Our Leadership Team

Get to know our Ministry Table

Dale Suggs

Founding Pastor

Dale is a graduate of Texas Christian University and Brite Divinity School, being ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1987. Dale’s passions are teaching, creating a “safe place to land” for those excluded or injured by church, caring for the hurting, and sharing how Jesus put compassion into action! Dale has served 30 years as a congregational pastor, 15 years as a Certified Spiritual Director, and 4 years as a Hospice Chaplain. Dale has expressed his passion for teaching by developing workshops, seminars, and retreats on topics including practicing compassion, an evolving faith, forgiving, speaking truth, sharing a wilderness journey, and releasing the flow of blessings. Like BELOVED, Dale’s three core values are grace, inclusion, and compassion. Dale has been married to Shelly Jones Suggs for 37 years. They have four adult daughters and three beautiful girls who call Dale “Grandad!”

Shelly Suggs

Minister of Spiritual Growth & Well-Being

Shelly has always had a passion for accompanying and guiding others along their own spiritual journey. She has served as an elder, teacher, and curriculum writer over many years in several congregations on the Christian Church (DoC). A certified spiritual director, Shelly enjoys working with children, youth, and adults. A graduate of Texas Christian University, Shelly completed a Master of Arts in Religion with an emphasis in Spiritual Formation at Claremont School of Theology in May, 2017. 

VeAnn Clark

Interim Associate Minister

VeAnn is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and holds a Masters of Divinity in Interfaith Chaplaincy from Claremont School of Theology. VeAnn has over 20 years experience working with youth, young adults, and families, launching after-school programs and directing camps and retreats, and she is a certified sexuality educator through Our Whole Lives, a comprehensive sexuality education program. VeAnn has journeyed with people through many life stages including birth, aging, illnesses, and death. Her compassion and ability to be present with individuals and families in a variety of situations is a personal strength. She is thrilled to serve BELOVED while she also completes her clinical hours for ACPE board certification as a chaplain. 

Alisa Mittelstaedt

Technology & Communications

Cassandra Cyphers

Social Media & Communications​

​Phil Fowler

Financial Secretary

L-R: Alleen Christian (Facilitator), Dale Suggs, Jeanette Christian (Facilitator), Shelly Suggs, and Gail Whetstine