Pastor Bruce White is the founding pastor of The Journey Church. Born and raised in Ruston, Louisiana, he later received a Bachelor’s Degree of Finance from Louisiana Tech University. Pastor Bruce received his call into the Gospel Ministry May 31st, 1995, was licensed into the ministry in 2003, and was ordained in 2005. He earned a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies in 2003, and a Master’s Degree of Christian Education in 2007. Both degrees are from Dallas Theological Seminary. His passion is teaching and preaching Truth from God’s Word and offering as much pastoral care to the church family through the lenses of encouragement and discipleship. In his leisure time, he loves spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, walking and working out in the gym. Also, married since 1995, Bruce and his wife, Lana have 2 sons Ross and Issac. They have lived in The Colony since 1996.
Board of Directors – Secretary
Being secretary for The Journey Baptist Church is something special to Russell allowing him to assist our pastor in some administrative areas. As secretary, he will help obtain letters from former churches when people join our fellowship and send letters to other churches as members move. He is also keeping required legal documents in a safe place such as our I.R.S. statement of being a 501 (3) C corporation, our By-laws and Constitution, and Sales Tax Exemption documents. Russell believes he can contribute to the Board of Directors when crucial decisions are required for various contingencies due to having served in various other capacities in other churches and areas.Ordained as a deacon in 1975, Russell has served actively until shortly before joining The Journey Church. Married since 1966, Russel and his wife feel that together they can influence couples thinking of marriage or going through trying times.
Hal Norrils, along with his wife Earlise (married in 1977) have been members of The Journey Church since 2010. He began serving as Deacon in January, 2011. At Parkway Hills Baptist Church, Hal was ordained as Deacon in 2006. Hal and Earlise love serving The Lord and His church, The Journey Church. They hope to share His love with anyone (members and visitors alike) whose heart is searching for Truth.
Pastoral Administrative Assistant
Children’s Ministry (6-12 years)
Married since 1995, Lana and Pastor Bruce have two sons. Lana grew up as an “Air Force brat” and lived in Louisiana, Hawaii, and New Mexico. She has called Texas home since 1977. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Dallas Baptist University in Math and a Secondary Teacher’s Certification. Currently, she home schools her youngest son and enjoys leading and participating with local home school groups. Lana has worked in a variety of areas in ministry from directing KidCare nursery, teaching children’s Sunday School to facilitating and coordinating ladies’ Bible studies across the DFW metroplex. Futhermore, Lana also enjoys helping her husband in a variety of other ministry areas. In her spare time, she also enjoys gardening, watching movies, playing games with her family, and watching historical documentaries (most of all on the topic of English royalty).
Kid Care Director (0-5 years)
Earlise is very excited to be KidCare Director at The Journey Baptist Church. She has been a child of God since she was seven years old and especially wants to instill in children the joy of knowing our savior. With a great staff beside her, they will make learning about Jesus fun and imaginative. Our staff will assure that each child will be loved and respected for his/her individuality. Earlise looks forward to meeting your precious children.