Dr. Lyles has been the Senior Pastor at South Main since August of 1981. He was born in Decatur, Texas, and grew up in a Christian home, living in north-central and east Texas during those years. His father served Jesus for more than 50 years in Christian ministry. Dr. Lyles accepted Jesus when he was six and responded to God’s call to ministry at twelve. He was ordained at age 20 when he was called to become the Pastor of Brookston Baptist Church during his junior year in college. He has been a pastor since 1971 serving four churches.
Dr. Lyles is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University. During his time at DBU, he met and married Brenda Kabler from Wichita, Kansas. Brenda is a retired educator at Deer Park ISD. She served as the High School Special Education Department Chair, the Coordinator of a Job Skills program for physically, mentally, and emotionally challenged persons, a program that she began 30 years ago, and a Transition Specialist. She also was instrumental in beginning our L.I.F.E. class (Learning Is For Everyone) - a Sunday School class for persons with special needs.
Dr. Lyles holds two degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: the Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees (Old Testament). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he enjoys teaching Old Testament and Preaching courses for Stark Seminary in Corpus Christi, writing Bible study materials for BaptistWay Press, and relaxing by the pool. He is also an avid sports fan, especially enjoying his trips to the NCAA Final Four during March Madness.
Dr. Lyles and Brenda have four children and ten grandchildren. Dr. Tim Lyles serves the Southland Baptist Church of San Angelo, Texas, as the Minister of Music. A graduate of Truett Seminary, he and Lindy have three children, Lexi, Courtney, and Carter. Ronda lives in Pearland with her husband Robert Cooper and their children, Brendli, Corynn, and William. Philip is an FFA teacher in New Caney. He and his wife Brooke have one daughter, Lainey. Clif is a police officer with Friendswood ISD. He and his wife Charity have three daughters, Madison, Alivia, and Allie. Two of his children and families are actively involved members of South Main.
Dr. Lyles has been a member of the Pasadena Rotary Club since 1982. In 1993 Dr. Lyles was honored by being named the Pasadena Minister of the Year, and in 2006 he was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce as the Citizen of the Year for Pasadena. Beyond South Main, he has also served Texas Baptists in a number of key positions.