Rick ClayLead Pastor
Rick serves as the Lead Pastor of Journey Church. He grew up on the roads of America as an evangelist’s kid and was called to full-time ministry as a teenager. His love for young people, men’s ministry, and serving the community wherever he was planted has never wavered. Rick is a ‘people person’ and before coming to Journey Church, he has enjoyed serving for over 40+ years as an Evangelist, Youth Pastor, and Associate Pastor.
Together with his wife, Carol, he has 3 amazing sons and daughters-in-laws, and 4 awesome grandchildren with more to come.
Carol ClayWomen's Ministry Lead
After 35+ years in ministry with her husband, Carol desires to walk alongside women of all ages as they grow in their relationship with Christ and connect with other women through Life Groups, retreats, and special events.
Carol grew up in Humble, comes from a very large family, and was the Humble High School mascot back in the day. She hits the road every chance she gets to see her 3 grown sons and their families. Carol is a Radiation Safety Officer by day and a wife, mom, and Nana by night.
Johnathon & Leanne CliftonStudent Ministry Leads
Johnathon and Leanne lead Journey Students and Mix 5/6, discipling students in grades 5-12. They entered ministry in 2013 and joined the Journey family in 2019, working to bring Christ into the lives of students through Life Groups, camps and retreats, group activities, school outreach, and more!
Leanne is an Humble ISD Lead Kindergarten Teacher while Johnathon stays home with their three kids and works as a Guest Teacher for local middle and high schools. They love watching movies with their kids and pursue their own hobbies from custom crafts to calligraphy and video games in their free time.
Sarah CarrollJKids Ministry Director
After years of feeling called to ministry, Sarah decided it was time to set her career goals of being a marketing agency executive aside, and is now dedicated to helping build up the kingdom of God. As the JKids Ministry Director she’s passionate about seeing our kids develop a deep hunger for Jesus and equipping parents with resources to encourage that hunger to grow throughout the week.
Outside of church, you’ll find that same passion given to raising her babies, Jensen and Evelyn, and enjoying delicious smoked meats made by her husband, Tim.
Ryan & Gale WilsonGuest Services Ministry Co-Leads
Ryan and Gayle co-lead Guest Services with John & Heather Nelson. Ryan, Gayle and their daughter Caitlin moved to Kingwood in 2011. They were invited to Journey by a friend and the church quickly became family. Due to this, Ryan and Gayle are passionate about making everyone who walks in to Journey feel seen and welcomed.
John & Heather NelsonGuest Services Ministry Co-Leads/Events Lead
Gaston & Kiki KurtzProduction & Worship Ministry Leads
Lacey McCabeFinancial Administrator
Lacey holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology & Christian Counseling with a minor in Business Management, and puts those skills to use as Journey's Financial Administrator. When she's not crunching numbers at the office, she enjoys serving on the worship team and working behind the scenes to support the staff and leadership in any way she can.
Lacey is also a mother of five. She and her husband enjoy spending time with the family, and when the season is right, you might even see this cajun lady out enjoying a crawfish or two.
Roxy TraughberStaff Development & Support
During her last 10 years of serving in full-time ministry, Roxy primarily focused on training future ministry leaders. Now happily retired, she serves here at Journey Church as our Leadership Development Consultant.
When she's not serving, you'll probably find her with her hubby, either on the road out in the middle of nowhere, or on a tarmac waiting for takeoff!
Caroline has a masters degree in counseling and sees kids, teens, adults and couples in her office at Journey Church. She helps people who feel stuck in a situation, may experience anxiety or depression, or just want to change something in their lives and need support.
Outside of church and her job, she enjoys time with her husband and 4 kids as well as reading as many books as possible.
Jillian McCuskerOutreach Ministry Lead
Jillian is a mother with a passion for serving and empowering others to be the hands and feet of Jesus. As the Outreach Ministry Lead, she oversees the Tabat’s Table food pantry and seeks out opportunities to get people involved in reaching the community.
Outside of church ministry, Jillian trains in and coaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing with her husband.
Abigail TarrantAdministrative Assistant
Abigail manages the church calendar, is one of the voices behind Journey's firstname.lastname@example.org email, and assists the staff leads with a variety of projects. She has a passion for planting seeds in our children and showing them love while parents enjoy service. You can find her in the Minis’ area every Sunday.
Abigail is a business owner, a wife and a mom. In her free time she enjoys doing anything outdoors and baking.
Amber ArguijoAdministrative Support
Along with keeping the JC website up to date, Amber is the e-voice behind the email newsletters & text messages that are sent out on behalf of Journey Church.
Outside of church and her day job as a software project manager, Amber spends her time with her husband and son playing video games, gathering around the fire pit, and reading.