Gene Hendrix, Ed.D.

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Dr. Hendrix became pastor of Berry Lane Baptist Church on August 22, 2021. Gene was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas and lived in El Paso and Deming, New Mexico before coming to Hardin-Simmons as a student. After graduating from HSU, he earned a master’s degree in Christian Education from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Mississippi. He is also trained and certified as a spiritual director. During his 46 years of ministry, Gene has served several churches throughout the southeast and Texas in positions of educational leadership and administration. He also served for a time as Director of Collegiate Ministries for the Louisiana Baptist Convention.


Gene says he enjoys studying and his favorite hobby is reading. Woodworking and remodeling are also on his list of hobbies. He is quick to say, “My passion, though, is helping people find their way to Christ and walking alongside them as the Spirit of God transforms us into the image of Christ.”


Gene met his wife, Loraine, at Hardin-Simmons. “That was over 50 years ago. Two children, four grandchildren, and two great granddaughters later, family is a big part of my life. I’m grateful to God for that.”




Worship Leader

Lanny Hall

Dr. Lanny Hall serves as Berry Lane's worship leader and also as our lead Adult Sunday School teacher.  Lanny and his wife, Carol, have been members of Berry Lane since 2021.  Lanny follows in the footsteps of  his father who directed music at their church during his growing up years.  Lanny is President Emeritus of Hardin-Simmons University and has also served as president of Wayland Baptist College and Howard Payne University.  He currently teaches at HSU and is head of the Department of Leadership.

Church Pianist

Angela Lewis

Angela Lewis serves as Berry Lane's Church Pianist.  Angela and her husband, Monty, have been members of Berry Lane since September, 2023.  Angela has been pianist for several churches in the Big Country.  In addition to music, Angela has a major interest in gardening and is a leader in the Master Gardening organization in Abilene.