Cliff Mayton, Senior Pastor
Cliff Mayton came to Memorial Baptist Church in May of 1999 as Senior Pastor. He previously served as pastor of churches in Texas and Arkansas.
Mayton earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. He also did graduate work at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and earned the Master of Divinity degree at Luther Rice Seminary.
He has been married to his wife, Georgianna, since 1971, and they have three children: Cliff, Jr., Bob and Joy; two daughters-in-law, Kristina and Lindsey; three grandsons, James Clifton Mayton, III (Trey), Greysen Wyatt Mayton and Brooks Dane Mayton; and a granddaughter, Lily Jean Mayton.
Pastor Cliff has a heart for seeing people come to Christ here at home and around the world. He has preached internationally in Israel, Romania, Brazil and Mexico.
C. Scott Powers, Associate Pastor
Scott Powers came to Memorial Baptist Church in January of 2014 as Associate Pastor. He previously served as pastor of churches in Virginia, North Carolina and Texas. He has also served as adjunct instructor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, TX
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pastoral Ministries with a Minor-equivalent in Koine Greek from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA in 1991. He subsequently graduated with a Master of Theology Degree in Bible Exposition from Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX in May of 1996. Scott is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX with an emphasis in Expository Preaching. He has also done post-graduate work at the University of Wales in the UK.
Scott has been married to his beautiful wife, Lydia, since December of 1995. They have two children: (Winston) Scott and Alexandra (Nicole).
Pastor Scott rejoices in seeing people trust Christ as their Savior and growing in greater intimacy with Him through discipleship, prayer, Bible study and Christian service to the community through the local Church.
Robert Smart, Worship Pastor
Robert Smart came to Memorial Baptist Church in March of 2009. He has previously served at churches across the state of Texas in Music Ministry positions.
Robert received his Bachelor of Music (Choral Music Education Concentration) Degree from North Texas State University in 1986. He received his Masters of Music Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in December of 1989.
Robert has been married to his lovely wife Lori since 1987, and they have two wonderful children: John and Sara, and daughter-in-law, Lyndsey. As a family, they enjoy all types of sporting events, watching reality TV, and playing video games.
Robert’s passion is to lead people to encounter the Lord in fresh ways through worship.
Josh Mathias, Youth Pastor
Josh Mathias came to Memorial Baptist Church in May 2016 as the Youth Pastor. He previously served as a youth pastor in The Woodlands for 2 years.
Josh earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. He has felt a calling into youth ministry since he started his degree at Moody. His youth pastor growing up played a major role in his life, and pushed him to grow in his relationship with God. Josh hopes to make an impact with students the way that his pastor did for him.
He married his wife, Amy, on October 3, 2015.
Anita Wood, Director of Education & Evangelism
Anita Wood and husband, Ed, joined Memorial Baptist Church in February of 2006. She joined our staff in December, 2011.
Anita has years of ministry experience, and completed her Master of Arts in Christian Education in May 2007, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Her ministry service includes leading women’s ministry work in Texas through Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. She authored Divine Appointment: Our Journey to the Bridge, which tells the background story of how her deceased husband, Dick Onarecker, prayed for Don Piper.
Anita has two grown children and five grandchildren. She and Ed married in 1997.
Carlee Qualls, Director of Preschool Ministries
Carlee Qualls became Director of Preschool Ministries in December 2006. With her husband, James, she came to Memorial after serving nine years on the Preschool Ministry staff at Woodlands Church. James and Carlee were married in July 1980, have raised 2 daughters named Jessica and Jennifer, and also have 2 wonderful sons-in-law and 4 granddaughters.
Under her leadership, our classrooms have been designed with a Noah's Ark theme. Each room has a certain animal representing their age group. This provides a fun environment, but also serves as a teaching tool. Every preschooler learns that God is the Creator who has made everything. They are taught that God loves them and they are very special to Him.
Carlee has a heart for preschoolers and their families. She desires the hearts of the families to become one for God at each stage of their preschooler's experience. The Preschool Ministry begins with prayer with the expectant parents and offers different ministry opportunities for the parents to experience God's direction in raising their child with Godly influence.
Carlee enjoys knowing it all begins with one heartbeat of an unborn child, but continues with many hearts joining together in the knowledge of God's plan and purpose for their lives.
Laura Huff, Director of Children's Ministries
Laura Huff married Jerry Huff in September 1995. They have 4 children: Derian, Cade, Alyssa and Brielle. Laura’s favorite past time is enjoying family outings such as camping, sports (BASEBALL), and anything that brings the family together! Laura’s family joined Memorial Baptist Church in March of 2008. She became the Director of Children in June of 2014. She has a heart for children of all ages and is very happy to be part of the Kingdom Kidz Ministry at Memorial Baptist Church.