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Four community leaders named to Interfaith board of directors

January 3, 2019 GMT

Four new community leaders have been selected to serve on the board of directors of Interfaith The Woodlands.

The Rev. Tom Rafferty, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church; the Rev. Rodney Mills, lead pastor at Northway Church; Kerrie Guerrero, vice president and chief nursing officer at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital; and Jim Parisi, president of three CHI St. Luke’s Health hospitals in The Woodlands kick off the new year by starting their terms of service on organization’s 2019 board of directors.

Interfaith provides family, senior and employment services in addition to running a food pantry, clinic and school. The nonprofit organization has existed and evolved in the community for more than 45 years.


Interfaith CEO and President Missy Herndon said that the four new board members have strengths in both corporate and congregational experience.

“Our board is comprised of all of those types of entities to give us strategic direction as we move forward and continue to grow,” Herndon said.

The new members fill the spots of four outgoing board members: the Rev. Bruce Webb, senior pastor at The Woodlands First Baptist Church; the Rev. Ed Robb, senior pastor at The Woodlands United Methodist Church; Stephen Head, chancellor of the Lone Star College System; and the Rev. Steve Bradley, senior pastor at StoneBridge Church.

Herndon said she is thankful for the service of the outgoing members, who have each brought a unique skill set to the board, she noted.

In total, the organization’s board is made up of 27 members, consisting of nine senior clergy members from member congregations, nine lay delegates from member congregations and nine community leaders.

The members serve two-year terms with multiple renewals.

The board’s chairman also rotated with the member changes. Alex Sutton, co-president of The Woodlands Development Company, a subsidiary of the Howard Hughes Corp., was named the 2019 Interfaith board chairman. Sutton previously served as the board’s vice president. He takes the spot of Rob Johnson, Interfaith’s 2018 board chairman.

“We are so grateful for the service of all of our board members. They are all so generous in so many ways with their expertise, and that’s what helps make interfaith a successful nonprofit—because of their guidance,” Herndon said.