• Pastor Stan is a native of Brownwood, Texas, but moved to California.  He returned to Texas in 1972 when he enrolled in Baylor University where he earned his B.A, degree in History and Greek. While at Baylor he met his future wife, Claudia Hahn, of Denver, Colorado.  He received his Masters of Divinity in 1979 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has been at Pioneer Drive since 1998.  

  • Jeff joined Pioneer Drive in 1993 as the Associate Pastor/Administrator.  Since 2001, he has served as the Associate Pastor/Primetimers.  He earned a BBA from TCU, and MDiv and DMin from Southwestern Seminary. Ace and YaYa married in 1977 and have 2 "above average" grandkids. Mexican food, Friday night lights, a not so quick jog and toes in the sand are always on his radar!

  • John Whitten came to Pioneer Drive in the fall of 2003 as a freshman at Hardin-Simmons University. While at HSU, he met his wife, Elya and finished with a degree in Business Management and a Master's of Divinity at Logsdon Seminary. He serves as Lead Pastor for the gathering. When he's not chasing four children—Sam, Sarah Kate, Savannah, and Simon, you can find John rooting for the Houston Astros. Nothing excites John more than people finding hope today and forevermore in Jesus Christ!

  • Jeff came on staff in 2009 as our Youth Minister and has been serving in our College and Men's Ministry since 2014.  He received his undergraduate degree from Howard Payne University and his Master's Degree from Wayland Baptist University.  He met his wife Tarah during their time together at HPU. They have been married since 2000 and have two sons, Stratton and Truett, and a daughter, Addilyn.  Jeff enjoys watching and playing almost all sports, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Danny came to Pioneer in November of 2000. He received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Hardin-Simmons University. His major was Violin Performance and a minor in piano. He also did extensive studies at Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth. His wife Tina has been a huge help throughout the music department. He has two children, Andrea and Katie. Danny enjoys water skiing, camping, working in the yard and spending time with friends and family.  


  • Andy started working at Pioneer Drive in 2010 and has a B.S. in Education and M.S. in Sports Administration.  He is married to Cristi and has 3 sons, Braxten, Walker and Heston. He enjoys watching and supporting the boys in their sports activities and enjoys weekends and vacation get aways with Cristi.  Andy coached football in High School and College for 14 years.  While he was in college, he earned spending money by cutting hair.  He was also the youngest barber in the state of Texas at the age of 16.

  • Originally from Katy, Texas, Nathan moved to Abilene in 2002 to attend Hardin-Simmons University where he met his beautiful wife, Meredith. He enjoys a good story, The Charlie Brown from CK Seafood Steak & Grill, the Houston Rockets and his pup Mac. 


  • Pam came to Pioneer Drive in May 2007. She has her Certificate of Achievement in Preschool and Children's Ministry and a Certificate of Ministry from the BGCT. Pam is married to TJ and they have have 3 children, Ashley, Melissa and Joseph.

    She loves serving alongside others with Baptist Church Builders of Texas.

    Her passions are reading and RVing with her family. 

  • Taylor cruse, college/Missions Associate

    Taylor joined Pioneer Drive with his wife, Christen, as a graduate student in the spring of 2015. Taylor met Christen while studying their undergraduate degrees at East Texas Baptist University. Taylor began working at Pioneer Drive in missions in the fall of 2016. He graduated with his MDiv from Logsdon Seminary in 2017 and joined our staff full-time in August 2019. Taylor and Christen both love baseball as well as their dog, Finn.


  • Erica started working at Pioneer Drive as an intern in 2007. She studied advertising at the University of Texas in Austin. She and her husband Mike of 22 years have three children - Harrison, Hannah and Michael. She loves reading and is happiest when she spends time with her family.

  • Eric is originally from Garland, Texas and joined Pioneer Drive in 2016 as the Associate Minister of Music. He received a Bachelor of Science in Music in 2001, and a Master of Arts in Worship Leadership in 2008 from Dallas Baptist University. Eric married his wife Pamela in 2002 and have three wonderful kids – Ali, Bryce, and Carson. He loves spending time with his family and friends and enjoys relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Florida.

  • Jennifer has been doing ministry at Pioneer Drive since November 2002. She received her BBS from Hardin Simmons University, and obtained her teaching certification from Region 14 ESC. She is married to Todd Sage, and has two awesome boys, Triston and Kale. She loves all things Disney, and secretly wants to live there!

  • Cristi has been a member of Pioneer Drive since 1984. She graduated from Hardin Simmons University with her degree in Elementary Education. She taught in the Anson Independent School district for 3 years, and then with Abilene ISD for 10 years. Cristi is married to Andy and they have three amazing boys- Braxten, Walker and Heston. Cristi loves to exercise, and is her boys #1 fan in all they are involved in, but most importantly she loves when her entire family is all together.

  • Craig joined Pioneer Drive in February 2017. As a multi-instrumentalist, Craig has been leading worship in various capacities since he was 18 years old. Craig is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University with a B.S. in Music Business and is a graduate of Hillsong College with a Diploma of Ministry in Worship & Creative Arts. Craig and his wife Tiffany have been married since 2010 and have two sons, Maddox & Austin. When he’s not playing music, Craig loves traveling, learning new things, and rooting for the Chicago Cubs!

  • Meredith joined the Pioneer Drive staff in June of 2016. She is an Abilene native and a graduate of Howard Payne University, as well as Baylor’s Truett Theological Seminary. Meredith enjoys making a new friends, cheering on the Texas Rangers, dominating at board games, and most of all, spending time with her son, Monte.  

  • Originally from Bay City, Texas, Terence joined the Pioneer Staff in May 2017. Terence graduated from UMHB as a proud Crusader for life in 2006 with degrees in Chemistry and Christian Ministry. He then received a Masters of Divinity in 2009 from Beeson Divinity School. His wife Miranda is a pediatric RN, and they are blessed with three beautiful children Scarlet, Savanna, and Silas. Terence loves to play anything where we keep score.