Leadership at Central
Central's Shepherds (elders) provide oversight, care, and direction to the body at Central. These men are recognized as men of integrity and spiritual maturity.
Central's deacons provide a variety of volunteer services based on their own gifts and related to the changing needs of the church family. These men lead by their selfless examples of sacrificial service.
Scott & Kim Bentley
“Our hope and prayer for Central is that we continue to find ways to enhance our ministry beyond our walls in Amarillo and beyond.”
The Bentleys serve as leaders and teachers in the Jericho/Jars Bible class and are active in their small group and with Walk to Emmaus. Scott currently serves as the chairman of Central’s Ignite Initiative, the two-year $9.6-million campaign to expand our Christian ministries locally and around the world, and as a board member with Great Cities Missions.
Scott was born and raised in Perryton and is the Amarillo Market President for First United Bank. Kim is an Amarillo native and the principal at Tradewind Elementary School. They’ve been members at Central since they were married in 1994 and raised both their children here: Conner, who’s currently attending Texas Tech University, and Brooke, who’s currently enrolled at Abilene Christian University.
* Currently on sabbatical
Larry & Callie Borger
“We love the caring and generous spirit of the Central family and pray that we’ll continue to be faithful to God and to his work in the downtown area.”
Larry and Callie have been married for 31 years and have been members at Central since 1983. Larry grew up in Amarillo, Callie was raised in Gruver, and they both graduated from Abilene Christian University. Larry owns and operates Maxwell’s Pumpkin Farm and Callie is a 26-year elementary school teacher in the Amarillo I.S.D. They have three children and one grandchild.
The Borgers have served in the Central students ministry, with Care Central, and the church missions committee. Right now they are working in the children’s ministry and with the Connections Class.
Steve & Debra Cearley
“We are excited to see Central move in a more focused way toward working for God’s mission in our community like we have for so many years in foreign countries.”
Steve and Debra were both born and raised in Amarillo, they met each other as high schoolers at the Bell Avenue Church of Christ, and were married in 1975 at the age of nineteen. Steve completed pharmacy school in Austin four years later and moved back to Amarillo for a job at Northwest Texas Hospital where he still works today.
Since joining Central in 1979, the Cearleys have led Huddle groups in the youth ministry, spent many years working in the women’s ministry, and for the past ten years they’ve been active in what has become their true love: foreign missions. Steve serves as the chairman for Central’s Foreign Missions Committee and is driven to ensure our sponsored mission teams receive personal spiritual support and guidance.
The Cearleys have two married sons who worship and serve at Central: Nick and his wife Lacey, Lance and his wife Melanie, and four children between them who call Steve and Debra “Pop” and “DeDe.”
Craig & Donna Gladman
“I admire the tenacity of the people at Central, never wavering from the core mission since making the difficult decision twenty years ago to remain as a downtown urban church.”
Craig and Donna actually met at Northwest Texas Hospital in 1975 --- Donna was a young nursing student and Craig was a surgical scrub nurse. They began to date, started coming to Central together, and were married three years later. Today, Craig is a practicing optometrist and an owner/partner of Premier Vision and Donna is a retired emergency room nurse. They have two sons and six grandchildren, all here in Amarillo.
The Gladmans help teach in our adult Bible classes and with the Central children’s ministry. They both volunteer and teach at Martha’s Home. And Craig is in his third decade as a trustee for Great Cities Missions.
Tom & Janice Grant
“We are grateful for the family, love, Godly examples, and encouragement that are abundant here in the Central family and that continuously change us as we grow.”
Tom and Janice are both vital members of the Central Foreign Missions Committee, taking trips over the years to support missionaries and church plants in Kenya, Brazil, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Colombia, and Haiti. Janice has also served in Central’s women’s ministry and has taught our children’s Bible classes. And for 15-years they’ve both been part of the Kairos prison ministry at the Neal and Clements units. The Grants actually met here at Central and have been married for twenty years.
Tom was born in Houston, spent his growing up years in Kenedy, Texas, and worked as an engineer for Phillips in Borger, Bartlesville, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. Janice was born in Amarillo, grew up in Panhandle, and has been a school teacher for almost 40-years.
Their five children are scattered from Amarillo, San Angelo, and Austin up to Utah and Washington State. The Grants’ three grandchildren all live in Washington.
Tim & Eldrena McMenamy
“My hope and prayer for Central is that we continue building relationships with all kinds of people and reconciling them to God.”
Tim was born in Dublin, Texas, and reared here in Amarillo where he works in pharmaceutical sales. Eldrena was born in Winslow, Arizona, and reared on the Laguna (NM) and Hopi/Tewa (AZ) reservations, making her mark all over the country as a professional storyteller. They have three married children and two grandkids with another on the way in San Francisco, Dallas, and Porter, Oklahoma.
Tim and ‘Drena have been at Central since 1987, teaching and serving each Wednesday evening at Martha’s Home and leading the young marrieds class. Tim is also a certified Spiritual Director and offers his services to anyone desiring insights into his or her own personal spiritual growth.
Mike & Becky Robertson
“In becoming like Christ, Central increasingly serves as the hands, feet, and face of Christ, ministering to the city of Amarillo and the world.”
The Robertsons have been at Central since 1979, leading a Huddle in the students ministry for more than 20 years and working for a while with the young adults ministry. Mike and Becky are currently helping to lead and teach the Young Families Class and their own covenant group. Becky also serves on the Women’s Ministry Committee and the funeral meals committee.
Mike was born and raised in Amarillo and went to Palo Duro High School. Becky was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky, moved to Amarillo when she was in elementary school, and also went to Palo Duro High where she met Mike. They were married in 1973. Mike is a co-owner of Western Builders where he’s been for more than 40 years. Becky taught in the Amarillo College Continuing Education department and worked as an area manager at Northwest Texas Hospital. They have three children, three grandchildren, and one grandchild on the way, spread out from Amarillo to Lubbock to Ankara, Turkey. Their son, Brandon, and his wife Tiffani and their two kids are here at Central.
* Currently on sabbatical
Steve & Judy Rogers
“We appreciate the caring nature of both the leadership and the membership at Central.”
Steve Rogers was born and raised in Hale Center, Texas and makes his living as a real estate appraiser in Amarillo and the surrounding communities. His wife, Judy, is an accomplished artist. They have two sons: Mason lives in Amarillo with his wife and five children and Logan is in Nashville with his wife and two children.
Steve and Judy have been actively involved members at Central for 36 years. Steve leads and teaches what we call The Sunday School Class and serves as the chairman of our long range committee. He’s playing a key leadership role in the completion of the goals of the current Ignite Initiative.
Bruce & Celia Tidmore
“Our hope and prayer for Central is that every member would be blessed with a place where they can serve God and others.”
Bruce and Celia have been married for 42-years and have been Central members since 1981. Bruce grew up in Quanah and retired as a District Chief after a 31-year career with the Amarillo Fire Department. Celia was raised in Ralls and Stratford and, after a stint as a stay-at-home mom, worked for a dozen years with our student ministry here at Central. They have two children and six grandkids here in Amarillo and Abilene and a nephew beginning his fourth year at ACU.
The Tidmores are faithful volunteers with our Loaves and Fishes ministry, with Carenet, and serve as class leaders for the Jericho/Jars of Clay Bible class that meets in Room 17.