Prior to moving to Dallas a year ago, I began researching different congregations online. There were two primary draws to FPC Dallas for me: 1) The Stewpot; and, 2) the location - being a downtown church with many opportunities for outreach.
Jon and I are currently participating (intermittently) in the 21St Century Disciples Class, and we are eager to learn about the church even more once we are able to be back in person.
I grew up in Western North Carolina, just southwest of Asheville. I went to Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, then worked in Atlanta for one year before beginning graduate school. I then moved to northeast Tennessee for graduate school and began my career in banking in 2004. I was in Tennessee for 20 years before moving to Dallas with my spouse, Jon, and our two Miniature Schnauzers, Charlie and Gracie.
My faith journey has been on a twisty road. I am a cradle Presbyterian and really appreciate reformation theology as well as our governing processes.
Bethany House was born and raised in Amarillo and moved to Denton to attend UNT where she studied music and marketing. Now working as a Scrum Master at a software company, Bethany enjoys design of all kinds in her spare time and is involved in an After the Conversation group here at our church.
Zack House was born in Santa Cruz, CA but grew up in Houston after moving to Texas at age 6. He moved to DFW to attend UT-Dallas where he studied programming, design, and marketing. Zack has worked in church communications for 15 years and now serves here at FPC Dallas as our Sr. Director of Communications. In his spare time, he enjoys painting, baking bread, and other nerdier hobbies.
Bethany and Zack met online in college and were married after graduating in 2009. Since then they have grown closer together by serving the Church, traveling, enjoying food, and playing games. In 2016 they became parents to their son, Riker House.
Riker is turning 5 next week. He is a curious, loving, and active boy. He loves meeting new people, and when you get your chance to meet him, he will greet you with a hug, a knock-knock joke, and 100 questions. Riker has a deep passion for trains and for riding his bike.
The House family looks forward to connecting with other families at FPC Dallas, and is eagerly waiting for opportunities to do that in person together in the future. If you see them, now in a Zoom meeting, or in the future in our halls, please stop and say “hi”, they can’t wait to meet you.
You probably have known us for a very long time, as we have raised our children through the youth programs at First Presbyterian. Jennifer’s parents, Sue and Ed St. John brought us to First Pres when Chapel Hill Presbyterian shut down, but we have spent time worshipping as Catholic, Episcopal and Presbyterian…quite a mix, I can assure you!
In each church we have worshipped with, what draws us to that particular church is more of how the church plays a part in the community and how the mission shapes the life of the church. Jennifer was active in a summer program in Frisco that St. Philip’s supported. Oscar has worked with Habitat for Humanity as well as North Dallas Food Bank. With COVID we are only worshipping with First Pres online on Sundays, but we hope to be able to support the missions soon when we open back up.
We are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary in 2021, and with that comes lots of reflection. We have done so many things right! We have three children who were raised in the youth programs at First Pres and consider it home, even though we have attended another church for 5 years. Connor just graduated from SMW Law School and is a member of First Pres and has had great role models during his youth. Ethan and Emma are Seniors at Texas Tech and will graduate in Summer, 2021 in Sports Management and Education, respectively. Oscar has worked at Frito Lay as a CPA for 22 years now, and Jennifer has worked with Be The Match, an organization that works with stem cell donations, for 20 years as well. So you can see we have been pretty stable, and now it is time to get our spiritual side stable as well. Oscar grew up Catholic in an all-Catholic community of Brownsville, TX, and of course you probably know Jennifer’s growing up in a Presbyterian faith family. There has been lots of compromise with religion and faith, but in the end we have created a family that wants to love and serve the Lord.