Creekside Staff

Dean Wood, Pastor

Where were you born?
Baptist Hospital in the beautiful city of Knoxville, TN
Tell us about your family.
I met Kelly at Columbia Bible College in 1991 and married her a couple of years later. We have two daughters, Karis and Darby, and a son, Karsten.
How long have you been at Creekside Bible Church?
My first Sunday was Easter of 2010
What do you love most about your ministry?
God’s word and God’s people. I love that God has given us the Bible, the most precious, amazing book in the universe! I love that I get to preach to and share His word with His people and to see it change my heart and the hearts of others. I love being around people of every size, shape, and color!
Is there a particular Bible verse that has meant a lot to you and why?
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
I have treasured this verse since Dr. Johnny Miller preached on it in chapel at Columbia Bible College about 25 years ago. The Spirit transforms my life as I look to Jesus. Or, as Dr. Miller put it, “beholding leads to becoming.” This verse really simplifies what sanctification is all about. Whatever disciplines of grace are present in my life, they should all have the goal of setting my eyes on the glory of Jesus Christ. It is in the beholding of Christ that I become more like Christ.
Finish this sentence: I love Texas because…
Like they say, “It’s a whole other country!” I love that my family loves Texas. I love the incredible diversity of people in the area where we live. I love the food. I love Darby Hill Farm. I love so much of the music that has come out of Texas. (But I would also add that there are many days when, in the words of Brad Paisley, “I miss my Tennessee home.” I miss the seasons and the mountains and the people there.)
If you had to request a last meal, what would it be?
How about a last breakfast and dinner? For breakfast, I would have my mom’s biscuits and gravy. For dinner, I would have a big, juicy steak, medium rare with some fresh, sautéed mushrooms, a baked potato all the way, some of Kelly’s perfectly fried squash, a  slice of cheesecake – any kind with chocolate/dark chocolate/caramel/pecans and whipped cream, and a bowl of my mom’s banana pudding. (Hey, it’s my last meal; don’t judge me for two desserts!)
What is your quest and what is your favorite color?
I would love to hike the Appalachian Trail with my son. Since the likelihood of that happening is slim, my quest is to make it to the top of a 5.11 wall at Inspire Rock with Karsten belaying me. My favorite color is red. Orange is a close second.

David Betz, Worship Pastor

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