2019 Congregation Council Candidates

Sharon Lane

Spouse: John
Children/Age:  Evan 23,  Jenna 21

When did you join King of Glory?  I joined King of Glory in 1990.

Current and past profession(s): I have been a Registered Nurse for 30 years and have worked in many areas of nursing.  I am currently a Health Coach, RN Care Manager for Virgin Pulse, a Wellness company.

Current and past involvement in activities at King of Glory:  With my passion for children, I have enjoyed volunteering in Children’s ministry.  I taught the 3 year old Sunday School for 6 years and have been a small group leader for Confirmation for the last 9 years. I have had the honor of being a mentor for several Confirmands.  I have been part of the YMAT team for the past 4 years. I served on the search committee for the Children’s Ministry director and most  recently I served on the Youth Director search committee. For the last four years I have taught Created By God for 5th-7th graders.  John and I have been active in the FACT’s group for the last 25 years and I have served as one of the leaders.

What issues do you feel King of Glory needs to consider now? 
We need to expand our outreach in areas that need assistance.

What ongoing or future concerns will King of Glory need to address?
Keeping the youth active, strong and present in the congregation’s eyes.

How did you arrive at your decision to accept the call?
Prayed about it and talked with John.

 

Laura Kodat

Spouse: Jeff
Children/Age:  Ethan(14)  Adam(12)  Noah(10)

When did you join King of Glory?  Began attending in 1992 when I first moved here from Iowa. Became a member in the late 1990s.

Current and past profession(s): I’ve worked for AT&T since 1995 (starting when it was Southwestern Bell) I work at a DataCenter in Richardson.

Current and past involvement in activities at King of Glory:  I have taught kindergarten, 2nd and 5th grade Sunday School. I was one of the first leaders of Club Four Five. I was on the committee to help find our Children’s Program leader (Nancy Parker) and I have previously played on both the church softball and volleyball teams.

What issues do you feel King of Glory needs to consider now? 
The congregation is older than and not nearly as diverse as a lot of churches in the area. I think that if we want to thrive in our community, we need to reflect the community that we are here to serve.

What ongoing or future concerns will King of Glory need to address?
Our aging congregation and the current trend that shows more people leaving organized religion in general.

How did you arrive at your decision to accept the call?
With the encouragement from other members, talking it over with my spouse and praying about the opportunity.

 

Erika Allen

When did you join King of Glory?  I grew up attending King of Glory and celebrated my baptism, first communion, and confirmation here.

Current and past profession(s): I currently work as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at Baylor Scott & White – Grapevine.

Current and past involvement in activities at King of Glory:  After performing as an angel in the1997 Christmas play, I became actively involved in the children’s and youth ministries including Club Four-Five, Confirmation, Sunday school, and Sr. High Sunday nights. Attending Discipleship Camp was a highlight of every year, and I participated in seven mission trips with the youth including two ELCA Youth Gatherings. I also served as one of the youth representatives on the 2012 Youth Director search committee.

What issues do you feel King of Glory needs to consider now? 
We already have such wonderful facilities and leadership, and I would love to see us use those to continue to focus on our youth and create a vibrant young adult ministry.

What ongoing or future concerns will King of Glory need to address?
As mainstream churches are continuing to decline, King of Glory will need to address how we can stay relevant in today’s ever-increasing secular society.

How did you arrive at your decision to accept the call?
I decided to accept the nomination for the Council through lots of prayer and encouragement from family and friends. I hope that through this position I can serve God by serving His church and people.

 

Brian Thomas

Spouse: Kellie
Children/Age:  Sarah (20), Zachary (17), Hannah Grace (13)

When did you join King of Glory?  1997

Current and past profession(s):
Managing Director – Prudential Capital Group
Principal – Prudential Capital Energy Partners

Current and past involvement in activities at King of Glory: 
Sunday School,  FACTS member, Confirmation Youth Instructor (2014-Present), Personnel Committee member (2014-2015), Church Council member 2016-Present

What issues do you feel King of Glory needs to consider now? 
A consistent congregation-wide effort to rebuild and expand our youth ministry program; with particular emphasis on meeting the spiritual needs young adults and their families. 

Expanding, communicating and coordinating opportunities for volunteer involvement and congregational interaction across the church; particularly with new and prospective members.

Lifting our collective gaze to see and then act upon evangelical outreach opportunities within the broader Dallas community.  Let’s maximize the utility of our church assets to boldly be and make followers of Christ.

What ongoing or future concerns will King of Glory need to address? Attendance that does not translate into active involvement; risks migrating into apathy. Spiritual joy and growth comes through putting beliefs into action.

Congregational rigidity and resistance to change which stems from a desire to congregate solely with like minded individuals and avoid leaving our comfort zone.  The absence of cross-generational interaction and outreach within congregations leads to spiritual silos. Let’s embrace risk taking and the failure that often comes with evangelical entrepreneurism, this is how we learn and grow. 

Finding and cultivating the next generation of leaders within the congregation to help us put our vision for KOG into action. This is what will energize our church and leverage our organizational capacity in the service of the Lord.

How did you arrive at your decision to accept the call?
Discernment, prayer and the fact that Pastor Jim is a very persuasive leader.  We all lead very busy lives; particularly with careers and young children. When I reflect upon the moments in life where I have grown the most spiritually, it has been when I had to make a conscious choice to move things around to make room for Christ in my life.  I want my children to see that it’s important to do more than simply talk about my faith.   

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