2023 Board of Directors

Jesus

Founder

Pastor Leon Birdd

Sr. Pastor
Born and raised poor in Kenosha, WI, his drug addiction, and party lifestyle caused him to leave his family and friends and head to Dallas, TX, where he had an encounter with the living God while freebasing cocaine in the back of a van. Pastor Leon had dreams that did not include the poor and the lost. After he surrendered his life to Christ in 1994, he heard, and was obedient to the voice of God which led him to ministry of the most vulnerable on the streets of Dallas Texas.

David Wilson

Chairman of the Board
David is a Baylor University graduate and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics. He is a forty-year industry veteran in development, redevelopment, asset management, and construction services, and a faithful supporter of Servants Of oUr Lord.

Dr. Jeffery Parker

Board Member
Dr. Jeffery Parker was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. He served thirteen years in the U.S. Army and attended Louisiana State University, majoring in Business, and minoring in Psychology.  Dr. Parker holds a Master’s in Theological Studies and a Doctor of Ministry degree.  He is currently Sr. Pastor of House of Prayer and Word Outreach in Dallas and has planted fifty-five churches and two schools in West Africa. He has been active in prison ministry for over twenty-two years. In 2004 Dr. Parker became a volunteer with Restoration Outreach of Dallas (ROD) and in 2008 became the Director of Aftercare; in 2010 he became the Executive Director. He has been preaching the Word at S.O.U.L. Church for eight years.

Dr. Carrie La Ferle

Board Member
Dr. Carrie La Ferle is a Professor of Ethics & Culture in the Temerlin Advertising Institute at Southern Methodist University. Dr. La Ferle holds a PhD in advertising from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in Advertising from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in Sociology from The University of Western Ontario. Carrie and her family are passionate volunteers at Servants Of oUr Lord.

Shanna Brown Mattson

Board Member
Shanna holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Baylor University and is a Certified Financial Planner. She lives in Waco, TX with her husband and three children and was instrumental in coordinating with the Youth Pastor of their home church to come and serve at S.O.U.L. Church for the past eight years.

Jim Goerlich

Board Member
Jim has five years of Board service and is an industry expert with over twenty-two years in healthcare transaction software solutions, and Director of Blessed Homes Enterprises LLC. He has a heart for the lost and broken and is an ardent volunteer at S.O.U.L. Church.

Hoyt Mains

Board Member
Hoyt has twelve years of Board service. He is the Owner and President of Lynd Fueling Systems, and a devoted volunteer and supporter of S.O.U.L. Church for over two decades.