We have a passion for people, our city and our world. Our culture and leadership is characterized by worship, the love of God, and a genuine call to ministry. These core values have been shaped by our rich history of great co-workers and energy; always pressing forward in our call to love God and love others.
Pastor Gene Holley, Jr. is a native of Wichita Falls, Texas. He is married to Karla Layne Holley and has two sons, Cameron and Chad.
Pastor Holley attended Harrell Elementary, McNiel Jr. High and Rider High School before earning a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Marketing at Midwestern State University located in Wichita Falls. Karla spent her formative years in Mesquite, Texas where her father, Murray L. Layne pastored. She attended Christian Life College in Stockton, California and Jackson College of Ministries in Jackson, Mississippi.
Pastor Holley served Life Tabernacle as Pastor's Assistant and Youth Pastor under the most recent pastor, Wendell Elms, for over 18 years and then moved his family to the Austin, Texas area to plant a church in Pflugerville in 2006 under Pastor David Bernard and New Life UPC. The Holley's returned to lead their home church in 2008.
Their sons have always been a part of ministry and continue to pursue His calling. Cameron is a graduate of Urshan College in St. Louis, MO., a licensed minister with the UPCI and works at CraneWest Advertising as a graphic designer. He is married to Brooke, the Life office administrator. Chad currently lives in Hollister, California, works at America's (Discount) Tire and is a junior in college with a Finance major.
Josh and Shelly joined us over two years ago to lead the LIFEalive Student Ministry and to assist Pastor Holley in the mission of reaching our region. They have served in student ministry for a number of years and are now full-time at Life.
Josh is a graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler with a Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing and of the University of Southern Mississippi with a Master's degree in Business Administration. Shelly grew up in Wichita Falls and graduated from Texas Bible College with a degree in Music.
Josh and Shelly have two sons, Mason (4) and Landry (2), who also love being a part of Life.
Priscilla joined the team in 2009 as the office secretary and for the last year has served as our Events Coordinator. Priscilla is from Wichita Falls and has been a member of Life since 1987.
Priscilla also leads our Ladies of Life ministry. She has a heart for our church and is a great asset to the team. Outside of church, she loves to travel and discover new places. She is a foodie and a true creative at heart, always looking for something to restore and make beautiful. Her adventurous spirit shapes her motto in life, "You're never too old to learn new things."
Kenny has served as the Business Administrator since 2008. He spent over 30 years at Wichita Falls Coca Cola prior to joining the Life team.
He has been a member of Life since 1965. He and his wife, Rita, are involved in numerous areas of ministry, most notably Community Day events and Life University. Kenny and Rita also lead our 55+ group. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors; hunting, grilling, and riding his Kawasaki Mule.
Brooke Holley joined the team at Life in October of 2014 after moving to Wichita Falls, to marry her sweetheart, Cameron. Brooke holds a degree in Theology from Gateway College of Evangelism and has spent the entirety of her adult life actively involved in ministry. Brooke finds her greatest joy in being involved in things of the church, and loves being a part of what God is doing in Wichita Falls.
Outside of the church, Brooke is happiest when spending time with her husband, Cameron, and puppy, Wednesday; or while traveling to explore new countries, and create new adventures.