Senior Pastor

Dr. John Whitten

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. John served as the Lead Pastor for the gathering. He now serves as Senior Pastor for Pioneer Drive. 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!
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Associate Pastor/Senior Adults

Dr. Jeff Reid

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!
Associate Pastor, Teaching & Connections

Daniel McKay

Daniel joined the Pioneer Drive team in March 2021 as Associate Pastor of Teaching and Connections. Daniel’s role allows him to teach regularly in the gathering services as well as oversee the connections ministry of the church. Originally from Kilgore, Texas, Daniel earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies at LeTourneau University and an M.Div. at George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Daniel met his wife, Anna, while they were serving at a college ministry retreat in Latham Springs, TX. They have been married since 2015.

Daniel loves to travel, eat good food, play games, and watch sports. He is especially passionate about discussing theology, the enneagram, and the best local restaurants. When he’s not serving at Pioneer Drive, he can be found reading old preachers like Charles Haddon Spurgeon or watching Texas A&M football.

Minister of Education

Jeff Scott

Jeff came on staff in 2009 as our Youth Minister and has also served in our College and Men’s ministries before beginning his current role in 2019. 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.
Minister of Music

Eric McElhaney

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.
Director of Communications

Reed Ambrose

Reed Ambrose grew up in Irving, TX and moved to Abilene in 2014 where he met his wife, Betsy, at Pioneer Drive. Reed graduated from Hastings College in 2010 with a degree in English and Advertising. From there, he attended the Kanakuk Institute in Branson, MO, completing their ministry training program. While in Abilene, he earned his Master’s Degree in English at Hardin-Simmons University. Reed and Betsy have two handsome boys, Graham and Holden. Reed enjoys board games and time with his family and friends.

Andy Stanton

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.
Minister of Preschool

Pam Click

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.

Minister of Children

Cristi Stanton

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.
Minister of Students

Terence Waldron

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.
Minister of College, Associate Minister of Missions

Taylor Cruse

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.
Minister of Missions & Men

Nathan Adams

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.
Minister of Women & Singles

Meredith Summers

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.
Associate Minister of Worship, the gathering

Craig Stotts

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, is a graduate of Hillsong College with a Diploma of Ministry in Worship & Creative Arts, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Worship at B.H. Carroll Theological Institute. Craig and his wife Tiffany have been married since 2010 and have four children, two boys – Maddox and Austin, and twin girls – Audrey and Samantha. When he’s not playing music, Craig loves traveling, learning new things, and rooting for the Chicago Cubs!
Associate Minister of Missions

Erica Currie

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.
Associate Minister of Families

Jonathan Gressett

Jonathan joined Pioneer Drive with his family in 2009 as a student in the youth ministry. After graduating from Cooper High School, Jonathan attended Abilene Christian University, where he received a degree in Youth and Family Ministry in 2019. While attending ACU, he served as an intern at Pioneer Drive in the Student Ministry. Shortly after graduation, Jonathan married his college sweetheart Phoebe who is a kindergarten teacher in AISD. Jonathan and Phoebe enjoy spending time with friends and family and a wide variety of outdoor activities.

Support Staff

Director of Finance

Jamie Arrington

Preschool Assistant

Althea Barry

Children's Choir Coordinator

Betsy Colwell

Students, Singles, & Recreation Assistant

Kelly Dobbs


Patricia Ditmore

Pastoral Assistant

Jill Fleming

Human Resources & Records

Cindy Fox

Financial Assistant

Bethany Gilliam

Music Assistant

Tonja Lowry

Maintenance Supervisor

Mario Luevanos

Children's Assistant

Tammy Lunbeck

Children's Day Out Director

Pamela McElhaney

the gathering & College Assistant

Gayla Mize


Barbara Reid

Men & Missions Assistant

Melissa Wagner

Communications Coordinator

Gina Wheeler