Pastoring churches for 25 years in San Antonio, Colorado Springs, and Cypress, Michael is the founding pastor of LifeBridge Church in Cypress, TX and has an M.Div. from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Since his initial work with the Lost Boys of Sudan in Colorado, Michael has been drawn to working with and alongside refugees as they navigate new life in the U.S. After many years of working with various nationalities and visiting refugee camps in Nepal, Michael was compelled along with his wife Julie to begin a ministry to care for the most vulnerable of this population among us in Houston, TX, the largest resettlement city in the United States.
Board President and Builder
Paul Morrisett, a graduate of Baylor University and residential home builder in Houston with Trendmaker Homes, has been an active participant in Lifebridge Church for the past 6 years. He has served on the building committee, enjoyed teaching Sunday school, and participated in the men’s ministry at Lifebridge. Paul loves being involved in small outreach projects in the surrounding community and is often the first man on the scene to assess the situation of a person or family in need of home repair. He is married to his beautiful wife Kristen, and they have three sons: Weston, Grant, and Thomas. As a family, the Morrisetts have welcomed people into their home when in need of a place to live, and they provided long-term care for their dearly-loved grandpa (Pop Pop) and mom. Paul, Kristen, and their three boys definitely have the gift of hospitality and a spirit of welcome that their family, church family, and community appreciate. They are both go-getters, ready to help launch and grow this ministry!
Cindy M. Wu holds an M.A. Religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She has served in church-planting contexts in the United States, Mexico, and East Asia. She co-authored Our Global Families: Christians Embracing a Common Identity in a Changing World (Baker Academic, 2015) with Todd M. Johnson, director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, and her book A Better Country: Embracing the Refugees in our Midst was published and released in 2017. Cindy is a research associate with the Center and one of the editorial assistants on the World Christian Encyclopedia, 3rd ed. (2020). She enjoys reading and writing about refugees, and is currently writing a book about Houston’s refugee history. As much as Cindy enjoys writing and volunteering with refugees, her main job in this season of life is part-time homeschooling her three children.
Cindy was drawn to the mission of Abba’s House to provide a “soft landing” for refugees. She was also attracted to the faith and vision of Michael and Julie Meissner, leaders after God’s own heart: for the marginalized, the displaced, the persecuted. She feels honored to serve on the board and prays that Abba’s House will indeed be a refuge for refugees.
Born in Utopia, Texas, Lisa met Pat while she attended Texas A&M University. They were married in 1991 shortly before she graduated from Texas Women’s University. Besides raising two beautiful daughters (age 22 and 18), Lisa has worked as a bookkeeper, a church campus administrator, and an office manager. Lisa is also a Dave Ramsey Financial Coach and LOVES coordinating Financial Peace University classes with her smoking hot husband, Pat. Lisa loves sports talk radio, roller skating, and a certain guy who loves restoring old tractors and engines.