Elders, Deacons & Ministry Leaders


Hilton Merritt has served in every church leadership capacity imaginable, including preaching ministry, church planting, and serving in academia. He and Avanell served at missionaries in Kenya for twelve years, and he continues to mentor ministry leaders in East Africa. He also has over 20 years experience in the business world. Hilton and Avanell have been married over fifty years, and Avanell serves as a leader, teacher, and mentor among the women of West U. Hilton Merritt has been a shepherd since 2010.

Hilton and Avanell count among their greatest joys their three daughters and several grandchildren.






Jim and Lou Ann Taylor have been members at West U Church of Christ since the early 1990s. Jim has served in many capacities here at West U, including worship leader, small group leader, and deacon before being ordained as a Shepherd in 2010. In addition to his leadership responsibilities at West U., Jim serves on the board of directors for The Point Campus Ministry at the University of Houston.








Kerry Lackey – Building Facilities

Al Richey – Finance

Cameron Bird – Adult Education

Mike Coulson – Welcome and Involvement