Meet the Board of Directors
Pastor Lawhon graduated from Baylor with a BA in Sociology and a MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological. He has served as the Executive Director of Mission Brenham and Faith Mission. Currently, Pastor Lawhon oversees Hamoreh Ministries, a non-profit that trains pastors in East Africa. He is also the Lead Pastor of Redeemer Church Brenham.
“It is almost impossible for me to go to HEB or Walmart without seeing a family that has been touched by this ministry. The Spirit has done a miraculous work, bringing together all parts of the Christian community to share the Good News of Jesus through word and deed to Brenham families for over 25 years.”
Captain Powell is a Brenham native, and graduated from Grambling State University with a BS Criminal Justice. He has been a member of the Washington County Rotary Club and on the board of Directors with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Capt. Powell has been a police officer with the Brenham police department for 24 years, and mentored youth for over 20 years.
“I love this community, especially youth. I am personally inspired by the love and sacrifice of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
Julie Renken has been the District Attorney for the 21st Judicial District for the last seven years. She received a BA in Political Science from Texas A&M and graduated with honors from Texas Tech School of Law. She has served on numerous boards, whether as the vice chair for Faith Mission or a founding member of the Washington County Victim’s Task Force. Mrs Renken attends Champion Fellowship and volunteers with the youth.
“The future of the youth in America is vulnerable and Brenham NEXT is focused on fixing that problem locally. However, my favorite part of its focus is that is comes from a place of truth using Biblical Principles to give our local youth a future and strengthen the future of Brenham.”
Michele Kohring Kwiatkowski
Michele Kohring Kwiatkowski is a Brenham native and a CPA and partner at Seidel Schroeder. Michele is a 1989 summa cum laude graduate of Texas A & M University with a BBA in accounting. Michele has served on the BISD Education Foundation and several other boards dedicated to the youth of our community. Michele also serves on the finance council of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Brenham.
“God has a plan for everyone. Our youth need to know Him and trust his plan in their lives. Brenham Next helps them learn to know and trust in Him.”
Ted "Tres" Masser
Ted “Tres” Masser graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration. He also attended Texas Christian University and received the degree of Master of Business Administration. Tres has over 20 years of banking experience and currently serves as Chief Lending Officer for Brenham National Bank. He has served on numerous boards and committees in the Brazos Valley focusing on the youth of our community.
“The heart and soul of our community is our youth. It is our responsibility to instill in them the values necessary to thrive so that they may become the leaders of tomorrow.”
Debbie Forland has a BAS in Organizational Leadership from the McLane College of Business at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She has provided leadership and guidance for numerous ministries in the community, including Brenham NEXT. Her love for both local and foreign missions has her currently serving on the board for Restoration Ministries in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She enjoys using her passion for discipling others and developing leaders for the purpose of furthering the Kingdom.
“It has been an honor to serve in both a hands-on role as well as an advisory role for the ministries of Brenham NEXT. What a thrill to collaborate with so many others and have a front row seat to how God is using this ministry to build up the next generation of leaders in our community!”