Board of Visitors

mindelDr. David C. Mindel, Retired, Ordained Minister
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Chair Brite Board of Visitors
November 2015 – April 2018

 Dr. Mindel retired from active ministry on October 31, 2006, concluding forty-two years of ministry with the last fifteen years as senior minister of the First Christian Church of Odessa–the “home congregation” where he was ordained in 1969.  Other pastorates included Texas congregations in Rockdale, El Paso, San Angelo, Dallas, and Longview.  After completing high school in Odessa, TX, he earned the Bachelor of Arts degree at Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, TX, with majors in Speech, History, and Religion.  Graduate work included the Masters of Divinity (1969) and the Doctor of Ministry (1978), both from Brite Divinity School in Ft. Worth, TX, and a sabbatical study in New Testament at St. Andrews University in St. Andrews, Scotland (1999).  Two interim ministries in retirement included the First Christian Churches in Abilene (2008) and Lubbock (2012-13).

In addition to serving on a variety of local, area, regional and general church committees and boards, Dr. Mindel enjoyed membership in Rotary International, Lions, Optimist, and Kiwanis, was founding Board President of the Regional Food Bank in West Texas (San Angelo), and served on the Board of Directors of Juliette Fowler Homes, Inc. (Dallas).  Other past affiliations included: Medical Ethics Committee at Medical Center Hospital (Odessa), the Board of Directors for Hospice House (Odessa), the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity (Odessa), and Chairman of the National Board of Trustees of the National Benevolence Association for the Christian Church.  Current activities include serving on the Board of Visitors and the Alumni Board for Brite Divinity School (Ft. Worth), as well as the National Alumni Board of Texas Christian University.

David makes his home with his wife, Ruth Ann, in Harbor Lakes in Granbury, where he serves as Treasurer for the Home Owners Association.  The Mindels have two daughters, Kelly Hughes (Panama City Beach, Fla.) and Julie Tambur (Oceanside, Cal.), and two grandchildren–Lindsay Rose (16) and Kaitlyn Tambur (12).

Dr. Mindel enjoys most spectator sports with a special liking for football and basketball, and was a football official for over ten years.  Ruth Ann and David enjoy bridge, golf, and traveling, and this summer will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a family trip to Maui, Hawaii.



Brent Beasley (2016)
Tom Billingsley (2015)
David Dickson (2015)
Lisa Diffley (2016)
Susan Dunlap (2017)
Dianne Etheredge (2015)
BOV2Rev. Michael Evans (2017)
Bob Frankenfeld (2017)
Charles Gaines (Charlie) (2015)
Ruby Henry (2015)
Rt. Rev. Rayford High (2016)
Ken Hubbell (2015)
Karen Telschow Johnson (2017)
Rob Johnson (2016)
Gilbert Marez (2016)
Margaret McDonald (2016)
BOV1Urbin McKeever (2017)
David Mindel (2015)
Rev. Deborah Morgan (2017)
Trudie Oshman (2017)
Steffen Palko, Sr. (2017)
Rob Shelly (2017)
Cherie Shipp (2017)
Topper Sowden (2017)
Dr. Timothy Stevens, MD (2017)
Jerre Tracy (2016)
BOV3Estrus Tucker (2015)
Cuba Webb (2016)