He attended Stephen F Austin State University and received a bachelors degree in accounting. Mr. Wood worked in the Oil & Gas industry primarily in finance, IT and accounting roles. He recently retired from ConocoPhillips where he held various positions including Manager of Finance Functional Excellence and General Auditor/ Vice President of DCP Midstream. Steve is a member of Sugar Creek Baptist Church – Missouri City campus. He serves in the local church as a deacon, heads several ministries and co-leads a Life Group. Steve and family have participated in medical missions trips to Nicaragua. He and his wife of 41 years, Kyra, have two children and three grandsons.
Mr. George Armistead
Mr. George Armistead
About George
George was raised on a cotton/soybean farm in the Mississippi Delta.  He accepted Christ at the age of 11 and has been a Christ follower since.   He attended Mississippi State University and graduated with a degree in petroleum engineering.   George is a professional engineer and worked for Unocal/Chevron in various drilling engineering and management positions retiring with 43 years of service.  He enjoys and has participated on many service and mission events.  George has been the husband to Nettie Armistead since 1979 and they have three children.
Mr. Robert Button
Mr. Robert Button
About Bob

Robert (Bob) is a retired Oil & Gas industry leader with more than 30 years domestic and international Exploration and Production (E&P) experience. Bob has held a range of leadership positions including executive, operations management, corporate strategy, project management and capability development with Amoco, BP, and Glori Energy. He served as President of Glori Holdings, and as the Vice President of global Organization Capability for Operations, Health-Safety-Environment, and Engineering within BP’s E&P Segment.

Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University and is a graduate of the MIT/Sloan School BP Operations Academy. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Source for Women, a Christ-centered non-profit women’s reproductive healthcare provider, and, is a small group leader with Grace Fellowship UMC. He and his wife, Diane, have two grown daughters and one+ grandchildren.

Lt. Col. Rebecca Klein
Lt. Col. Rebecca Klein
About Becky

Rebecca (Becky) is Principal of Klein Energy, LLC, an energy and water consulting company based in Austin, Texas. Her clients include international and domestic companies focused on penetrating or expanding in North America and whose needs concern regulatory, commercial, financial, strategic, and/or government affairs expertise. Over the last twenty years she has worked in Washington, DC and in Texas in the energy, water and national security arenas.

Becky served as Chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas as well as the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Lower Colorado River Authority. Her experience in Washington, DC also includes senior positions at the White House, U.S. Trade Development Agency, the American Enterprise Institute and as a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Becky sits on various corporate boards and is also the founder of the non-profit, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute. She also served as a Trustee for the Baptist University of the Americas.

Becky retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. She received her academic training at Stanford University (B.A., Biology); Georgetown University (M.A., National Security Studies); and St. Mary’s Law School (J.D.). She is fluent in Spanish having grown up partly in Venezuela and Mexico. She and her husband, Dale, live in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Jim Leggett
Dr. Jim Leggett
About Jim
Jim has been a Christ-follower for over 30 years. He is the husband of Lisa and the father of Smith, Grace, and John David. The founding president of The Bible Seminary, Jim holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Jim has been in the ministry for over 20 years and is the founding pastor of Grace Fellowship UMC in Katy, Texas, whose vision is to be a house of prayer for all nations. Two of his lifetime goals are to preach through all 66 books of the Bible at Grace Fellowship and to trust God to reach 10 unreached people groups. Jim believes that there is a dynamic tie between the local church and a life-giving Bible Seminary.
Dr. Leonard Merrell
Dr. Leonard Merrell
About Leonard
Leonard Merrell is a retired educator, having most recently retired in June 2007 after 12 years as Superintendent of Katy Independent School District (Katy ISD). After 39 years, serving as a coach and classroom teacher, principal, business manager and superintendent, Dr. Merrell currently is serving as an independent educational consultant. He served as President of the Texas Association of School Administrators and was Texas Superintendent of the Year in 1998. Currently he serves on the board of Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, having received the Gold Leadership Award from J.A. Worldwide. He is also a board member of the Katy YMCA and the Greater Houston YMCA. His alma mater, Texas A&M University-Commerce recently recognized him with a Distinguished Alumni Citation. He has been married to Dr. Linda Merrell for 46 years. They have two sons, Dr. Brian Merrell, Principal of Waller High School, and Mark Merrell, attorney with the Vorys Law Firm in Houston. They have 10 grandchildren.
Mr. Downy Vickery
Mr. Downy Vickery
About Downy
Downy is a native Houstonian and a graduate of Memorial High School and The University of Texas at Austin. He was a member of the Tradition Bank (now Prosperity Bank) family for more than 30 years and where he currently serves as an Executive Vice-President. Downy and his wife, Kavin, have have one daughter, Shannon. Like all good bankers, Downy enjoys playing golf and he and Kavin love traveling and spending time at home with their favorite dogs, Peanut & Jake! Downy and Kavin are members of Houston's First Baptist Church.
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