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 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!!
Class of 2024
I was born in Texas, but grew up in Wichita, KS. I moved back to Texas in 1988 and have lived in the Arlington area ever since. I work in the mental health field and currently am Manager of Clinical Operations for New Directions Behavioral Health. My husband Paul and I are proud grandparents to two beautiful granddaughters, ages 5 and 8 months, who live nearby. I’ve been a member of FPCA for about 13 years, and previously served as a deacon. I am happy to have an opportunity to serve again.
I was born in Springfield, Missouri in 1959 and grew up in Ruston, La. I graduated from LA Tech University with a BS and MBA. I retired from AT&T at the end of 2021. My hobbies are fly fishing, fly tying and daydreaming about fly fishing. I have attended First Presbyterian Church, Arlington, since the late 80’s and became a member in the early 90’s.
I was raised in a Godly Presbyterian home by my parents, so I have been a Presbyterian all of my life. My parents believed in prayers, glorifying God and volunteered in the activities of the church. I learned from my parents to love God, and love all people because these are the teachings in the Bible.
I’m thankful that I followed my parent’s teachings, so I’m content in my life and I am blessed. Also, I’m trying to be a blessing to those who need blessing. My goal right now is to find time to read God’s word every day and be thankful to God for all the things he did for me and my family. He answers my prayers and gives me salvation, which is rich and free.
My husband Mathew and I have been members of FPCA for 12 years. I enjoy music and singing, and I get to help with our children and youth music. Our son Wyatt is a junior high school student here in Arlington. I am a partner in an animal clinic and love animals. I worked with our beloved Preschool for much of the last decade and am looking forward to this new opportunity.
I am married to Mike Floyd. I have been a member of FPCA since 1998 and previously served as a deacon twice. I taught the preschool Sunday School Class for twenty years. I am blessed to have three stepchildren and six grandchildren. I gave my heart to Jesus as a child and could not manage without Him. The Lord guides me each step of the way, and thankfully, forgives me when I fail him.
I’m from Brazil and I’ve been living here for five years with my husband Eric Gottmann. We have been married for twelve years and in 2019 we had our sweet daughter Olivia. I was an accountant in Brazil, with 10 years of experience. At the age of twelve, I made the decision to follow Jesus Christ. I was baptized and made my profession of faith. It was one of the happiest days of my life. I felt a joy that did not fit in my chest and could not express. Since then I have been following Jesus and striving to fulfill my call. I was a member of a Presbyterian Church in Brazil for almost 7 years. In 2016 I became a member of this church, and I can say that FPCA is my second family. It has been a blessing to me to be a member and to be able to contribute to this church and our community. I was received with much love and affection by its members and from the first moment I prayed to God asking that he help me to be a blessing in the life of each person here.