On August 1, 2010 Jim Gill came to Faith Presbyterian to begin serving as their Interim Pastor. After serving in that capacity for two years, the congregation voted to call him to continue to journey with them as their pastor. On September 14, 2014 he was installed as Faith’s next pastor.
Jim is not only a native Houstonian but also a graduate of the University of Houston. He and his wife Anne have been married since 1976. .Anne is an Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine. They have 2 children. Andrew and his wife Meghan live in the Spring Branch area of Houston. Abbey and her husband Mike live near downtown Houston.
Jim received the Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1977 and the Doctor of Ministry degree in 1996. Jim has served as a Campus Minister, an Associate Pastor, a Pastor, a Church Planter, a Designated Pastor and an Interim Pastor. Jim has made the rounds in Texas, serving in Beaumont, Houston, San Antonio, Pearland, Tomball, Odessa and now in Baytown.
In addition to his pastoral ministry, one of Jim’s favorite things to do is write. He writes a weekly column for the Baytown Sun and loves to write sermons and songs. He participates in the Nashville Songwriter Association International events in the Houston area. He loves playing his tunes at Open Mics and churches around the Houston area and, of course, praising God with all the Saints at Faith.
Reverend Dr. Jim Gill
Community of Hope Lay Chaplains at Faith Presbyterian Church are commissioned on a yearly basis to extend the reach of our pastoral care ministry. They visit, send cards, make phone calls, and take communion to our shut-ins. The Community of Hope Lay Chaplains remain united in prayer and community as this ministry leads them to serve in the congregation and in the wider community.
Two Lay Chaplains are on call for a calendar week. See the current Sunday Bulletin or call the church office to contact the chaplain(s) on duty.
To learn more about Community of Hope International click here-- www.cohinternational.org .
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Joyce was born and raised in Akron, Ohio and graduated from Kenmore High School. She worked at Akron City Hospital for two years before moving to Avon Lake, Ohio where she was a mom and homemaker before going to work for Avon Lake City Schools as an elementary school secretary for 3 years.
The family moved to Texas in February of 1981 and Joyce began working for Goose Creek CISD as a secretary in the Administration Building. She worked for Goose Creek CISD for 17 years before retiring in 1998. She began working for First Presbyterian Church in 2004 and First Westminster Presbyterian Church in January 2006, and as of 2008, now serves both congregations as Faith Presbyterian Church.
Joyce’s husband, Ron Parker, is Director of Meals on Wheels in Baytown and together they have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. She enjoys reading, bicycling, walking and working jigsaw puzzles. Please email Joyce with any issues, questions or concerns.
DiAnne was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma, but spent most of her youth in Lubbock, Texas, graduating from Lubbock High School. Her first two years of college were at Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas. In 1975, she married Mike Wilson and moved to Baytown where Mike took a job with Citizens Bank & Trust. DiAnne continued her education at Lee College and the University of Houston Clear Lake. She went to work for U.S. Steel in 1977 as a cost analyst. While working with them, she became a mother of three children. After 10 years, she retired to become a stay-at-home mom. When her children were mostly through high school, her volunteer work led her to a new career as the Executive Director of Baytown Habitat for Humanity. In April of 2008, she became the Business Manager for the church as well as part of Faith’s Habitat mission. DiAnne’s hobbies include cooking, playing bridge, and spending time with friends and family.
David Corder started singing in the Chancel Choir when he first moved to teach instrumental music at Lee College in 1967. After several directors came and left he took over the position of interim choir director and has remained ever since. Being in professional music ranks as a performer, director, composer, arranger and administrator, he likes to bring together all his talents to make the Chancel Choir and FPC go! He says, "we meet on Wednesday nights at 7:30 for an hour and 15 minutes. Starting with prayer, a choral warm-up and progressively working on music for six to eight weeks in advance, we all go home feeling energized and better for the whole experience. Always looking for new members; showing up is the audition process. We take a month off in the summer and a process to keep up with anticipated absences. Come and enjoy!"
Brenda Odell is a proud native Texan. Born in Uvalde, she spent her school years in Dayton. She attended University of Houston and earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from University of St. Thomas, and has taught elementary and jr. high music in Goose Creek Consolidated ISD since graduation. When she is not playing the piano, Brenda enjoys working with hot glass (fusing and lampworking), designing jewelry in her studio, and spending quality time with her three spoiled cats.
Ella Rae believes that the most important thing the organist does is to lead the congregation singing praise to God. She tries to select preludes to help those present set aside the worries of life in order to focus their minds on our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. The prelude is sometimes meditative and sometimes a piece of joyful praise.
Ella Rae began playing for church services at age 11. She trained as a Church organist by earning both a diploma of Sacred Music (Moody Bible Institute) and a Service Playing certificate (American Guild of Organists). She has a Master of Music degree majoring in piano from the American Conservatory of Music.
Ella Rae teaches piano and her husband Jim teaches voice. They have two sons.
Ron Parker has traveled and lived in various parts of the country. As a Senior Manager at Motorola, Inc. for over 30 years, Ron’s work locations included South Bend, Indiana; Orlando, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; and Houston, Texas. Since moving to Baytown, Parker has taken on the role as the Director of Baytown Meals on Wheels where his primary duties are to direct daily operations, create financial budgets and grant applications, and work with County and State agencies for funding.
Rosa Martinez is the Nursery Attendant for Faith Presbyterian Church. While she originates from the Dominican Republic, she has lived in Baytown since 1978. She has been married to Juan Martinez for forty-two years and has two children and four grandchildren. During the week she is babysitting for her grandchildren and is working at a nursery in a Cypress church. Rose enjoys going to movies and listening to Christian music.