Our Mission

To provide a structured after-school and summer program that provides educational, physical and spiritual benefits to at-risk children in east Waxahachie in a safe, Christian environment.


Diane Henley, President

As head of the CGM board of directors, Diane Henley oversees and makes sure everything runs smoothly. Diane is retired after 36 years experience as a public school teacher, including Special Ed, and has served on the CGM board since 2004. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Waxahachie where she teaches Sunday school and ESL and is also involved in music ministry and the missions ministry team. She is also a volunteer with Ellis County CASA.

Jim Jordan, Vice President This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jim is primarily responsible for fund raising activities and relationships with contributors. He is a retired retail manager who majored in Accounting/Journalism at Baylor University. Jim spent over 20 years in investment management and directing operations in the life insurance industry. He also serves as Chaplain of American Legion Post 361 in Ennis, Texas and is a member of the Partners in Education Board with WISD. He has worked as a volunteer in Waxahachie schools for over 16 years. Jim is a Deacon of Alpha and Omega Church in Waxahachie.


Linda Wear , Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Linda is a retired school teacher who currently serves as secretary of the board. She has a B.A. in English from Baylor University and also worked 14 years with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Linda served as Early Education Director and teacher at First Baptist Church in Lancaster, Texas and currently serves at First Baptist Church in Waxahachie on the missions team and as the ESL Director. Helen Wagner, Grant Writer With over ten years of volunteering for CGM, Helen has held the positions of both secretary and vice president, and currently serves as our Grant writer. She is a surgical nurse who has attended Waxahachie Bible Church for 20 years where she is a greeter.

Judy Helm, C.P.A., Treasurer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Judy is a retired IRS employee who currently serves as treasurer of the board. She has a B.S. and M.S. from Texas Tech University and is a CPA, specializing in income tax accounting. Judy also serves as a children’s Sunday school teacher and choir member of the choir at First Baptist Church in Waxahachie, Texas.


Betty Jo Craig, Board Member

Born and raised in El Campo, Texas where she attended First Baptist Church, Betty Jo accepted Christ at age 11 and dedicated her life to full time Christian service as a sophomore in high school. After graduating from Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Seminary, She was commissioned as a foreign missionary, serving in Nigeria, Jamaica and at the Baptist Spanish Publishing House. After missionary service she worked with the Red Oak ISD until retirement. As a member of First Baptist Church in Waxahachie, Betty Jo currently serves on the Mission Ministry team, volunteers with the ESL program and serves as outreach leader of her Sunday school class. She is also a volunteer with the local food bank, Waxahachie Care.

Brandon Hawkins, Board Member

Born and raised in Waxahachie, Texas, Brandon’s desire is to create a better community that provides more options for the youth of today. He is the founder of the Boys II Men mentoring program and is an active member of The Life Church in Waxahachie. As a husband of 12 years and the father of 5, he has a heart for training young boys on how to become godly men and productive members of society. Brandon brings a fresh and relevant take on the risk and needs of today’s children.


Christie Berger, Board Member

Christie, a graduate of UTMB, is a licensed physical therapist, working PRN in HomeHealth and outpatient rehab. She has been a volunteer with Common Ground Ministries since it’s origin and has served on the board since 2009’. Some of her other volunteer work includes Waxahachie Junior Service League (areas of service being Meals on Wheels and Sims Library), D.E.A.R. reader, and Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief Team. Christie has been a member of First Baptist Church of Waxahachie since 1983, presently serving in the children’s department, as well as a prior 15 years in the youth department, Missions ministry team, and SOS. She and her Husband have also worked short-term mission work in Mexico and Central America with her husband’s employer, The Beck Group.

Jeffery Howell, Board Member

Jeff is an army veteran who moved here from California in 2009. After volunteering for a short time, he was asked to become a part of the CGM board. He attended Christ for the Nations Institute where he earned a bachelor’s degree in children and family ministries and is a member of Trinity Cedar Hill where he serves in the children’s department. His desire is to see children experience and know God.


Stacie Dixon, Executive Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stacie became the CGM director in 20O8 after first serving as assistant director. Her background as a teen challenge counselor and missions outreach pastor, combined with her compassion for the community and children have made her an incredible leader for our ministry. Being raised in Waxahachie, Stacie’s knowledge of the community and her connections within have been used to enrich student’s lives. She and her husband are active members of Freedom Fellowship International and also use their home to host one of it’s small groups.

Chris Taylor, Assistant Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chris Taylor became assistant director in February of 2013. He attended Lee University in Tennessee where he studied business and theology. His goal is to equip and prepare this generation of children to become mighty warriors for the kingdom of God. Chris also serves as Children’s Pastor at Foundation of Life Church in Ennis. His goal in life is simply to be used by God in any and every way He’ll allow. All Board members serve without compensation and are contributors to Common Ground Ministries.

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