Congregational Life, Discipleship
Elaine has been serving on the staff at Highland Park Presbyterian Church since 1998. Before coming to HP Pres, the Dallas native owned her own business for over 20 years that offered “all inclusive” domestic and household services in Highland Park, Preston Hollow and Lakewood. Elaine’s favorite thing about working at HP Pres is being useful to God in the lives of others (her personal mission statement). What originally brought Elaine to the church was her son who was severely dyslexic and the Hillier School was the only school at the time that would keep him at his current grade level. During his five years at Hillier, Elaine became heavily involved with the Parent’s Association and started the Pumpkin Patch and the Hillier Hoe Down fundraisers for the school. She also substituted in the office and classrooms as needed. In 1995, the year her son graduated from the Hillier School, her husband, Rex, accepted a job at HP Pres as the Director of Facilities, and her family became members of the church. Three years later, the Pastor to Children at the time, Marshall Zieman, approached her with a job as his secretary. She worked for Marshall for almost 2 years when her current position became available in the Congregational Care office and because of the experience and training she had received working in Children’s . . . she got the job! Elaine is confident that this was all engineered by God and that she is right where she's supposed to be. Thanks be to God! Elaine is married to her high school sweetheart, Rex, and they have three beautiful children. Their oldest son, Ryan, is a graduate of the Hiller School and a police sergeant in Royce City. Their daughter, Chandra Curtis, works in the design district. Their youngest son, Rhett, married Maggie in January 2012 here at HP Pres, officiated by Reverend Dr. Ron Scates. Rhett and Maggie have 2 precious children Heavin (pronounced Haven) and Ryland. Hanging out with Rex, the kiddos and grandchildren are Elaine’s favorite things to do. She also loves to cook, decorate, garden, read great books, watch good movies and oversees her mother’s care. Elaine currently serves on the Advisory Board with the Hiller School. She is also a member of the Njuthine Committee and has served as a missionary to that village in Kenya for ten years. Favorite scripture: Psalm 91 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (excerpt from Psalm 91) Elaine loves all of the Psalms and it is where she goes when she feels she needs additional spiritual help. She especially loves Psalm 91 because it is where her strength comes from.