Staff Directory

Ministerial Staff


Brent McDougal

Senior Pastor

Brent joined Cliff Temple in June 2010 as our senior pastor. Brent is passionate about sharing the love of Jesus through preaching, pastoral care, and community building. He believes that ministry should be compassionate, collaborative, transformative, and life giving:

Compassionate: Serving the spiritual and practical needs of the people
Collaborative: in partnership, inside and outside the congregation
Transformative: creating real change within the individual, congregation, and community
Life Giving: to ourselves and others, rather than draining energy and leading to burnout

Brent has a BA from Emory University, a Masters of Divinity from Samford University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Alabama. Brent is married to Jennifer, and they have a son, Christopher and a daughter, Emily.

214-942-8601, ext. 314


Porfirio Bas

Pastor, Cliff Temple en Español

Porfirio has been on our team since September of 2012. He and his wife Conchis feel like missionaries coming from Mexico City. He agrees that every believer should be a missionary for Jesus Christ.

Porfirio was saved in 1984 during a crusade in Chihuahua, Mexico. He experienced the calling to serve the living God and followed Him immediately. He was licensed as a minister in 1988, and ordained in 1998. He studied at the Baptist Theological Seminary of Mexico City and at Wayland Baptist University in Lubbock, TX. He believes that the better education of spiritual life comes with reading the Bible, and meditating on it constantly.

He has pastored three churches in Lubbock, in English and in Spanish, and he recognizes the power of The Holy Spirit to be witnesses of Jesus in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

214-942-8601, ext. 303


Kenny Cheshier

Minister of Youth and Hospitality

Helping young people in their teenage years has been and continues to be a particular joy for Kenny. Under Kenny’s leadership, Cliff Temple has become an important place where youth of all backgrounds can experience God’s love. Kenny graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Radio/TV/Film and has attended at B.H. Carroll Theological Institute and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Kenny has served at Cliff Temple Baptist Church since 1999 and was ordained in April of 2001. He and his wife, Stephenie, have been married since 2000 and are the parents of two daughters, Kennedy and Madison. In addition to youth, Kenny works with our hospitality ministry. The goal is creating a welcoming atmosphere that will help people find their way into the community of Cliff Temple.

214-942-8601, ext. 305


Walter Counts

Minister to Senior Adults

As our Minister to Senior Adults, Walter serves Cliff Temple’s older generations as they fellowship with our congregation and minister to our community at large. Walter is a firm believer that one is never too old to fulfill his or her mission to “The Great Commission”, and works to ensure that seniors continue to contribute their wisdom, skills, and energies in a meaningful way. Prior to serving as our minister to Senior Adults, Walter served for 19 years as our Church Administrator. He is a charter member of the Dallas Baptist University Legacy Society, the Baylor 1845 Heritage Society and was a trustee at both Mission: Oak Cliff and the Texas Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services. He was the 2005 recipient of the DBU–Oak Cliff Good Samaritan Award. Walter is married to Nancy, and they have two adult children and four grandchildren.

214-942-8601, ext. 308


Judy Lewis

CDC Director

214-942-6319, ext. 401


Marsha Mills

Director, Goslin Opportunity Center

After retiring as an elementary school teacher with DISD in 2005, Marsha became the director of Mission: Oak Cliff, the food and clothing ministry that had been an outreach of Cliff Temple Baptist Church for nearly 60 years. The focus of Marsha’s ministry is on building relationships and serving her neighbors with compassion and dignity. Marsha holds a BA degree from North Texas State University (UNT) and an MA from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her husband, David are the parents of a son and a daughter, and the grandparents of three granddaughters.

214-942-6407, ext. 500


Jon Ratzlaff

Minister of Worship

Jon joined the Cliff Temple staff in July 2015 as the Minister of Worship. He is excited to step back into full-time ministry after a short tenure as public school choir director. Jon’s passion in ministry is shepherding God’s people into His presence through music and feels comfortable in front of a choir or behind a guitar. He’d love to grab coffee with you anytime, as long as it’s GOOD coffee and he loves seeing people’s worship of God extend beyond the Sunday service. Jon holds a Bachelor of Music in Church Music from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a Master of Divinity from Baylor’s Truett Seminary. He has served as Minister of Music in Traditional, Blended and Contemporary congregations for over 10 years. Jon and his wife Dawn were married in 2006 and they have 3 boys: Enoch, Malachi and Titus.

214-942-8601, ext. 324


Lauren Young

Minister to Preschoolers and Children

Lauren loves children and desires for them to know Jesus as their Savior. For Lauren, one of the most exciting things to see is a child accept Christ. She believes that children learn through a variety of ways and encourages an engaged, hands-on approach to ministry. Lauren has been serving at Cliff Temple since July 2012. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, majoring in General Family and Consumer Sciences. She focused on Child and Family Studies. She attended Dallas Baptist University to earn a Masters of Arts in Children's Ministry. Lauren is married to David Young.

214-942-8601, ext. 307




Barbara Evetts

Church Administrator

214-942-8601, ext. 318


Toni Hernandez


214-942-8601, ext. 301


Juan Ochoa

Properties Administrator

214-942-8601, ext. 309


Sophia Rawlins

Office Manager, Wedding Coordinator

214-942-8601, ext. 304


Susan Shanks

Pastoral Assistant

214-942-8601, ext. 314