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Will Cover

Lead Pastor

Pastor Will Cover and his family started Arise Baptist Church in 2017.  He and his wife Shandi have been serving together since they first met.  They love serving God together with their five children.  Our passion is loving God and loving people!

Will grew up in the Houston area and met his wife Shandi while they were working as camp counselors at Southland Christian Camp in Louisiana. They have been happily married for 16 years and have five children; Trevor, Micah, Elijah, Karissa, and Caiden.


Billy Leivon

Assistant Pastor

Billy and Lisa grew up on different sides of the world, but God brought them together in California while they were in college. After graduating in May of 2017 with his undergraduate degree in Music, Billy moved to Houston to begin serving at Arise Baptist Church. A year later, he married the love of his life, Lisa. Billy serves as an Assistant Pastor and oversees several ministry areas including Outreach, Discipleship, the Music department, Media and the Young Adults ministry.


Billy and Lisa recently welcomed their son Timothy and enjoy serving together to encourage our church family and support them in their spiritual growth.


James Collard

Assistant Pastor

James Collard and his wife, Angela, began attending Arise Baptist Church in the fall of 2017 and joined the pastoral staff in January of 2020. James oversees a number of ministry areas including Children, Youth, and the Aspire Ministry Training program. There is nothing that he and Angela enjoy more than helping believers take the next spiritual steps in their own personal walks with Jesus.


In their spare time, James and Angela enjoy hiking, tennis, playing board games with friends, sampling the various taco options around Houston and walking their dog.