Staffing News From Rev. Matthew Ruffner

    May 26, 2020 | News

    PHPC Family,

    Several years ago, I shared a vision with the Church’s Session; that Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church be known nationally as a church and a community that equipped, trained and launched leaders for the future of the church. There was some excitement around the idea, and that conviction led us to explore how we could build this dream into the strategic goals for our next season of ministry at the church. While it is exciting to be a community that launches leaders for the church, it comes with the difficulty of saying goodbye.

    I’m writing today to share that Ann Nielsen, our Director of Children’s Ministry, and Zach Light-Wells, our Associate Director of Youth and Emergent Worship, are “launching” from Preston Hollow into new positions at other churches. Ann and Zach are beloved within our community, and their ministry will forever shape us. We will both celebrate and miss their ministry, but know that we will always be connected through Christ.

    Ann will begin her new ministry as the Director of Children and Family Ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth in July. I want to personally thank Ann for her commitment to our children and their families. She has done an incredible job building the Children’s Ministry Program that we have come to know. Because of her faithfulness, we will seek to build on the strong foundation she leaves.

    Zach will begin his new ministry in June, as the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, Dallas. I want to thank Zach for his commitment to helping launch Worship at Five at Preston Hollow. You are well aware of Zach’s vast gifts, and he has them in spades! But it is also his rich theological depth that allowed us to form the community we have come to enjoy each Sunday at 5 p.m. in Founders Hall, and on Sunday mornings for Worship in the House.

    Zach’s last day on staff will be Sunday June 7. We will celebrate Zach in worship that morning, including Youth Worship in the House, and will hold a special virtual concert with Music Monday on Monday, June 1  at 9 a.m. through Facebook Live on the Preston Hollow Facebook page. 


    Ann’s last day on staff will be Sunday, June 14. We will celebrate Ann in worship that morning and with a socially distant parade that afternoon, Sunday June 14, at 3 p.m. in the Jubilee Parking lot of the church. 

    Please look for reminders of these celebrations and full details in the PHPC eblast on the Thursday prior to their final Sunday.

    The Staff Committee is working to identify interim leaders in these areas, as we discern the type of leaders we need for the future of these programs. Should you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Rev. Dr. Sarah Johnson, Friends, these are bittersweet days. I celebrate and give thanks to God for our common calling and look to the future with great anticipation of who God will call to join the PHPC family next.

    With great hope,


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