The Reverend Torrence D. Spears graduated from Houston Christian University (HCU) with a degree in Christian Practical Theology; he also received an Associate of Arts degree from Brazosport College and is actively pursuing his Master of Divinity from Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary (Waco). Torrence is currently a licensed and ordained minister and Pastoral Associate for Youth and Young Adults at the Historic Ebenezer Third Baptist Church in Austin. He has been pivotal to the growth and retention of youth and college-age students and their spiritual formation during his time there. Before coming to Austin, Torrence founded a student organization at HCU that was credited as Student Organization of the Year, where members volunteered with Southwest Glen Missions, a nonprofit that focuses on afterschool care and STEM development. For his work, Torrence received the inaugural HCU Kaleo Discipleship Award. He also was an associate minister at First Missionary Baptist Church in Angleton, Texas, and a Peer Recruiter at Brazosport College. Torrence has previous experience volunteering as an advocate for children through Communities and Schools and as a motivational speaker with support from Brazosport College. He has dedicated 18 years to his "Call" to disciple and fulfill the Gospel of Christ by showing love and respect for all people. Torrence serves as Baylor Truett's Black Seminarian Association Vice President (Waco). In the meantime, Torrence shares his life's journey with his wife, Luxy, an assistant principal at Round Rock ISD. He loves being on the water, listening to music, and laughing with friends; he uses his former experience as an assistant/Interim Minister of Music to play the piano and worship in private.