WELCOME Our New Interim Pastor
Reverend David Alan Ivie
It is with great Christmas joy that we announce to you our new interim pastor, Reverend David Alan Ivie. Reverend Ivie will begin his journey with us on January 2 and his first Sunday in the pulpit will be January 6th.
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
Kathy Hutchings, whom we affectionately call “Kat,” has been the office manager extraordinaire for 24 years. She is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge about the church and the beloved congregation she cares about. Moving from a Brother electric typewriter to the first office computer to now dealing with an extensive computer system and website, Kat has ably made it up the learning curve. The pastor is often found saying to her, “You can never leave!”
Kat is married to Rick and they raised three children. They spend time being proud grandparents. As anyone will see who walks into Kat’s office, she loves cats, too. In addition, she has a voice that will take you right up to heaven.
Ardyce has been a member of the staff at FPC for over 12 years and a member of this church for over 50 years. She is a diligent worker of numbers and caring member of the congregation. If you are missing a couple of Sundays, expect a call or a visit from Ardyce. Married to Ardyce is Ron who has so graciously volunteered his time to the maintenance and care of the church facilities for many years. Ron is also a walking encyclopedia of everything there is to know about our church building as well as congregational information going back 50 plus years. Ron and Ardyce have three children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
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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