Southwinds is led by our Elder Team. The Southwinds family has affirmed this team to serve as spiritual overseers for the church. They prayerfully seek God’s leadership for direction and give leadership, encouragement, support and guidance to the work of God here.

All Southwinds pastors serve on this team as staff elders, along with the non-staff elders the Southwinds family has affirmed. 

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Michael Nolen

Michael Nolen

Lead Pastoroffice: Extension 101

Family: Dana (since 1985!) They have four adult children, two daughters-in-law, and one son-in-law

Education: B.A. (Greek), Baylor University; M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D. (Historical Theology), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; D.D., California Baptist University

How Long at Southwinds: February 2003

For Fun I Enjoy: Reading novels, working out, beating Chris at fantasy baseball!

Favorite Sports Team: The San Francisco Giants (who else?!?)

Recommended Reading: Desiring God (John Piper), The Reason for God (Timothy Keller), The Purpose Driven Church & The Purpose Driven Life (Rick Warren), Disciplines of a Godly Man (Kent Hughes), Sacred Marriage (Gary Thomas)

Favorite books of the Bible: Romans, Ephesians, Psalms

What I Like Best About Ministry: The privilege of partnering with God as he changes lives for eternity.