OUR LEADERS AND STAFF 

 

Rev. Steve Wilson - Interim Senior Minister

Pastor Steve was called to serve Central as Interim Senior Pastor in August 2019 after serving as Association Minister of the North Texas Association of the South Central Conference of the United Church of Christ since 2015.  Steve previously served Central part-time as Associate Minister (2015-2018) after serving as Pastoral Intern at Central since 2009. Steve received his Master of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School, at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, in 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 New Zealand with his wife, Meghan.  Steve and Nancy currently share their home with their Great Pyrenees, Henry, and their Birman cat, Katie.  Steve retired from the practice of law in 2015 after thirty-two years with a firm in Dallas.  Steve and Nancy are both active in the North Texas Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists.
 
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 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.