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Reverend Dan De Leon


Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon - Pastor
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Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon has been the pastor of Friends Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in College Station since September 1, 2005. Serving the pastorate of Friends, Rev. De Leon has strived to broaden the congregation’s vision of “offering God’s extravagant welcome to all,” and to further live out the mission of “seeking a deeper spirituality,” and, “changing God’s world one act of love at a time.” In June of 2013, Rev. De Leon became the Vice President of the South Central Conference of the UCC. He also serves on the Nominating Committee for the national UCC through 2017.

In the community known as “Aggieland,” Rev. De Leon serves as an Aggie Ally, providing support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students of Texas A&M University. In April of 2013, Rev. De Leon was awarded the Phyllis R. Frye Advocacy Award by the Department of Multicultural Services at TAMU for showing “great leadership in the advancement of GLBTI (Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Intersex) civil rights at the infrastructural and/or interpersonal level.”

Additionally, since 2006, Rev. De Leon has served on the Institute for Interfaith Dialog Board in Bryan-College Station, seeking to foster constructive relationships across the lines of culture and religion. In that same spirit of ecumenism, Rev. De Leon has served on the Board for United Campus Ministry of Aggieland since 2005, which ministers to college students of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and the UCC at Texas A&M University and Blinn Junior College of Bryan.

Rev. De Leon previously served as the Associate Minister to Youth at Highland Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, and, prior to that, as the Interim Youth Minister at First Baptist Church of Austin. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He was ordained into the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ on January 20, 2002.

Rev. De Leon is married to Stacy De Leon, and they are proud parents to son, Mac De Leon, born in March of 2005 and daughter Ruthie born in January 2008.

 


Assoc. Pastor - Rev. Trent Williams

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Rev. Trent Williams is an ordained UCC minister and a native of Waco, Texas, where he grew up in a UCC congregation and went on to attend Baylor University, earning a BA in Religion and History in 2001. Sensing a call to pastoral ministry, he attended Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, earning an M.Div. in 2007.

He served at Friends as a Pastoral Intern under Dan's supervision in 2006-07, and was ordained in 2008. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2010 to be with his partner, John Brady, an entrepreneur and founder of Protem Partners, a professional services firm. Rev. Williams and Mr. Brady were married in 2013 and reside in Media, PA, just outside Philadelphia, with their two dogs.

Trent has most recently pastored congregations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and has also worked with End Hunger Northeast, a hunger relief ministry affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. As a pastor, he brings a deep passion for social justice, worship and preaching, and faith formation for all ages. In the wider church and community, he has served as a member of the Philadelphia Association Nominating Committee, the Penn Southeast Conference New Church Development Task Force, and the National Planning Team of the 2030 Clergy Network, UCC. In addition, he volunteers as a Counselor and Program Chaplain for the annual American Legion Boys' and Girls' State, a youth and leadership development program. In his spare time, he loves movies, used bookstores, NFL and college football, and tinkering with antique cars. Trent is excited about returning to Texas and the wonderful community that is Friends Church.

 
Chris Hoffman


Chris Hoffman - Director of Music Ministries

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A native of Iowa, Chris Hoffman - tenor, pianist, and conductor -made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 18, singing vocal jazz.  Since then, he has graduated with a Master’s degree in vocal performance and has enjoyed an operatic and piano performance career that has led him to perform in 13 countries.  Locally, many have seen him as a soloist with the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra in its performances of operatic and oratorio masterworks.  As a pianist, Mr. Hoffman has served as the pianist with the Texas A&M Century Singers and Women’s Chorus for three years, and served as the pianist for the Brazos Valley Chorale for seven years.  He is frequently called upon to do collaborative work with other musicians in the Brazos Valley, and has assisted in many recitals and chamber music concerts.  Mr. Hoffman was also on faculty at Blinn College in Bryan for eight years, where he taught Music Appreciation classes and started and developed the campus’ Choir and Private Voice Study programs.  Mr. Hoffman has also served as the music director with The Theatre Company in Bryan, coaching vocals and conducting shows from behind the piano.

Mr. Hoffman has served at Friends Church since 2006. As the Director of Music Ministries, his responsibilities include conducting the Chancel Choir, Children’s Choir, and Handbell Choir ensembles.  Highlights include conducting Rutter’s Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Mozart’s Requiem for the Christmas and Good Friday Cantatas.

Mr. Hoffman currently maintains a private voice and piano studio, and continues to perform in the Brazos Valley, and around the country. He resides in College Station with his husband Matt and their canine children.

 

Kathy Robbins - Pianist

For over five decades, Kathy has played the piano and organ in churches, as well as for school choirs, ensembles and soloists.  She also taught piano for 15 years.  In addition to having eight grandkids, Kathy and her husband Bill (’81) have three grown children, two who are 4th-generation Texas Aggies.  Kathy and Bill joined the Friends Church in May of 2016

 
 

Kim Beasley- Administrative Assistant
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Working part time in our office, Kim serves as receptionist and office manager. Kim and her husband, Mark, are originally from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, but spent seven years in the Texas Panhandle before resettling here in College Station in 2012. They have two children, Mason and Mackenzie, both of whom are proud Fightin’ Texas Aggies.

 
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Morgan Leopold - Child Care Worker

 
 

Elizabeth Tag - Child Care Worker

 
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