Executive Staff

ABOUT CHESTER (Church Administrator)

Chester Anderson III has served at Westside Baptist Church since 1997, starting with teaching children’s Sunday school and working in the media ministry with the sound equipment. Chester started the Stewardship ministry, leading and conducting various workshops and classes on debt elimination, budgeting and retirement. In 2007 Chester was voted as the Treasurer, in late 2015 Chester assumed the interim position as Church Administrator, then accepted the position full-time in May 2016.

Chester is a graduate of the University of Houston receiving a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management Information Systems. He has a diverse background in industry, Banking, Insurance, Telecommunications and Financial Services. He also holds several securities licenses (6, 63, 7, and 65), received a Certificate in Financial Planning from Southern Methodist University and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). Chester has started the process to become a Certified Church Administrator, beginning with classes at Dallas Baptist University.

Chester is married, has two daughters and is a native of Dallas, Texas. He enjoys reading, appreciating God’s country and educating people on being good stewards.

ABOUT TURKESSA (Academy Director)

Sister Shelley grew up going to church every Sunday, and she believed from an early age that Jesus died for the sins of the world. However, it wasn’t until her early twenties that she began to truly understand that miraculous sacrifice and how it should impact her life on a personal level. In 2001, Sister Shelley became a WBC member shortly after settling in the Lewisville area. AT WBC, she has been involved in various ministries through the years presently to include teaching Sunday Morning Bible Study, Music ministry, and Special Events team.

Ms. Shelley is originally from Tupelo, Mississippi. She graduated from the University of Mississippi (OLE MISS) in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She attended Howard University for graduate school from 1998 to 2000 where she pursued studies in Audiology. She has been in the field of education for a little over 14 years. She taught pre-school for three years with a franchised preschool in Flower Mound, TX. She then went on to teach 2nd grade for five years in a charter school. Within that charter school system, she was promoted to director of their preschool program. She served as director there for four and a half years before joining the team at WBC Christian Academy in 2015. It has always been her mission to instill a love for learning in her students. Most recently her passion has evolved to not only encourage students but also educators to produce life-long, God-fearing learners. When Turkessa is not at the childcare center, you’ll find her curled up with an enjoyable book, cooking a new recipe, or crafting. Sister Shelley is so grateful the Lord allows her to use her passion for education and gift of teaching as Director of WBC Christian Academy.

ABOUT JUDE (Executive Assistant to Senior Staff and Membership Services)

Jude Michael Gilbert is a native of Grosse Tete, Louisiana. He is a graduate of Shady Grove High School and attended Louisiana State University (LSU) majoring in Accounting. In 1987 he moved to Oakland, California where he acknowledged his call to the ministry in 1998 and was licensed and ordained at the Olivet Institutional Missionary Baptist Church (OIMBC) in 2002 under the late Bishop Gordon Humphrey, Jr. Jude has served in several capacities within the Body of Christ as Director of Choirs at the New Light Baptist Church of Grosse Tete, Louisiana, Praise & Worship Leader and Church Administrator at OIMBC and formed “The Priesthood” a praise and worship ministry in Oakland, California.

He has also penned several songs that were recorded by several national recording artists. He is a member at the St. John Baptist Church (Rev. Denny D. Davis, Senior Pastor) where he sings in the choir and praise and worship ministry at the Southlake campus.

ABOUT PHYLLIS (Administrative Assistant)

Phyllis Dunn is a native of Wichita Falls, Texas. She was a member of Westside Baptist Church from 1984 until 2000, until she moved to Tampa, FL with her job. After working for GTE/Verizon/Syniverse for 35 years she retired in 2016 and moved back to the Lewisville area. She rejoined Westside in January 2019.

As a previous member of Westside, Phyllis worked with the following ministries:

  • Youth Sunday School Teacher
  • Youth Children’s Church
  • Youth Wednesday Night Bible Study Teacher
  • Youth VBS Teacher
  • Women’s Mission (1stPresident)
  • Choir Member
  • Library Committee Member
  • Singles Ministry

Phyllis, a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, is a graduate of NOVA Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s in Business Administration.

Phyllis hobbies are reading, crafting, sewing, traveling and especially spending time with her family. Her greatest joy is being the mother of her son Christopher and the grandmother of her two beautiful granddaughters Briahna and Ava.

ABOUT MARCUS (Facilities Manager)

Marcus Hardy is a native of Gonzales, Louisiana, where he accepted Christ at an early age. Marcus moved to Lewisville in 1989 and in 1995 he became the first cleaning contractor for Westside Baptist Church at the 802 campus. Marcus has traveled around the United States installing carpet for the United Artist Theaters. He has also been Head supervisor for over 500 apartment units in Arlington, TX.

In 2016 Marcus became the Facilities Manager for both the 802 and 900 Westside campuses. Marcus monitors the facility needs of the Church, supports all Ministries with their events and makes sure that the Church is always worship ready.

Marcus is married and has 2 adult sons. His hobbies are football, favorite teams (Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints) and basketball, favorite teams (Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers). Marcus is a very quiet and humble man who truly believes that he can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, Philippians 4:13 his favorite scripture.