We are a church that enjoys praising God together.
To lead people into a growing relationship with Christ.
What We Believe
Statement of Beliefs.
There is only one true God.
He is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He is eternal and co-exists equally in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We learn about God through His creation, His Word and His Son.
God loves us more than we can imagine.
Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God. Co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit, He came to earth and became man to show God’s love by dying on a cross, paying the penalty that our sins deserve in our place. He was dead for three days and then he rose from the grave, conquering death and claiming eternal life for everyone who believes in Him. Jesus wants to have a relationship with every person.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with God the Father and God the Son. He dwells in each member of God’s family as a Helper and Guide. He helps us realize our need for salvation. At the point of salvation, the Holy Spirit comes to live in our physical bodies as His home. He provides help to do what is right, strength to serve Jesus, and direction for living life God’s way.
The Bible is God’s written Word. The process that God used to give us His Word is called inspiration, which means God-breathed. The Word of God is without error and is truth. It tells us who God is, why He loves us, and what His plans are for us. The Bible is the authority or standard for living our lives according to God’s will for us.
We are created in the image of God. God gave us free will because He wants us to be able to choose to love Him, and not because we have to love Him. The first man, Adam, chose to sin, and now every person is born with a sinful nature. We are incapable of achieving a right relationship with God through our own efforts we are called to love all people and not dishonor anyone.
Everyone sins. Sin separates us from God because God is perfect and sin is not. It is impossible to cover up sin by being a good person, doing good things, or by going to church. When Jesus died on the cross, His blood was the price for our sin. When He rose again, He conquered death for us too. We receive salvation by trusting and believing in Jesus. When we decide to follow Jesus, we demonstrate our trust in Him by being baptized in water.
The Church is made up of everyone who has chosen to follow Jesus. The Church is not a building or one particular group of believers. God wants us to gather regularly to worship Jesus, to use our gifts in service to Him and to love and encourage others. The Church also exists to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the world.
Marriage & Sexuality
God created us with a soul that will never cease to exist. Those who choose to follow Jesus will spend eternity with God in Heaven. Those who reject Jesus by refusing to follow Him will spend eternity in Hell. Heaven and Hell are real places.
“Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:12
Steve and Cyndi Oliver were married on February 18, 1982 in Duncanville, Texas. Steve worked in manufacturing and maintenance until he turned 35 and made the decision to go into ministry. He attended the Preston Road Center for Education and graduated in 1995. Steve and Cyndi served for 10 years in Lancaster, then 8 years in Midlothian and began helping the Maypearl church on a part time basis in 2013. He came on board full time in 2014. The Olivers enjoy spending time with their family. They have 5 grown children, Josh and his wife Jennifer, Chance and his wife Lexi, Cassidy, Halie, and Katie. So far they have one grandchild, Connor. Steve enjoys preaching, teaching and helping people. His favorite verse is John 1:14. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. His favorite song, at this moment is “Who You Say I Am”.
Youth & Family Minister
Ben and Gena Lazcano began their full-time youth ministry in June of 2005, shortly after their wedding and graduation from Abilene Christian University. Ben spent 5 years as youth and worship minister at the Salado Church of Christ while Gena taught kindergarten, until their first born Bennett was born in 2008. They spent a year doing ministry at Cherokee Home for Children as boys house parents, when their second born, Donovan, came in 2010. Their family joined the Maypearl Church in the summer of 2011, when Ben became the full-time youth and family minister. Their third son, Zander was born in 2013. Their family loves soccer, music, and family time. Ben’s favorite verse is 2 Cor. 4:16, about fixing our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. His favorite song is “I’m at Your Mercy” by Acappella.
Congregational & Outreach Minister
Carter married Mileta on 6-2-79 which is ironic because when they were dating he constantly called her home phone number of (214)224-6279. They raised 3 sons (Jerrod, Landon and Drew) in Maypearl and now they also claim Eric Norwood as he spent much time with the family growing up. Carter and Mileta are so thankful to GOD for their sons, 4 daughters-in-law and 7 grandchildren (with 2 more on the way). Carter received a BBA in Management from UTArlington. He worked for 35 years with the telephone company (Southwestern Bell–SBC-AT&T) most of it as a crew supervisor. A favorite song is Ten Thousand Reasons (Bless the LORD) by Mat Redman. He really likes Romans 15:13 because it reminds of the joy we can have today because of GOD’s love and the hope HE has given us through JESUS. Carter has even greater joy because of the decision to make a life/career change in 2011–coming to work at Maypearl church of CHRIST.
John Oliver was installed as an elder in Maypearl in 1999. He, Brenda and their three sons began attending in Maypearl in 1995. John and Brenda were married February, 11, 1984 and jointly own Oliver Manufacturing which produces machines for measuring and cutting flooring material. Each of their machines is delivered to their customers with the label “To God be the Glory” on it. Their company is respected worldwide for the quality of their product. In addition, they, along with their son Mark and his family are involved in the Longhorn industry and have won many awards for the quality of their stock. Their family also includes three daughters-in-law and four grandkids. John says his favorite song is “There is a habitation.” His favorite scripture Romans 8: 1-4 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
Brent Taylor became an elder in 1999 and has served as church treasurer since that year as well. He regularly teaches the young adult class on Sundays. He married Gail, a native of Maypearl, on May 23, 1982. He credits Gail with introducing him to the Lord. After Brent’s graduation from the University of Oklahoma, he and Gail moved back to Maypearl in 1987. They have three daughters, two granddaughters and are guardians to their three nieces, currently enrolled in the MISD. They consider Anya, a young lady from Moldova, as family as well. Brent retired from the oil and gas industry after 27 years, mostly working as an operations engineer and operations manager/executive. Gail retired from school administration in 2014. Brent’s favorite song is “Even If” by MercyMe and favorite scripture is Philippians 3:13-14 “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do; forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Bill Wheatley moved to Maypearl in 1973 and has been a member of the Maypearl church since that time. Bill attended the Sunset School of Preaching in Lubbock, TX graduating in 1965 and has preached at several congregations in Texas. He began his career as an OTR truck driver in 1974 and drove until 2014. Bill became an elder in 1999. He married Linda on April 16, 1961 and they have four children and 9 grandkids and five great grandkids. Linda and Bill enjoy camping with their family and friends. He enjoys singing “I’ll Fly Away” and his favorite scripture is Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen!”
Jim Forsythe became an elder in Maypearl in July 2016, but has served a total of 11 years as elder in Midlothian and Hillsboro. Jim retired in 1995 from the Medical Laboratory industry where he worked as a technician and later as lab director and sales and marketing. Jim and Doris were married May 27, 1965 and have two daughters and five grandchildren. Jim is in the rotation for teaching the adult class on Wednesday evening and he and Doris help with registering kids for Camp Wednesday on Wednesday evenings. Jim’s favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” and loves singing “His Grace Reaches Me”.
Roy Harris began his career as a carpenter at the age of 12 and has not decided yet when he will retire. He married Joyce on January 4, 1957 and has four grown children (3 of whom currently attend Maypearl Church of Christ), 10 granddaughters (6 of whom currently attend Maypearl Church of Christ), 1 grandson and 14 great grandkids! He has been a member of the Church for over 72 years, serving as a deacon for 6 of those years and was added to the eldership at Maypearl in July 2016. The 103 Psalm is his favorite scripture and his favorite song is “I have decided to follow Jesus”.
James Beam Jr.
James Beam, Jr. became an elder in 2019. He regularly teaches the young adult class on Wednesdays. He married Gena, a native of Waxahachie, on January 19, 1977. James says that she has been the “constant steady” in his life, helping him to become the man for God that he strives to be. Just one year later, James attended the Preston Road School of Preaching, graduating in January 1980. They have been involved in full time ministry in several cities: Waxahachie, TX; Pierre, SD; Guthrie, OK; Maypearl, TX; and Hearne, TX. They moved back into the area in 2009. They have two children and three grandchildren. James currently works at Refrigeration Design Technologies as a senior project manager. Gena retired in 2017. James’s favorite song is “How Great The Father’s Love”. One of his favorite scriptures is I John 3:19-20 “This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence: if our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything.”
Building & Grounds
Steve Mulvany and his wife, Toni, grew up in Maypearl and were married 8/25/1978. They have a daughter and son-in-law and two granddaughters. Steve retired from the Dallas Fire Department as a Captain in 2016 and currently has his own residential construction company as he has worked in carpentry since graduating from high school. Steve became deacon over building and grounds in August 2016. One of his favorite verses is Romans 8:28 and his favorite song is “It Is Well With My Soul”.
Missions & Benevolence
Paul and Kaylynn Day were married 8/20/1983 and moved to Maypearl with their children in 1996. Paul owns Paul Day Excavating Co., specializing in earth moving. Kaylynn is in Education Administration in the Midlothian ISD. They have two grown children and two grandchildren. Paul loves singing and praising and lists as one of his favorites Mercy Me’s “Even If”. Paul has been deacon over Missions and Benevolence since 2016 and is responsible for helping people in our community who are in need as well as coordinating with those whose mission work the church supports outside of our community. His favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians Chapter 13.
Joe Porter has been the deacon of Camp Wednesday (our Wednesday night youth outreach program) since August 2016. He helps with teaching classes on Wednesday evenings and is the leader of one of our Life Groups. He and Renea were married October 25, 1980 and have two kids and two grandkids. Joe works in construction managing operations of a utility boring company. Renea works in property and evidence for the Cedar Hill Police Department. Joe and his family moved to Maypearl in July of 2000 and both of their kids graduated from MHS. Joe lists “It Is Well With My Soul” as his favorite song and Philippians 4:11-13 as his favorite scripture. This scripture was circled and marked in his dad’s Bible as well.
Congregation & Worship
Josh Oliver is the deacon over Worship and Congregational Life at the Maypearl Church of Christ where his duties include planning and organizing worship on a weekly basis. He enjoys leading praise and worship and teaching the adult bible class on Wednesday nights. He is also a leader of one of our Life Groups that meet on Sunday nights in the homes of our members. He and his family began worshipping in Maypearl in the summer of 2014 and decided to move to Maypearl from Waxahachie to be more involved in the community in which they worship.
Josh met his wife, Jennifer, while attending Abilene Christian University where he received a degree in Christian Ministry and went on to get a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy while Jennifer got her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. Jennifer works as a speech therapist for the Waxahachie Independent School District and is passionate about her work with children on the autism spectrum. Josh is a sergeant with the Waxahachie Police Department where he supervises patrol officers. He is also an instructor, specializing in mental health and hostage negotiation. Josh and Jennifer have one son, Conner.
Garry Harris and his wife Jamie are lifelong residents of Maypearl and high school sweethearts. They were married April 29, 1977 and have two daughters and 5 grandkids. Garry has worked in maintenance at Martin Marietta since graduating from MHS. Jamie works as an RN at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Waxahachie. Garry can fix anything and has been deacon over transportation since August 2016 with the responsibility of keeping our van and bus in good running condition. Garry and Jamie enjoy riding their motorcycles and going on cruises. Garry’s favorite song is “Victory in Jesus” and his favorite scripture is Colossians 3:23-24.
Nathan Whittlesey has been an insurance adjuster since 2011 having gained experience in this industry through ownership of a fire and water restoration business for several years. Prior to that Nathan had served as a preaching minister for three years. Nathan and Crystal were married in 1999 and have 5 children. Their family recently moved from Waxahachie to Maypearl so that they could be more involved in the community in which they worship! Nathan was added as the deacon over education in August 2016. One of his favorite songs is “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. His favorite scripture is Exodus 33:12-23.