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Church Staff

 

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 Allie, 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


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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Chris Hoffman is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Voice from The University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, and graduated with Honors with a master’s degree in Vocal Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches in May 2006. He currently resides in College Station with his husband Matt, where he teaches voice and piano. He also teaches Music Appreciation at Blinn College (Bryan campus) and is the Director of the college's new Choral Department.

 

As a tenor, Chris has performed extensively in operas and oratorios in the US and abroad. He is a frequent performer and recitalist in the Brazos Valley, and has been a guest soloist with the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Concerts on Carter Creek Series, and the Brazos Valley Chorale. As a pianist, Chris has served as the accompanist for the Women’s Chorus and Chamber Winds ensembles at SFA, and is currently the accompanist for the Brazos Valley Chorale. He has also served as the accompanist for the Century Singers and Women's Chorus ensembles at Texas A&M University. He has lent his expertise as a vocal coach for numerous Scenes and Arias Recitals and as a rehearsal accompanist for other staged productions.

 

Prior to coming to Friends Church, Chris has held various Music Ministry positions with various churches in Iowa and Texas: directing choirs, serving as a staff singer, and serving as a pianist and organist for worship services. He began his tenure at Friends Church on June 7, 2006.

 

Kathy Robbins - Pianist

 
 

 

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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- Child Care Worker