and Melinda Halstead met years ago in a Singles group at church,
developed a deep friendship, eventually married, and have shared in
ministry for over 4 decades. The ministry-sharing was taken to another level
in 2005 when they moved from The Woodlands, Texas to Odessa, Texas to
plant New Life Church. Tim and Melinda are partners in ministry, in
shepherding, in mentoring and, of course, in parenting. They give God
the glory for their children’s journeys of faith and marvel at “how much better they are at this age than we were”. Son,
Mitch & his wife Kayla, are in Chattanooga, Tennessee where Mitch
is a youth minister and Kayla is a teacher. They are parents of 9-year
old Hunter Reid. Son, Conner, is a youth
minister in Conroe, Texas where in spring of 2019 he transitioned from bachelorhood to instant family man when he married Lindsey and her precious children, Elle and Jude. Then in October 2020, they were blessed with baby Charlotte Elizabeth! Daughter, Darci Armstrong (married to Brance, who works for Beltway Park Church in Abilene), works for her alma mater, Abilene Christian University, where she is the Associate Director of Enrollment Marketing.
Tim is an extrovert who enjoys people, going to the movies, working out, Mexican food, and long road-trips. He's a news and podcast junkie. Melinda functions as an extrovert and loves people, but is fueled while alone. She loves long morning quiet time and at least two silent/solo retreats per year. She loves relaxing vacations (especially at the beach on "Sistercation"), laughing really hard, reading (or listening to) a good book, and anything involving time with the kids. In the past few years, Tim & Melinda have been called to the ministries of spiritual formation (Tim) and spiritual direction (Melinda) and have individually gone through different 18-month programs for certification in these areas which are helpful in ministering and loving people.