Local Leaders

Paul Hicks

Paul has been married to his wife, Cammie, since 1988 and has three grown children. He’s a 1985 graduate of Texas State University with a BA in Computer Information Systems. He spent 25 years in the insurance industry before joining Search as an Associate in 2008 and then full-time in 2014. Along the way he coached high school baseball and is an avid outdoorsman. His family resides in Sugar Land, Texas.

John Hopper

Before joining Search in 2016, John spent 16 years as a pastor in Houston after working in a family real estate business in California. He has always enjoyed helping people think through their questions about God and life and is the author of Questioning God: Answers to Questions Worth Asking. Along the way, he has earned degrees from Trinity University (B.A., Economics), the University of Houston (M.Ed.), Bethel University (M.A., Transformational Leadership), and Biola University (D.Min.). John also enjoys building up a sweat, especially on the tennis court.

Bruce Matthews

Bruce was the first round pick in 1983 for the Houston Oilers. He was later selected as guard on the NFL’s All-decade team of the 1990s.

Over all, he was in the NFL for 19 seasons with 296 games played, had 9 All-Pro selections with 14 consecutive Pro Bowls, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. His number 74 jersey is retired by the Tennessee Titans.

Bruce considers the privilege of serving men on their spiritual journey to be more important than any of his impressive accomplishments.

Bruce is married to Carrie with seven children.

Taylor Neill

Taylor married the love of his life, Melissa, in 2011 and the couple is blessed with three beautiful children.  After completing his undergraduate degree at Baylor University, Taylor spent over a decade in the insurance industry before joining Search in 2021.  During that time, he also became a frequent guest, panelist, debater, and commentator for various Christian programs.

Taylor has a deep passion for the study of apologetics and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Philosophical Apologetics at Houston Baptist University where he also serves as the Senior Student Fellow for the Moral Apologetics Institute.  The most meaningful experiences for Taylor, however, have been building relationships with men along their spiritual journeys.

Eric Vaughn

Eric married his high school sweetheart, Gretchen, in 1995.  They have seven children and also enjoy being grandparents.  Eric spent 27 years as a personal trainer and massage therapist in Houston, TX.   While growing his family and business, he developed a passion for studying the scriptures, building relationships and having conversations that help people take a next step in their spiritual journey.  Eric joined the Search Staff in Houston in September of 2022.  He loves the outdoors and enjoys surfing.