Crystal Oliver currently serves as Finance & HR Director for Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and has been in the ministry for almost 15 years. Crystal has served The Church Network - Houston Metro Chapter in many officer roles from Treasurer to President in 2014-2019 and is back to serve again.
Crystal received a Bachelor’s degree from University of Houston – Clear Lake in 2008 for Accounting and has been working in the field of non-profit ever since. Crystal is married and has 2 children along with a multitude of house pets and enjoys relaxing on her days off.
18220 Upper Bay Road
Houston, TX 77058
Vice President of Programming
Kelley Trimble is Executive Administrator at South Main Baptist Church of Pasadena. Kelley serves as Vice President of Programming for the Houston Metro Chapter of The Church Network and has previously served as Secretary, Treasurer, and Membership. Kelley has been a member of South Main since 1993 and a member of TCN (formerly NACBA) since 2008.
Kelley has previous work experience in construction and healthcare industries. She joined the Ministry Leadership Team of South Main in July 2008. She has work management oversight of the Ministry Assistants and supports the Senior Pastor in his work. She coordinates and directs the work of the Custodial Staff, Food Service Ministry, and Facility Support personnel while performing the business administration responsibilities of the church.
Kelley received Christ as her personal Savior at a young age at Park Place Baptist Church in Houston. Kelley enjoys gardening, baking, organizing, and being creative. She especially loves spending time with family and friends, but most of all loves play dates with her three grandchildren, Beckham, Baker, and Brooklyn.
South Main Baptist Church
4300 E Sam Houston Pkwy S
Pasadena, TX 77505
Vice President of Membership
Rev. Bruce Craft currently serves as the Executive Pastor for Braeswood Assembly of God church in Houston. He has served churches and organizations in the ministry of church administration for over 35 years. He has been a licensed and ordained minister since 1989. He received his Certification in Church Administration (CCA) from The Church Network in 2000 and has received recertifications in 2010, 2014, 2018 & 2022. He received his Certification in Risk Management for Churches and Schools in 2000 from Cambridge University in conjunction with Christian Ministry Resources. He became a Licensed Commercial Insurance Agent in the State of Texas in 2016. He has worked with Police Departments in Ft. Worth and Houston since 2002 earning certifications with the Church and Police Alliance (CAPA) and Certification with the Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Ft. Worth, Certification with the Police and Clergy Team (PACT) and the Clergy and Police Alliance (PACA) in Houston. He recently received his certification with the Constables and Chaplains Police Alliance (CCHAPA) in 2021. He has served 2 terms as President of the Assemblies of God Church Administration Association (AGCAA). He has served on the board of directors for Southwest Houston 2000, The Houston Crime Prevention Committee and currently serves on the board of directors of Super Neighborhood #36.
10611 Fondren Road
Houston, TX 77096
Marilyn Patterson serves as Chief Financial Officer for The Church of St. John the Divine. She is in her 11th year in the position. Prior to St. John the Divine, Marilyn worked for other nonprofit organizations in internal audit and financial accounting. Marilyn received her B.S. in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and obtained her CPA license after moving to Houston.
Marilyn is new to the leadership team of The Church Network-Houston Metro Chapter but has been a member of TCN for eight years. She is also a member of the Houston chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs.
Marilyn is married to Joseph Patterson and has two children. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, gardening, and spending time with her grandson.
2450 River Oaks Blvd
Houston, TX 77019
Sarah Franklin works as Business Manager at Westbury United Methodist Church. Sarah has lived in the Houston area for most of her life and was raised in the United Methodist Church. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of St Thomas and master’s degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She and her husband Paul have two young children. Their family also has two elderly pets; a cat named Gracie and a dog named Betty. Outside of the office, you can find Sarah enjoying a cup of coffee, a good book, or the outdoors with her family.
5200 Willowbend Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77096
Vice President of Communications
Marianne Larson, CCA is Director of Administration at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Community, a parish of 4,000 families, in Manvel, TX since 2020. Marianne has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of North Texas and has worked in church administration for 23 years, working in Austin, Houston and Dallas dioceses. Marianne became a Certified Church Administrator (CCA) in 2017, completing the four study week modules at the Seminary of St Paul/St Thomas University in St. Paul, MN and Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. She has one son, Jacob, two cats, Frisco and Meadow and is a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Community
6502 County Road 48
Manvel, TX 77578