Tim's Story | Houston Oasis

Tell us about yourself...

I’ve been a software architect/designer since the late 90s.  My latest project is an application that helps people learn and remember things. My wife, Mary Lea, and I share a blended family with six adult children and 10 grandchildren who live in Houston, North Carolina, Virginia, and New York City. Our extended family is important to us. I enjoy bicycle riding, photography, travel, and spending time with grandkids.  I love interesting conversations about things that matter.  I’m committed to lifelong learning and personal growth. For more than four decades, I was a Southern Baptist minister and writer. I recently shared the story of my journey into and out of faith in my book, Goodbye Jesus.

How long have you been attending Oasis?

I’ve been actively attending Houston Oasis since 2017.

Why do you attend Oasis?

It’s a 45-minute drive from our home in Fulshear to the Sunday meeting, but the intellectual honesty, diversity, positive attitude, and purpose that characterize this community is unique. 

What do you like most about Oasis and why?

The thing I most appreciate about Oasis is the opportunity to interact with other individuals who accept me as I am and share a concern for the common good of humanity.

How has Oasis made a difference in your life?

When I left my faith and stopped attending church, I felt isolated and missed being a part of an idealistic community.  Oasis has filled that void.