If you're investing your time, giving your money, and entrusting your kids to a church, you need to know who makes decisions affecting you and your family. Below are our brief bios of our elders.
Leadership aspects aside, church = family. If we're going to be friends, we need to get to know one another. That's tough to do in 30-second handshakes and Sunday morning smiles. So we're opening up first. We each have strengths, surrounded by weaknesses. We've dealt with dysfunction and struggled with sin just like you. We're works in progress, growing in grace and Gospel. We look forward to hearing your story next.
Keith Burris grew up near the DFW Metroplex in the town of Lancaster, Texas. He began walking with the Lord at the age of 7, then after graduating high school, he attended Dallas Baptist University. In 1998 he married the love of his life, Mariann.
In 2004, while Mariann was pregnant with their first child, Keith felt called into law enforcement, and has enjoyed the new career path ever since. He’s served the city of Trophy Club for over 13 years, as is now a Detective Sergeant. The Lord has been so faithful!
Keith has served his entire life in church and studied Christian leadership at DBU. On the APEST test, Keith’s strongest gifting is Evangelist, and he is excited to serve as an elder for the first time at The Mission. Mariann is a stay-at-home mom who homeschools their two children and serves as a director at Dominion Equippers.
Keith and Mariann served as Missional Community Leaders at The Mission church, and Keith teaches in the Children’s Ministry at The Mission, as well. Keith and Mariann are a CARES Team (Apartment Life ministry) who love, serve, and disciple the residents of the Euless Apartment community they live in.
Seth was born in 2004 and is currently a 7th grader who thoroughly enjoys theatre, Legos, and movies. Their daughter, Ellie, was born in 2011, and loves learning, piano, and dancing.
Cory Kuhn, Lead Pastor
Juan Carlos Candelaria Kuhn (nicknamed "Cory" in college) grew up in New Mexico, endured junior high in Indiana, and survived high school in Oregon. Though raised in the Christian faith, Cory rebelled upon leaving home to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps. He then tended bar. In 1994 he earned his B.S. in sports medicine at Oregon State University. More importantly, he gave his life to Christ during his final semester. He abandoned athletic training and began walking with Christ. Ordained in 1999 (Calvary Chapel, Garland TX), Cory's served in youth and worship ministries in two church plants.
Cory and his bride, Molly, moved to Texas in 1998 to attend Dallas Theological Seminary. He graduated in 2004 with a Masters of Theology degree in Systematic Theology and New Testament Greek. While at DTS he served on the Student Council and was the Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper. From 2004-2009, Cory served as the Director of Theological Education at Coaches Outreach (a Para-church ministry).
Married in 1997, Cory and Molly live in North Richland Hills with their two teenage children, Judah and Hannah. He unwinds by doing home improvement projects and his hobbies include chess, fantasy sports, film, theology, & culture.
Andy Morrison became a Christian while a freshman in college in Ohio. Married to Audrey in 1981, they moved to DFW, where all three of their children were born. Andy has degrees from Ohio State University, the University of Illinois, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington. He currently works as a mechanical engineer at Nokia.
Andy served as a deacon and small group leader for many years, as well as an elder and founding member of a church plant in Chicago. He and Audrey have been a part of The Mission since its 2010 arrival in Bedford and currently lead the Street Lights Missional Community, focused on shining Gospel light & love to neighborhoods. Andy's strongest APEST gifting is Teacher.
The Morrisons have three adult children. Their eldest son Cole is a marathon runner and Aggie aeropsace engineer (a.k.a. "rocket scientist"). He married his high school sweetheart (Crystal) and lives in Royse City, TX. Quinn also graduated from Texas A&M and works in information system security. Their daughter, Paige, earned her B.S.N. at Hardin-Simmons University and lives in California where she works as a registered nurse in critical care.