Our Leadership

Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness. There should be a consistency that runs through us all. For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself. ~ Hebrews 13:7-8 ( The Message MSG)


Larry and Rosana Goodwin

Pastor and Founder

Pastor Larry & Rosana Goodwin have been involved in ministry since 1990. They have pastored several churches since 1992 and have been in Grayson County since 1998. Larry & Rosana have four children; a son and daughter-in-law , Chaz and Erika, & a daughter and son-in-law, Gabriela & Erik. They also have 3 precious grandbabies named Asher, Oakley, and Avereigh with one new addition coming fall of 2019.  

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Gabbi Haraldsen

Administrative Assistant

Daughter of Pastor Larry and Rosana Goodwin, she has been part of the The Refuge since its founding.  Over the years, she has served in many areas of ministry. She has been a member of the worship team since the age of 15.  In 2011, she became the lovely wife of Erik Haraldsen and they welcomed their son Asher in 2014 and their daughter Oakley in 2017.

Email: [email protected]

Leland and Barb Samuelson

Pastoral Care Directors and Worship Leaders

Leland & Barb have lived, worked and served in Grayson County for over 30 years. Married in 1979, they raised two children who have now started their own families. In 2017, they discovered the joys of grandparenting! They enjoy patio dining, road trips, beaches and mountains.

Together they have held diverse positions in area churches. In 2016, Leland & Barb reconnected with Pastors Larry & Rosana in what was thought to be a temporary assignment. As often happens, the Lord began making subtle adjustments to their plans. After only a few months, it became apparent that they were home.

“It is our belief that The Refuge is poised for spectacular ‘kingdom’ exploits, and we are excited to be part of the team”

Elijah Dusek

First Impressions Team

Elijah Dusek, a Denison native, has attended The Refuge for a few years. He was raised attending Waples Memorial Methodist Church. In 2013, he and his lovely wife Lana, also a Denison native, were married. Both Elijah and Lana began attending The Refuge after several invites from Ben Griffin who works with Lana. Elijah is presently serving on the Board of Directors for The Refuge of Hope Life Transformation Center and serves as the Treasurer for the center. He has volunteered for a couple of years as the church janitor and helps-out whenever or wherever he can in various areas. He has been an active participant over his tenure with the church; attending the Life Transformation Classes, the Propel Conferences, the Affecting Destiney Conferences, as well as most other events. Elijah and Lana have given and assisted in raising funds for the church's youth group and other ministries over the years.

Vickie Gaskins

Prayer Team Leader

Formerly engaged in the marketplace, Vickie Dalton Gaskins retired as Vice President and Controller of a luxury custom home building company in 2007 to pursue a call to missions and ministry. After Hurricane Ike in 2008, Vickie served at Somebody Cares America/International as their Ministry Outreach Coordinator where she met and married her husband Terry in 2009. In 2012, they formed Rise To The Time and became Somebody Care’s Mobile Outreach Center, responding as needed to multiple disasters as SCA ambassadors. Moving back to her hometown in 2013 in part to care for her aging mother, Vickie senses a call to missions – right at home.  In early 2015, Vickie opened Denison, Texas’ first Community Garden and Prayer & Training Center. 

Vickie has been called to be an intercessor and finds the greatest joy in praying with others as they meet with Jesus and find healing.   

Bill and Karla Lowery

Children's Ministry Directors

Bill and Karla Lowery are our children's pastors.  They have two adult daughters and five grandsons.  They have been married for 41 years.  Bill is an ordained minister.  Together Bill and Karla have lead many children's ministries through their 30+ years of serving and teaching kids. The word of God is their passion.  

Michael Tadlock

Youth Ministry Director

You will often find Michael hugging people or surrounded by kids. Whether it is coaching sports, teaching youth, or playing around with his own children you will see pretty quickly he has a big heart for kids.  Not raised in a traditional church setting, he finds new ways to connect with the youth on their level in non-traditional ways.  He believes in building strong gospel-centered foundations in our youth so they will prosper and be productive adults. He loves hats, to fish, and watch the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys.  He met his wife Alanna in the church serving as a youth leader and they have 4 children together: Audrey, Noah, Bentley and Maddox. 

Austin and Yazmin Cruz

Young Adult Leaders

Austin and Yazmin are high school sweethearts. Though no human kids yet, they have two dog kids, Cali and Lady Bird.  Austin was in the Navy for 4 years and is now a Denison police officer.  Yazmin teaches at a private school in Sherman. When they are not leading the young adult's ministry or doing announcements, they are both very active and love being outdoors.  Austin loves to cook and you will hear Yazmin encouraging him on since she says she isn't very good at it. Fun fact is that they lived in an RV for a year and half.  They recently just bought their first home and Yazmin is very excited about it.  She quoted, "We are far from perfect, but we are perfectly imperfect children of a good Father.  God has been so so good to us."