Herald of Truth Board of Directors


Faires Austin

Faires Austin serves as the chairman of the board for Herald of Truth.

He recruits, counsels and works with transfer students for Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala., as well as being an elder for the University Church of Christ in Montgomery.


Chip Bennett

Chip Bennett is a graduate of Abilene Christian University. After graduation, he played for the Cincinnati Bengals as a linebacker. When his football career was finished, he returned to the family ranch in Yoakum County, Texas. He spent the next forty years farming and ranching.

Chip and his wife, Darla, have recently retired in Abilene, Texas. They have five children and nine grandchildren. Southern Hills Church of Christ is their church home where Chip is involved in the singing ministry.


Jim Carr

Dr. Jim Carr served as Executive Vice President of Harding University for 25 years, and for the last five years, he  has served as Senior Vice President. Prior to joining Harding, he was an executive with the American College Testing Program (ACT). Before joining ACT he held numerous administrative posts at Florida State University. In 2005, Dr. Carr was nominated by President George W. Bush to the National Security Education Board, and after confirmation by the U. S. Senate, he served six years in that position. In 2015, Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas appointed Dr. Carr to the Board of Higher Education in Arkansas, and he currently serves as vice chair of that board.


Malcom Coco

After returning from the Air Force, Malcolm began teaching in the College of Business Administration at Abilene Christian University in 1991 where he currently holds the rank of professor of Human Resource Management. He has traveled to China, France, Japan, Canada, Mexico and England to study international business and human resource management. His research has been intensively presented and published nationally and internationally.

He provides volunteer consulting for a number of nonprofit organizations.

Malcolm currently serves as an elder of the Hillcrest Church of Christ, Abilene, Texas


Jim Creech

Jim received his education from Lipscomb University and Middle Tennessee State University.

He began his work with Lipscomb University in May 1999 after having worked in Development with Herald of Truth ministries for eight years. Jim also served as pulpit minister for churches in Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee for 29 years. He currently serves as Chaplain for the Stone Rivers Manor and as Pulpit Minister of the Vultee church of Christ.

He and his wife, Mary, live in Murfreesboro, Tenn.


Wesley Cunningham

Wes Cunningham was been employed by the Sears Holdings Corporation for 41 years and has now retired.

Cunningham has been married to his wife, Joyce, for 43 years and they live in Elgin, Ill. They worship with the Cardinal Drive Church of Christ in Rolling Meadows, Ill. where he has served the congregation as an Elder for 19 years and is a frequent teacher in the adult Bible education ministry.


Doug Edwards

Doug Edwards spent about 42 years of his career serving on the administration of small Christian colleges and universities, having served as Vice President on three different campuses.  In his “retirement years” he did the fund raising at Camp Manatawny, a Christian camp in Pennsylvania for six years.  He is currently employed as Director of Philanthropy at the Church of Christ Care Center, a Christian senior care facility in Clinton Township, Mich.  This campus has a 77-year history and has about 230 senior residents, nearly 250 employees and offers a variety of services and levels of care.

Doug is currently serving as an elder at the Metro Church of Christ in Sterling Heights, Mich. This is the fourth congregation in which Doug has served as elder in the last 28 years.

Doug is married to Janet (Huffard) Edwards, and they have two married children and five grandchildren.  Their son, Phillip, is married to Terri Perry Edwards, and their daughter, Laura, is married to James Hodges. Both families live in Texas near Austin.


Rick Elam

A marketing graduate of Abilene Christian University, Rick Elam has spent the last 24 years working for the Vanguard Group in Valley Forge, Pa. He is currently a client administration manager in the institutional division.

Rick and his wife, Kathy, have three children.

For 13years Rick was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Coventry Christian Schools in Pottstown, Pa. Since 2005, he has been an elder at the Chesmont Church of Christ in Pottstown.


James McCoy

James McCoy is a pharmacist and owner of multiple drug stores in Abilene, Texas.

He serves the Oldham Lane Church of Christ as an elder.


Andy Starck

Andy Starck is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and now works as President/CEO of Starck Real Estate. He served in the Texas National Guard for six years.

Andy volunteers as a Cubmaster for boy scouts and also serves on the Hershy High School Booster Club and the High School District 214 Foundation. He was named an ACU Distinguished Alumni in 1997-98.

He and his wife Sharon, attend the Cardinal Church of Christ in Rolling Meadows, Ill. They have two children and six grandchildren.


Lynn Watson

A native of Rutherford County, Tenn., Lynn Watson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University and his doctor of jurisprudence degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.

Lynn served five years on the Board of Trustees of Middle Tennessee Christian School. In 1992, Lynn became the President of MTCS where he served for twenty years. In 2012, he returned to the practice of law, focusing on wills and estates and business organizations. He also began working with Thompson and Associates, a company that assists nonprofit organizations and their donors in charitable gift and estate planning.

Lynn is a member of the Rutherford-Cannon County and Tennessee Bar Associations and a graduate of Leadership Rutherford. He was one of the founders of Youth Leadership Rutherford. He has served on the board of Leadership Rutherford and the National Christian School Association and currently serves on the community board of Wilson Bank and Trust.