OUR LEADERS AND STAFF 

 

Rev. Ray Jordan - Senior Minister (Bridge)

Pastor Ray was called to Central in 2014 as Associate Minister and became Central's "Bridge Pastor" in July 2016 upon the resignation of Central's Senior Minister. His primary goal during this time will be to shepherd the congregation through its visioning and search for a new Senior Minister. Prior to coming to Central, Ray 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.
 
 

Rev. Steve Wilson - Associate Minister for Congregational Nurture

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Pastor Steve 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.
 
 
Rev. Allen Pope - Associate Minister for Outreach

Pastor Allen was called to serve as Associate Minister of Outreach at Central in 2015 after receiving his Certificate of Ordination as a UCC minister.  In his role within Central, Rev. Pope works with our community of faith on mission activities, such as social justice ministry and in-home Bible study.  As the son of a preacher, Allen grew up mostly in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California.  Allen started working in sales upon his high school graduation, working his way up to become the youngest district manager with a national home improvement firm before deciding to pursue a college degree.  Four years later, Allen graduated with a BA in Biblical Studies from Heritage Christian University in Alabama.  He then went to Abilene Christian University to attend graduate courses in ministry, graduating with a MA in Theological Studies and a M Div.  For about 20 years, Allen served as a senior pastor in the Church of Christ denomination, mostly in Southern California and at the same time taught as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University.  After considerable internal reflection, Allen knew he needed to make a change.  He accepted a call from an LGBT ecumenical, non-denominational congregation in Dallas where he served for several years as senior pastor of that church and its successor church before joining Central.  Rev. Pope envisions serving again as a senior pastor, this time within the UCC, preferably on the west coast in order to be closer to his four sons, three grandsons and two granddaughters.

 
 

Kathy Lowrie - Minister of Music

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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.
 
 
Svetlana Ivanchenko - Assistant Minister of Music
Svetlana Ivanchenko was born in Russia. She received a classical Music education and worked for many years as a teacher at the Music College in Russia educating professional musicians.

Svetlana Ivanchenko was born in Russia. She received a classical Music education and worked for many years as a teacher at the Music College in Russia educating professional musicians.

Svetlana moved to the US in 2008, where she evaluated her diploma through Wes.org in 2009 and received her American standard Master Degree in Music.  She had worked as a Music Director at the Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Dallas for 4 1/2 years.  She was also a Piano Accompanist at Samuell HS Choir and at Woodrow Wilson HS Choir with music director Kent Ellingson.

In addition to her talent as a pianist, Svetlana is a professional accordion player. She was awarded the Accordion Champion in the US on three separate occasions and in  2012 was selected to represent the US in the Roland International V-Accordion Festival in Rome, Italy.  She placed 6th overall in that prestigious competition. 

Svetlana has been working at Central since August 2014 as the Assistant Minister of Music sharing her beautiful musical talents with the church community.