Staff

Office Administrator Susan Hoar

Office Administrator Susan Hoar

About Susan

Susan is our always-smiling, always-happy Office Administrator at St. Stephen.  When you call or come by the church, she will probably be the first person you talk with.

Favorite scripture verse(s)?  - Joshua 1:9 - Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."

What areas do you cover as part of the Staff at St. Stephen UMC? - Responsible for the administrative duties at St. Stephen

Tell us a little about your family. - I am a wife to Red and mother to three children , Jacob, Ryan and Rachel

Who are some of your heroes? - My Father

What was your nickname growing up? - My grandfather called me "Susie Q", but he was the only that was allowed.

How did you and your spouse meet? - We met while working at Six Flags. He worked on the Steam Engine and I worked on the caboose.

Tell us about your children. - Jacob (17) is a junior at Martin HS, in the band and plays bassoon and saxophone. He is in the STEM Academy; wants to attend A&M; study Biomedical Science and go to Vet School.  Ryan (14) is a freshman at Martin.  He is in the band and plays tenor saxophone.  He wants to study Engineering.  Rachel (12) is in the 6th grade at Butler Elementary and is a competitive gymnast.

Share some of your favorite movies and books. - "Sixteen Candles" and "Dead Poet's Society"

Do you have any pets at home? - Yes, Charlie the Golden Retriever

What is your educational history? - I graduated from Lamar High School and received a BGS from Valdosta State University in Georgia

What kind of music/media do you have on your iPod?  All kinds - Lots of 80's music and Christian Rock

What were your favorite TV shows as a child? I remember watching "Happy Days", "Laverne & Shirley" and "Little House on the Prairie"

 

Youth Directors James and Rachel Deines

Youth Directors James and Rachel Deines

About James and Rachel

Full Name
James and Rachel Deines (Husband and Wife Team)

Position Title at SSUMC
Youth Directors

What is your favorite scripture verse?
"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4"

What keeps you working and worshiping at St. Stephen UMC?
Rachel has been a member of SSUMC since she her Grandfather started bringing her at age 7. Rachel started bringing James along and a couple of years ago James became a member. This is our home and our family.

One thing you like most about St. Stephen UMC.
The friendliness and helpfulness of the congregation

What exactly do you do at St. Stephen UMC?
We are the youth directors for grades 6-12. We teach Sunday School and Youth on Sunday nights. .

What is your favorite aspect of ministry?
Teaching our future leaders the word of God.

When did you know you wanted to serve God by going into ministry?
I truly believe we are ALL working in God's ministry in some way or fashion. I've been called to church ministry and it has been most apparent in children's ministry. When I started volunteering in children's ministry 15 years ago I was made aware of my spiritual gifts of leading and teaching but most importantly I was made aware that I have a passion for equipping and helping others do the same.

Tell us a little about your family.
James had a very hard childhood. He has always had a passion to help youth find their way. When the position opened, he looked at his wife and said, God is calling me to this ministry.

Any spiritual gifts we should know about?
It is a blessing to recognize my gifts. It took quite a bit of praying, patience and learning to even understand what some of my gifts meant. As I keep growing, so do my gifts. My spiritual gifts are administration, giving, mercy/compassion, faith, discernment, pastoring, servant leadership, craftsmanship/artisan, and encouragement.

Tell us a little about your family
We are the proud parents to our daughter Haley, son Jameson, and our heavenly son Liam.

How did you two meet?
We met while working at Arlington Memorial hospital.

Minister of Music - Mason Cress

Mason Cress - Minister of Music

About Mason

Mason is a graduate choral conducting student at the University of Texas at Arlington under the direction of Dr. Karen Kenaston-French. He received his B.M. in Vocal Performance from UT Arlington  He has performed with groups such as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Choir, and Fort Worth Chorale, and Ambigua Voce. He is excited to see how the choir will grow this year.

Organist Marjorie Pike

Organist Marjorie Pike

About Marjorie

Full Name
Marjorie Pike

Position Title at SSUMC
Organist

What is your favorite scripture verse?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
(I am a Whosoever)

What keeps you working and worshiping at St. Stephen UMC?
SSUMC is my family.

One thing you like most about St. Stephen UMC.
Friendly and caring. The choir and the Pastor.

What exactly do you do at St. Stephen UMC?
I play the organ for morning worship. I sing with the children in Sunday School and I work with the Little Youth.

What is your favorite aspect of ministry?
Children and Music

When did you know you wanted to serve God by going into ministry?
Years ago as a teenager.

Tell us a little about your family.
Raised in a Christian home. I spent all of my school years in Grand Prairie. I got married in 1958 and have four precious children as well as 8 delightful grandchildren and 5 adorable great grandchildren. Sad to say that I'm a widow. I worked in Special Ed for AISD for over 30 years.

Who are some of your heroes?
Jesus
Charles Cox
Clifton Howard
My Husband

Any spiritual gifts we should know about?
Mercy

What was your nickname growing up?
Marj or Margie

How did you and your spouse meet?
We met in church! In the College and Career Sunday School Class.

Tell us about your children and grandchildren.
Denise is my first born. She plans to relocate to California soon. She gave me two grandchildren, Michael and Nikki. Larry (J.L.) who lives in Saginaw has two children by his first wife, , Christina and Jimmy Pike who are 1/2 Japanese. He then married Jamie who had a daughter Kailey Adams and then they gave me my sweet Chelsea. (He works for American Airlines). My 3rd child, Ronny, lives in Houston and he gave me Brendan and Danielle. (He works for United). Brad is my youngest. He and his wife have two dogs and two cats. They live in S. Arlington. Brad works for the government. I also have 5 great-grandchildren: Laila and Mila live in California and Dakota (7), Avery (2 1/2), and Addalynn (10 1/2 mos.) live with me at the moment.

What’s your quirkiest characteristic?
I may be obsessive about the color purple.- Some have called me 'psychotic'

Any favorite movies or books?
A Man Called Peter
Terms of Endearment

Are there any pets in your household?
I have the cutest little dog. She is a ʺChorkieʺ and her name is Kiki. She's 4 1/2 years old and jealous of the baby!

What is your favorite TV show as a child?
I liked a variety of shows. I was 14 before we got a tv. I enjoyed Liberace

Have you ever had an embarrassing moment? Please share!
I can't share this one...

What’s your favorite toy? Why?
As a child- my baby dolls.
As a teenager- my baby brother.
As an 'old(er)' woman- my cell phone.

So, what gets on your nerves?
People who brag. High pitched squealing of children.

You have a unique hobby. What is it?
I collect owls (not live ones).

One thing I’m not sure that I want anyone to know is...
I owned a '79 TransAm Firebird. It was red and I raced it as a teenager. It was in the early 80's. I won!