• Worship times
  • Map and directions
  • What to expect
  • For your kids
  • What we believe
  • Meet our staff

Worship Times

We offer a contemporary service at 9:30am and a traditional one at 11am. Bible Study also takes places during those hours.

We also have a Chinese speaking service (West U Chinese Church) at 10:50am and a bi-lingual service at our Crosspoint Campus at 1:30pm (Crosspoint Espanol.)

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Getting to West U

We're located in the heart of West U, one block north of University Blvd. and West U city hall, and just across Auden Street from the baseball fields and West U Elementary, at 6218 Auden St, Houston TX, 77005.

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What to Expect

For Your Kids

KidRally is a special kid-friendly worship time at 9:30. For parents who attend the Encounter Worship Service at 9:30. There is always a great combination of kid-style music, fun, and teaching from God's Word. (Nursery care is provided for younger children.)

Kid's Bible Study is offered every Sunday morning at 11:00.

Child Care for children ages birth through 3 years is provided during all Sunday morning programming. Even very young children can learn that Jesus loves them, so an age-appropriate teaching curriculum is offered during Sunday School.

KidStuff is our Children's Ministry. Click here for more information.

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What We Believe

• God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.  He has eternally existed in three persons:  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  These three are co-equal and are one God.  (Genesis 1:1,26,27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14)

Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character.  He is the supreme object of God’s creation.  Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.”  This attitude separates man from God. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1 2; Romans 3:23)

Man was created to exist forever.  He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation.  To be eternally separated from God is Hell.  To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life.  Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.  (John 3:16; I John 2:25; 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15)

Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He is co-equal with the Father.  Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross.  He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death.  He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13)

Salvation is a gift from God to man.  Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty.  Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.  (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12, 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)

Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity.  Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.  It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security. (John 10:29; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10-14; I Peter 1:3-5)

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God.  He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.  He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.  The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.  (II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)

The Bible is God’s Word to all men.  It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.  Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.  (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160; 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)

A New Testament church is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by the Bible, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth.  (Matthew 16:15-19; 28:18 20; Acts 2:41-42,47; Ephesians 3:8-11,21; Colossians 1:18; 1 Peter 5:1-4)

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society.  Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.  It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.  Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them to make choices based on biblical truth.  Children are to honor and obey their parents.  (Genesis 2:18-25; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 139:13-16; Proverbs 22:6; Matthew 5:31-32; 19:3-9; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; Colossians 3:18-21)

 

 

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Meet Our Staff

Roger Patterson

Senior Pastor

Roger and his wife Julee have been at West University Baptist since 1997. They have two boys, Brady Jackson and Cooper Grayson, and one daughter Carson Claire, who are the joy of their lives. Roger received his doctorate degree (Doctor of Ministry) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, his Master's of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1998 and his Bachelor of Arts in Christianity and Speech from Houston Baptist University in 1995. Roger began his time here as the Minister to Students in 1997, and then in 1999 was named Associate Pastor. That role had many responsibilities, including staff and facility administration, strategic planning, construction management, and preaching/teaching. In May of 2009, Roger accepted the call to become the next Senior Pastor of West U Baptist and Crosspoint Church. He loves playing basketball and golf, but most of all he loves spending time with his family.

 

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Staff

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Roger Patterson

Senior Pastor

Roger and his wife Julee have been at West University Baptist since 1997. They have two boys, Brady Jackson and Cooper Grayson, and one daughter Carson Claire, who are the joy of their lives. Roger received his doctorate degree (Doctor of Ministry) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, his Master's of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1998 and his Bachelor of Arts in Christianity and Speech from Houston Baptist University in 1995. Roger began his time here as the Minister to Students in 1997, and then in 1999 was named Associate Pastor. That role had many responsibilities, including staff and facility administration, strategic planning, construction management, and preaching/teaching. In May of 2009, Roger accepted the call to become the next Senior Pastor of West U Baptist and Crosspoint Church. He loves playing basketball and golf, but most of all he loves spending time with his family.

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Shannon Tanner

Crosspoint Campus Pastor

After serving a nine-month, interim role at our church, Shannon was called by the church to minister to students and their families. In Spring of 2010, he received a unanimous vote to become the Campus Pastor at our Crosspoint Campus. His wife Charmin also serves at the church as a contemporary worship leader. They have two beautiful daughters, Emma and Zoe. Shannon received his Master's of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Bachelor of Arts in Business and Speech Communications from Houston Baptist University, where he played baseball. Shannon has used his gift of preaching at our church and various other churches and ministries, including Houston's First Baptist Church, Beth Moore's Waters Edge Ministry, First Baptist Church of Kingwood, etc. He has previously served as an Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church of Bellaire and Middle School Pastor at River Pointe Church. Shannon loves sports, the outdoors, and collecting English translations of the Bible.

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Dave Allee

Sports & Recreation Minister / Director of Information Technology

Dave Allee has been serving on staff since 2003. Dave and his wife Jen have two boys, Aaron and Parker. Dave started working here at WUBC with our children and youth, using his musical talents and outgoing personality to lead kids in all kinds of fun, culminating in meaningful Bible study, worship, and prayer. Dave was discovered to have some very technical gifts as well. Now, Dave oversees our technology department which includes IT and network administration, management of both websites (wubc.org & cpointchurch.org), and video production. He also is responsible for our Sports and Recreation Ministry which includes Upward Basketball.

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Ronny Barner

Minister of Senior Adults

Ronny came to West University Baptist Church after completing his Masters Degree in Church Music at Southwestern Seminary in 1962. Some 50 years later he is still on staff having served 37 years as Minister of Music and now as Minister to Senior Adults. The Senior Adult Ministry is alive and well at WUBC, with a department of approximately 90 people, an active "Prime Time Singers" choir, and regular trips. Ronny's wife Ruth is a gifted Bible teacher in the Senior Department. Their daughter Bari Barner Brumfield is organist at WUBC and works with the children's choir program. The joy of Ronny and Ruth's life are their 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

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Abby Bergstrom

Crosspoint Children's Director

Abby, a native Houstonian, joined the staff in July 2011. Abby and her husband, Jason, have been members of Crosspoint since March 2007 right before they were happily married by Roger in January 2008. Now parents of son Elliot and daughter Robin. Abby has a B.A. in music and a B.A. in theater from Texas State University. Following college, Abby was employed with the A. D. Players for 6 years. While at the Players, Abby was the Director of the Theater Arts Academy and directed and taught many students, ages four through adult. She is passionate about children and looks forward to seeing what God is going to do through the Children’s Ministry.

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Caleb Brown

West U Children's Pastor

Caleb first attended West University Baptist Church in 2009, as a student in Dr. Tour’s College Sunday School class. He soon joined Miss Barbara’s team, teaching Preschool KidRally on Sundays with Danielle Axelson. It would be through their service as KidRally teachers that Caleb and Danielle would get to know one another, and it was here at WUBC that they were married by Pastor Roger in July of 2011. Caleb graduated with a B.A. from Rice University and served as a mathematics teacher at Worthing and Westside High Schools for two years. He enjoys drama and writing music for piano, guitar, and voice. He has worked in all the summer KidStuff ministries since 2010, (Super Summer Stuff Day Camp, VBS, Kid's Discipleship Kamp, and Summer Stock) as well as year-round KidRally since 2009. He ardently prays that each child in our community would be touched by our ministry, and wants each child to have a place here at WUBC where they are excited to come and where they feel at home.

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Jennifer Dean

Communications Director & Executive Assistant to Roger Patterson

Jennifer and her husband Kevin became members of West University Baptist Church in September of 2002. Jennifer joined the staff in May of 2005 as the Director of Volunteers, but in January of 2010 she took on a different task as Director of Communications and Marketing. As of 2012, she is now heading up Echo Fine Arts, a fine arts ministry of the church offering classes and theatrical productions. She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in theater performance, and she spent five years full time with the A. D. Players Theater in Houston. She still acts and directs around town.

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Scott DeSanders

Crosspoint Student Pastor

Scott came to Crosspoint in 2015, moving to Houston after serving seven years in Student Ministry in Topeka, Kansas. He and his wife Evonne are excited to be back in Texas after each completing Masters work at Dallas Theological Seminary for Scott and Southwestern for Evonne back in 2008. Scott finished his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Yale University in 2002 and narrowly missed a different pathway towards medicine before God’s calling into full-time ministry with youth. He is thrilled to be serving alongside our students in the midst of the fast paced world of teenagers.

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Robby Dobbs

Family Pastor and WUBC Campus Pastor

Robby grew up in Houston, TX and is excited to be back here serving as Student Pastor for West University Baptist and Crosspoint Church. Robby and his wife Shelley were high school sweethearts and have two children, Megan and Robby III. Robby has served in youth ministry for almost 20 years. Robby has a heart for families and seeing lost students and children reached with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Outside of his work at church, Robby loves hunting, fishing and sports in general. He attended Texas Tech University where he played football and is still an avid RED RAIDER fan!

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Liana Fairbanks

Business Administrator

Liana and her husband Hardy have grown up in West University Baptist Church. Liana graduated from Houston Baptist University with a Bachelor of Accountancy. She and Hardy married just before she graduated and not long thereafter, they left for 8 years on an overseas work assignment, living most of that time in Jakarta, Indonesia. While living overseas their three daughters--Kimberly, Carol and Katie were born. Since their return in 1997, Hardy served as our interim music director and they took over as directors of our church's youth choir. They have helped plan and sponsor our students' annual mission trip each year since. When Liana went back to work full-time, she started with Christian Community Service Center. In early 2005, she felt God's call to come and use her accounting and administrative abilities to serve our church as full-time Business Administrator.

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Kirby Follis

Discipleship Pastor

Kirby was called to West University Baptist/Crosspoint Church as Discipleship Pastor in June of 2013. He and his wife Wendy have three children, Hannah, Ian and Nathan. Kirby recently served as Pastor to Young Married Adults in West Texas. Prior to that, he served as a Worship Pastor for 24 years primarily in San Antonio and Houston. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and enjoys using it on mission. Kirby and Wendy have a heart for people and love being together with family, whether it be on mission or just downtime.

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Barry Landrum

Minister of Pastoral Care

Barry Landrum served the church of West U Baptist and Crosspoint Church as their Senior Pastor until May of 2010 when he retired. Now, he is joining the church staff again in a part-time capacity to minister to those in the congregation that may be in need of prayer, going through a difficult loss or in the hospital. We are excited to have Barry and his wife Charlotte with us again.

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Jeff McMorrough

Graphic Artist and Photographer

Jeff has attended Crosspoint Church since 2006 and joined the staff of West U and Crosspoint in August of 2010. As a part of the communications team, Jeff is involved in graphics, photography and creative media for the church. Jeff grew up in Arkansas and attended Arkansas Tech University for Speech and Theatre and studied acting at Florida Atlantic University. Jeff moved to Houston in 2001 and worked for the A. D. Players for 9 years as an actor and in marketing. Jeff continues to pursue acting in theatre and film. He is also an avid photographer and shoots portraits and weddings. www.baraphotography.com

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Chuck Oak

Missions Pastor

Chuck first joined the West U/Crosspoint team in September of 2011 as Missions Consultant. In May 2012 Chuck accepted the call to be Missions and Outreach Pastor. Chuck received his Masters of Divinity degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California. He and his wife, Karen, served in Costa Rica and Spain as missionaries with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board. Upon returning to the States, Chuck became the Missions Pastor at Forest Cove Baptist Church, Kingwood Texas, where he served for ten years. Upon the merger with Second Baptist Houston in 2004, he became Evangelism and New Members pastor of Second’s North Campus. In 2008 Chuck joined a team that started Grandview Fellowship Church in Sugar Land, Texas where he faithfully served for four years, first as Missions Pastor then later Pastor. Whether across the street or across an ocean, Chuck’s greatest joy is to see people deployed using their gifts and talents to expand God’s Kingdom, and in the end, to see lives transformed – those lives being reached with God’s truth, and the lives of mission team members as they witness and experience God at work. Chuck and Karen have two amazing daughters and five fabulous grandchildren. When he has the time, Chuck enjoys riding his Harley Davidson with Karen, sports and ceramics.

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Jean Pennington

Women's Ministry Director

Jean and her husband Gary have been members of West U Baptist for 40+ years. Jean has been involved in many areas of ministry over the years, but has always had a special heart and passion for Women's Ministry. In the past, she has taught Sunday School, women's Bible studies, VBS, and has worked with the youth and senior adults. She became our Director of Women's Ministry in 2013 after volunteering for many years in the ministry and most recently chairing the Women's Ministry Committee. Jean and Gary raised their two daughters at WUB, their son-in-law grew up in the church, and their two grandsons are very active in the church. Jean "loves this place!"

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Lee Poquette

Minister of Music

Lee and his wife of 37 years, Becky, have been serving West University Baptist Church since August, 1999. Lee came to the church after serving seven years in Nashville, TN as Director of Product Development with Word Music and Benson Music--as well as an independent producer, editor, and national consultant in church music. For 39 years, this native-Californian has served churches in California, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas. The music ministry at WUBC is a well-rounded program for all ages including choirs, orchestra, handbells, and two styles of worship. Lee is well-known as a music arranger, orchestrator, and guest clinician. Published music works include: Warner-Bros.-Chappell, G. Schirmer, Oxford Press, and Hal Leonard. He also served as an independent producer, editor, and national consultant for church music.

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Sammy Ramos

Worship and Young Adults Pastor

Sammy leads the Encounter Worship Service at 9:30am on Sunday mornings at our West University campus. He has been leading worship over the past 10 years in a variety of avenues including youth events and summercamps across Texas and the Southern United States, as well as serving as the interim worship leader at various churches throughout Texas. In 2004 Sammy married his wife Beth, who grew up at West University Baptist Church.Although Sammy’s ministry has taken them many places far and wide, the Lord has led Sammy and Beth back to West University and they are excited at the opportunity to serve at a church they know and love. Sammy and Beth, have a son, Benjamin, and a daughter, Leah.

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Garnett Shortt

Mid-Life Single Adult Pastor

Garnett Shortt and his wife Hillary have been married for 12 years and have two children, Ethan and Leila. Garnett was raised in a devout Christian home and educated in private Christian schools from Kindergarten through college. After college he worked as a stockbroker, spending most of his career at Morgan Stanley where he earned the title of Vice President. He worked as a manager for Morgan Stanley in New York City and Newport News Virginia. In 2003, he met and married a beautiful Texan...Hillary Dryselius. They married in 2003 and moved to her home state in 2009. After several years of grappling with the decision of whether or not to enter vocational ministry, he submitted to God's call in 2009 entering Dallas Theological Seminary in 2012. He is in his last year at DTS where he will earn a Th.M. with plans to begin work on a PhD part time upon graduation. Garnett has taught Christian doctrine, helped start a Celebrate Recovery program and began a new Mid-Life Singles ministry called SALSA (Single and Living Single Again). He serves as the Mid-Life Singles Pastor at West U/Crosspoint and helps with church outreach/inreach, Internet marketing and whatever is needed. Garnett was instrumental in setting up and implementing an online outreach data base and contact management system for the church. Garnett plays the trumpet loves reading biographies of heroes of the faith, writing apologetically, and spending time with his family. Please pray that the Lord's will is always carried out in his life and ministry.

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Aaron Senseman

Crosspoint Worship Pastor

Aaron leads worship at the 9:30 and 11:00 services at our Crosspoint campus. He has been leading worship for over ten years, and his songwriting and arranging talents bring a freshness to our worship services that is reflected each week in the voices of our congregation. As a musician, he has toured and performed with Bebo Norman and Caedmon's Call and has received a Dove Award for his work on the acclaimed City on a Hill series as well as an ASCAP Christian Music Award for the number one single Before There was Time. Aaron and his wife Brittany rejoiced at the birth of their first child, a daughter, in April 2008 and their son in January of 2010.

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Joshua Tao

Pastor of West U Chinese Church

Joshua Tao and his wife Joy have been married for 24 years and have three kids, Wade, Wendy, and Willa. Joshua accepted Christ when he was a graduate student in Shanghai and felt the calling into ministry soon after. It took him quite few years to commit himself to the ministry while being a Ph.D student at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He got his M.D. from Wenzhou Medical College in 1986 and practiced medicine for two years, then his Master of Science in Immunology from Shanghai Second Medical University in 1991. He received his M. Div. from Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in 1998, and his Doctor of Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2012. Joshua has been serving as the Executive Director of the American-Chinese Fellowship since 2000. He has been leading the Chinese congregation since he started it in 2001. He joined WUBC in 2014.

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Rick Vasquez

Staff Evangelist

Pastor Rick Vasquez and his wife Maribel have a passion for the Hispanic community and will be Pastoring Crosspoint Church Español. Pastor Rick Vasquez is an Evangelist and herald of the gospel of grace, and believes that God's word call's us to be ambassadors for Jesus Christ.Pastor Rick’s first encounter with the Lord was in September 1994, while listening to a heavy metal rock group known as Metallica, realizing his need of God's redemptive grace, he renounced his former way of life and has served as a gospel catalyst since. The experience of God's call has lead him to become Ordained as a Minister in 2004 and studied at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, served as Program Coordinator at Restorative Justice Center in Fort Worth Texas and Texas Field Director for Prison Fellowship Ministry. A platform speaker across the country with a Pastoral heart for the Hispanic people group, Pastor Rick has a strong leadership focus for church planting initiatives and prison ministry.

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Kathleen Yarborough

Director of International Friendship Minsitries

Kathleen and her husband Steve have worshipped and served together at West University Baptist since 1989 (with a brief sojourn in Austin, TX). Kathleen began teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) while in Austin and immediately fell in love with internationals and meeting their needs through ESL. The world has come to Houston and WUBC’s location in the heart of the city offers a unique opportunity to reach international visiting scholars at the Texas Medical Center, Rice University, the University of Houston and other learning institutions. As a fourth generation “WUBCer”, Kathleen appreciates those who have come before and built the church into the house of the Lord it is today.

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Tim Yeager

West U Student Pastor

Tim grew up Rockwall, TX and is excited to be here in Houston serving as the Student Pastor at West University Baptist Church. He and his wife Sydney met doing Younglife at Texas A&M University. They are expecting their first child, Charlotte, in August of 2015. Prior to being in Houston, Tim served as the High School Outreach Associate at Lake Pointe Church after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University in December of 2013. Tim and Sydney have a heart for relational ministry and seeing students meet Jesus and become fully devoted followers of Him. Outside of his work at church, Tim loves sports in general and cheering on his beloved Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Cowboys, and Aggies!