Amelia Rodriguez

Board Member Spotlight

Stephen Clark


Growing up in a Christian home, I went to church every Sunday until high school when my mom stopped forcing us to go. From there, I lived for what was “fun”. I got addicted to drugs halfway through high school and had no desire for things of God or whatever he may have wanted for me at that time. In 2014 my dad, Peter Clark, passed away suddenly, and life changed dramatically for me. He had regularly encouraged me towards recovery, but I was dead-set on doing things my way. I struggled with contentment, always looking for a new way to enhance the “experience” of life. Two more years passed and I found myself wholly uncontent in the way I was doing things. I was angry, depressed, and desperate for something better. I decided to begin attending church again with my mom, Luanne Clark, and shortly after got plugged into the college ministry at Sugar Creek Baptist Church, where I served as a volunteer and met Elizabeth, who is now my wife.

God is good: in the hard lessons, the easy lessons, the heartache, and the many many blessings. Elizabeth and I believe this with all our hearts. I know from my own experience how it feels to put your faith in yourself and other external “things” and the hopelessness that comes when none of those things bring peace. The goodness of God is something I have experienced as a reality; He is truly the only One worthy of devotion and worship. I am grateful for the many opportunities I have had to share my story and wish to support other efforts to spread the message of Jesus Christ who was crucified so that we may have an everlasting relationship with the God of the universe.

Butch and Ellen Booth
Chief Executive Officer
Machida, Japan

Ellen Booth

ELLEN BOBIS BOOTH


Growing up, I was the oldest of five girls in a large family of 11. We were raised in the Catholic faith, and although I went to church and did all the religious things, there was always something missing. Then, while living in the Philippines, an office worker shared what a relationship with Christ truly meant. It was then that I realized I had been patching up my life with different methods and varieties, and that all my faith now belongs to the spirit of God. In the 90s, I gave my life to Jesus while living in Japan, and I was baptized shortly after. Since then, my faith has been strengthened, and my favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11, which reminds me that God has plans for my life and that He is in control. I now strive to do what He wants me to do, not just what I want to do.

Col. Pat Briley
President
US Army
Poteau, Oklahoma

Patrick O. Briley

COLONEL (Ret) PATRICK O. BRILEY

United States Army retired Colonel Patrick O. Briley is the President of the NTLM Board of Directors. He resides part-time in Rogers AR and part-time in Corolla, NC. He is mostly retired, managing a rental property in NC and consults for the DoD on various subjects. He most recently was the Master Planner for Operation Inherent Resolve and stationed in Baghdad, Iraq for two years, returning stateside in 2020. Previous to that he was the Director, Army Reserve Installation Management Directorate, in Washington DC and Command Engineer for the United States Army Reserve Command, Fort Bragg, NC. He served in previous positions at Fort Jackson, SC, Fort Belvoir, VA, the Pentagon, Fort Shafter, HI, and has served several tours overseas, mainly in Iraq. Pat is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, Webster University, and the United States Army War College. He is married to the former Stacy Collier of Wewoka, OK, whom he met while attending Oklahoma State University and they have one son Zachary who lives with his wife in Richmond, VA. Pat and Stacy also have two daughters, Spencer Abigail, who teaches school in Sherwood, AR and Grayson Isabella who is a senior at University of Central Oklahoma. Pat accepted Christ as his savior in High School and has been active in churches wherever he was stationed and is currently active in Life Church Rogers and serves on the Operations Team there. He also is active with missions from Trinity Baptist Church, Ada, OK and travels to Belize annually with a mission’s team. Pat and Butch have been friends for about 30 years and share many close colleagues and friends. Pat has been on the Board for three years now, and in his second year as President. He has been to Japan several times, but not as a representative of NTLM, but instead as a Christian Soldier. He looks forward to going to Japan and serving with Butch when the county opens up for visitors.

Scott Huebert
Chief Financial Officer
Partner of
Finley and Cook Accounting
Shawnee, Oklahoma

Scott Huebert

SCOTT HUEBERT

Scott is the CFO of Nevertheless Missions. He grew up in Shawnee and was in Butch’s student ministry at Immanuel Baptist Church, of which he is still a member. As a young boy, Scott was led to the grace of Christ, by faith, through his parents’ testimony and witness.
Scott and his family have long had a heart for missions. As a child, his family would visit and support a Mexican mission organization based in South Texas that his grandparents were involved in. In recent years, they have been on several mission trips to Ecuador, Belize, and Mexico. It is exciting to be a part of what God is doing in Japan through Nevertheless Missions. Professionally, Scott is a 1995 graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University. He is now a partner at the public accounting firm, Finley & Cook, PLLC in Shawnee. His primary focus there is working with Native American governments and not-for-profit entities with accounting services and accounting software. Scott is blessed to have two sons, Tyler and Joseph, and a wonderful daughter in-law, Westie. A couple of years ago, Tyler opened a young and growing restaurant business called the Surf Bar. Scott is part-owner and helps with operations as the CFO.

Sharon Villareal
Secretary / Treasurer
Administrative Assistant
Sugar Land, Texas

Teresa Taylor Gardner
Insurance Agent
Shawnee Oklahoma

Brenda Zinck
Educator, Broken Arrow High School
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Brenda Zinck

BRENDA ZINCK


This is Brenda Zinck’s first year on Nevertheless Board. Brenda is married to Brian. They met at Oklahoma State University where they were both involved in Campus Crusade for Christ. They will be married 38 years at the end of December. They have three children and two grandchildren. Brett, their oldest, is married to Cherie, and they live in Aruba. Brett and Cherie have two children, Caleb, who will be three in December and Caylah who is 17 months old. Visiting Aruba is always a part of their summer plans. Bethany and Blake are Brian and Brenda’s twins, and both are schoolteachers. Bethany is a Pre-K teacher in the Broken Arrow School district, and Blake teaches Physical Science at Lincoln Christian School and also coaches high school basketball. Brenda is a Special Education English Teacher. For 18 years, Brenda worked in Sallisaw High School where she taught Direct Instruction English to 9, 10, and 11th grade students. But for the last four years, she has taught in Broken Arrow High School in a co-taught English class with 10th graders.

At two weeks old Brenda was in the nursery at church, so Brenda has always been involved with church. At the age of 8, Brenda declared to know Christ, but while at Falls Creek at the age of 16, realized that she was not in the family of God. She then professed her need for Christ as her Savior and Lord and became one of his children in the faith. Brenda was very involved in her youth group. She even felt God calling her to serve in some capacity of a youth ministry. After a year of their marriage, Brian felt the calling to be in the ministry. They moved to Fort Worth, Texas to have Brian attend seminary. While in Fort Worth, they were involved in a small group ministry of leading singles. After graduation, Brian and Brenda moved to Cabot, Arkansas where Brian served at First Baptist Church Cabot for nine years as the Youth Minister. During this time, Brian began to feel that God was calling him to Pastor. They moved to Sallisaw, Oklahoma where Brian was a Pastor for First Baptist Church Sallisaw for eighteen years. After this, they moved to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma where they live today. 

Nate Sprinkle
Pastor
Rosenberg, Texas

Nate Sprinkle

NATE SPRINKLE
Senior Pastor
Calvary Baptist Rosenberg, Texas

Nate has been married to his wife, Barbi for 27 years and is father to 5 children: Brienna Williams (married to Eli), Noah, Kira, Micah & Elijah. Currently, he is serving as Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Rosenberg, TX.

His mission and calling is to serve, shepherd, teach, and train the local church to be the loving, disciple-making body of Christ that God intends – through faith in Jesus and founded on God’s Word – so that disciples are made locally and churches are multiplied globally for the glory of Jesus Christ.

Nate’s background is a degree in mathematics and work experience as a software engineer. After 9 years of engineering work (4 years of which were in central Australia with his family), the Lord led him to start a degree in missiology from SWBTS as he and Barbi began to prepare for international mission service. Nate and his family then served in South Asia with IMB as strategy coordinators and later missionary supervisors for 7 years. Though he and his family live stateside at present, they have a love for sharing the gospel and desire for disciples to be made in the US and around the world.  One way he is able to be a part of global missions is by serving on the board of NTLM.

Nate and Butch met 7.5 years ago while he was serving as Director of Missions at Sugar Creek Baptist Church in Sugar Land, TX and Butch served in youth ministry there. Nate’s two oldest children were greatly influenced by Butch and grew in their relationships with Christ while in the youth ministry at SCBC, and they were also part of a short-term team that served with Butch and Ellen in their early days of NTLM ministry in Japan.

Richy Fisher
Pastor
Fort Smith, Arkansas

Richy Fisher

RICHY RISHER

Richy has over 30 years of ministry leadership experience ranging from small churches in rural settings to larger churches in metro areas. He has served in various leadership roles in churches, organizations and non-profits throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

He has served as consultant and contributor to numerous ministries both inside and outside the local church in addition to teaching at various ministry conferences and training events. Richy served on the board of directors of Lead 222 for numerous years until recently moving his time to Nevertheless Missions.

He and his wife Susan have been married for 31 years and have three sons Ryan (24) who is married to Samantha, William (21) who is married to Haylee and Nathan (16) who is in the 11th grade.

Richy and Susan currently live in Van Buren, Arkansas and recently took the position of Lead pastor of Community Bible Church which is a multi-site church in Fort Smith Arkansas river valley.

 

Chris Henry
Engineer
Sugarland, Texas

Chris Henry

CHRIS HENRY

Chris Henry, a native of Bossier City, Louisiana, was the youngest of 3 sons and was blessed to have parents who loved the Lord and lived out their faith.  Having dedicated his life to Jesus at the age of 8, it wasn’t until his college years that he truly understood the value of discipleship and spiritual growth through church and organizations such as Campus Crusade for Christ. 

He embarked on his educational journey at Louisiana Tech University, where he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering. With a solid academic foundation, Chris ventured into the oil and gas industry, accumulating over 25 years of design and managerial experience at various engineering and construction firms.   Beyond his professional achievements, Chris finds his greatest joy in his family life. He has been happily married to his wife, Julie, for over two decades, and together they are proud parents to three children: Chris, Ben, and Walker. Additionally, they have opened their hearts and are home to four bonus children: Paw Day, Kio, Mah Pah, and Tin Tin. Their faith plays a central role in their lives, as active members of Sugar Creek Baptist Church, where they serve in the Student Ministry, positively impacting the next generation.

Roger Sikes
Retired – IMB Missionary to Chad Africa
Fort Worth, Texas

Roger Sikes

ROGER SIKES

Roger holds a MA in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Roger and his wife served with the International Missions Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in West and North Africa. Roger is also active in the Chains of Grace Ministry, which helps parolees get a new start in life.  Nevertheless, Missions is thankful for his experience on a mission field and brings that experience to Nevertheless Missions board.

Janet Hernandez
Certified Public Accountant
Missouri City, Texas

Janet Hernandez

JANET HERNANDEZ
Manager, Trading Capability
Chevron

Janet begins her day with prayer, worship and quiet time.  Her personal statement is to empower those she cares about to live a full and meaningful life, being intentional in their relationship with Christ and family.  She strives to role model continual self-growth, and is passionate about deepening relationships with people and Jesus.  This year she and her daughter started a a Bible study for Moms of Young Children with the purpose of reaching moms to create Christian connections.  As a young mom, Janet was very passionate about church camp for her kids as church camp is where she offered her heart to Jesus in the 4th grade.  She and her husband began volunteering at youth church camp, and it was during this time that she met Butch.  She began supporting Nevertheless Missions and then began to serve on the Board. 

Janet has been married to Robert over 30 years and they have been members of Sugar Creek Baptist Church for over 20 years.  They are blessed with their son Caleb, daughter Sarah, daughter Rebecca, her husband Dustin, and grandson Malachi. Cooking as a family and exploring new foods is something they love to do as a family, as well as attend Dynamo and Astros games. 

Janet graduated from the University of Houston Clear Lake with a B.S. Accounting.  She has 28 years of experience in the energy industry in trading, analytics, finance, and operations.  She leads a global team at Chevron developing organizational capability of trading crude oil, gas, and refined products.  The past 4 years she has been selected to lead her business unit globally in Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, which involves developing fluency and arranging interactive sessions for the Leadership Team and Management.  She has served as a formal Mentor in the Women’s Energy Network for 4 years, and was a member of the 1-year Global Leadership Cohort.  She was selected to serve on the Houston Women’s Energy Network Leadership Team at Chevron, on the Career Development Committee. 

Amelia Rodriguez
Family Lawyer
Sugar Land, Texas

Amelia Rodriguez

AMELIA RODRIGUEZ

Ms. Rodriguez grew up in Laredo, Texas. She is the youngest of five children of a migrant family and first generation to attend college. She graduated from Laredo State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English. She then received her Doctor of Jurisprudence at Texas Southern University and completed her Mediation Training. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, College of the State Bar, Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and Fort Bend County Bar Association. Ms. Rodriguez desires to be used by God as a family law attorney working towards what is best for the children she has the privilege of working with.

Ms. Rodriguez actively volunteers with Harris County Dispute Resolution Center as a Civil and Family Mediator. She has delivered numerous presentations on legal topics, such as Immigration Law and laws affecting small business owners. These were presented to various Baptist General Convention of Texas groups and local church groups. She has also hosted weekly talk shows on legal issues on Radio Amistad.

Ms. Rodriguez’ passion for mission work became evident when she was a college student and worked alongside her local church doing mission work in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Later in life, Ms. Rodriguez met Butch and Ellen Booth while volunteering with the youth group at Sugar Creek Baptist Church. Ms. Rodriguez hosted a C2 group at her home for four years, hosted a high school boys bible study group, volunteered at youth camp and local summer youth mission projects. Ms. Rodriguez was also blessed to participate in various mission projects including two trips to Moore, Oklahoma when it was hit by tornadoes, a mission trip to the Philippines, and a mission to trip to Colombia with the church youth group. Furthermore, Amelia has served on the Board of Nevertheless Missions for three years. She is an expert in her field, and her contributions to the community are commendable.

Chip James
Pastor
Searcy, Arkansas

Chip James

CHIP JAMES

Chip James was saved by grace at the age of 26. He is married to his wife Brenda of 44 years. One daughter in heaven and one son 21 years old who loves Jesus and just married a beautiful young lady – Alicen.

Chip considers himself a semi-retired RN nurse administrator, 68 years old, and pastoring a fellowship called “Complete in Christ Fellowship,” which consists of an in-house 1-year phase restoration program for men who have been down the wrong road. Chip and his family minister to these families and lead a community that supports this process.

Chip has been in ministry since the day he was saved, serving in areas of youth work, bi-vocational pastoring, church starts, and ongoing mission work to Juarez, Mexico.

Chip is a licensed Christian counselor with the National Christian Counselors Association.

Chip has been a vital part of Butch’s spiritual growth since 1984. 

Christian Henry

Christian Henry

CHRISTIAN HENRY

Growing up, I never had a bad understanding of the difference between right and wrong. My family went to church every Sunday, my parents were active volunteers, and I held leadership positions in the church. I remember saying “the prayer” with my parents at a young age due to the fear of hell, but it wouldn’t be until much later that I would understand what it meant to have a relationship with Christ. A sin that I struggled with, and even find myself falling into occasionally, is seeking the approval of man. Throughout my grade school years, I would spend countless hours worrying about how others viewed me. This anxiety carried on into my relationship with people I had never met, my friends, my parents, and even God. I was always trying to carry out an action to receive the approval of those figures. The anxiety eventually became too much for my flesh to handle and led to a mouth that would cut the heart of a brother, eyes that viewed a daughter of God as an object, and ears that only cared about what I had to say. This led to this infinite cycle where I knew the things I was doing were shameful, which led to me having anxiety and then crawling back to the same actions.

While this was going on, I was still being dragged to church on Sunday by my parents. By this time, I had told myself there was no reason for God to want me. I was permanently stained by the disobedience I had committed. I remember hearing Romans 3:23 one Sunday: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” This verse would lay the groundwork for showing me that there is nothing that I can do to earn perfection. Throughout high school and early college, God would use this verse to chip away at my heart and show me that he desires to have a relationship with me. For many, they can remember the specific day that they decided to surrender their life to Christ. Although I don’t have a particular day, I could see the change in my life. My mouth was focused on sharing the work that God had done in me, my eyes were focused on eternal things, and my ears desired to hear the word of God. 

Through all this, God has given me a heart for international students and foreign missions. I have had the opportunity to go to southeastern Asia several times and hope to continue that tradition by going to Japan.

After serving alongside Butch and Ellen in two different nations, I’ve done more to get involved with Nevertheless Missions.  I now have the honor of serving as one of the Board Members.

Stephen Clark
Pasadena, Texas

Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark


Growing up in a Christian home, I went to church every Sunday until high school when my mom stopped forcing us to go. From there, I lived for what was “fun”. I got addicted to drugs halfway through high school and had no desire for things of God or whatever he may have wanted for me at that time. In 2014 my dad, Peter Clark, passed away suddenly, and life changed dramatically for me. He had regularly encouraged me towards recovery, but I was dead-set on doing things my way. I struggled with contentment, always looking for a new way to enhance the “experience” of life. Two more years passed and I found myself wholly uncontent in the way I was doing things. I was angry, depressed, and desperate for something better. I decided to begin attending church again with my mom, Luanne Clark, and shortly after got plugged into the college ministry at Sugar Creek Baptist Church, where I served as a volunteer and met Elizabeth, who is now my wife.

God is good: in the hard lessons, the easy lessons, the heartache, and the many many blessings. Elizabeth and I believe this with all our hearts. I know from my own experience how it feels to put your faith in yourself and other external “things” and the hopelessness that comes when none of those things bring peace. The goodness of God is something I have experienced as a reality; He is truly the only One worthy of devotion and worship. I am grateful for the many opportunities I have had to share my story and wish to support other efforts to spread the message of Jesus Christ who was crucified so that we may have an everlasting relationship with the God of the universe.