New Liberty Staff
Reflecting Christ | Impacting Lives | On a journey of compassion
Mark Clements | Lead Pastor
Mark came on staff at New Liberty in February 2008. He has been married to Jenny since 1996 and God has blessed them with four children: Noah, Mahlah, Nathan & Rhoda. Mark is a graduate of Texas Baptist Institute & Seminary and he and his family were privileged to serve in the southern Philippines as missionaries for seven years. During those seven years, Mark served as an instructor and Dean of Students at Philippine Missionary Baptist Seminary, and planted Grace Baptist Church. Mark is passionate about studying, teaching and preaching God"s Word and helping people experience transformed lives through faith in Christ.
Brad Rountree | Worship Pastor
Brad has served at New Liberty since October 12, 1977. He is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He married Rhonda Ashlock in 1983 and they have one son, Timothy and his wife Kaycee. During his life-journey, he has seen the worship ministries of New Liberty grow deeper in their love for the Lord and for the kingdom work in this place. His responsibility of leading worship each week has caused him to be constantly seeking new and meaningful ways to not only present the gospel narrative but to involve the many members of the church family in praise and worship each time they meet. Along with the ministries within the church, Brad is busy reaching outside the church walls to be a witness. He has served along side Bro. Ken Ashlock as a Garland Police Chaplain assistant for more than 30 years. God has given Brad many opportunities to share his passion for worship and singing....from concerts around the world to singing in Carnegie Hall with the Dallas Symphony and Chorus...but his real joy and passion are seen when he leads our church family in worship each week. Soli Deo Gloria ~ to God Alone be the Glory!
Kyle Alonso | Student Pastor
Kyle Alonso has been working with the students of New Liberty since 2011. Kyle grew up in Garland and has been a member of New Liberty most of his life. He is married to his wife, Ashlee, who also serves in the student ministry. Kyle enjoys spontaneous trips with his wife and friends and is always looking for new life experiences to try. His goal is for students to graduate college with an experiential knowledge of God and His unmatched love for them. Kyle has a passion for equipping the next generation to be leaders in the church now and at school by pursuing Jesus everyday.
Byron Tilton | Children's Ministry Director
Byron has obtained bachelors degrees from Sam Houston State University and Oklahoma Missionary Baptist College. He has over twenty years experience in a range of ministry areas including associate pastor, senior pastor, development and promotions of Bible curriculum, implementation of childrens ministries in churches, and the planning and presentation of childrens ministries for church camps. Sharon has spent the majority of her life serving in and through New Liberty Baptist Church. She began serving as co-director of the childrens ministry with her husband, Byron, in April of 2010. Sharon and Byron have two grown children, Blake and Blair. Sharon graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelors degree in interdisciplinary studies in 1994 and taught in both elementary and middle school settings for eleven years. She earned a masters degree in school counseling from Amberton University in 2008 and currently serves as an elementary school counselor.
Ken Ashlock | Pastor Emeritus
Ken Ashlock has been our pastor since August 17, 1958. He received his Doctor of Divinity Diploma from Texas Baptist Institute - Seminary. He has held many positions in our associational work, including President of the American Baptist Association, President of the Missionary Baptist Association of Texas, and Chairman of the Baptist Sunday School Committee. He has served the community as Chaplain of the Garland Police Department, Garland Fire Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers and Garland Emergency Corps. On August 18, 2013, Bro. Ken celebrated 55 years of service as the Senior Pastor of New Liberty Baptist Church, and began a new journey filling the role of Pastor Emeritus.
Tammy Reese | Secretary to the Pastor
Tammy joined New Liberty’s staff in January 2001. She never, in her wildest dreams, thought she’d be working for a church. She grew up in Baptist churches, but never one that had staff other than pastors so it never crossed her mind it could ever be an option. Before she was hired, she was an active member involved in several ministries at New Liberty. She enjoys working with the membership and staff in the different ministries of our church. She oversees our member records, the church calendar, and scheduling of events and facilities at New Liberty. She also serves as the church clerk, maintaining church records, missionary reports, and other correspondence as needed. Tammy and her husband, Danny, settled in Murphy, Texas after he retired from the US Navy in 1997. They joined New Liberty as members in November of that same year. They both enjoy spending time with their children, Tara and Mark, and their families, and are very proud of them. Their six grandkids bring much joy and happiness to their family and they enjoy loving on them every chance they get. Tammy enjoys reading, movies, junk store shopping, cooking (sometimes), road trips and travel with her husband, and hanging out with friends and family.
Debbie Ainsworth | Financial Secretary
I am truly blessed to say I am first a Christian, then a wife and a mother of 2 girls, and was added the blessing of a son-in-law in 2009. I am originally from central Ohio, then moved to Texas at age 10, lived for a short time in Oklahoma City, then back to Texas. I lived life as a preacher's kid, and was raised by loving, Godly parents. God brought our family to New Liberty in April of 2004 and brought me to the position of financial secretary in February 2011. A glimpse at my work history which God used to bring me to this position were 7 years with Dillard's and 6 years with The Zale Corporation as a bookkeeper, I then worked for 12 years with Guaranty Bank in various positions, and finally Universal Technical Institute in the accounting department. I attended Arlington Baptist College and Eastfield Community College. The blessings in life I enjoy most are time with my family, watching my girls laugh together, eating, reading, walking, shopping and singing hymns. God has granted me blessings beyond measure and I pray I will live my life to reflect my gratitude for His great love and mercy.
Raymond Johnson | Church Maintenance
Raymond was born in England, Arkansas and moved to Garland, Texas when he was seven years old. He met his wife, Deborah, while they were in High School, and got married while he served in the United States Navy, where he spent much time in Vietnam. Raymond and Deborah have two sons, Tracy and Rusty, a daughter-in-law, Cara, two grandsons, TJ and Jeremiah, and one granddaughter, Cara. Raymond and Deborah were both saved at New Liberty and Raymond became a deacon on May 31, 1992. He has served as a youth sponsor and a teacher and feels blessed to have New Liberty as his church family.
Mindy Hejny | Nursery Director - Toddler
Mindy Hejny was born and raised in Garland Texas. She has three boys; Matthew, Zakkary, and Brennan and they currently live in Rockwall, Texas. Mindy was saved at the age of twelve at Lavon Baptist Church in Garland. Mindy became a member of New Liberty May 2005. She has always had the gift of sharing love and affection with any child who crossed her path. In January of 2012, Mindy put her calling to use by helping out in the nursery. Since then there has not been a baby or toddler that she hasn't loved on. Her love does not stop there, she has devoted time and love in helping when and where she can at New Liberty.
Khianti Ayers | Nursery Director - Infants
Khianti joined the New Liberty staff in the summer of 2013. She is a single mother of four children, Mariah, Michael, Miranda and Mya. All are members of New Liberty. Khianti received her Child Development Associate specializing in Infant/Toddlers at Eastfield College. Her love for children has blessed her to work in the childcare field for over 16 years. Khianti is currently an educator for a private child development center in Garland, Tx. She is very enthusiastic to be a part of the NL family, loving and caring for New Liberty babies.