Our Team

Pastors

Dr. David "Gunner" Gundersen
Lead Pastor

Cindi and I have been married for 14 years, and we have 4 children: Judah (11), Ember (10), Isaiah (9), and Brooklyn (9). I grew up in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, and began following Christ at age 16. God led me to The Master's College and Seminary where I studied biblical languages (B.A., 2002), pastoral ministry (M.Div., 2006), and systematic theology (Th.M., 2010). During these years I served at Master's as a Resident Director and Associate Dean of Men. God then transplanted us to Louisville, Kentucky to study biblical theology at Southern Seminary (Ph.D., 2015). In Louisville I also served as Director of Student Life and Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling at Boyce College, Southern's undergraduate school. Our family is thrilled to move to Houston this summer to begin serving with BridgePoint, and we're eager to explore the parks, restaurants, sites, and activities our new city has to offer!

Jeremy Griswold
Executive Pastor

Tamila and I were married in 2011 and have two children Timothy Bear and Anatolia Faye. I was born and raised in the central valley of California. At age 13 I repented and turned my life over to Christ. The Lord has shown himself faithful through the hardships of life. At age 17 my father passed away, but on his deathbed, he proclaimed Christ to hundreds of people that came through the house. It was during this season that I began my long journey to ministry. I went to Fresno State and studied communication (B.A., 2010) to prepare myself for seminary. In 2010, I moved to Louisville, Kentucky to pursue my Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry at Southern Seminary (M.Div., 2015). During this time, I worked as the Director of Event Productions and Event Technology at Southern Seminary. In 2018, we moved to Houston to serve with BridgePoint.

Tom Douthit
Community Life Pastor

God has given me a tremendous family. My wife Celia (who serves as a school nurse at Bunker Hill Elementary School) and I have been married since 1985. We have 4 children – Joel, Emily, Jared and Amy – who we enjoy immensely.  It is remarkable watching them grow up and launch out! I attended Texas A & M University (B.S. Biomedical Science, 1982) and Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM, 1988).  I love college football, being outside, working around the house and dream of kayaking the Mississippi from end to end.

Directors

Rebecca Mueller
Children's Ministry Director & BELA Director

I love children of all ages and especially enjoy capturing their attention through story-telling, object lessons, puppets and games. I graduated from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Il. with a degree in Elementary Education and have a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. Over the course of my career, I have taught every grade from pre-school to 8thgrade and have loved engaging with children at all different developmental stages. I have also worked as a curriculum director, marketing director, assistant principal and principal. Currently, I serve as the Children’s Ministry Director and the Director of BridgePoint Early Learning Academy where I have the privilege of leading an awesome team of teachers and building relationships with families from the Energy Corridor community. I also serve as the overseer of the Children’s Ministry which allows me the opportunity to interact with the families of BridgePoint. David and I met at BridgePoint (formerly Spring Branch Community church) and were married in 1989. We have three grown children who are the joy of our lives. We love our church for the rich community and the incredible opportunities to grow in our faith and serve God with our gifts.

Kelly Smalley
Preschool Director & BELA Assistant Director

It only took me 50 plus years to know what I wanted to be when I grew up.  Maybe I should say it took 50 plus years for me to listen to what God had to say about what He wanted me to be when I grew up.  Working in children's ministry has been a part of my life on & off for the past 20 years.  I have grown to discover the joy in children's ministry fills my heart with a love that can only be explained as a gift from God.  I thank God for revealing my servants heart to me... which was an answered prayer.  I have also been blessed with an amazing position at Texas Children's Hospital West Campus as a Guest Services Representative, another gift from God.  The Lord has been faithful to me and I am eternally grateful and forever in love.

Miriam Wagner
Creative Director

It was during my high school years that the Lord really got a hold of my heart and life. Those were tremendous years in my early spiritual growth – years I wouldn’t trade for anything. During that time the Holy Spirit ignited a fire within me and I became absolutely passionate about the One who loves me and saved me. Since then, we have walked many roads together. Some were easy, but most were not. No matter the road, He remains constant, true and altogether loving. I received a BA in Marketing and a BA in Computer Information Systems Management from Houston Baptist University in 1991. I have an amazing husband, Geoff, and we have four children: Anna, Aaron, Grace & Faith; son-in-law, Taylor; daughter-in-law, Taryn, and three beautiful grandchildren, Jackson, Mila & Hilton.

Ander Von Anderson
Technical Director

Drummer at heart, audio engineer by trade. I grew up in a small town called Jones Creek, Texas (about an hour south of Houston) and didn't know Jesus until I was a sophomore at Texas State. I have been super blessed with so many opportunities and doors to the point that I KNOW He is with me beyond measure! I’ve got a lot of goals still left to accomplish, but I am stoked to see His will come alive more than anything.

Naomi Vesey
Elementary Children’s Director

After getting married, my husband Michael and I moved from eastern Pennsylvania to Houston in August 2015. We visited BridgePoint within the first month and have been attending ever since! God has richly blessed us through the loving community and the many opportunities to get involved. I am thrilled to be serving in children’s ministry here! I graduated from Geneva College in Pittsburgh with a degree in Human Services (social work). I am currently working on my Master’s degree in Urban Studies/Youth Development. During college, I worked for various children’s programs and urban ministries, developing a passion for teaching children. I cannot imagine a better use of my time than showing kids the love of Jesus and helping to bring Scripture alive to them! In the process, God is drawing me more deeply in love with Him. I am so grateful to be a part of this staff & church family!

Support

Terry Weinberger
Office Administrator

I have had several jobs here at BridgePoint (and previously Spring Branch Community Church) and I can easily say my job is one of my greatest joys. I can’t imagine a more fun-loving and godly group of people to be around every day. I thank God often for the opportunity to serve Him alongside this staff. My husband, Jim, and I are empty-nesters but our children will always be our children and never far from our thoughts and prayers. I am often traveling to see my far-flung family as a new grandma, “Gigi,” and I am loving it!

 

Marylyn Peklenk
Office & Technical Assistant

My family and I have been involved in many ministries at BridgePoint (and previously Spring Branch), and I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve on staff.  I lived in the midwest - Illinois, Wisconsin, and Ohio - until my wonderful husband rescued me from the cold winters and brought me to Houston in 1998.  I do miss early fall and late spring up north - but nothing at all in between.  Charles and I have two daughters, Joy and Katerina.  We love taking long walks, messing with computers, watching our menagerie of pets, and playing laser tag.  I also like to read and crochet.

Sharon O'Fiel
Pastoral Administrative Assistant & Child Protection Coordinator

On April 30, 2015 I retired as Director of Business and Marketing for an engineering firm and on May 1, 2015 I embarked on my next step with Christ by joining BridgePoint’s staff!  We had long since been members of the former Spring Branch Community Church and now BridgePoint.  For many years I taught four-year-old Sunday School – loved those kids, you learn so very much from them!  The biggest thing I learned as a Sunday School teacher was that it is not by my will, but His.  If we stay in His will, it doesn’t matter what life throws at us, because we are God’s vessel, He will guide us through.  I was married to my wonderful husband, Bill, for 34 years until God called him home to heaven in October of 2015.  We have four children, Kathlyn, Lee, Shannon and Kasey and seven grandchildren, Timothy, Karsen, Taylor, Ashley, Aaron, Austin and Andrew.  I love spending time with my family and friends and needlepointing.