Church Staff

  • David Lough, Preaching Minister (dglcanyon@gmail.com)
    David began his work as University’s preaching minister in 1993. He grew up in eastern New Mexico, where he graduated from Lovington High School in 1972. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Abilene Christian University. Prior to coming to Canyon, David served congregations in Morenci, Arizona; Sweetwater, Texas; Fort Sumner, New Mexico; Aspermont, Texas;  and Early, Texas. He has been married to his wife Lynette for more than 40 years and they have three adult sons and two grandchildren.
  • Chris Roberts, Youth Minister (chris.roberts.ucc@gmail.com)
    Chris accepted the youth minister position at University at the beginning of summer 2018. A longtime member of University, Chris graduated from Canyon High School and was an active student leader at Buffs for Christ on the campus of West Texas A&M University. After graduating from WTAMU, Chris taught at Brownfield ISD before returning to teach math and physics at his alma mater, Canyon High School. Chris and his wife Kaylee have one son.
  • Kent Mereness, College Minister (kentmereness@gmail.com)
    Kent began his work as the director of the Church of Christ Bible Chair (Buffs for Christ) on the campus of West Texas A&M University in 2008. Kent is a graduate of Amarillo High School and holds a Bachelors of Arts in Bible and Preaching from Lubbock Christian University and a Masters of Arts in Communication Studies from Texas Tech University. Prior to accepting the job as Bible Chair director, he worked at the Providence Road Church of Christ in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock. Kent and his wife Brynn have four children.

  • Bob Shepard, Education Minister (ucoc3400@gmail.com)
    Bob currently serves as University’s education minister. He grew up in Plainview, Texas, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Texas Tech University and a Masters in Theology from Harding Graduate School in Memphis, Tennessee. He began his work in ministry in 1965, serving congregations in Elaine, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; Durant, Oklahoma; and Edmond, Oklahoma. Bob and his wife Linda came to Canyon in 1973 when he began serving as the director of the Church of Christ Bible Chair at West Texas State University. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 2009. Since that time, Bob has served as University’s education minister. He and Linda recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and have two grown children and three grandchildren.
  • Sean Pullen, Worship Coordinator
    Sean began his work as University’s worship minister in 2013, when he moved to Canyon to join the faculty at West Texas A&M University. He grew up in League City, Texas, is a graduate of Clear Creek High School, and holds a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music (Conducting) from the University of Houston,  and a Doctorate of Musical Arts (Conducting) from Claremont Graduate University. He has served with the South Houston Bible Institute, West University Church of Christ, Inland Valley Church of Christ, Clear Lake Church of Christ, Southwest Central Church of Christ, and the University Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas. Sean and his wife Amanda have two children.
  • Kyla BakerSummer Youth Intern
    Kyla is currently a student at West Texas A&M University and active in the Buffs for Christ ministry. She is returning for a second summer as a youth intern at University. She graduated from Borger High School in 2014. She attended my freshman year of college at Clarendon College where she played softball. She transferred to WT the fall of 2015 and is majoring in sports and exercise science. She plans to graduate in December and find a coaching/teaching job.
  • Spencer Houdyshell, Summer Youth Intern
    Spencer is currently a junior at Lubbock Christian University and is pursuing a degree in Youth and Family Ministry. He currently attends South Plains Church Church of Christ, where he has served with the youth and college ministries. He served as a youth intern in Midland last summer and is excited to return to his home church and serve the community that helped shape him during his teenage years.