Meet the Eldership Team
Born and raised in Lancaster, Texas, R.L. graduated from Lancaster High School in 1958, having played football for the high school all four years. He would immediately begin a career with the United States Postal Service that would span 37 years. Shortly after retirement, R.L. became the chief of maintenance for the Yellowstone Bible Camp in Pray, Montana and would spend his summers there for 11 years.
While he was engaged in this, he was also a deacon for the Pleasant Run congregation in Lancaster, Texas. In 1999, he and his wife Merle moved to Whitney, Texas and he became an elder five years ago. His hobbies included just about anything outdoors.
Weldon was born in Palestine, Texas. As a young boy, he lived and attended school in Palestine, Alma, Rice and would graduate from Purdon, lettering in football, track & field, basketball, and baseball. From there, he graduated from Navarro College, majoring in business.
For the next 50 years, Weldon owned and operated many businesses. He bought and sold real estate, built homes, but also owned many insurance offices all over the Central Texas area from Arlington to Mexia, even holding contracts for the prestigious international insurer, Lloyd’s of London. While living in Mexia, he and his wife Lynette (she was his college sweetheart) were involved in the bus program, providing transportation for young people to attend church and were also very active in many other church functions. Weldon and Lynette had three children, Kari, Jim, and Shara. Weldon was also licensed to sell insurance in the five states adjacent to Texas, flying his own airplane to do business there as is an FAA-rated aviator.
Weldon would lose his wife Lynette to cancer in 2000, and remarried in 2001 to his high school sweetheart, Betty, who has taken care of him ever since. Both Weldon and Betty have lived in the Whitney area for the last 18 years, and together have five children and many, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He has been an elder for the last three years and his most recent activity in the Whitney church overseeing the remodeling of the building in 2018.
Weldon credits God for every achievement he has ever made, stating, “God has been good to me over the years.”
Wendell McPherson has served as an elder in the Whitney congregation since 1988. Wendell and his wife, Sammye, have been members here since 1986. Wendell’s love for the Honduras Outreach Mission work began with his first trip to Honduras in 1996. Since that time, he has made many trips and has solidified friendships among the Honduran brethren.
Before fully retiring in 2006, Wendell was engaged in farming and ranching with emphasis on peanut and cattle production. Sammye dedicated 29 years to teaching with the last 21 being in Whitney ISD. Wendell and Sammye have three daughters, Deanna Karr, Angie Brunett, and Cindy Whitehead. They all continue to reside in Whitney. Besides interest in grandchildren, Wendell enjoys traveling, hunting, fishing, and playing dominoes.