Rev. Christine Ng – Senior Minister

Rev. Ng was called to Central Congregational Church in 2008. Prior to coming to Dallas, she was Associate Pastor of Coral Isles Church, UCC in Tavernier, Florida in the Florida Keys. Raised in South Florida, Chris attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, graduating in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, with a major in English and a minor in Art History. She worked for the Bass Museum of Art on Miami Beach before returning to school to study law at Florida State University Law School where she received her Juris Doctor degree. She practiced appellate law for 20 years, but discerned a call to God’s ministry. So she went back to school again to receive her Masters of Divinity from Florida Center for Theological Studies in Miami. Chris has a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Stillpoint Center for Christian Spirituality. She has also studied and taught Taoist Tai Chi for health and meditation for more than 30 years. Chris has been married to Steve Ng since 1987. They have one daughter, Jenny, who graduated from Booker T. Washington School of the Performing in 20and Visual Arts in 2011 and from New College of Florida in 2015.

Ray Jordan

Rev. Ray Jordan – Associate Minister 

Rev. Jordan was called to Central in 2014, prior to which he worked in both the public and private sectors as a public school teacher, university professor, non-profit administrator, corporate trainer, clergyperson and consultant. Although originally from Oakland, CA, Ray was raised by his grandmother on a farm in rural Arkansas, where both she and other “church ladies” stressed the importance of education. So, Ray holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Education, a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Master of Theological Studies from Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, and is completing his PhD (ABD) from Union Institute and University, with an emphasis in faith communities and social engagement. Ray has worked within three distinct populations, rural, suburban, and urban, and has enjoyed community service, including serving on the boards of the Dallas Chapter of GLSEN(Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educational Alliance) and the North Texas Executive Leadership Council for the United Negro College Fund, for which he received the organization’s Rising Star Award for his outstanding contribution. Currently Ray can also be found teaching classes in Interdisciplinary Studies and African American Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington and spending time with his three children, Trey and Alley (both of which are in high school), and middle-schooler Joshua Caleb.


New_1_DSCF0729Rev. Steve Wilson – Associate Minister for Congregational Nurture

 Rev. Wilson was called to serve Central in 2014, after serving as Pastoral Intern at Central since 2009. Raised in and around Dallas, Steve attended Austin College, graduating in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. Steve graduated from the University of Denver in 1975 with a Master of Arts in International Studies. After serving as a police officer with the City of Dallas for four years, Steve attended Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, graduating with a Juris Doctor degree in 1983. Steve began the private practice of law and served as an adjunct instructor of law at Dedman School of Law for 13 years. After an extended period of being “unchurched,” he began attending Central in 1997. As Steve became involved in the work of the church, he discerned a call to ministry and enrolled as a student at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, while continuing to practice law. Steve received his Master of Divinity degree from Brite in December 2011. Steve has been married to his wife, Nancy, since 1996 and has two grown sons from a prior marriage, Michael, who lives and works in Dallas, and Patrick, who lives and works in Wellington, New Zealand. Vacations to New Zealand are great fun but too infrequent! 

Kathy photoKathy Lowrie – Minister of Music

Kathy Lowrie officially joined Central’s staff in September 1991, after serving as substitute organist much of the summer. She has had a lifelong passion for both music and the church. She grew up in Minnesota, where she majored in music and earned a certification in liturgical music from the College of St. Catherine. She has continued her studies through a number of graduate music courses. Kathy has enjoyed directing vocal and handbell choirs for over thirty years. While living in Minneapolis she worked as a music editor for a large church-related publisher, and also served as the director of music for a small church. In addition to her work at Central, she continues her career in church music publishing as an editor of handbell music. She has served as the president of the Greater Dallas Handbell Association, and as the vice chair of the national Handbell Industry Council. She is delighted to be a part of such a wonderful community of faith.