Rev. Andrew (Andy) Gans – SENIOR PASTOR AND HEAD OF STAFF
Andy was called to Pines in the spring of 2017, having previously served churches in Florida and Georgia. Andy was raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. Andy’s passion for Christ, his desire to seek justice for all people, his gift of real and vulnerable preaching and his previous experience in youth and children’s ministry are benefits not only to the Pines congregation, but also to the larger church and the surrounding community. He eagerly uses his gifts to walk alongside the Pines family, as together we seek to deepen our understanding of faith through study, worship, and mission. Andy and his wife, Cheryl, are the proud parents of two college-age daughters.
Barbara was called to serve Pines in 2012 having previously served here twenty-three years in the area of Christian Education. She continues to equip our Adult Education ministries, including Sunday School and weekday Bible Study Groups. She is also involved with Stephen Ministry, Pilgrimage, women’s ministry, and our Prayer Ministry. Barbara and her husband, Steve, have a blended family of five children, and find great joy serving the Lord together. Barbara received her Master of Arts degree from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, and is a certified Christian Educator, a trained spiritual director, and received her Master of Divinity Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Tim came to Pines in May of 2014. As a child, Tim played the piano “by ear” and later studied piano from the first grade all the way through college. As the years progressed he added the organ, accordion, and trombone to his repertoire of instruments. Tim attended North Texas State University and Texas Tech University with a major in Music Education. He has been choir director/organist for several churches in Texas and Louisiana. Tim brings to Pines a wide variety of musical genres for the congregation to enjoy. His philosophy of music is to always lift up Christ, select music that flows with the sermon of the day, and strive to give the music program a warm, comfortable feeling.
Valerie has been a member of Pines since 2002 and began her work as Director of Children’s Ministry in Fall 2016. She was previously an elementary classroom teacher, a youth director and also tutored all ages of children for many years. In addition to her background in education, Valerie holds a certification in Nonprofit Management and recently worked as a fundraiser for a nonprofit health center. She thanks God for this position which effortlessly combines both of these passion areas. She and her husband Scott have two beautiful and energetic daughters and they all greatly enjoy the worship experience and the fellowship they find at Pines.
Connie first joined the Pines family in 2009 as a preschool parent. Having experienced other schools in other cities, she immediately realized that Pines Preschool’s focus on developing the whole child was something truly unique in today’s fast-paced, schedule-driven world. Connie jumped at the chance to join the staff and spent 7-years as a teacher, before being named Director in 2017. A commercial banker in her previous life, she holds a BA degree from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA in Finance from the University of Missouri. Connie first honed her teaching skills at home where she and her husband, Troy, are the parents of three loud, opinionated, wonderful children. As a Christian, Connie believes she has the privilege and the responsibility to share God’s unconditional love to the children and parents of the preschool. As Jesus says in Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.”
Cindy came to Pines in December of 1999. As office manager, she works closely with all members of the church, manages the church facilities and supplies, and assists in the scheduling of all activities and special events. If you have a question concerning the church, she can usually answer it! Cindy has a son, JD.
Alexis joined the office staff at Pines in November of 2014. She is a graduate of The University of Tulsa, with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a MBA. Her background has lead her through many fields, industries and locations throughout the United States. Her primary responsibilities are to handle the accounting functions for the church, including accounts payable and receivables. She works under the guidance of the Church Treasurer and the Stewardship Committee. In addition, she provides support to the Committee Moderators in overseeing their committee budgets and disbursements.
Genny Bogue – RECEPTIONIST
Genny gets to represent Pines in a unique way. She is usually the first person to meet and greet members and visitors as they come through the front door as well as answer and direct the many phone calls and inquiries throughout each day. The reception desk can be a challenging and exciting place to work and Genny welcomes each days’ activities with a smile and the question ‘How may I help you today?”
Pedro brings a great deal of experience having to do with maintenance, cleanliness, and building safety. He feels that coming to Pines is “one of the many blessings from our Lord”. Pedro is happy to be part of this wonderful team and he is ready to help you with whatever you need.