Step 4 - Leadership

Our goal during this 9 month class is to train and equip leaders in a Christ-centered environment.

5 Leadership Lessons | 5 Books | 5 Field Trips - Scroll down for more information.

Our goal during this 9 month class is to train and equip leaders. We cover topics like Integrity in Leadership, Visionary Leadership, Cross-Generational relations, Goal Setting and much more, all in a Christ-centered environment. We will have a few books to read and will be taking field trips to local churches and businesses.

This class starts on September 20 and meets on Tuesday nights from 7p - 8p, twice a month for 9 months. There is a fee for this class. The cost of the books is included in this fee.

The cost for this class is $139 per person or $249 per couple. THE COST OF THE BOOKS IS INCLUDED IN THIS FEE. Register by 9/18. Payment is due by September 20.

Guest Leader Bios

The following community leaders will share experiences with you.

Carmin Harris, B.R.E., M.A., Ed.D.

Carmin Harris is the Executive Director of Mansfield Mission Center, a community-based organization in the Dallas-Fort Worth area which helps families improve physical, mental and financial wellbeing. Carmin has a passion for coming alongside nonprofit leaders to help create greater community impact and long-term organizational sustainability. Her experience is drawn from nearly 20 years in the nonprofit sector, including previous roles with Canadian Baptist Ministries and World Vision Canada. Carmin completed her doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California. Her research focused on the role of healthcare volunteers in supporting patient needs related to social determinants of health. Carmin enjoys investing in her local community through the Mansfield ISD Diversity, Equity and Inclusion advisory board and as treasurer of the Historic Mansfield Business Association. Carmin’s free time is spent testing new baking recipes and practicing yoga.

Juan M. Fresquez, Jr.

Juan Fresquez serves Methodist Health System as President of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. A healthcare leader with over 30 years of acute-care hospital management experience, Juan has demonstrated abilities in the areas of operations, leadership, physician relations, cost management, quality/process improvement, compliance, clinical quality management and customer service.

During his time with the Methodist Health System, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center achieved the prestigious 5 Star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in 2020. In August of 2020, he guided the opening of Methodist Health System’s first de novo Ambulatory Surgery Center on the campus of Methodist Mansfield. Additionally, Juan served as president of Methodist Midlothian upon its opening in November of 2020.

Prior to joining the Methodist Heath System Fresquez served in numerous executive roles with Tenet Healthcare in the Texas and Arizona markets where he was instrumental in improving patient satisfaction, quality, and financial performance.

Juan has been married to his wife Carla for 33 years and has 3 grown children. He remains active in the community of Mansfield where he serves on numerous chamber, economic development and community boards.

David Alexander

David has served as a Pastor in the Mansfield community since 2005. After serving in various leadership roles, he was appointed as the Senior Pastor of First Methodist Mansfield in January of 2015.

David has described his passion and understanding of his pastoral ministry in this way. “I believe that following Jesus is the best way to live. My life and my work is about helping people follow Jesus.”

In his role as Senior Pastor, Pastor David casts the vision and direction for the entire church family while also working to continue to develop relevant and compelling teaching that enables each person to continue growing in deeper love with God, love with others and service to the world.

David is also the author of the book The Deep End, which focuses on the deep questions of the Christian faith; a book he describes as being for anyone who has ever felt like “the process of finding faith sometimes feels like you are losing faith.”

David preaches at our our Sunday 9:30 a.m. service and 11:00 a.m services. Find more information about our weekend worship services online.

David is married to Stephanie. They have one daughter, Anna, and a son, Jack. If you would like to read more of David’s writings, you can find those at

Reverend Dr. Michael A. Evans, Sr. was elected Mayor of the City of Mansfield, Texas, in December 2020. He is the proud pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield where he has served for more than 30 years.

Mayor Evans received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Pre-Law) from the University of Texas at Arlington. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Texas Christian University’s Brite Divinity School. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Baylor University, where he has also served as a member of the board of regents for the university.

Mayor Evans was elected to the Mansfield Independent School District Board of Trustees for three terms, serving from 2007 to 2016 including two years as board president. He also served as an administrator with the Tarrant County College District, with coordination and oversight responsibilities for the district’s ESL and Adult Basic Education Centers. He was a member of the TCC Board of Trustees from 2016 to 2020.

He serves as a consultant on race relations for church, county, and state officials and is a passionate Mansfield community advocate. As part of this advocacy, he is has founded several organizations that work for the betterment of individuals and the community:

•    BBC Educational Enrichment Corporation, which has helped more than 1,000 young people throughout the southeast Arlington-Mansfield-Kennedale area with tutoring services, career exploration and summer job placement.

•    Hope House Community Service Network, assisting indigent individuals in southeast Tarrant County with addiction recovery, medical services and transportation.

•    Historic West Mansfield Texas Community Development Corporation, which encourages quality economic development of the Historic West Mansfield Community, instrumental in the construction of Bethlehem’s Pioneer Place Senior Adult Independent Living Complex which opened in 2019.

Mayor Evans also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy from 1990-1998 as a reserve chaplain. He is director of the Life Touch Cottage Ministries Inc., a Christian education and evangelism organization serving children and youth in Nigeria–West Africa. He is the former director of African American Ministries for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, where he also served two consecutive terms as president of the convention serving more than 5,300 churches. He currently serves on the advisory council of Tarrant County Habitat for Humanity, the Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Advisory Board and the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Advisory Board (Mansfield).

Born the oldest of six children and a native of Houston, Mayor Evans has been married to Mrs. Lisa C. Evans, his high school sweetheart of more than 34 years. They have two adult children and a beautiful granddaughter.

Chief Aaron is married, celebrating over 38 years, is the father of three grown boys, and a grandfather of six.  He has served in various capacities over his 33 years of service to the City of Mansfield including Patrol, Hostage Negotiations, Mounted Patrol, and SWAT.  Chief Aaron graduated from the Texas A&M Police Academy, holds a Master Peace Officer license, a Bachelor degree in Business Administration, and a Masters in Criminal Justice from Tarleton State University.  He is a graduate of Sam Houston State University’s Chief Leadership Program as well as their Jail Administration Management and Operation Program. Chief Aaron believes in community service.  He served six years as the Mission Director for his church and was on the Founding Board of CASA of Johnson County.  Chief Aaron is a member of the Texas Police Chiefs Association as well as the International Association of Chiefs of Police and serves on the Executive Board of the North Texas Chiefs Association.  He was appointed to the position of Police Chief of Mansfield in August 2014 where he leads the Police Department and is responsible for over 164 employees comprised of 102 sworn officers, correction officers, and civilian employees.

5 Books

Is it possible to disagree politically and love unconditionally? The reaction of evangelicals to political and cultural shifts in recent years revealed what they value most. Lurking beneath our Bible-laced rhetoric, faith claims, books, and sermons is a relentless drive to WIN!But the church is not here to win. By every human measure, our Savior lost. On purpose. With a purpose. And we are his body. We are not in it to win anything. We are in it for something else entirely. That something else is what this book is about.You'll discover:How to take a stand the right way. You'll learn how to make your case with a posture of humility and understanding, rather than being fueled by the fear of losing something.How to view politics through the lens of faith. Learn curiously, listen intentionally, and love unconditionally.How the life of Jesus and his teaching applies to modern-day challenges in a fresh way. The "biblical" stand may not be what we've been taught.Jesus never asked his followers to agree on everything. But he did call his followers to obey a new command: to love others in the same way he has loved us. Instead of asserting our rights or fighting for power, we need to begin asking ourselves: what does love require of me?

People Fuel outlines the twenty-two relational nutrients we all need to cultivate good relationships that provide energy, focus, and the support to be all you were meant to be.Just as good nutrition is necessary for a healthy body and physical energy, so the right kinds of relationships are critical to living a successful and confident life. If we don't take enough iron, we can develop anemia. Too little calcium leads to bone disease. In the same way, we need the twenty-two relational nutrients essential to a healthy, energized, and productive life.In People Fuel, Dr. John Townsend--psychologist, leadership consultant, and coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Boundaries--shows you how truly good relationships give you energy, focus, and the support you need to succeed. Through stories and clear applications, Dr. Townsend shows you how to:Identify the types of people who can be either energy gains or energy drainsReceive from relationships the help and support that God intendedCreate higher-quality connections with your family, friends, and coworkersBoost your productivity and creativity at workBuild your essential Life TeamAs we learn to tap into these vital nutrients from quality relationships, we will experience more energy, positivity, focus, and the exponential growth to become the confident people God created us to be.

New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni unveils a truly groundbreaking new model that will change the way we think about work and teams forever.The 6 Types of Working Genius is the fastest way to help people identify the type of work that brings them joy and energy, and avoid work that leads to frustration and burnout.Beyond the personal discovery and instant relief that Working Genius provides, the model also gives teams a remarkably simple and practical framework for tapping into one another’s natural gifts, which increases productivity and reduces unnecessary judgment. In classic Lencioni fashion, Pat brings his model to life in a page-turning fable that is as relatable as it is compelling. He tells the story of Bull Brooks, an entrepreneur, husband, and father who sets out to solve his own frustration at work and stumbles into a new way of thinking that changes the way he sees his work, his team, and even his marriage. What sets this book—and the model behind it—apart from other tools and assessments is the speed at which it can be understood and applied, and the relevance it has to every kind of work in life, from running a company to launching a product to managing a family. In addition to this book, Lencioni and the Table Group have created a 10-minute assessment that helps individuals quickly identify their gifts and apply this model to themselves and their teams. Join the hundreds of thousands of people who have already discovered their Working Genius, and experience the transformation in your work, your team, and your life. Learn more about the Working Genius at

“A perceptive and practical book about why our calendars so rarely reflect our priorities and what we can do to regain control.”—ADAM GRANT “Carey’s book will help you reorganize your life. And then you can share a copy with someone you care about.”—SETH GODINYou deserve to stop living at an unsustainable pace. An influential podcaster and thought leader shows you how.Overwhelmed. Overcommitted. Overworked. That’s the false script an inordinate number of people adopt to be successful. Does this sound familiar: ● Slammed is normal.● Distractions are everywhere. ● Life gets reduced to going through the motions. Tired of living that way? At Your Best gives you the strategies you need to win at work and at home by living in a way today that will help you thrive tomorrow. Influential podcast host and thought leader Carey Nieuwhof understands the challenges of constant pressure. After a season of burnout almost took him out, he discovered how to get time, energy, and priorities working in his favor. This approach freed up more than one thousand productive hours a year for him and can do the same for you. At Your Best will help you● replace chronic exhaustion with deep productivity● break the pattern of overpromising and never accomplishing enough● clarify what matters most by restructuring your day● master the art of saying no, without losing friends or influence● discover why vacations and sabbaticals don’t really solve your problems● develop a personalized plan to recapture each day so you can break free from the trap of endless to-dosStart thriving at work and at home as you discover how to be at your best.

Millions of new believers in Jesus. Thousands of new churches. Communities rallying around the Gospel. Innovative efforts to send workers into the harvest fields. A Gospel movement sweeping a nation. This isn't merely a description of what God is doing in the global south today. It is a picture of God's work in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. The church was flourishing. Faith was being shared. New congregations were being started. People were receiving the hope of eternal life. Can it happen again? Is it possible for the Christian church in the United States to become vibrant and relevant once more? The answer may surprise you. Looking at a uniquely American Gospel movement as a case study, Gospel DNA traces five markers that lead to a flourishing church. Hope is closer than you may think. It's time to reconnect with Gospel DNA.

Step 4 Testimonials