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, Rev. Ng 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. Rev. Ng 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 25 years. Christine Ng has been married to Stephen Ng since 1987. They have one daughter, Jennifer, who graduated from Booker T. Washington School of the Performing and Visual Arts and is attending New College of Florida.
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, Rev. Jordan was raised by his grandmother on a farm in rural Arkansas, where both she and other “church ladies” stressed the
importance of education. Therefore, Rev. Jordan 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. Rev.
Jordan 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.
Kathy 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.