Elder, Deacon & Foundation Nominations

Elder Class of 2020

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Will Pryor

Before he was a world-famous mediator, Will was a Formula I race-car driver. Today he is a mediator and arbitrator, husband to Ellen (law professor at UNT Dallas College of Law), father of Lindsey (young lawyer in Dallas) and Emily (graduate student in Washington, D.C.), father-in-law to Kim (PhD candidate at SMU’s School of Education) and close friend of Murphy (basset hound) and Susie (mutt). Will now begins his second term on the Session, proud of the many challenges and obstacles overcome by FPC in the past three years.

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Sharon King

Sharon and Marvin King came from Central Presbyterian (Atlanta) in 1975 with three daughters: Jenny, Michele and Brittany, all active in the FPC Youth Programs. Marvin was a Certified Financial Planner until his death in 2017. Sharon is retired and is the former CEO of the YWCA, Dallas Community Television, and Consumer Credit Counseling Services. Sharon is an ordained Elder and a former Session member. She chaired the PNC for Bruce Buchanan, served on the Foundation Board, taught elementary Church school and is Vice Chair of the FPC Developmental Day School. Sharon is a Senior Trustee of Austin College.

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Julius Zsohar, III

Julius was baptized by Dr. John Anderson and grew up at FPC. He currently practices anesthesiology in the DFW area. Julius and his wife Maria have 11-year-old twin sons, Owen and James. He enjoys serving as an usher and he is honored to serve on the Pastor Nominating Committee. A few favorite church memories include: Wednesday night supper in Byrd Hall, crafts with Gene Crissman and Kathryn Carpenter, listening to Marguerite Mizell and Chuck Hudson teach, fishing with Harry Crissman, choir with Ken and Mary Jane Cooper, Sunday school with Dan Foster, youth group with Pat Brockette, serving at The Stewpot, working at Summer day camp, and The Stewpot Medical Clinic with Elgin Ware, and being in Haiti. He is honored to serve our great church.

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Kelly Boyington Voelker

Kelly is a lifelong Presbyterian who transferred her membership from Covenant Presbyterian in Sherman, TX (2013). She earned her undergraduate degree from TCU, law degree from SMU and is a transactional attorney for a mortgage company. After hosting a membership class (2014), she worked on drafting Congregational Life Policies (2015), and was a confirmation partner for Emily Echols (2016) who was confirmed the day before she and husband James Voelker welcomed their first child John Francis (“Jack”). She currently serves on the PNC and during that time has also participated in the reorganization task force and advised the Foundation on various oil and gas interests.

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Joe Williams

Joe and his wife Beth Anschuetz have been members of FPC for 13 years. He is a Ruling Elder. He participated in our Haiti mission for its first 5 years and has taught adult classes and been a youth and children’s sponsor. He has served on various congregational care committees, currently as a Stephen Ministry co-leader and home communion. He also volunteers weekly at The Stewpot. Joe retired after 35 years as an investment advisor and 10 years as a part time Chaplain at Children’s Medical Center.

 

Deacon Classes of 2019, 2020 & 2021

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David Bailey - Diaconate Class of 2019

David has been a member of FPC since about 1998, and an elder since 2009. During the week he is a Business Systems Analyst at Texas Instruments. David and Cindy, the Front-Line Manager at The Stewpot, live in Old East Dallas and have four children: Amanda, Brent, Justin and Jenna. David enjoys fixing and rebuilding things and has been on several FPC mission trips to Juarez, Galveston and Haiti. He also enjoys time with family and traveling and is looking forward to engaging with more FPC members as a deacon.

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Jay Evans - Diaconate Class of 2019

Jay Evans is a lifelong Presbyterian. He grew up in First Presbyterian Church in El Campo, Texas. He received his A.B. degree and his M.A. from Austin College. In 2010 he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Austin College. Jay retired as Associate Vice President for Institutional Enrollment from Austin College in 2008 after a 40-year career. He served on the Guidance and Admission Advisory Council for the College Board in New York and is an honorary lifetime member of the Texas Association of College Admission Counseling. At FPC, he has served as a ruling elder, on the Congregational Life Council, and both serves and oversees the Team Care Kitchen.

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Mary Joiner - Diaconate Class of 2019

I have always found people and their issues endlessly fascinating, which led me to a career in social services with local non-profit organizations. After retiring in 2008, I have enjoyed serving in a variety of volunteer roles. Not long after my husband, Paul, and I joined the church in 2014, I was asked to serve as moderator of the Congregational Life Council and I’ve been a part of the Home Communion and Caring Link teams. Our family includes three grown children, their two spouses and two grandsons. I am honored to be nominated to serve this church as a deacon.

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Terry McGinnis - Diaconate Class of 2019

Terry is a lifelong Presbyterian who came to FPC from Ridgeview Presbyterian Church, Farmers Branch, Texas. He and his wife, Kathy, have been members of FPC since 1994. Terry is a ruling elder having served two terms on the FPC Session, after serving on the sessions of three previous churches. He has also served as a Deacon. At FPC, he has been a Stephen Ministries Leader and Circle of Friends Leader/Coach, adult Sunday teacher, and he attends a men’s Bible study. Terry graduated from Ohio State University with a BSEE and is a rabid sports fan of “The” Ohio State University. In the spring of 2017, Terry completed a 47-year career in telecommunications.

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Margaret Ouzts - Diaconate Class of 2019

Margaret is a lifelong Presbyterian who joined FPC in 2002, drawn by the diversity of programs and strong emphasis on social justice ministry. She has served as elder at both Oak Cliff Presbyterian and First Presbyterian, a Stephen Minister and coordinator of the Caring Link. She posts weekly church attendance from sign-in sheets to the church’s computer program, a position she holds because twenty-four years of teaching Latin at Duncanville High School supposedly qualifies her to read any and every handwriting.

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Jim Carvell - Diaconate Class of 2020

My wife, Nell, and I joined FPC Dallas in 1968 and we raised sons, Jay and Wade, in the church. We are lifelong Presbyterians. Nell and I have taught at all levels of the church school (currently Kairos), The late Chuck Hudson and I organized the G5 men’s Bible class which has met continuously for over 35 years. I have been a deacon twice before and served seven terms as an elder, working on various committees, and served as Vice Moderator of the Session. I look forward to serving on the first diaconate at FPC Dallas in 45 years.

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Carol Ferguson - Diaconate Class of 2020

Carol is the daughter of a Presbyterian minister and joined FPC 40 years ago. She and her husband Roy have two sons who grew up in FPC and five grandchildren. As an RN educator, she taught paramedics for 32 years at UT Southwestern. Retired from full-time work, she still does consulting work for her profession. Ordained as an elder in 1983, she served on the congregational care and worship committees, and participated in our music ministry in the chancel and handbell choirs along with many other volunteer activities. Carol was on the search committee for the director of music and worship and is honored to serve as a deacon for FPC.

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James Prothro - Deaconate Class of 2020

I grew up in Wichita Falls as a member of First Presbyterian Church. Alfred and I joined FPC in April 2015 and we were married at FPC in August 2015 on our 30th anniversary together. We attend the Open Ring Sunday school class and since 2016, we both are serving as co-chairmen of the Home Communion Ministry. Initially I served on the columbarium design committee. Today I serve on the Evangelism and Stewardship Committees 2018 and as an usher and greeter 2015-2018. I am working on a Harwood Streetscape Renovation Study and will serve as a covenant partner for confirmation class 2019. My professional experience is in architectural restoration, historical sensitivity, and non-profit leadership.

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Rosemary Robbins - Diaconate Class of 2020

Dr. Rosemary Robbins, a 20-year member of FPC Dallas, has served in The Stewpot Art Program, four mission trips to Haiti, president of the Stewpot Alliance, and honored at the Each Moment Matters Luncheon. The numerous outreach programs are what brought her to the church. She has served as a principal, director of professional development, lobbyist for Texas State Teachers Association, and owner of a teacher certification program. She ran for the Texas Legislature in 2012. She teaches as an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University. She has one son, Brad Woods, who is a high school counselor.

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Sue St John - Diaconate Class of 2020

Sue and Edward were married for 46 years until his death in 2014. Sue is a lifelong Presbyterian. She was a ruling elder at Chapel Hills Presbyterian in Dallas. She helped establish North Dallas Shared Ministries and was a commissioner to the 1983 General Assembly when the then two major Presbyterian denominations reunited. After joining FPC in 1996, Sue served as a ruling elder, chair of the Adult Education Committee, organizer of “Make a Difference Day”, teacher, PW Bible Moderator, coordinator of First Thursdays gatherings, and coordinator for the Diaper making project of the Haiti Mission Trip.

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Jennifer Chamberlain - Diaconate Class of 2021

I grew up Presbyterian by accident and a happy coincidence brought me back into the church. When I was growing up, my parents served at PCHAS while my dad awaited a church calling. As a result, I was raised and confirmed at Central Presbyterian in Waxahachie. Much later in life, a friend suggested I go see her newly ordained friend preach at the very church where I grew up! I returned to Central and served as an elder. When I moved to Dallas, I felt drawn to FPC by the strong sense of mission and hospitality. In my professional life I work as a communications adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

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Isabel Coubrough - Diaconate Class of 2021

I began attending FPC in 1969 and joined on Easter Sunday 1971. I was ordained as a ruling elder in 1976 and served on the Worship and Congregational Care Commissions. I attend the Logos church school class. I have served as a Stephen Leader in the Stephen Ministry program since 1990, and I sang in the FPC Chancel Choir from 1969-1978 and 1980-2012. I am active in Presbyterian Women and have served as: Circle member; President 2002-2003; Bible Moderator; currently President Women’s Coordinator to the Villages of Dallas (formerly Grace Presbyterian Village). I sing with CREDO, a non-denominational community choir; serve on the Villages of Dallas Residents’ Council, and enjoy singing, reading and traveling.

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Larry Dykstra - Diaconate Class of 2021

Larry joined FPC in 1996 after relocating with his family to Dallas. He has been married to his best friend, Sandra Stroo, for 38 years. He served on the Session of FPC from 2006 to 2008, serving as chairman of the Communications Committee which developed FPC’s “A Heart for the City” branding. During Sunday school hour each week you can find Larry assisting Diana Taylor with the elementary age “Music Makers.” Larry is a regular visitor to local children’s hospitals where he provides live therapeutic music. His book titled Musical Hugs shares stories of the positive impact music can have on these children and their caregivers.

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Katelyn Nunn - Diaconate Class of 2021

Katelyn, a lifelong Presbyterian, was born and raised in the San Antonio area. She spent four years at Texas A&M, and two years of graduate school at UTSA studying architecture. She now works at a healthcare design focused architecture firm in downtown Dallas. Living in Deep Ellum, FPC’s proximity made it an obvious choice, but it’s the people and community that have kept her here. She has been attending FPC for about three years and has been serving on the Congregational Life Council for the 2018 year. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and her dog, Stella, and planning her next vacation.

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Justin Rosas - Diaconate Class of 2021

Justin and his husband, Lamar, joined FPC Dallas in March of 2017. He was baptized at FPC Dallas and wanted to be involved with the church. He has served on the Congregational Life Council for the 2018 year. He has loved getting to know the history and members of this established congregation. He and Lamar live in Richardson and make frequent trips to the Texas Hill Country. Lamar teaches orchestra in Wylie ISD, while Justin has a long career selling men’s clothing. Justin is excited in continuing to serve the members as he can and learn even more life stories of its members.

 

Foundation Trustee Class of 2024

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Lisa O. Baker

Lisa Baker is a “child of the Church” and is proud to be a fourth-generation member of First Presbyterian Church, Dallas. She is currently an usher captain and an active member of the Thomas Forum Sunday school class. She is a rotated elder, has served on the Session Nominating Committee, served on one of the Pastor Search Committees, chaired the CrossCurrents committee, taught the two-year-old Sunday school class and was a youth sponsor. Lisa is a vice president at HUB International Personal Insurance. She is a 40-year veteran of the insurance industry, specializing in personal insurance risk management in the Dallas area. Lisa has been with HUB and its predecessor agencies her entire career. In addition to managing the inside sales unit, she designs personal insurance programs for individuals needing more than off-the-shelf insurance products and services.

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Jeff Jones

Jeff’s work at FPC has included serving as chairman of the Finance Council on Session, a board member of Community Ministries and as one of four members of the FPC Corporation. Jeff and his wife Beth are ushers at the 10:50 service and often teach the Home Room adult Sunday school class. Jeff is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), a graduate of Southern Methodist University and the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Jeff also serves on the board of the Alternative Asset Center at the Cox School of Business at SMU and is an annual guest lecturer at Cox on restructuring and distressed securities.

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Rick Gilham

Rick Gillham is the Founder and President of Gillham, Golbeck & Associates, Inc.—an executive search firm specializing in real estate. A life-long Presbyterian, Rick has been a member of FPC since 1985. He has been on the Session for three terms and served in various roles, including multiple search committees. In addition, Rick chaired the development committee on the Foundation. His prior experience includes being a trustee at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Board Chair of the Canterbury Episcopal School. Rick and his wife Nancy have five children and nine grandchildren.

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Kelly Boyington Voelker

Kelly is a lifelong Presbyterian who transferred membership from Covenant Presbyterian (Sherman, TX; 5/26/2013). After hosting a membership class (2014), she worked on drafting Congregational Life Policies (2015) and was a confirmation partner for Emily Echols (2016). In 2017, she was selected as a member of the PNC. While serving on the PNC, she has also participated in the reorganization task force (2018) and advised the Foundation on its various oil and gas interests. Kelly is an oil and gas attorney turned corporate operations attorney for a mortgage company. She has a keen interest in effective marketing and operational efficiencies, and how these interests can be leveraged to increase God’s work in the world and in this city through FPC Dallas.

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Stacy Brainin Cobb

Stacy and Bill joined FPC in 1990. Over the years, Stacy taught children’s Sunday school and served on the Youth Committee. Stacy and Bill co-chaired the Arise Capital Campaign and Stacy currently serves on the Personnel Committee. Stacy is a litigation partner in the law firm of Haynes and Boone where she serves as General Counsel and on the firm’s Executive Committee and she is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Law.