Welcome our newest FPC Dallas Members.
Carol cares about her family and interconnected jobs, past and present. She enjoys sharing time and good food with friends and driving anywhere. God is teaching Carol how to deal with other people and to listen even when she doesn’t want to. Carol served as a former director of the preschool and FPC volunteer. She is crazy about First Church and likes to observe and converse with others. She is looking forward to reconnecting with previous FPC Day School board members and people she used to know, as well as getting to know other members on a deeper level creating community.
Rose cares about family, friends, the community and the world and strives to make her life meaningful with consequential activity and goals. She finds joy in the things she spends time on: reading and working with her hands including quilting, knitting and charitable creations. She teaches quilting to pass on that delight. Born and raised in Chicago, she spent 10 years in New England before moving to Dallas. Tending to be a bit impatient, she continues to work on allowing things to come in their own time, knowing that waiting can be a part of God’s mystery. She strives to leave things up to God, resting in God’s grace. “Hands to work, heart to God.”
Rose has two daughters, one living nearby in Dallas and the other in Delaware.
She felt immediately at home at FPC and feels this church is where she needs to be and is meant to be. She was initially drawn to the church’s commitment to minister to the least of these right here in downtown Dallas, and has found that the music, preaching, and new friends have ministered deeply to her as well. (And First Thursday suppers are also wonderful!)
Courtney cares about her daughter, Tegan, and their lives, and is working on creating a foundation of faith for her. She wants Tegan to know that, when adversity comes, we can turn to God, having hope and faith to grow spiritually. Having had a bad taste from previous church experiences, she wants to feel comfortable in her church.
Courtney finds joy in talking about her story and hearing others. She enjoys family time, counseling, relaxing, constantly learning, excelling at work and being a role model for her daughter, demonstrating grit and leadership. She also loves outdoor things, going out on the lake on the boat, sports and competitive body building.
God is teaching Courtney to look to God when asking why something is happening. Reminding her to trust in the truth by saying “You are not alone. I am right here. I have got you!” She is learning to see God in the choices and to keep going when things are hard. She says to herself as a reminder of God’s love and presence, “I am present and you are good.”
Courtney’s family works at FPC. At Table for Ten she experienced a peace in that it doesn’t matter what church it is, it is who you are surrounded by and not being judged by them. At FPC she feels she can speak and is heard without judgement. This has provided a much wanted sense of peace and calm - to be able to talk to anyone and knowing that people cared – also she has found FPC to be an open and affirming place where her daughter would also feel loved.
Ellery experiences joy in learning as well as when he is with others and one with nature. He cares about his family, faith, and society seeking the good in one another, and being a good shepherd of resources. God is teaching Ellery humility, patience, forgiveness, and trust. There are moments when Ellery sees the world with the fierceness of the Old Testament, and God reminds him of God’s kindness and forgiveness. God continually gives grace. Ellery chose to join FPC Dallas because of the community’s finding and searching of goodness. The church helps him to remember that Christ is in all things and is a place that would continue to help him in his faith journey.
Kevin Wagner and David Mora
David and Kevin met 36 years ago when they both were residing in San Antonio. Their bond together only strengthened, as they share so many common interests, i.e. traveling, movies, trivia, pancakes, sports (badminton) and being involved in charity work. From God’s teachings, David finds great joy in practicing generosity and kindness. He has turned his past challenges into understanding how to better help others. Throughout his life, Kevin’s passion has also been helping others. He finds joy from watching others flourish and be successful.
They both have a love for the arts and enjoy the creativity people express and they share a care for animals. Since moving to Dallas, David has been employed with chewy.com working his way up the ladder to management. Kevin has primarily worked as a geriatric caregiver and personal assistant. From day one, David and Kevin have felt welcomed and excited to one day become members of the FPC Dallas family.
They will marry later this year. “Every man and every woman must have a window in their life where they can turn for help and where they can see the dignity of God.”