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Our Board

Merritt Johnston


Merritt has been serving in full-time ministry since college when she co-founded SAGE Ministries, where she now serves as President. When Merritt is not traveling with SAGE, she has served on staff at several churches, including four years as the Director of Women’s Ministries at Lake Pointe Church. The leadership of Lake Pointe, recognized by Outreach Magazine as one of the 100 largest churches in America, facilitated Merritt’s ministerial licensing service in 2005.

In addition to speaking, Merritt has continued to pursue her love of writing. Her work has been featured in publications like Leading Student Ministry and Devozine, and she has self-published two Bible studies in a series entitled Godly Girl Revolution.

In January 2010, Merritt began serving as the pastoral care coordinator at Scott and White Hospital-Brenham, where she oversees a team of volunteer chaplains and provides spiritual care for both patients and staff.

Merritt and her husband, Jeremy, make their home in Brenham, TX, where they are currently raising two rambunctious sons named Josiah and Silas and two renegade dachshunds named Aidan and Adelaide.



Norman Flowers

Board Member

Norman Flowers has a passion to impact students, train volunteers, and multiply leaders through speaking, teaching, training, and coaching. He has strategically invested most of his adult life in students. Norman has served over 20 years in youth ministry in the local church. Previously he served as the Student Evangelism Associate working with the North American Mission Board. He currently is the Student Evangelism Specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.

He and his incredible wife, Lori, live in Edmond, Oklahoma. and are presently loving on four very unique, interesting, joy-filled children. Norman enjoys reading, playing golf, and spending time with his family.
Norman is an invaluable asset to SAGE, contributing as a ministry networker as well as providing insight into event planning and youth culture.

Tammy McAnally

Board Member

TammyPhotoTammy has been involved in ministry for almost 25 years. Most of that time she has served as a youth minister on church staff. She has also been extremely involved in adventure camping and residential camping ministry. Her passion is to be useful in the hands of the Lord for His revolutionary work in people's lives. Tammy has always had a very unique and poignant bond with teenage girls. God has gifted her to give insight, direction, and counsel to girls through some of their most trying years. She counts these relationships as some of the most blessed gifts from God. Her unyielding pursuit in life is to know God through His word.


Tammy and her husband live in Marble Falls, Texas. Jeff pastors Cross Stone Church, where Tammy serves as Family Minister. Their three teenage children, Zach, Seth and Grace, bring them marvelous joy. Tammy zealously pursues golf, reading, anything and everything outdoors and is known as a great lover of all God's furry creations.


Doug Mitrisin

Board Member

Doug is currently the sole proprietor of Mitrisin Consulting, a firm which provides witness support for clients in the electric utility regulatory industry as well as being a principle partner of EndQuest, an organization which provides support to the real estate and title industries.

He is an active member of Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, TX.  During his membership, he has been involved in teaching and leading youth as a Bible Study Director and Disciple Group Leader. He has also participated in three short-term mission trips to Russia and was a founding member of Higher Goal, a soccer outreach ministry.

As an experienced Certified Public Accountant, Doug provides critical insight as the leader of SAGE's Finance Committee, ensuring that our ministry operates with efficiency and integrity.

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