Our Leadership

Our team consists of highly qualified and motivated believers, who are all experts in their field. With many years of experience in the ministry, they have the expertise to provide comprehensive, first-rate services to our members as servant leaders.

John Morgan

Pastor and Senior Elder

Pastor John found salvation at Crestview Baptist Church in the early 70’s and was raised in the Southern Baptist faith. Serving as Chairman of the Deacon body, he came to seek a deeper connection through a multi-year study in the Book of Revelation which culminated in several trips to End-Time prophecy conferences where he was exposed to the Hebrew language and Messianic Jewish teaching. He discovered answers to many holes he perceived in the faith of his childhood. Continued prayer led to his wife Renee beginning a pursuit of a PhD in Messianic Jewish studies. Taking this journey together has brought an understanding of scripture so deep the Bible has become a new book of discovery all over again. 

Renee Morgan

Rabbi and Chazzen

Rabbi Reneé serves Beit Messiah congregation as Rabbi and Chazzen, alongside her husband, Pastor John, in a “Priscilla and Aquilla” type of ministry partnership. Her educational background includes a dual music degree in vocal performance and music education from Hardin-Simmons University and a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. She is currently attending Messianic Yeshiva (Seminary) through the Messianic Studies department of The Kings University, a private evangelical Pentecostal university located in Southlake, Texas. Her goal is to obtain a PhD in Messianic Jewish Studies. Her ministry background includes over 40 years of service to various ministries, from music ministry and leading worship to marriage mentoring with husband, Pastor John, to extensive teaching and writing on Messianic theological topics. Reneé sees her calling as one of building a bridge between Jewish and Christian communities, in anticipation of our Messiah’s return.

Lynnell Welden


Elder Lynnell has been following a Torah based lifestyle since 1990. She has held various positions in multiple Messianic congregations over the years in both worship and instructional/leadership positions. Lynnell earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science and has completed both Old and New Testament classes at Concordia Lutheran College. She is retired from the United States Army with 20 years.  She currently works part-time as a management trainer for the Texas Workforce Commission.  Elder Lynnell brings the holidays to life with our Messiah as center stage.

Mike Lawson
"Jay Law"


Elder Mike Lawson, and wife, Sonja - Elder Mike was born and raised in Inglewood California. In 1987 he joined the Army, where he served for 21 years. During his time in the army, he was deployed to Iraq 4  times. In 2009, he retired from military service at Fort Hood, Texas and made Killeen his home. He met his wife Sonja in 2012, and they were married in 2018. During their first year of marriage, he began learning Hebrew, which ultimately led them both from the Church into the Messianic Jewish Community. Since then, he has been an avid teacher to Christians about the relevancy of Torah observance in our faith. He has 3 children, 2 of which are still at home, while the oldest is attending college.

Our Staff

Like any ministry, it takes people from behind the scenes to make things happen.  So here are our members serving to bring Messiah forward through the leadership.

Gynell Mims
Worship & Prayer

Gynell was born and raised in Austin, TX as a preacher’s grandkid in a Pentecostal church. She received salvation at the age of 21 then was filled with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit at the age of 22. Gynell went throughout her school years with high honors, obtained an associates degree in computer aided drafting and design, had a career as a draftsperson, then currently moved on creative painting and administrative work. Through years of spiritual growth in Yeshua, Adonai led her into a very intimate walk with Him. As she learned through studying the Word and life encounters with Adonai, she began to understand His Spirit more and her desires grew in wanting to please Him instead of the world, which brought her into the Messianic community. She developed a love for prayer and worship with the body of Yeshua in song. Playing boardgames, piano, sports, volunteering in the community, art, reading, fellowshipping with family and friends are some of her enjoyable activities. 

Jan Truzinski
Media Director

Jan is a Messianic follower from 1990 from an exposure to her first Messianic Passover. She graduated from Alexandria Technical College in Minnesota for Commercial Art, winning local and State awards for her creativity. She served and retired with 26 years in the United States Army and Army National Guard, as an enlisted mechanic, then  illustrator, and finished as a Signal Officer.  She obtained a Bachelor in Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Management.  Her computer and telecommunication experiences along with her artistic talent enhances Beit Messiah’s media presence.


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