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Lauren Mackenzie Gardner

Lauren Mackenzie Gardner Personal Testimony - July 24, 2019

Lauren Mackenzie Gardner is a 17 year old, who lives in Dallas, Texas. As a person, she abides by the philosophy of fully evolving into who you are and stopping at nothing to pursue your dreams. Lauren lives for art, writing, music, and experiences. She believes that society often creates a facade of negativity around many issues; ultimately creating a community of insensitivity, un-awareness, and isolation.

She wrote The World Is Still Learning with the purpose to hopefully make change in how people view certain topics as well as bring a sense of connection and hope to what many people are going through. She believes that everyone should strive to stretch themselves beyond their own self and try to understand the sides of others different than them.

Lastly, Lauren hopes to shine a light on the rawness of reality and encourage others to speak out and step towards vulnerability within their communities; realizing there is no room for people to feel alone. As the world continues on, Lauren believes it is imperative for us to open our minds and to learn how we can create a world of healing and love for all people.


David Rodriguez

David Rodriguez Personal Testimony - June 26, 2019

Founder of Rodriguez Consulting & Financial , David has had many career passions in his life that he has attained over the past 50 years coming out of high school…. interest in architecture …in high school football coaching….. in being a teacher….in being a mentor / public speaker …and finally…becoming a “business man“.

The one interest he did not have for the first 30 years if his life was a true understanding and relationship with Jesus Christ. Something that he has been catching up with … the last 38 years of his life.

His interest in architecture and the built environment culminated as vice president / director of sustainability for Ware Architecture Studio …providing consulting on high performance sustainable design/high performance energy reduction in addition to a residential design consulting practice and other services. As a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) , he had the privilege of working on various sustainable “ green “ projects such as Klyde Warren Park in Dallas; UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth; Watters Creek mixed use development in Allen, Texas; Blue Cross Blue Shield new corporate headquarters in Richardson, Texas; the conversion of former Radio Shack World Headquarters into classrooms for the new Trinity River Campus of Tarrant County College in Fort Worth; and the Dallas Center for Architecture that housed the former AIA Dallas chapter offices on Woodall Rogers Freeway. He continues to provide sustainable consulting in addition residential planning with an emphasis on the “ Not So Big House “ philosophy.

He has been actively involved in a variety of organizations such as the Dallas American Institute of Architects in various committees , Urban Land Institute North Texas – Building Healthy Places Task Force ; AIA / TEXO Joint Leadership Committee ; Collaborative Facilitator for the North Texas Collaborative of the Living Building Challenge, Chairman Emeritus of the North Texas US Green Building Council ( USGBC ) Chapter and as Program Chairman for the three annual USGBC – North Texas Water Symposiums entitled “ The Business of Water “

David and his “bride“ Patti, a registered nurse, both attend Reunion Church…a non-denominational multi-cultural Christian church he has attend the last 19 years. They married almost four years ago…David having been single 21 years prior to that. Between them…they have 5 adult children and 5 grandchildren. Both attended the University of Texas at Austin…David most recently having served as president of the Dallas Chapter of their university alumni association.

At Reunion Church…David leads a bible study….and is involved in one on one discipling of men who have ask to be discipled to a stronger relationship..and better understanding the love Jesus Christ has for us and the eternal salvation that comes from belief in him as our Lord and Savior.

He is also privileged to be the ENGAGE monthly prayer ministry coordinator for DREM…..that meets corporately to pray over the many prayer request it receives . A volunteer position he has had for the past 9 years and where he has grown in faith, trust and love in the many wonderful friendships made from the people who attend DREM Prayer.


Joe Berry

Joe Berry Personal Testimony - April 24, 2019

Joe Berry started Pintail Partners in 2015 after working with Venture Commercial and EDGE Realty Partners in Dallas where he specialized in tenant representation and project leasing. Pintail’s primary focus is the acquisition of underutilized retail properties across DFW.

Prior to starting his career in real estate, Joe worked for Young Life for five years in Richardson, TX, leading a team of young adult volunteers to share the love and Gospel of Jesus Christ with unchurched teenagers. He has a passion for seeing men and women become whole-hearted and free in Christ and spends regular time discipling younger men. Joe and his wife Melanie, along with their four young daughters, are on the launch team for Mosaic Church; a new church plant in Richardson.


Richard De Witt

Personal Testimony - March 27, 2019

Richard S. De Witt has woven together successful careers in business, the military and ministry. For more than 30 years, he was a business executive; during two of those decades, he was a United States Air Force Reserve senior line officer.  After graduating from Bloomfield College with a Bachelor of Science degree in business, he entered Officer Training School to earn his commission. As an Air Force Officer, he completed his service in 1992 as the Deputy Base Commander at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station with 1,100 personnel. In 1995 and 2005 he was selected to be the keynote presenter before the Federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission [BRAC] of Washington, D.C.

As President of his institutional food brokerage company in Buffalo, New York, he directed the company from New York to Florida. In 2002, after selling the company to his partner, De Witt felt let by God to full-time ministry and was licensed and ordained as a Minister of the Gospel.

In 2003, he joined the marketing staff of Marketplace Ministries, Inc. as the National Client Expansion Director. In 2006, he became the Executive President and Chief Operating Officer leading senior staff and 2,800 chaplains across 47 states and 3 other countries. He completed his Marketplace Ministries leadership call January 1, 2015.  His philosophy is to “give back” and has practiced this caring approach as an Air Force Officer and a Rotarian, having served as their President, Chairman of their Rotary Foundation and a Paul Harris Fellow.

De Witt has achieved his greatest significance through his faith and in his family. For the past 50 years, he and his “soul mate,” Marvel, have been married serving God together.  They had two children; son Kurt Addison and daughter Amy Elizabeth. In their life they have known much joy and great sorrow. Tragedy struck their family on August 14, 1997, when a drunk driver took the life of their 26 year old son. Amy and her husband, J.P. Mahaffey, live in Charlotte, NC and have given them three grandchildren, William Addison age 14, Grace Elizabeth age 12 and Andrew Stewart age 10.

Dick and Marvel have been members of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano since 2006 where he has just completed his two year Deacon Chair assignment and also serves as the Covenant Bible Fellowship Class Director.

At age 73, De Witt has a larger vision and stronger desire to live life well beyond playing golf and sailing, two of his favorite pastimes. As husband, father, and “Poppy” to his grandchildren, as well as a dedicated Christian leader, he has committed his life to favorably impacting the lives of people for Eternity


Kyle Jacobs

Kyle Jacobs Personal Testimony - February 27, 2019

Kyle Jacobs co-founded (with Chad Hennings) Dallas based Rubicon Representation in 2012 after an 8 year career as a Managing Director at Stream Realty Partners. Prior to Kyle’s tenure at Steam, he worked with Staubach Capital where he focused on acquisitions and the disposition of a 400 store CVS portfolio. Rubicon’s expertise includes tenant representation, investment sales, and ground up development. In 2017 Kyle received the award of D-CEO Healthcare Project of the Year, which consisted of a two phase, ground up, 165,000 square foot development in Las Colinas that was anchored by UT Southwestern. In 2018 Rubicon received recognition from Dallas Business Journal as a Top 5 Tenant Rep Firm (in transactional volume).

Kyle serves on the board of Every Village, a Christian based non-profit whose mission is to share the Gospel and proliferate water wells in South Sudan. Kyle graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Tech University in 2002 and moved to Dallas. He currently resides in the Bluffview area with his wife, Christian, and two children, Noah and Charlotte. Kyle came to know Christ through a dear friend who “wouldn’t give up”, named Brandon Slay. Brandon married Kyle and Christina in 2015 and continues to be a close friend and mentor to both Kyle and Christina.


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