Dear Central Presbyterian Congregation,
I am extremely excited to begin this position as your interim Director of Christian Education. After learning some about you from various leaders in the church, I cannot wait to meet all of you! It is such an honor to be a part of your faithful and vibrant community.
Here is a little bit about me. I am a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) baby. My family joined First Presbyterian Church in Georgetown, TX 23 years ago and we have been there ever since. I learned early of the importance of growing up in a supportive and nurturing church community. In taking this position at CPC, I am following in the footsteps of my mother, who is the Christian Education Director at FPC in Georgetown. I shadowed her as a kid and helped her when I could. I value these moments immensely.
It’s that time of year again! Our 2017 all-church Lenten study, What Wondrous Love, is particularly apt for our times! What Wondrous Love explores the biblical stories of the challenging last days of Jesus’ life, concluding with the story of his betrayal, arrest and crucifixion. In other words, the Bible passages of Holy Week point to our Lord’s suffering, pain and death in a context of political unrest.
Dear CPC Family,
My name is Bill Poe, and your Session and the Committee on Ministry of Mission Presbytery have asked me to join you as your “Transitional Pastor” for a while, as your Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) completes its work. I will be working with the officers, other members of your staff, and you to keep CPC the strong, mission-minded worshiping community it is while we await the coming of your new Pastor.
I am married to Betty Anne, and we will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary this summer! Both of us are native Texans, born and raised in Houston. We have served congregations in Bryan, Houston (twice), and Sherman, Texas, and in Little Rock, Arkansas. I retired in 2010 from St. Philip Presbyterian Church in Houston, and we came to live in Round Rock in 2012 to be close to our children and grandchildren.
I attended the University of Texas in Austin and graduated with a BA from the University of Houston in 1969. I am also a graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1972) and McCormick Seminary in Chicago (D.Min., 1984). I have done post-graduate study in theological ethics at Rice University, and was the first Director of Austin Seminary’s Houston Extension program, in which I taught Presbyterian Polity. I am presently serving as Chair of the Committee on Ministry for Mission Presbytery, and on the Presbytery’s General Council; on the Board of Trustees for Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly; and, in April of 2016, I finished serving for 18 months as the interim Stated Clerk of Mission Presbytery.
Betty Anne and I are excited to begin this time with you, and we look forward to getting to know you, as we worship and serve together as Central Presbyterian Church!