Spiritual Development Staff

Dr. Scott Stevens
Dean of Spiritual Life
Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry


 Scott Stevens joined the staff of East Texas Baptist University in July of 2017. Before  coming to ETBU he served as the Publisher at BaptistWay Press (Baptist General  Convention of Texas) for five years. Before joining BaptistWay, Scott worked at  LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee. While there, he served as the  Managing Director of Student Publishing and later became the Director of LifeWay  Students, leading a cross-functional team that was responsible for all of LifeWay's  youth ministry offerings, including published resources, camps, events, and training.

Scott has served as a full-time faculty member at Howard Payne University and has also taught as an adjunct professor at both Howard Payne University and Dallas Baptist University, in their respective graduate schools of ministry. As a licensed and ordained Baptist minister, he has also served on local church staffs in Texas and Tennessee as a youth minister. Scott has written numerous magazine articles and devotionals and has contributed chapters to youth ministry books. He co-authored the book:  Are You Developing Students or Your Student Ministry?

Scott is a graduate of Texas A&M University and also holds the M.A.R.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a native Texan who grew up in Pasadena and enjoys sports, guitar, and travel. Scott is married to Debbie, and they have two children: Tanner, an elementary school teacher, and Annie, a student at East Texas Baptist University. 


Kalee Brearton,
Administrative Assistant

Kalee Brearton was born in Oklahoma and moved to Texas in middle school.  She is a graduate of East Texas Baptist University with a B.A. in Religion, and M.A. in Christian Ministry.  Kalee desires to one day become a Children's Minister, as this is the calling the Lord has placed on her heart.

Kalee is married to Jake Brearton, a football player at ETBU.  They are members of Mobberly Baptist Church Marshall, where they lead a college small group and assist with the children's ministry.  Her favorite passage is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."  Kalee enjoys any activity where she gets to spend time with friends and family.



lseeley1.jpgDr. Lisa Seeley
Director of the Great Commission Center

Lisa Seeley comes to Marshall from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Born in Germany and raised in Indiana and Ohio, she moved to Texas in 1995. Lisa earned a Master of Arts in Missions and Church History from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a PhD in Leadership from Dallas Baptist University. Lisa worked in the Missions department at SWBTS for eleven years and taught history, missions, and graduate research and writing for Dallas Baptist University before coming to ETBU.

Lisa has been married to Scott since 1984; is the mother of three girls, Sara, Caitlin and Rebecca; and grandmother to Peyton and Christian. She enjoys reading, working out and learning Tae Kwan Do from her husband. Lisa claims Philippians 4:13 and Proverbs 3:5-6 as life verses.


Mark_Yates.jpgMark Yates
Director for Baptist Student Ministries

Alternating between two states through most of his childhood and adult life, Mark claims both California and Texas as "home." He has four children:  Courtney, Shelby, Ethan and Amanda. The entire family enjoys sports and outdoor activities. They are active members of Central Baptist Church in Marshall.

Mark is a graduate of East Texas Baptist University (B.A.) and Louisiana State University-Shreveport (M.Ed.) and has additional hours from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He has spent more than 25 years in various avenues of student ministry serving Baptist Churches and Agencies. His passion for student ministry revolves around his life verse, 2 Timothy 2:1-2. "You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others." His continued desire is to "grow strong" in his personal spiritual walk and to use those things which the Lord has afforded him to reach and disciple others to do the same.