Our Team

Elders

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  • Ron Betenbough

    I was born in Lubbock in the Lubbock Sanitarium (which should give you an idea about who I am—just kidding). Hospitals were called sanitariums back in the dark ages when I was born; I was born by caesarean section in Lubbock because it was the closest hospital (sanitarium) to McDonald, NM. I was a surprise baby; my mom was 40 and my dad was 58! 


    My early childhood was spent on a sheep ranch at McDonald, which is 8 miles south of Tatum, NM and since elders are shepherds, being selected as an elder seems to me like a natural calling. My dad bought and sold ranches in eastern New Mexico and traveled a lot, so I didn’t know him well. He was killed in an automobile accident when I was 11 years old. 


    My mom was very active in the First Methodist Church in Tatum; she built a home across the street from the church and we literally opened and closed the doors of the church. I left my Christianity in Tatum when I left for college at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and after flunking out of college, I moved to Lubbock to seek my fortune, and ultimately lost that fortune. I met my wife, Connie and we were married in 1986 while I was going broke in the real estate business, which crashed in the late 80s. We moved into a hotel I had built in Amarillo because it was the only place I knew where we would have food and shelter. We sold the hotel at a large loss and moved to San Diego, CA to try to rebuild our financial resources. 


    In 1990 I determined to quit playing at “lukewarm” religion, was baptized, and returned to the real Christianity in which I had been raised. Without any business success in San Diego, we returned to Lubbock in 1992 to join my son Rick in the home building business now known as Betenbough Homes. The first church we attended upon arriving in Lubbock was Raintree Christian Church and we have been active members here since 1992. The Lord has richly blessed my marriage, my children and my business. Raintree is a special church with a sweet spirit and we are blessed to serve the Lord here.

  • Robert Barritt - Chairmen

    I was born in Houston and was raised in the northwest suburbs there. My parents faithfully took me and my sister to church and my mother served for many years as a volunteer in the church library. Based in large part on that foundation, I gave my life to Christ when I was 18. I went to college at Texas A&M and found a great church under whose guidance and teaching I was able to grow spiritually.


    I met my wife, Christina, at A&M. A bit of an Army brat, she was born in Germany and spent her childhood in Lubbock; Fort Knox, KY; and Canadian, TX, her parents’ hometown. She gave her life to Christ while a freshman at A&M. We married the next year, after I completed my undergraduate studies. I am a meteorologist with the National Weather Service while Christina is a full-time mom and active volunteer at both church and school. Our children are Samuel and Abigail, who are at the time of this writing, poised to enter their teenage years.


    We have encountered good times and bad, joys and struggle, but continue to praise God and live for Him through it all. We have served Him as Sunday school teachers (together and separately) at previous churches and here at Raintree and also small group leaders here. I am currently serving my second stint as an elder while Christina is a long-time leader in our children’s ministry.

  • Kent Lytle - Secretary

    I was born and raised in Quanah, Texas and attended the First Baptist Church. My childhood included lots of bicycle riding, baseball games, dove and quail hunting and, most importantly, playing football. I graduated from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Mathematics.


    In 1996 I married Janice. We have five children, Michelle, Chad, Jeremy, Amy and Alyse, along with 10 grandsons and one granddaughter. We are blessed to have our family nearby and we love spending time with the children and grandchildren.


    We have been fortunate to live in many different communities due to our work. We’ve had addresses in Dallas, Oklahoma City and San Antonio, but we didn’t truly feel at home until arriving in Lubbock seven years ago. We’ve been members of Raintree Christian Church since moving to Lubbock and we truly love it. Janice and I are both active in the children’s ministry and enjoy helping where we can. When not playing with the grandkids, we enjoy travelling, hiking, boating and playing golf.

  • Bruce Clinard

    I  was born at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina. Since my father was a career Marine, I grew up on Marine bases all over the country including three years in Hawaii. I was blessed to meet my soul mate, Becky, while we were both seniors in high school. We married in 1973 after I graduated from the University of North Carolina. Even though I now work for Texas Tech, I have to admit that my blood still runs Carolina Blue.


    While at Carolina, I earned a degree in Mathematics and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Becky and I spent the next twenty years in the Air Force where I served as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer. Along the way we were blessed with two special daughters, Lisa and Megan.


    Having grown up as a Marine Corps brat and then spending twenty years in the Air Force, I had never lived any where more than 3-4 years. However, in 1986, the Air Force transferred us to Reese AFB in Lubbock, TX -- and we’ve never left. Also in 1986, Raintree became our family. We were honored and blessed to have Charles Carmen baptize Becky, Lisa and myself that same year. A few years later, I had the privilege of baptizing Megan myself. I can tell you there’s no better feeling for a father than that!


    I retired from the Air Force in 1993 and took a position at Texas Tech in the Northwest Texas Small Business Development Center where I assist small businesses in the West Texas area.


    As our girls were growing up, both Becky and I were very active in the Children’s and Youth Ministries. Becky also worked for a year as the Church Secretary. Over the years I have served the church in many different capacities including that of elder. One of my most enjoyable roles is as teacher for the Ambassador Class. They clearly teach me more than I teach them.


    My walk with the Lord has been slow in starting and far from perfect, but in spite of that He continues to bless me in immeasurable ways. Out of gratitude, my desire is to serve Him and His church in any way I can.


  • Al Roberts

    Originally, from Odessa Texas, my family moved several times before finally landing in Atlanta Georgia where as a sophomore in high school I met Judy, the love of my life.  Judy attended Auburn and after she graduated, we were married in 1980 and lived in Lawrence Kansas for two years while I completed graduate school at the University of Kansas.


    From there, we embarked on a 30 year career in telecommunications and were blessed along the way with three great children (all now married and active in their churches) and have five grandchildren.  During our journey, we have been fortunate to be part of several dynamic churches and able to serve the Kingdom in a number of ways including worship, adult bible classes, small groups, youth and children.


    After retiring from telecommunications, we were drawn to Lubbock were I became President of the LCU Foundation.  We started attending Raintree in April of 2016.  Immediately welcomed by the Evans Small Group, we have enjoyed serving in several ministries and being part of the Raintree family.


    Judy and I both experienced the blessing of growing up in Christian households and have always been earnest in our desire to follow Jesus.  When not playing with the grandkids, we enjoy traveling, time with family, reading, and I like to chase a little white ball on the golf course as time allows.