Reverend David Alan Ivie
Pastor David began his journey with us on January 2nd of 2013.
David was born in Dallas and grew up in Forney, Texas. He was raised Baptist, attending Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas and then First Baptist Church in Forney. David received his Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Baylor University in 1991. While attending Brite Divinity School (TCU) in Fort Worth, David joined First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth. He received his Masters of Divinity in December, 2005.
David served as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Muscatine, Iowa for nearly 5 years. While there, David started a Pastoral Resident program. He supported the Presbytery of East Iowa, serving on the Administrative Unit for 4 years. He was also active in the Muscatine community, serving as a board member for MCSA (the local shelter) and writing a weekly column for the Muscatine Journal.
David is a second-career pastor. Previously, he was a restaurant manager at several Dallas-area Chili's. In 1999 he transferred to the Brinker International home office to be an I.T. Helpdesk Manager.
David and his wife Laura have been married since 1991. Laura is a R.N. She works at Baylor University Medical Center Dallas as a Parent Educator & Lactation Consultant. They have three children Sam (12), Sarah (9), and Sophia (4). While David, Laura, Sam & Sarah were each born at Baylor Dallas, Sophia was born at the University Hospital in Iowa City, across the street from Kinnick Stadium--home of the Iowa Hawkeyes. Their dog Chester (half Havanese, half Papillion) was born on a farm near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. David enjoys music (especially Bob Dylan), movies, college football (Big 10 & Big 12 conferences) and baseball (Chicago Cubs). He has been known to cook a fairly mean chili.
He is an INFP on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, so he values integrity and cares that others grow and learn in Christ: “so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life” (1 Timothy 6:19). He is a Nine on the Enneagram, so he is a reformer at heart with a natural drive to improve and to heal. He is committed to proclaiming the peace of Christ in personal relationships as well as being a public voice for reconciliation and forgiveness in society (Isaiah 2:1-5, Col 3:15, John 20:19-23). His favorite gospel is Luke; and a key scripture is Matthew 20:27 “And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant” (KJV). David believes that the proper mixture of pastoral care, administrative skills, and congregational leadership can help churches be vital places for both the care of souls and the transformation of the world.
Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
Reverend Sandra Sonhyang Kim
Director of Youth and Children's Ministries
Begins her ministry with us on February 2, 2014
Sandra was born and raised in a Christian home in South Korea, and immigrated to the States with a very limited English language skill. Therefore, it was a big shock when the pastor asked her to teach preschoolers as a Sunday school teacher. She laughed and told him jokingly, “If the Lord is willing.” When he asked her to come and see them first, she went and watched a preschooler’s Sunday school class.
Twelve kids were sitting on adult-size chairs with their feet dangling, banging their heads against the table, shouting, “shut up, shut up, shut up.” the very first word they had heard from their teacher that morning. She left the building with tears in her eyes sensing God’s direction in her life.
Sandra felt the urgency of God’s calling to be a shepherd and completed her Master of Arts in Christian Education and Master of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education now known as Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond Virginia. While she was working on a Ph.D. degree in Christian education at the same seminary she received her first full-time pastorate call. Since then she has been juggling various ministry encounters as an education pastor, children’s pastor, youth pastor, and solo pastor, and mission opportunities in refugee resettlement sites, adult homes, nursing homes, orphanages, many rural schools and churches in China, slums of Honduras, inner-city Toronto, various Native American villages, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and continuing education in Psychology at University of Massachusetts, Social Work at New York University.
Sandra is married to Stan who is an ordained PCUSA teaching elder. Stan works at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas as a director of Pastoral Care department. They have a delightful teenage daughter. The two generation family shares their home with Sandra’s elderly mother who came to escape the northwest raining/cold weather in 2013, and is currently looking for a small, cute, and well trained four- legged 5th family member. Sandra enjoys coffee, books, and, oddly, packing for relocation while listening to the Beatles (the Kims have moved 7 times during the last decade). However what Sandra enjoys the most in her life journey is the anticipation of experiencing God’s presence in small everyday moments that remind her to, “Be still, and know that I am God!” (Psalms 46:10a)
The session is pleased to introduce to you Nancy Breda, our new Administrative Assistant. Nancy is a life-long Presbyterian, an ordained ruling elder, mother of two, and grandmother to one. Her daughter, Jen, and husband, Adam, live in the Lochwood area of Dallas and are parents to one-year-old Owen. Nancy, Jen, and Adam are members of NorthPark Presbyterian in Dallas. Her son, Michael, and his wife, Sara, have been married less than a year and live in San Antonio, where Nancy grew up and has many long-time friends. She was a member of Grace Presbyterian in San Antonio for nearly 50 years. She's lived in this area for a little over a year and a half and moved here to be close by her grandchild. Nancy feels blessed to have the opportunity to be with Owen so often. Besides being with family, she likes to read, go to movies, volunteer, cook, and garden, though she doesn't get to play in the dirt much anymore as an apartment-dweller. One last thing she'd like to add: Go Spurs Go! Nancy is pleased to be joining the staff of First Presbyterian Garland and is looking forward to meeting you!
Dana Dunlap, a member of FPC Garland for 55 years, has recently joined our staff as the Receiving Treasurer. She retired from the City of Garland after 25 years but soon went back to work. In addition to her job here at FPC, Dana is also church secretary for Southminster Presbyterian Church. With two part-time jobs, an awesome family and many hobbies, she keeps very busy.
Dana is very proud of her daughter Jamye, who was recently ordained into ministry by the PC(USA). Jamye is the mother of Dana’s grandchildren Makayla and Mychele; and this year she married Doug Cook, adding his children Krista and Mitchell to Dana’s family.
Dana most appreciates the wonderful people of FPC. The members (past and present) of this church have supported her and her family, loved them and cared for them through the good times and the bad.
Linda has also been a member of the staff at FPC for over 20 years. She is deligent in seeing that all the bills are paid in a timely manner, administers payroll, and graciously answers the many financial questions that come her way. Linda and her husband Spencer manage a full time accounting business so they stay very busy. They have two daughters and two gorgeous grandchildren.
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