Our Team

Senior Director of Operations

Dr. Craig Altrock

Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Bible, Lubbock Christian University
Master of Divinity, Harding School of Theology
Doctorate of Ministry, Harding School of Theology

What first drew you to Let’s Start Talking?
My wife! Really!! It was totally off my radar until Leslee led us into it. Once started, we couldn’t stop! Leslee and I have been blessed to work almost side by side in ministry since our first year of marriage.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Equipping people to do stuff they’ve wanted to do all their lives and then watching as God changes their lives in the process. I’m also deeply appreciative of the way LST and FriendSpeak make it possible to connect people of different faiths, cultures, and colors in meaningful and non-confrontational ways.

What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
Participating in any and all of our kids activities, riding bikes, Frisbee golf

Where did you go on your LST project(s)?
It has been a great blessing to take our kids on project every summer of their lives (up to this point!)
1992 – 1995 – Kiev/Bila Tserkva, Ukraine
1996 – Chemnitz, Germany
1997 – 1998 – Croatia and Germany
1999 – Brazil and Argentina
2000 – 2005 – Brazil
2006 – Kiev, Ukraine
2007 – Recife, Brazil
2008 – 2009 – Miskolc, Hungary
2010 – Xiamen, China
2011 – Kigali, Rwanda
2012 – Concepcion, Chile
2013 – Ishinomaki, Japan
2014 – Murcia, Spain
2015 – Paterno, Italy
2016 – Seoul, South Korea
2017 – Seoul, South Korea
2018 – Antwerp, Belgium

Here’s a link to a map of some of the places we’ve been! Altrock Travels

Program Director

Leslee Altrock

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Education, Lubbock Christian University

What first drew you to Let’s Start Talking?
The methodology and philosophy really spoke to me. I love the idea of sharing my faith in a natural way. I love that the WORD is the Teacher and I am the illustration. I enjoy traveling and experiencing new places and people. I also enjoy being focused on only one thing while I am on a project. Sharing Jesus and sharing myself!

What is your favorite part of your job?
I enjoy working with lots of people. The people we send are some of the best people in the WORLD. I love helping people do what they have always wanted to do – Share their faith!

What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
I enjoy going to my kids activities and cheering them on. I like reading, watching movies, bicycling and working out.

Where did you go on your LST project(s)?

1992 – Kiev, Ujraine
1993 – Kiev, Ukraine
1994 – Kiev, Ukraine
1995 – Bila Tserkva, Ukraine
1995 – Kiev, Ukraine
1996 – Zapresic, Croatia
1996 – Chemnitz, Germany
1997 – Zapresic, Croatia
1997 – Chemnitz, Germany
1998 – Zapresic, Croatia
1998 – Chemnitz, Germany
1998 – Frankfurt, Germany
1999 – Buenos Aires, Argentina
1999 – Porto Alegre, Brazil
2000 – Buenos Aires, Argentina
2000 – Porto Alegre, Brazil
2000 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2001 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2001 – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
2002 – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
2003 – Cuiaba, Brazil
2004 – Natal, Brazil
2005 – Natal, Brazil
2006 – Kiev, Ukraine
2007 – Recife, Brazil
2008 – Miskolc, Hungary
2009 – Miskolc, Hungary
2010 – Xiamen, China
2011 – Kigali, Rwanda
2012 – Concepcion, Chile
2013 – Ishinomaki, Japan
2014 – Murcia, Spain
2015 – Paterno, Italy
2016 – Seoul, South Korea
2017 – Seoul, South Korea
2017 – Tabacundo, Ecuador
2018 – Antwerp, Belgium

Program Director and Support

Julie Dancer

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, Oklahoma Christian University
Certificate of Missions Prep, School of World Evangelism, College Station TX

What first drew you to Let’s Start Talking?
The Word is the teacher; knowing all the answers is not possible or necessary. Success = faithfully planting seeds.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Talking to people from all over the world.

What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
Cooking, walking, crafting with my niece, playing with the cat, and music.

Where did you go on your LST project(s)?
1987 – 1990 Germany
1998 Japan
2000 Australia
2002 Brazil
2003 – 2005 Japan
2006 Kazakhstan
2007 Mexico
2008 Honduras
2009 Panama
2014 Japan
2015 Germany and Massachusetts
2017 Massachusetts

FriendSpeak Developer

Tyler Ellis

Education: Art Instruction Schools, 1998 Adventures In Missions, 2001 Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies, Sunset International Bible Institute, 2004

What first drew you to Let’s Start Talking? Having served as a missionary for two years, and as a Campus Minister for 14, I love anything that empowers God’s people – young and old – to reach refugees and international students and the nations they come from. And that’s what LST is all about!

What is your favorite part of your job? There’s nothing quite as fulfilling as being an advocate for the nations; getting to stand before groups of God’s people and pulling back the curtain to reveal fun and tangible opportunities to meet people’s physical and spiritual needs. When the average Christian personally responds to the Great Commission, everybody wins!

What are your hobbies/interests outside of work? Dating my wife and playing with my kids; reading and writing; playing racquetball, volleyball and disc golf; watching good movies and listening to good music; taking naps and browsing antique shops; and exploring man’s cities and God’s creation around the world.

Where did you go on your LST project(s)? While I’m still waiting to go on my first LST trip, I have gone on many mission trips over the last 20 years, including: Mexico City, Mexico (2 weeks); Apia, Samoa (14 months); Sydney, Australia (6 months); White Mountain Apache Reservation, Arizona (3 weeks); and Campamento, Honduras (2 weeks).

Business Office Support

Donna Tucker

What first drew you to Let’s Start Talking? I was drawn to LST after meeting Scott & Kim Lambert and learning about all of the wonderful things the ministry is doing for God’s Kingdom.

What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is getting to know all of the people who work with LST and becoming part of something so great.

What are your hobbies/interests outside of work? My hobbies and interests are spending time with my family, spending time with friends, tennis, movies, and reading.

Where did you go on your LST project(s)? I have not been on an LST project yet, but hope to get to go on one in the near future.

Volunteer, YoungFriends

Casey Williams

Education:
Harding University, 1996

What first drew you to Let’s Start Talking?
I love the simplicity and truth of letting the Word be the teacher.

What is your favorite part of your job?
The best part of my job is the stories: stories about how God was moving in the lives of our readers long before we showed up on site; about how God perfectly paired a worker and a reader; about how workers learned to trust God with their fears; and about how people’s lives were changed–on both sides of the reading table.

What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
Traveling with my family, playing/coaching volleyball, reading a great book that I can’t stop thinking about, being out in the country and watching a Texas sunset.

Where did you go on your LST project(s)?
2011 Miskolc, Hungary
2013 Scandicci, Italy
2015 Lodz, Poland

Program Director

Ben Woodward

Education:
Double Major in History and Religion, Pepperdine University
Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management, Regis University

What first drew you to LST?
Reading about the life of Jesus with people who have never heard it before and want to know more. That is what I love.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Traveling to new churches and working with their staff and volunteers who inspire me with their good works.

What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
Family, traveling, reading, sports, and www.NonprofitElite.org

Where did you go on your LST projects?
1998 Lisbon, Portugal
1999 Mito, Japan
2001 Cozumel, Mexico
2002 Kampala, Uganda
2003 Moscow, Russia
2006 Lausanne, Switzerland
2007 Japan (FriendsCamp)
2011 Natal, Brazil (FriendsCamp)

Founder

Dr. Mark Woodward

Education:
Bachelor of Arts, Harding University
Master of Arts, University of Mississippi
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Dallas

What first drew you to Let’s Start Talking?
We have always said we did not start LST, God did—without us even knowing it. And I love it. I love that LST is a natural way to form relationships and to share faith with people.

What is your favorite part of your job?
I love the problem-solving aspect of our work: how can we train our teams better? What do we need to create to help our missionaries follow-up? How can we open the door into closed countries? Who needs to go to Senegal to work among African Muslims?

What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
I am a student of film, so we go to lots of movies. I love to read and I play a little golf. Mostly, however, we grandparent….which is just the best thing ever!!

Where did you go on your LST project(s)?
We went to Jordan in April 2014—one of the best experiences of my life. I want to go back soon.

Founder

Sherrylee Woodward

Education: Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma Christian University, 1992, in English/Teaching English As A Foreign Language.

Board of Directors

Dr. Philip Woodward, Chairman
Emergency Physician
Keller, TX

Dustin McWilliams, Vice Chairman
Ernst & Young, Partner
Fort Worth, TX

Raymond Ward, Secretary
Pearson Publishers, Vice President, Southwest, Retired
Trophy Club, TX

Dr. Mark Woodward
LST Founder, Professor at Oklahoma Christian University
North Richland Hills, TX

Sherrylee Woodward
LST Founder
North Richland Hills, TX

Buzz Porter
Porter, Foster, and Rorick Law Firm, Partner
Bellevue, WA

Jamie Sweeney
The Park Church, Minister
Tulsa, OK

Menda Lippe
Naperville Unified Schools, Teacher
Naperville, IL

John Osborne
International Programs, Director, Oklahoma Christian University
Edmond, OK

Ryan Bien
First Colony Church of Christ, Minister
Sugarland, TX

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Hurst, TX 76054

817-684-7578

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