Staff

The staff of Melonie Park Church exist to serve and support its members, and are mutually supported by its members.

 

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Todd Cepica

Senior Pastor

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Todd is a West Texas native. He was born in Dimmit Texas and has lived in Lubbock since the mid-70s. Todd’s professional career prior to serving on staff at Melonie Park was in healthcare where he practiced as a physical therapist for a number of years before moving into administrative roles for the UMC Health System. Todd ended his 15 year career at UMC as the Administrative Director of the Southwest Cancer Treatment and Research Center before assuming full time responsibilities as teaching pastor at Melonie Park Church in June of 2009. Todd has been a part of the Melonie Park family since 1986. He has served as an elder since 1999. Todd is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Teri, were married in 1992 and they have two young boys, Graham and Grant.

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Jason Martin

Family Care and Education Pastor

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Jason was born in Andrews TX, but was raised in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. He has owned various businesses based in Texas, South Florida, and New York. Jason is a graduate of Criswell College (BS in Biblical Studies) and of Dallas Theological Seminary (MA Biblical Studies; MA Christian Education), and has served as an intern for the College Ministry at Denton Bible Church, as a lay institute instructor at Dallas Theological Seminary, and as an Associate Pastor for Grand Prairie Bible Church. Jason has been married to his wife Jill for 16 years now and has three sons; Luke, Owen and Noah. Their family moved to Lubbock in 2013 when Jason was called to be the new Family Care and Education Pastor at Melonie Park Church. The Martin’s love Lubbock and intend on putting down deep roots while raising their family here.

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Mark Hardy

Music, Missions, Administration Pastor

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Mark came to Lubbock and Melonie Park Church in 1968. He and Bonnie were married in 1971 while attending Texas Tech University. Except for three short stints away from Lubbock and Melonie Park, this has been their home. Mark and Bonnie have three children, Jeremy, Jared, and Meredith, and six grandchildren. Before joining the staff at Melonie Park, Mark was in business for 29 years and served under CAM International in Mexico for two years. He has been on staff at Melonie Park Church since 2000, and currently serves in the areas of music, missions, and administration.

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Bruce Szcyubialka

Student Pastor

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Bruce was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but he got to Texas as soon as he could. He earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in Physical Education, and a Masters degree at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse in Physical Education with an emphasis in Adventure Education and Outdoor Pursuits. Bruce obtained further education in Biblical Studies as well as Youth Ministry training at the Kanakuk Institute in Branson, MO. He taught Physical Education in Oshkosh, WI for 5 years until being called into the ministry by Melonie Park Church in 2010. Bruce has an amazing wife named Stephanie and some wonderful children named Tessa, Laney, Josiah, Wesley, and Addison! Bruce’s self-proclaimed spiritual gifts include goodlookingness, smartness, handsomeness, sportsyness, and goodlookingness! Really though, he loves Jesus, is great with students, and happens to be one of the most fun guys we know!

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Christy Burns

Children's Ministry Director

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Christy grew up in Lubbock and is an alumnus of Monterey High School, South Plains College and Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to working at Melonie Park Church, she is also a private piano and voice instructor.  Christy has also worked in the country music business, co-owned a computer/technology company and various other administrative manager positions. However, she believes her most important job is being a wife to her husband Mark and a mom to her two boys - Jaden & Ethan. Christy has attended MPC for over 10 years and has also enjoyed serving on the worship team and in the women's ministry.

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Kristi Conner

Preschool Coordinator

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Kristi was born and raised in Lubbock. After being a high school teacher, a grant coordinator at a major University and a research coordinator in pain management, Kristi left the world of academics to be a stay at home mom. Back in the day, Kristi was involved in the youth group at Melonie Park where she came to know the Lord. When she and her husband, Clint, returned to Lubbock in 2007, the decision to become a part of the Melonie Park family was clear. Kristi accepted the preschool coordinator position in 2012. Clint and Kristi were married in 2004, and they have one son, Eamon.

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Linda Whitaker

Church Secretary

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Linda grew up on a farm in a very small farming community at McAdoo, TX.  She has been the church secretary since 2000 and a member of Melonie Park Church since the mid 70's. She and her husband, Jan, are empty nesters at this point in their lives, and are the proud parents of 3 grown children: Kris, Stacy and Randa and have 3 grandchildren.  The Whitaker’s enjoy traveling to see and experience different parts of the country. Some of Linda’s passions are oil painting, gardening and landscaping.  She loves her job and enjoys serving the Lord and Melonie Park Church as a secretary.

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Sandy Sanders

Bookkeeper

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Sandy grew up in Meadow, Texas.  She received a degree at South Plains College.   She and her sweet husband Nick married in 1979 and have been attending Melonie Park since 1985. They have been blessed with 5 awesome sons;  Josh, Gabe, Alex, Chris, and Jared: as well as 3 grandchildren.   Sandy has also worked at Melonie Park as a Tuesday School teacher, PDO teacher, and PDO director.   She began her training as Financial Secretary in September of 2013.  She loves working at MPC and loves her amazing family and friends.

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Leah Gary

Parents Day Out Director

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Leah has been involved in children's ministry for the past 8 years and involved with PDO for the past 2 years as a teacher and now as our Director.  She has been married to her husband Trent for 7 years and has 3 boys; Cael, Caedmon, and Cace.