Monty Pettyjohn was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma on Feb. 16, 1961. He grew up in Shawnee and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma. He met Diana in Shawnee while she was a co-worker with his dad in the engineering department at Southwestern Bell. They married on May 15, 1982. Monty and Diana have two grown sons, Austin and Tate.
Monty graduated from SIBI in 1992 and became the pulpit minister in Burlington, Colorado. He was the minister there for eight years before becoming the Education Minister at Waterview church of Christ in Richardson, TX, where he served from 2000 -2005. In June of 2005, he took the position of Director of Placement with SIBI. He began serving as an elder at Sunset in October of 2007. Monty transitioned into the role of Lead Minister after Jay Jarboe left to work with Mission Resource Network in 2010.
His hobbies include hunting, fishing, racquetball, and tennis. He especially enjoys hiking mountain trails with Diana.
Spiritual Formation Minister
Bill was born in Pueblo, Colorado on October 14, 1959. He attended Lubbock Christian University and Texas Tech, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Speech Communications, with a certification in secondary education. He taught junior high at Christian Heritage Schools in San Antonio, Texas from 1983-1985.
Bill met his wife, Betty in San Antonio and they married in 1984. In 1985, Bill took on the roll of youth minister at the MacArthur Park Church of Christ in San Antonio where he worked for seven years. Bill and Betty have three children, Joshua, Matthew and Katie. In 1991, Bill and Betty moved to Lubbock to attend Sunset International Bible Institute. They graduated from Sunset in June of 1993 and enrolled in the Missions program where they graduated in December. In 1994, Bill and Betty left with a church planting team for San Diego, CA where they worked for seven years. Bill was asked to return to Sunset International Bible Institute in 2001 where he served as Assistant Dean of Missions.
Bill's favorite scripture is Ephesians 3: 20-21. His favorite hobby is spending time with his children. In addition, Bill enjoys reading and watching sports. His favorite food is chicken fried steak.
Charles was born in Richardson, TX in 1948. His mother was a Christian and reared him in the Lord. He was baptized into Christ as a young man in Richardson and has sought the Lord fervently ever since. Charles is married to Cara (Gilbert) Speer, who also was raised in Dallas by a godly mother. Charles and Cara have two children, Bryn who is band director at Westlake High School in Austin, TX and Jamin, who is a graduate student in Economics at Yale University in Connecticut.
Charles was educated at Southern Methodist University (1970-Bachelor of Electrical Engineering), Sunset School of Preaching (1972), Sunset School of Missions (1986), and Lubbock Christian University (1996-Master of Arts in New Testament). He served as Minister to Youth in Dallas from 1972-1977, Preaching Minister in Weatherford, OK from 1977-1985, Missionary to New Zealand from 1986-1989, and 1989-presents Instructor and Dean of Residential Studies at Sunset International Bible Institute.
Charles loves to spend vacation time with family and play golf with good friends. He believes strongly in the principles of II Tim. 2:2-"And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others."
Rodney Roberts was born on July 9, 1955 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He moved to Lubbock and received his Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from Texas Tech University. His parents are Kenneth and Sammie Roberts and they still reside in Plainview. He has one brother, Randy.
Rodney met Sherry Burns while attending high school in Plainview and they married in 1976. They have two children, Jenna and Cannon. Rodney and his family have been active at Sunset since 1988. He worked as an architect in private practice for over twenty years. When Sunset began a search for an Involvement Minister they began to look internally and approached Rodney with the idea of changing careers. "I saw this as a great honor and opportunity to serve the Lord as a part of the ministry staff at Sunset and felt the Lord had opened a door for me that I never expected." He began his fulltime work at Sunset on May 15, 2000.
His favorite scripture is Ephesians 4:11-13. His favorite food is Mexican and his favorite sport is basketball. He also enjoys golf and spending time with family.
Jeff Reesewas born in Odessa, Texas on August 13, 1965. He met Brenda Flowers of Muleshoe while attending LCU and they were married in 1987. He graduated from LCU with a degree in Business Administration. He and Brenda have two sons, Justin and Branson.
He worked at Wal-Mart as an assistant manager for 4 years and 10 years for Selle Insulation in sales and operations management before joining the Sunset staff as Administrator in 2002.
Jeff loves Mexican food, camping, baseball and paintball. He especially enjoys coaching his sons in baseball and watching them play.
Jeff Smith was born March 15, 1962 in Wichita, Kansas. His family moved to Lubbock in 1966 to attend the Sunset School of Preaching. This in turn transformed Jeff into the typical "PK" (preacher's kid) living in places like Kansas, Wyoming, Texas and even Botswana, Africa while his father served in full-time ministry.
He met Stacy Lowman when they were both teenagers and members of the Sunset youth group. They married in 1981 and are blessed with two wonderful children, Kristin and Daniel.
Jeff received his ministry training at SSOP (1984-86) and began his first full-time ministry in Phoenix, Arizona. Having served there two years as youth minister, he moved to Dewey, Oklahoma serving as Associate Minister. A life-long dream was realized in 1995 when he was invited back to his "home" congregation to serve as youth minister for the Sunset church. Jeff received a Bachelor of Religious Education from Rochester College.
Jeff's favorite scripture is Romans 8:28 and he enjoys playing golf, softball and supporting his children's extra-curricular activities. His favorite food is chicken fried steak.
Jeremy was born June 3rd, 1987 in Amarillo, Texas but grew up in Baldwin, Kansas. Jeremy moved to Lubbock in 2005 to attend Lubbock Christian University. He graduated from LCU in 2010 with a Bachelors in Arts in Youth and Family Ministry. He continued at LCU and worked on his Masters. Jeremy transferred to ACU where he is currently working on a Masters of Divinity.
While at LCU he worked as a Youth Minister in Anton, Texas for four years. He also worked with the White River Youth camp during the summer as an assistant Director. He also worked in the college ministry at Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene. Jeremy was then hired as one of the youth ministers at Sunset in March 2012.
Jeremy’s favorite Bible scriptures are Psalm 91 and 2 Peter 1:4. He loves people and joins spending time with family and friends and enjoys playing games, His favorite food is Bar B Q and his favorite restaurant is Chipotle.
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Scott was born in Vernon, Texas on April 1, 1983. Scott graduated from LCU with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. While at LCU Scott met his wife, Amy. They have a son Josiah who was born in 2011.
Scott, upon his graduation from LCU moved to Clovis, NM where he became the Youth and Family Minister. He plans to complete his Masters in Family Ministry in 2013 from LCU.
His favorite scripture is Psalm 117. Scott’s favorite food is Mexican food. He loves to spend vacation time with his family and do almost any sort of sports or outdoor activity. Scott enjoys his time with his wife and son most of all.
Libby German was born October 30, 1958 in Hobbs, New Mexico. She was the youngest of four children and grew up on a small ranch south of Hobbs where her parents still reside. Libby graduated from Harding University in 1980 with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. She moved to Lubbock in January of 1981 and was active in Campus Advance at Broadway before meeting Steve in the singles class at Sunset. They married in August of 1982 and have two daughters, Gerianne and Gina and one son Cody. Steve is an Associate Professor in the Business Department at LCU.
After working as a critical-care nurse for almost 15 years, Libby decided to make a career change and joined the staff at Sunset as one of the Children's Ministry coordinators. Her main responsibility is staff recruitment. She loves to teach Bible class and enjoys singing with the children.
Just Kids Preschool Directory
Carolyn grew up in Braintree, Massachusetts. She is the oldest of 5 children. She came to Lubbock in January 1979 to attend SSOP. She met her husband, Richard, while attending SSOP. They married in 1982. They have attended Sunset and taught Bible classes for over 20 years. She has one son, Adam. Carolyn has taught at Just Kids for 13 years
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Shelly was born and raised in Lubbock. She is a life long member at Sunset. She graduated from Monterey High School and Texas Tech University in 1993. She met her husband Kent in the youth group at Sunset when she was 16. They were married five years later. He is the Assistant Director of Information Technology at Texas Tech. They have been married for 17 1/2 years and have 3 boys, Connor, Keaton, and Carson. Shelly taught the 3 year old class from 1997 to 1999. She then returned in 2006 to teach in the 4 year old class where she has been until January 2010.
Truitt was born in Phoenix, Arizona on December 28, 1944. He married Sandra Kay (Troy), an Arkansas native, in 1963. Truitt and Kay have four children, all of whom are married and are faithful and active Christians and nine grandchildren who are a joy to their lives.
Truitt’s biblical training was received as Sunset School of Preaching, Sunset School of Missions, Lubbock Christian University and Abilene Christian University. Truitt has served as pulpit minister for churches in Texas and Arizona. He and his family served as missionaries in Nigeria, West Africa from 1973 to 1976. Campaigns, lectureships, seminars, gospel meetings, and short-term missions efforts have taken Truitt to many foreign countries and most of the states across the USA.
Truitt came to Sunset in 1989 as a teacher at Sunset International Bible Institute and in 1993 was appointed Executive Director. Truitt is interested in tennis, fishing, travel and world history. He is passionate about preaching, leadership training, missions, and family, especially grand parenting.