Deacons serving FPCA
Deacon is one of the highest callings in the presbyterian church. We believe it is a unique opportunity to offer servant leadership, follow jesus and open hearts to the community.
Class of 2021
Ed has been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Arlington since 1989. Ed and his wife, Tina Hanson, were married in 1990 and baptized both of their children, Andrea and Ben, at FPCA. He has been involved with the Fellowship Team and the Bazaarnival. Ed is an active member of the Genesis Class.
I found my way back to FPCA after the death of my husband Carl. His parents, Helen and Jimmie, were long time members at this church. We were married here 49 years ago and subsequently moved to west Texas and then Houston. After returning to Arlington we became members at Trinity United Methodist. I also have a dear cousin here, Robert D. Paulk and wife Tina.
I’m 68, have two grown sons and one 5 year old granddaughter.
I don’t really know why I decided to visit FPCA two Christmases ago, but I’m so glad I did. Somehow it felt like the perfect place to rebuild my life after losing my husband. I’m not too involved yet but look forward to doing more. I have been to the lunch quilting group a few times and now attending the evening Women’s Bible Study. I also helped with the Carter Teacher’s Appreciation Breakfast.
Digging deeper into Bible Study these last few years has not only deepened my faith but opened my heart to stepping out in God’s service. I’m no longer afraid. It’s an honor to receive this nomination and I hope to be worthy of the title.
Mission & Evangelism
I have been chosen through my faith in Christ to serve FPCA as a Deacon.
I accepted Christ as my Savior while growing up at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Arlington as an active member of the youth group. I have been a member of FPCA for about 3 years. My wife Cynthia and I enjoy all the folks we see every week and assisting with the usher duties on occasion.
Cynthia and I have been married for 32 years and are blessed with two wonderful daughters and four beautiful grandchildren. We are both retired and having a heck of a good time.
I am looking forward to this opportunity to serve the church and community.
I am 25 years old and originally from the Jackson, Mississippi area. I am the only child of a single mother who often encouraged me to become more involved in the church community. I’ve grown up in the church my entire life, mainly in Baptist churches, and I often participated in any church choir that would allow me. I was baptized when I was ten years old, and accepted Jesus a few years later in high school. I stopped going to church for various reasons in college, but when I accepted a job in Texas and realized that I would be moving here, I knew that I needed a fresh start. Luckily, my oldest and closest friends, Tommy and Katherine Copeland, recommended their church to me, and the rest is history. After coming across several people that seemed to be disingenuous with their faith to the point where I became disillusioned for years, it’s nice to be a part of a community that is accepting to all people and puts God first. I’m looking forward to becoming an official member of this group, and I’m incredibly thankful for the kind people that I’ve met since I’ve been coming to this church. If you come across me, please don’t take my silence for disinterest. I am truly happy to be here.
I was born in Savannah, Georgia and I have lived in Nashville, Tennessee along with the DFW area. I was baptized and confirmed Catholic, but I have been attending Presbyterian churches since I was 19 years old. I have sung in the choir here at First Presbyterian Church for four years and I have enjoyed every moment of it. I am a UTA graduate and received a Bachelors in Music education. I am the head choir director at Prairie Vista Middle School, Eagle-Mountain-Saginaw ISD.
Congregational Care - Secretary
I am honored and excited to serve on the 2021 Board of Deacons.
I come from a family of long-time Presbyterians. As an infant, I was baptized in the Second Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, where I was born. My late Uncle was a Presbyterian Minister for over 40 years, serving in various Presbyterian churches in Kansas. And, both of my late parents served as Deacons and Elders in churches in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Dallas, Texas. I was raised in Tulsa, and was confirmed and joined John Knox Presbyterian Church at age 13. I graduated from Tulsa Edison High School, and subsequently attended Oklahoma State University, and Tulsa University.
My husband, Allen, and I met and later married at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas. We have two grown children, a son, Greg, and a daughter, Tammy. Greg and family recently moved to this area last summer, and he is a Weights/Mass Properties Engineer with Bell Helicopter in North Fort Worth. Our daughter, Tammy, is the Head Basketball Coach for women at Thompkins High School in Katy, Texas. We also have three grandchildren, Bryan (27); Amanda (25), a student at South Texas State; and Chandler (21), a student at Texas A&M University.
Since joining FPCA, we have been active in various ways. We helped with the Bazaarnival, and are members of the Family Living Class. I thought it would be fun to honor the members of this class by sending birthday and anniversary cards to them. It’s a project close to my heart and one I really enjoy. A couple of years ago, I was the Coordinator of the Family Living Class’s Back Pack Meals Program for Blanton Elementary School, which has since merged into the “New Day” program.
Over the past two years, my husband and I have gotten very involved with our next door neighbor, Carter Junior High. With the help of Adrian Rodriguez, we started a program offering students the opportunity to be awarded a laptop computer by entering an essay/contest,
telling why they need this, how they would use it, and what this would mean to them in their education going forward. To find the most deserving students, our objective was to draw from students living in a single-parent household, and those students who were high achievers, despite difficult circumstances at home. The first year we rolled out the program, 27 essays were submitted. Last year, there were over 100 essays submitted. This year, the essay contest begins in late November. I also serve Carter by fulfilling a position on the PTA Board of Directors, as the Recording Secretary. This is a two-year term and I will be rotating off at the end of this school year.
At this point, I look at my life as a “work in progress” because I am continually growing in my faith. My commitment to Christ means that God is the center of my life. My faith in Him is rock-solid, and every day I strive to let nothing come before Him. It is my hope that, as I serve as a Deacon, I will grow even stronger in my faith in Him, so that I will always be witness to the joy that I feel with Him in my heart, and always by my side.
I am excited to embark on this new “journey” of growth in my faith. I am ready for the opportunity to relate with others who are also on this “journey” with me. I know that “in Him all things are possible,” and I’m eager to see what is next in His plan for me.
Tara is a working mother and wife who is looking to serve FPCA in helping all members and visitors feel welcome. Family and community is important to her. Seeing the church through experience in the nursery, preschool, elementary, young adult, missional, and financial peace ministries brings a balanced perspective to the calling of a Deacon. It is an honor and a blessing to serve alongside her family in Christ. She and Coleman married 11 years ago in Lawton, OK, lived in Tulsa, OK for six years and moved to Arlington, TX seven years ago, and have two children, Hunter (5), and Carter (3).
She attended both First Presbyterian Church and First Christian Church with her sisters and grandmothers as a child. Getting to know the people beyond the pew was important, especially the ones with gum! But one of her favorite memories in the church was “pick a hymn Sunday.”
Class of 2022
I believe in Jesus Christ, our Savior! I believe in a personal relationship with him and grateful for his Bountiful Grace. I believe we need to fellowship together and study his Word through the studying of the Bible. We should also spread his knowledge of his love to everyone we meet. Happiness is having faith through the valleys and the peaks in life! God is good and faithful every day!!!!
I am one of the sinners here at FPCA, and have been a member about 29 years. Alan and I have been blessed to have raised our children here at FPCA. They all attended the Preschool, Sunday school, and all sang in the Choirs from 4 years of age through their senior years in High School. I have been blessed to be a part of many programs here at the church, from teaching vacation bible school to Cafe Agape, APNC committees, An Elder, just to name a few and I’m looking forward to being a Deacon! I am a member of the Loose Ends Sunday School Class and First Presbyterian Church Arlington is my church home.
I was baptized at FPCA as a baby by my uncle Leslie Ellison, a Presbyterian minister. I have grown up serving my community and God.
I am involved with the FPCA youth group, help with KFC and participated in Trunk or Treat. One of my favorite youth group activities this year was attending There4Gathering, a weekend conference for high school girls where we got to hear speakers and music celebrating God. I can’t wait to attend again in 2020!
I am currently a sophomore at Lamar High School. I am a member of the tennis team and participate in AVID and Choir. My brother Andrew is in 8th grade at Shackelford Jr High and my parents Clay and Kristi Carlisle serve at FPCA. I love Disney World and the band Why Don’t We.
I was baptized in the Presbyterian church as a baby by my Grandfather, a Presbyterian minister. I grew up in the Presbyterian church, attending with my grandparents. Christ to me means serving – I have always had a servants heart and love to help the church further their mission. One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God know my life plan and I can trust that everything that happens in my life is part of God’s awesome plan for me.
I joined FPCA in 1998. I am an ordained elder and have served on several committees including Christian Education and Bequest & Planned Giving. I introduced Trunk or Treat to FPCA, coordinated the purchase of new tables and chairs for Fellowship Hall and taught Preschool and children’s Sunday school. I currently love supporting our youth group!
I grew up in Springfield, Missouri and attended college at The University of Tulsa. I moved to Texas in 1995 with American Airlines. I have worked at Sabre GLBL Inc. for 26 years, currently in Global Procurement where I manage an operations team in Southlake, TX and Bangalore, India. I have been married to my wonderful husband Clay (who grew up at FPCA) for 18 years. Fun fact – I met Clay standing in line at the Stewardship dinner in 1999…Joan Reynolds introduced us. I have three awesome kids: Allison is a sophomore at Lamar High School, Andrew is an 8th grader at Shackelford Jr High and Bailey, our sweet dog. I love going to Disney World with my kids and my favorite place to visit is Paris. I am looking forward to this opportunity to serve as a Deacon.
I grew up in Tucson, Arizona and first came to north central Texas when I was 25. My work is teaching nursing at UTA. I am married but have no children. I have been a member of FPCA for the past 11 years. I served as a deacon in this congregation once before and am thankful for the opportunity to serve again.
“Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away. It is not in heaven that you should say, who will go up to heaven for us , and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, who will cross to the other side of the sea for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it? No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.” Deut. 30:11-14
I’ve lived in Arlington/Grand Prairie since 1986 when my parents, two sisters and I moved to the area. As a military family, we had moved many times up until that point, but this was where we finally settled. I received my BBA, majoring in Management from UT Arlington and enjoyed a 27-year career with American, serving as Sr. Manager of Pilot Crew Scheduling when I retired in 2017. It’s exciting to see where God will lead me from here. I love traveling, enjoying the outdoors on beautiful days, and spending time with family/friends. One of the greatest joys of my life is being an Aunt to my wonderful nephew and niece.
First Presbyterian Church has been my church home since 1987 and I feel has been my extended family. I was a part of the Agape Choir and Youth group growing up. I’m grateful for the love and friendships that I’ve had here throughout the years and above all, the guidance and teaching that has helped me grow in my faith and love for Lord.
I currently serve on the Women’s Ministry Team and have served as a Deacon and on the Hospitality Team in the past. I’m looking forward to continuing to be of service to the Lord and to this Church.
I am a lifelong Presbyterian and come from a long line of Presbyterians. I was born in Dallas and was baptized and married in the same church as my father, Oak Cliff Presbyterian. I was a member of a well-known youth choir the Westminster Youth Choir of OCPC. The years I sang and performed on annual Summer tours across the US brought me closer to God and the realization of what an inspiring tool music can to spread the Word.
I have been married to Bill Richardson for 51 years. We have two children Eric and Amy and three granddaughters, Ruthie, Sabina and Vivie. I converted him to join the Presbyterian church. After Bill was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1971 we returned to Texas and
A native of Kansas City, Missouri, I have been a lifelong Presbyterian. I met my husband, Bud, while attending Drury University. We married after graduation and have lived in Chicago, St. Louis and Arlington. I became a member of First Presbyterian/Arlington in 1972 (yes, 48 years)! The Presbyterian tradition of being an inclusive, non- judgmental, welcoming denomination speaks to my Christian values.
While being a member of FPCA I have served in many ways; I was a member of the Women’s Ministry Team for 10 years, have served on the Congregational Nominating Team, have been a part of the Agape Youth parents group, Monday night Women’s Bible Study, have sung in the Chancel Choir and am a member of the Family Living Sunday School class.
I am committed to trying to be a strong follower of Jesus Christ. I find strength and guidance in reading his word. Matthew 5-7 is my guide especially Matthew 6:34.
I am married to Bud Smith. We have 2 adult children, Jennifer Brock and D. Grant Smith and 4 grandchildren. I taught elementary school before starting my own business, Magna Marketing, which I have operated for 32 years.
I look forward to continuing as a servant of Jesus Christ as a deacon and shepherding First Presbyterian, Arlington as we seek to grow and follow God’s plan for us.
Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Class of 2023
I was born and raised in Dallas and it means a lot to not only raise our children (Colton – 9, Hudson – 5) in this area, but grow our faiths here as well. After moving to FPCA, I earned my real estate license and have begun pursuing that as a full-time career. Receiving a call to serve as a deacon was a bit of a surprise, but I’m excited to see how God wishes to use me here.
I am a store manager at Maverick Fine Western Wear in the Fort Worth Stockyards. I’ve been in retail sales all of my adult career. My sister and brother-in-law are Katina and James Gifford. I now have 2 nephews, Emmitt and Ramsey Gifford, and I love being an aunt!
I joined FPCA back in 2019, as I’ve been growing in my faith and seeing how much my family loves being a part of this church. I am excited to serve our Lord and church through this opportunity to be a deacon. I am committed to following Christ and can’t wait to see what He has in store for me during this new chapter of my life! Thank you all for the opportunity to serve our church!
I have been a member of First Pres Arlington for the past 10 years. I was raised in Arizona in Methodist and Presbyterian churches. After spending most of my adult life in Texas in Baptist churches, one day I drove by the church on South Collins – that I had passed literally thousands of times – and something just tugged at me. I looked at the web site and thought that really sounds like a church home, and there I was, back to my Presbyterian roots. FPCA proved to be just what I had been missing.
As a member of Worship Team I love helping with Communion preparation and usher coordination, and as they say, other duties as assigned. I have participated in occasional special projects like a pastor search committee or Bride’s Room renovation, and served as an Elder. I am a member of the Loose Ends class where some very special people inspire me as we study God’s Word. The Lord has walked with me every day and carried me through some tough times, and my greatest hope is that the joy I get from my relationship with Jesus would show in my words and actions and make a difference in someone’s life.
My son’s family lives in Mansfield so I get to see my two grandsons often. I look forward to the opportunity of serving as a Deacon at FPCA.
Mission and Evangelism
I grew up in the Presbyterian church where I was given a strong, committed faith foundation which I have used throughout my life. I was active in the youth group at FPC in Bryan and served as the youth representative on the pastor search committee.
We joined a different denomination after we were married and recently found our way back to the Presbyterian church. We have been members for just over a year and I am looking forward to becoming more involved in the ministries of FPCA. I am excited about the plans unfolding and am honored to be given the opportunity of working on God’s plan for FPCA.
I grew up in Bryan-College Station and graduated from Texas A&M. (Gig’em!) I have lived in the DFW area for 37 years-33 of them in Arlington. My husband Bob is an IT manager at BNSF. We have two children-Sam who lives in Oklahoma City and Maggie who lives in Orlando.
Congregational Nominating Committee
I have been a follower of Jesus since grade school. God has called us (saints) to be Disciples of Christ, which allows us to have a relationship with him. Nothing can separate us from God’s love because of what Jesus sacrificed for us on the Cross. As we celebrate the Season of Advent, can’t imagine what this world would look or be like if Jesus hadn’t been born.
Our family became members of FPCA in 1997 after moving to Arlington, TX from Apple Valley, CA where we were members of Church of the Valley ~ Presbyterian USA ~ (And Roy Rodgers & Dale Evans were members). Been actively involved in the Children’s Ministry ~ teaching Sunday School & VBS, Youth & Agape Ministry, Bazzarnival & served on Nominating Team at FPCA.
Married to my Cajun hubby, Manuel, for 44 years and we have one daughter, Emily, who grew up in FPCA and now resides in Sherman Oaks, CA. Since moving to Arlington, worked 12 years as a pre-school teacher at TELC & 7 years as a Program Assistant for Advocates for Special, Inc.
I’m looking forward to serving as a Deacon at FPCA where we are transforming our church, lives in the Community & being Disciples of Christ.
God has been with me my whole life and I am happy to honor Him and serve Him as needed at FPCA and in our community. My husband (Art) and I have been at FPCA for about 10 years and joined as members in 2011. I have served as a Deacon as part of the hospitality team in the past and attend the Foundations Sunday School Class. We have two boys, David and Mateo, ages 8 and 5, who keep us on our toes and I’m so happy that they participate in all the activities that FPCA provides for them. GOD IS SO GOOD!!