Meet the Founders

What others say

Passionate, Authentic, Real...just a few character traits used, when asked what David & Gayla Summerlin are like.

Our Journey

Both raised in great homes, Gayla's in Church, David's not so much. Married in 1980, both attended Sam Houston State University, and were a part of Chi Alpha Student Ministries where we received our calling for Ministry. Upon completion of College (1982), David received a degree in Accounting, and we moved back to Houston, Tx to work and begin our family. Becoming involved in our home Church (Lindale Assembly of God), teaching Sunday School, singing in Christmas musicals, helping with evangelistic outreaches, going on missions trips, and eventually David began preaching in 1986. A brief history of the journey is outlined below.

  • In 1988, with the blessing of our Pastor, James McKeehan (Lindale Assembly of God) we started a Church in our home, with a vision to reach drug addicts, alcoholics, and anyone beat down with extreme problems. 
    • Worked bi-vocational working my own business (Homeowners Association Bookkeeping/Billing). Sold this business in 1991.
  • In 1991, we moved to Conroe, Texas and joined the staff of First Assembly of God Conroe, under the leadership of Pastor Lloyd Maddoux working as Youth Pastors, Athletic Director (Lifestyle Christian School), School Teacher, Sunday School Leader, and several other positions through time.
    • 1993 - Joined our family owned Water District Bookkeeping business (District Data Services, Inc.), assisting my parents until their retirement in 1998.
    • 1998 - 2001 Joined the staff of Association of Water Board Directors, as Administrative Director. 
  • In 2001, we started a non-profit organization "Passion to Abstain", a ministry to reach students with the message of Abstinence. It was a great success and we saw many students make new commitments to stay pure till marriage, others restored back to God and their families.
  • In 2003, with the blessing of our Pastor, Lloyd Maddoux, the Lord led us to start another church (The River) in The Woodlands, Tx, which in 2013, we turned over to the Associate Pastor who had been with us for 9 of the 10 years of existence.
  • Currently, we are attending and active in lay ministry at North Central Church, under Pastor Larry Emerson. 
    • 2003 - 2014 Worked (part-time & full-time) as Director of Training & Ministry for Municipal Accounts & Consulting, LP  
    • 2014 - 2017 Chief Financial Officer at The Bene-Fit Group, LLC, a Insurance Benefits Company.  
  • Other info:  We have 2 children, both married to wonderful God fearing spouses, and currently have 6 grand children. Gayla has worked faithfully as a Starbucks Barista 2001 - 2017.