There will be a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, March 27 after the 11 am service in the Sanctuary to elect officers nominated by the Officer Nominating Committee.
Andrew has been a member of HP Pres for almost 50 years. He is married with three adult children. In addition to being a reserve elder and deacon, he is active in the men’s Ascent bible study and is currently serving on the board of directors of the Union Gospel Mission.
Brett grew up going to Highland Park Pres and became a member during confirmation class in middle school. He met his wife at Georgia Tech, and now has 3 kids all under 3 (twin girls and a boy). He was a co-leader of a small group of boys from their middle school years through their high school graduation last year. He also served on the Young Adults leadership team for several years and has been active in small groups going back to high school at Highland Park.
Lauren has been a member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church for almost 4 years. Prior to HP Pres, Lauren and her husband were active in several church plants. She has volunteered in children’s Sunday school, teaches the finance module for the marriage prep class, served on the 2019 HPPC mission trip to the Dominican Republic, and served on the pastor nominating committee. Lauren participated in BSF for seven years, including as a children’s leaders for three years. Lauren and her husband actively support Behind Every Door, ACT, Hope International, Mission Emmanuel, IAMGF and are currently supporting an Afghanistan refugee family. She is married with three children and a chocolate lab.
Craig has been a member of HP Pres for 15 years and is also an HP Pres Missionary serving as Executive Director for Church Ministries International – an organization that helps Latin American urban churches reach their cities for Christ. Craig is married to Laura, who previously served as Pastor of Spiritual Formation at HP Pres. They have two children. Craig has served in the children’s ministry and taught a wide range of adult Sunday morning communities. He also developed and co-led a “Teaching Cohort”, a 4-month program designed to help practically increase participants’ skills in the study and teaching of Scripture.
Kelsey has been a member of HP Pres for 16 years. She is married to Chandler and mom to Ford, Saylor, and Auburne. She enjoys serving on teaching teams for Anchor and Treasure Keepers, as well as sharing the gospel with children at VBS. She is currently on leadership teams for Anchor and the Spiritual Authority Growth Class. Kelsey is active as prayer chairman for her children’s school and holds leadership positions with Everfree Prayer Ministry and Novo Missions Organization helping advance gospel movements locally and globally.
Maddie has been attending HP Pres’s family of churches for ten years. Maddie currently attends Peak Street Church where she was a member of the Lead Team that helped launch the church plant and spearheaded the church’s outreach ministries. Maddie now volunteers in the children’s ministry. Additionally, Maddie is passionate about missions and coordinates HP Pres’s partnership with Haiti Outreach Ministries (HOM), including leading several missing trips and serving HOM in various capacities. She is married to Jeremy and together they have one daughter, Margo.
Diane has been a member of HP Pres for about 45 years. She is a widow with one son and a daughter in law and 4 grandchildren. She has served as a Sunday school teacher. She has been a volunteer at the Meyercord Library at HP Pres for nearly 15 years and is currently co-chair of the Meyercord Library Executive Committee. She is a member of the Meyercord Library Brown Bag Book Club, of the Bell Sunday school Class, Circle #3, and the Thrive Knitting Group. In addition, she currently teaches English as a second language in the evening program at Park Cities Presbyterian Church.
Teresa has been a member at HP Pres for 44 years. She is married with two adult children. In addition to being a Sunday School teacher, she has served on the Benevolence Committee, Children’s Committee, JAM56 Committee as well as a Children’s Choir volunteer, VBS teacher, Confirmation Sponsor Coordinator, Youth Mission Trip chaperone, and Presbyterian Women Treasurer. She has also been involved with Pine Cove Family Camp and Moms in Prayer International. She is currently active as a Sunday School teacher, member of Mother’s Heart Bible Study and Journey Adult Sunday School class.
Esther has been a member at HP Pres for over 10 years. She is married and has two adult children. In addition to being a wife and a mother, she works as a nurse. Esther feels that God continues to grow her faith by serving His people in their lowest life moments. Occasionally she volunteers in community events to serve the needy. For the last seven years, she has been involved in co-leadership for a community bible study group and she occasionally volunteers in community events. During her free time, she enjoys nature, a walk in the sunshine, listening to music, watch movies, spending time with her family and friends and some travel.
Sherry has been a member of HP Pres for over 36 years. During that time she was active in the BRIDGES Class, served in the College Ministry with Pastor Peter Barnes, was a coordinator for the International Friendship Partners Program, and an organizer for several HP Pres adult retreats to Laity Lodge. In addition, she participated in Alpha, Anchor, Re-Engage, Bethel Bible courses, and a variety of HP Pres volunteer activities. Most recently Sherry joined the lead team to launch the church plant that became Grace Church Lake Highlands. She now coordinates their Start Here/Greeter teams and co-leads a Grace Church LH Community Group. Sherry is married to Don and has two adult stepsons and three vivacious granddaughters.
Eunice is an active member of HP Pres, All Nations and currently leads the Forest Bible Study Group. In Kenya, she served as youth Leader, Deacon and in the Woman’s Guild ministry in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa. She is a great encourager and has passion for prayer and compassion. She works as a LVN Nurse and is married with three girls Her personal interest is helping the needy, singing, and nature.
Lee became a member at HP Pres upon his marriage to Maria in 1991, and together they raised their three adult children (Caswell, Gaby & Ellie) in the church. Lee is a past member of the Officer Nominating Committee and Management Council and has participated in the Ascent Men's Community since its inception. Lee has been on the Board of Dallas Child & Family Guidance Center for 15 years. It is the oldest non-profit in Texas.
Bailey has been a member at HP Pres since 2017. She is currently active as a children’s Sunday School teacher. Bailey is married to Paul and has three children: Molly, Charlie, and Emma. She is also active in the residential real estate community, enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her family!
Paul has been a member at HP Pres for a little over 5 years. A longtime Highland Park resident, Paul is happily married to his wife, Bailey, and has three beautiful children (Molly, Charlie, and Emma). In addition to being nominated for the deacon position, he has voluntered in the Early Learners area of Sunday school, has been an active participant in the Re-Engage program, and involved in a number of HP Pres community groups.
Ross began his journey of Sanctification after he accepted Christ as his Personal Savior at the end of High School. This journey included a migration from desires for personal accumulation and significance, to a point where those desires have significantly faded. Only by God's Grace, his current desires are loving, serving, and encouraging others in various areas of the church, the community, and in his growing family. Ross began attending HP Pres in the Bridges singles class in 1977 where he met and married his wonderful wife, Debbie Kollenberg. They are blessed with 4 healthy children, who individually and with their loving families, are all living a meaningful Christian Faith. Ross left in 1991 to help start a new church and joyfully returned home to HP Pres in 2018. He is CPA by profession and again by God's Grace, Joy seems to be his "neutral gear".
Sylvia accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior over 20 years ago. She is a single parent with one adult child. Sylvia joined HP Pres in 2010 when both she and her daughter migrated to the US. At HP Pres, Sylvia has volunteered in Sunday school and is currently leading a bible study in Irving. Prior to moving to the US, she served her local church as secretary for various committees. Sylvia was ordained in 2010 while serving in women’s ministry.
Each year, the Officer Nominating Committee (ONC) is elected by the congregation and is comprised of various elders, deacons, and members of the church. The ONC then accepts recommendations from the congregation for the offices of elder and deacon. The ONC then nominates people for these positions, and the congregation votes on these nominees.
Sharon Johnson, Vuong Dao, Kurt Alexander, Kent Krause, Charles Davis, Brian Long.
Not pictured: Andrea King, Mary Lamar and Emily Vanderstraaten.