Bios

Mark Turman, DMin, is the Executive Director of Denison Forum and Vice President of Denison Ministries.  Among his many duties, Turman is most notably the host of The Denison Forum Podcast. He is also the chief strategist for DF Pastors, which equips pastors and church leaders to understand and transform today’s culture.  Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry from George W. Truett Seminary at Baylor University, Waco, Texas.  He was raised in Tyler, Texas, in a large Roman Catholic family. At seventeen, he made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and later committed to vocational ministry during his freshman year in college. He completed his undergraduate degree at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, before completing a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.  He married his high school sweetheart, Judi, and they have two children and two grandchildren.

 Richard Taylor currently serves as Church Health & Leadership Associate with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. Richard has also served as both Personal Evangelism and Church Planting Associate.  Prior to his service with the SBTC, Richard was Director of Evangelism and Ministry for the Baptist Convention of New York.  Richard preaches revivals, leads workshops, seminars, and conferences on evangelism, leadership and strategy development for churches and other organizations. His life’s purpose is: Developing hearts and minds by the Word of God; Being Strong in Scripture; Persistent in Prayer; Engaged in Evangelism; and Committed to Christ.  Richard received educational training from Texas A & I University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served for 30 years in various local church and denominational capacities.  Richard is also Founder and President of Life Beyond Life, Inc. a 501c3 Ministry/Corporation created to assist struggling and dying churches find life again through Personal Evangelism, Evaluations of Systems and Processes, and Leadership Development. Originally from Corpus Christi, TX, he and his wife Romona currently live in Watauga, TX. 

Rodney planted Stonegate Church in 2009, a thriving church on the south side of Dallas. He’s been deeply vested in church planting, sending multiple church planters across the DFW area and beyond. He has over 20 years of ministry experience and loves to leverage that experience to serve pastors and planters. Rodney finds great joy in crushing tennis balls, catching big bass, a good cup of coffee, and in helping people enjoy Jesus.  He’s married to Laura, his bride of over 20 years, and they have three children.

Bryan Wooten serves as one of the staff elders at Remedy Church in Waxahachie, TX. He and his wife, Gina, have been married for twenty years and have three children. Bryan’s ministry experience includes eleven years on staff at Remedy Church and four and a half years serving with his family as a church planting catalyst for the international mission board (SBC) in Southeast Asia. In both roles, Bryan’s passion for God’s glory among the nations, disciple making, and church planting have been fueled by a biblical vision of Kingdom expansion for the glory of Jesus Christ. 

Rick Cantu serves on the Advisory Team at First Baptist Church Red Oak.  He recently retired from the City of Dallas and is also currently serving on the Ellis Baptist Association Future Team.  He has a great love for people and is passionate about prayer.

Ludwingk joined the ministry team at Cedar Hill in December 2021. Ludwingk is married to Kellee and they have 2 kids. He is passionate about helping people find joy in all aspects of worship and utilizing the gifts and talents of others to glorify God.  He previously served as worship leader at Community Baptist Church in Ferris.

My wife, Charity, and I moved to Waxahachie in 2011 to plant Remedy Church, where I am still one of the pastors. My main responsibilities are teaching, vision, and Missional Communities, but we all do al little bit of everything! We have 4 kiddos, 2 adopted and 2 bio: Sam (16), Juliet (12), Valor (10), and Jesse (4).  Over my years in ministry, God has grown my heart to be a “Kingdom first” leader and to lead our church to live Kingdom first. So I love to partner with other churches, to send resources into the harvest, and to work with other churches and leaders to help them embrace a gospel-centered and Kingdom first approach to life and ministry.

Ryan is a California native who relocated to Texas in 2022.  During his 14 years in pastoral ministry he’s been privileged to serve in various church contexts, most recently as the Lead Pastor of Waymaker Friends Church in Buena Park, CA prior to becoming the Ennis Campus Pastor for The Avenue Church.  He and his wife Taylor have been married for 13 years and they have three amazing kids (Carson, Camden, and Kennedy).  When not pastoring he’s most likely exercising, doing home improvement projects with his wife, playing with his kids, and praying that his Jacksonville Jaguars don’t break his heart again this season!