- Emmett PowersSenior Pastor
Pastor Powers and his wife, Virginia, have two children and five grandsons. He has been serving as a pastor for many years. He did his doctoral research on evangelism in metropolitan ministry. He recently earned his masters degree in Heritage Studies from Arkansas State University. He values the opportunity and ministry afforded by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church’s place in Beaumont.
- Julie OdleCoordinator of Pastoral Care & Christian Ministries
Julie began her career at St. Andrew’s in 1995 as our Youth Director. A few years ago, she became our Pastoral Care Coordinator. Julie and her husband, Steve have 2 children, Craig and Susan, and one beautiful granddaughter, Miss Zoe. With animated energy and love, she helps make us smile, listens to us when we are in need, and comforts us through any path we take. Julie is our rock that keeps this church together and we are blessed to have her in our church family!
- Melissa HoytFinancial Secretary
Melissa brings experience in business as an assistant office manager, a small business owner of Creative Printing Plus for five years, which she built up and subsequently sold, and as a volunteer in church record keeping. She has worked as a substitute teacher in public schools and as a preschool teacher at a church in Baytown.
She attended Chenier Business School, Lamar University in Beaumont, and Lee College in Baytown where she earned her Associate’s Degree in Education. She has also taken accounting, computer, and business courses.
She grew up in Winnie and has family in this area. She is married with two sons. One is finding his way and residing in Dallas and the other is in the fifth grade and loves Taekwando and 4-H.
She and her family enjoys movies, camping, anything with the water (fishing, swimming, etc.) and just hanging out at their home.
- Deanna WeitzelDay School Director
Deanna has been Director of our Day School since 2008, but she first began working there in 1989 as a Teacher Assistant. She uses creativity and continuing education for the teachers to make our Day School the best it can be.
Deanna and her husband Teddy have 2 children and 2 precious grandchildren! She is our Wonder Woman here at St. Andrew's Day School and we are so lucky to have her as our Director!
- Levi DuncanDirector of Music Ministry.
A 2014 Lamar graduate, Levi has served as Associate Director of Music and comes highly recommended by Dr. Jim Fuller. In 2015 he founded the Southeast Texas Vocal Artists, a group of about 35 exceptionally talented volunteers who gather weekly. STVA has been invited to perform at the Texas Choral Directors state convention and also at St. Anthony Basilica. St. Andrew’s will now serve as the home base for this exceptional choir to rehearse.
In addition to his musical accomplishments, Mr. Duncan is an exceptionally pleasant young man. His enthusiasm, sense of purpose, and his expressions of faith in God are infectious. They serve as evidence to why so many people are eager to sing under his direction.
- Pamela DenzlingerExecutive Administrative Assistant
Pam comes to us from Port Arthur, Texas. She and her husband, Tim, have four beautiful children. She has several years experience in ministry, particularly in Administrative roles. Originally from Michigan, she has earned a Bachelor's of Religious Education from Great Lakes Christian College. She and her family enjoy music- having family worship nights or dance parties, spending time at the beach, reading and spending time with their family and friends. She enjoys serving the St. Andrew's family and her entire family loves to participate when the opportunity allows, as they did in the Angels of Christmas program.
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Board of Deacons
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Mary Ann Roe
Foundation Board of Directors
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Evangelism: Karen Spivey and Mike Markum
What is a Deacon?
The word deacon is derived from the Greek diakonos which means “servant.” The diaconate is the Board of Deacons. The office of Deacon, as set forth in Scripture, is one of SYMPATHY, WITNESS and SERVICE, after the example of Jesus Christ. Acts 6:1-7; Phil. 1:1; I Tim. 3:8-15
The mission of the Board of Deacons at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is to provide leadership in ministries of personal care-giving. (Book of Order, G-2.02) It is the duty of Deacons, first of all, to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless and to any who may be in distress.
The current Deacon Officers are:
Moderator: Diane Shaver
Staff liaison: Julie Odle (Pastoral Care Coordinator)
Diaconate Ministry Teams
The diaconate is composed of various ministry teams and each ministry team is described as follows, with its chair and membership noted.
A team of volunteers devoted to caring for those in a current life “crisis” who meet every week to pray for and to call and/or visit at least 1/4 of those on their list.
‘We Care’ Cards
These poster cards go to people or families in crisis. Julie Munro decorates them. Betty Richey attaches the name of the recipient, displays them out on tables in the sanctuary for people to sign, and makes sure they get delivered.
This team assigns worship teams of two to bring Communion to the home-bound on the Sunday that Communion is offered in the church service.
This ministry provides refreshments during the visitation part of a funeral service. It also provides for greeters if the funeral service is on a different day. Pat Buehrle coordinates the reception in the parlor and finds the greeters.
One on One Grief Support
This team works with the Pastoral Care Team to match those who have lost a loved one with volunteers who will support the bereaved with cards, phone calls and visits for up to a year.
This ministry offers a worship service with communion to the residents on the first Sunday of the month. Barbara Abel leads this ministry every first Sunday of the month, along with the help of faithful volunteers.
Drivers on Demand
This service provides transportation for those who do not drive. Calls are made from a list of volunteers who will run errands or take folks shopping or to appointments.
This team and the Pastoral Care Team identify shut-ins who would like to receive carolers at Christmas time. Deacons and choir members lead groups of volunteers to sing to them.