Darryl Thornton is the Chief Administrative Officer for the St. John Church where he is responsible for church administration. He is a Certified Church Administrator (CCA), SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Senior Professional in HR (SPHR) & Certified Speaker & Executive Coach with The John Maxwell Team.
Chief Financial Officer
Rev. Ellis Ford
Assistant Pastor & Minister of Member Services
Reverend Ellis Ford has seen the St. John church through many of its stages. He’s been on staff since 1996 as Assistant Pastor and continues to serve in that capacity to this day. As Assistant Pastor and overseer to all pastoral care services, Rev. Ford spends his days visiting the sick, praying with the hurting and counseling couples and those who have lost loved ones. He also works with all the ministers at St. John and helps to handle the flow of the worship services.
Rev. Daryl Atkinson
Associate Pastor of Counseling and Teaching Assistant
Reverend Daryl M. Atkinson currently serves as Associate Pastor of Counseling and Teaching Assistant for the St. John Church. He received his BA in Practical Theology from Howard Payne University and his MA in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Rev. Atkinson was born in Grayling, Michigan and at the age of five his family moved to the DFW area, and calls Irving, TX his home city.
Rev. Elena Carraway
Youth Pastor and Global Missions/Outreach Pastor
Reverend Elena Carraway has served as an active member since 2000 and on church staff since 2010. Currently, she serves as the Youth and Global Missions & Outreach Pastor. She is a mother of three young adults and is a native of Los Angeles, California.
Rev. Steven Littlejohn
Associate Pastor of Ministry & Teaching
Reverend Steven Littlejohn currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Ministry & Teaching for the St. John Church. Rev. Littlejohn has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of areas over the years including Adult Discipleship, Children’s Ministry and Youth Ministry. Rev. Littlejohn previously served as Youth Pastor of the St. John Church.
Dr. Clark W. Joseph
Minister of Music & Worship Arts
Dr. Clark W. Joseph serves as the Minister of Music & Worship Arts at the St. John Church. He earned BM/MM degrees in Piano Performance at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, MS in Education from Fordham University, and a Master of Theological Studies from Southern Methodist University (SMU) Perkins School of Theology. He was awarded the Doctor of Ministry from Bell Grove Theological Seminary in Louisiana. Finally, he has earned the Doctor of Worship Studies degree at Liberty University in Virginia.
Minister of Christian Education
Ramona Smith-Johnson has been a staff member since 2001 where she serves as the Christian Education Director. Her duties consist of overseeing the Adult/Discipleship Ministries, provides direction to the Children Ministry, Vacation Bible School, and Spiritual Growth opportunities.
Minister of Operations & Human Resources
Glenda Gregg is the Minister of Operations and Human Resource at St. John Church. She joined the St John Church staff in 2001, where she also serves as the Staff Financial Assistant. Additionally, Glenda manages the Growing In The Spirit Bookstore, Divine Delights Cafe and Media Duplication Team. She has been a member of St John since 1984.
Minister of Volunteers and Strategic Projects
Donna Craddock serves as the Minister of Volunteers and Strategic Projects. Her job is to ensure all ministries, ministry leaders and volunteers are taken care of and also to coordinate church and event scheduling along with other strategic projects. Donna is an Omaha, NE native and the youngest of 8. She joined the St. John staff in 1999 and is an active participant in the Women’s and Singles Ministries. She has also served in the Outreach and Youth Ministries.
Director of Special Events and Facilities
Cheryl Richardson is the Director of Special Events and Facilities for St. John Church. She has been a member of St. John since 1997. She has diligently and faithfully served as a volunteer in several ministries including Hospitality Ministry, Sunday Morning Breakfast and New Members Orientation. She also developed, coordinates and leads the Pastor’s Table Sunday Morning Breakfast.
Operations Assistant/Assistant Director of Membership Record
Michelle Pennie-Davis joined the St. John Church staff in January 1997. Michelle has previously worked as a Youth Administrator Assistant, Youth Activities Coordinator, Children’s Church Teacher, Usher, New Members Orientation Director/Teacher and Youth Praise Dance Leader.
Children’s Worship Coordinator, Grand Prairie Campus
Sean joined the Children’s Worship Service (CWS) team as a volunteer in 2014, prior to becoming a member of the staff in 2018. Sean is proud graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, where he met his wife, Catina. They have been married for 20 years. They joined the St. John Church in 2003, when they move to the DFW area. Since then, their family has grown. They have one son, Seth, who is a member of the mime team and twin daughters, Sarah and Simone, who are members of the praise dance team and children’s choir.
Children’s Worship Coordinator, Southlake Campus
Media Engagement Coordinator
Arnelle Woods joined the St. John Church in May 2001 and has served in various ministries. Joining the St. John Church staff in 2018, Arnelle serves as the Media Engagement Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for assisting with the creation of faith-filled content for St. John’s digital and social media platforms. Additionally, she assists in providing oversight of all aspects of media production for the St. John Church while identifying ways to create engaging virtual social experiences. In tandem with her staff responsibilities, Arnelle provides leadership to the Ignite Young Adult Ministry and God’s Angels of Praise Dance Ministry.
Yuleici (pronounced U-lacy), has been a member of the St. John staff since 2004. She currently serves as the Office Coordinator. She is the front-line administrator of Pastor Davis Office, Membership Services, and is often the voice you hear on the other end of the phone during business hours.