Chris grew up in Georgia and Texas. He has been serving the Lord in ministry since 1994. He married his wife Kristin in 1998 and they have three children: Tyler, Timothy, and Rachel. He has a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary. He also has written three books. Chris has a deep desire to see the lost begin a relationship with the Lord Jesus and the saved to grow into a deeper relationship with the Savior.
Bro. Gary Mason is a native of Brookhaven, Mississippi and moved to Texas in 1976. He worked for Brown & Root for 10 years as a heavy equipment mechanic before being called to the ministry in 1986. He and Cindy have been married almost 40 years and are the proud grandparents of 9 grandchildren. Bro. Gary graduated from East Texas Baptist University in 1993 with a degree in Sacred Music. Having been in the ministry since 1986, he has served as Music Minister, Youth Minister, Senior Adult Minister, Minister of Education and Associate Pastor in a number of churches in Texas.
Celesia Autrey, is a Lindale native and a mother of six who has been working in children’s ministry since she was a teenager. Celesia learned to love children at a young age while working alongside her parents who taught children’s church, Sunday school and ran a bus ministry for many years. She has experience in every area of children’s ministry and served as a volunteer at New Harmony for over five years before becoming the Children’s Director in 2012. Her heart is that children come to know Christ and that their commitment to Him would be life-long.
Since her father was in the U.S. Air Force, Cindy Mason was born Tokyo, Japan. When she was a junior in High School, she moved to Pasadena, Texas where she met her husband, Bro. Gary Mason, at Trinity Baptist Church. They have been married almost 39 years and have two children, Emily and John and nine grandchildren.
Jannabeth Kelly came to be the Financial Secretary at New Harmony in November of 2020. She is the proud wife of Robert Kelly. They have been members of New Harmony Baptist Church for 15 years. They have two son’s, Tyler (28) and Gregory (21). Jannabeth was raised in the East Texas area. She and Robert lived in California and then El Paso for 12 years prior to coming back home to East Texas to be with family.
Bro. Andy Slater and his wife Rosie come from England where Andy worked as a specialist in the construction industry and had his own business for several years. In 1989 they followed a long-standing call into missions and joined Mercy Ships, working out of the Garden Valley office for about 10 years. Andy organized and led teams to several countries where the ship was working in Central America and West Africa. In 1999 he became the USA coordinator/administrator for Hope Now, a British-based ministry with operations in Ukraine and South Africa. Having joined NHBC in 1996, Andy became increasingly active in our missions program, and took the chair of the newly formed Missions Committee in 2011. In 2015 he began serving as NHBC Missions Coordinator. In cooperation with our missions committee, he oversees the management of the church missions budget, arranges programs to keep our missions activities in front of the church, and facilitates participation in a variety of outreaches by many NHBC members. Andy and Rosie have two married daughters and 6 grandchildren who live in Tyler and Houston.
Cheryl Gray, Nursery Director
Cheryl grew up in Tyler, but now lives in Lindale with her husband Toby. She became a member of New Harmony in 2004 and started serving as the Nursery/Pre-School Director in June 2013. She has also been the Awana Cubbies Pre-School Coordinator and teacher since 2008. Her greatest joys are her grandchildren. She believes that it is not just the responsibility of the parent to raise a faithful Christian. It also takes every church family member to teach by example.
Cyndi Bazil, Custodian
Gladly serving the Lord & NHBC members with a smile, broom, vacuum cleaner, dust cloth and window cleaner, Cyndi Bazil is blessed to be a ‘doorkeeper’ (Ps 84:10) and is thankful for the opportunity to work at NHBC. She came to faith in Christ in 1977 and she married the love of her life, Paul Bazil, in 1984. They have been in New Harmony for 20 years. Cyndi’s favorite verse of Scripture is Psalm 17:15, which states, “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness.”