The Rev. John Hirling is interim pastor for Saint Paul as the church searches for a new pastor. Born and raised in Cincinatti, John is a graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and has served in transitional roles for Presbyterian churches for 11 years. Saint Paul is his eighth transitional church call. Previously, he served churches in Allen (near Dallas) and Northwest Houston. He sums up his theology in one line: “God loves us and there’s nothing we can do about it.” He believes that the joy of living comes in serving others. Read a full biographical statement on our home page. We are so happy to have John and his wife Terri with us.
Christine Anderson has been office administrator for Saint Paul since early 2017. Born in Freeport, and raised in Los Angeles, she moved to Houston in 1995 to care for her disabled mother and continue her education. She was certified as a business office specialist from Success Institute of Business in 1998 and began studying for an associate degree in business administration at Lone Star College, after her eldest son graduated from high school. She plans to finish her degree in the near future. In 2002, she started as a contract employee with the City of Houston as an administrative assistant for the Engineering, Construction and Real Estate Division. Her determination and hard work gained her a full-time position within a year and she was promoted to administrative assistant II in the Traffic & Transportation Division, where she served as an executive administrative specialist for the city at Houston TranStar. Christine has four children: Craig serves in the U.S. Navy and is married with a young son; Christopher and Alvin, both of whom live in the north side of Houston, and daughter Alley, who attends Marshall High School in Missouri City. Christine’s hobbies include cooking for loved ones, traveling to foreign destinations, finishing her book about women’s empowerment (through Christ, you can sustain anything), being with positive people and shopping.