For over 30 years, Preston Meadow Lutheran Church has been a community of grace in action, serving the communities of Plano, TX, and beyond with the light and love of Jesus. What started as a small gathering in a family living room has turned into a growing faith community with ministries throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Haiti. We love to sing in worship, connect with others to grow in faith, and are joyfully generous. We are a member church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Our lead ministry team exists to equip our congregation to pursue our mission to connect people to share in Christ's mission of grace for God's world. We're pretty proud of them and think you'll enjoy meeting them too.
Pastor Paul grew up in Wichita Falls, TX, and is a graduate of Midwestern State University. He proves that you can succeed in life with a degree in English! He received a Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, OH, in 2005 and was called as our Associate Pastor that same year. He has served as our Lead Pastor since 2011.
He is married to Susan, who serves as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the area, and they are proud parents to two busy boys, Caleb and Joshua. A bible verse that keeps him centered in life is: "With God, all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26). We apologize, in advance, for his repeated references to the Texas Longhorns.
Pastor Jackie was born in Jamaica, NY, and raised in Seaford, Long Island, just outside of New York City. A graduate of the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, she has served as pastor of churches in Nebraska, Illinois, and as an ssistant to the Bishop of the Central/Southern Illinois Synod, ELCA. She joined the Ministry Team in October 2011 and serves as the Pastor for Adult Discipleship.
She has been married to Henry for many years and together they have one son, Christopher, married to daughter-in-law Ericka, who have given them two grandsons, Hunter and Auron. Pastor Jackie enjoys scuba diving with husband Henry and is the Secretary for Adventure Dive Club in Plano. She loves cooking Hungarian food and hosting dinner parties in her home.
A centering scripture verse for her has been John 1:5 "In Jesus was life, and the life was the light of all. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
Pastor Kate grew up in Richfield, MN, and is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Religion and Sociology. She then received her Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry from Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, MN in 2017. She was called to serve as our Pastor for Family Ministry shortly after her graduation.
Pastor Kate is new to Texas, is slowly getting used to saying "y’all" and "howdy," and loves ice cream. One of her favorite Bible passages is Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” In a world that is constantly filling up our schedules, she says we need a verse to remind us all to slow down and take time to be in awe of all that God has created.
Tony Katko is a one-year intern through Trinity Lutheran Seminary of Columbus, OH. A native of Ohio, Tony holds a music degree from Capital University, and will soon finish his studies for a Master of Divinity to be considered for ordained ministry of Word and Sacrament through the ELCA. He is our second intern from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and we believe in building up future leaders within our church for the sake of the gospel. He is married to Kaitlyn, and they are raising their collie mix, Chloe.
Anne grew up in rural Minnesota. She received a degree in piano performance from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where she also met and married her husband Russ in 1982. The couple moved to Texas, where Anne taught high school choral music for eleven years in large programs in Killeen, Richland Hills, and Plano. She studied choral conducting as the graduate assistant to Dr. B.R. Henson and is still active as an accompanist and clinician for area choirs. Anne and Russ have two grown children, Ben and Hannah. She has served as PMLC's organist for the past 20 years, and is active with a private piano studio. She currently coordinates all of our musical groups and directs our Sanctuary choir.
In her spare time, Anne enjoys the study of Italian, musical composition, reading, word games, and gardening. Romans 8:38-39 grounds her in life: "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Jay was born in Plano and graduated from Plano Senior High School in 2000. He attended the University of North Texas and graduated with a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies in 2004 which served him well when he started working at Summer Camps and Retreat Centers. Jay has served Briarwood Lutheran Retreat Center and Ebert Ranch Camp before he joined PMLC in August 2010 as the Director of Youth Ministry. He has a passion for Christ and enjoys the focus the youth group has on service and mission.
Jay loves music and playing guitar. He has been married to Rene since 2006, and they have two children, Ginny and Ollie. Jay’s favorite bible verse is: “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he said will happen, it will be done for him” (Mark 11:22-23).
Cheryl grew up in Missouri, Indiana, and Louisiana. She moved to Texas after graduating from Louisiana College with a degree in Office Administration and began her career as an administrative assistant for a VP of Finance and later transitioned into executive administrative positions at various real estate companies. She married her husband, Patrick, in 1988. In 1996, she felt led to quit work and become a stay-at-home mom. That lasted all of 3 months, and she began substituting at her church preschool where she found her calling. She served as a substitute for one year and was hired to teach 2 year olds. After two years, she was selected to serve as director. She served First Baptist Church of Carrollton for 18 years until she became the PMLC Preschool Director in June 2017.
He husband, Patrick, and she have lived in Carrollton since 1989, and they have 2 daughters, one who teaches first grade in Coppell, and another who is a cardiac ICU nurse in Lubbock. She likes to read, watch movies, cook, and spend time with her family. Her life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.
In 1992, PMLC started our Kid's Day Out program, and Elizabeth became our director. Since then she grew our program into a preschool ministry that serves children from 6 weeks old through ages 5 and added an extended day component. After 24 years of faithful service, she retired in the summer to enjoy some much deserved time for her next endeavors! Her favorite scripture verse comes from Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
A transplant from WI, Chadwick moved to north Dallas in 1999 with his wife-to-be Christina. Shortly thereafter, they married and moved to Plano and found a church home in PMLC in 2002. He graduated from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College with a degree in Prototype Design and Fabrication and has worked with Fortune 100 and 500 companies, creating designs and prototypes of many of the products you have seen and used in your everyday life.
He is an active volunteer in the Amateur Radio world, and he acquired his license, KD5UMO, in 2002. He enjoys supporting many community events and causes such as the Plano Balloon Festival, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Best Buddies (Autism), Make-A-Wish, Scottish Rite, Methodist Hospital, and Meals on Wheels. He is also a severe weather and overall nature enthusiast (when thunder roars, he's outdoors!). He holds the position of Assistant Emergency Coordinator with the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES). Through this capacity, he serves as the National Weather Service liaison for the Fort Worth office to the Collin County ARES SKYWARN weather spotting team and volunteers. Having a passion for planning, logistics, and helping people, he enrolled at the University of North Texas and obtained a degree in Emergency Administration and Planning with a Minor in Business.
Over the years, Chadwick has volunteered his time with the youth, Green Team, Habitat for Humanity, church softball teams, and special projects. He joined the PMLC staff in 2016. Chadwick's wife, Christina, works for the Plano Independent School System as an Instructional and Dyslexia Specialist, and they have a daughter, Clara, who enjoys her time at the PMLC preschool.
Linda was born in Columbus, OH, and moved to Plano in 1993 with her husband, Tom, and her son, Jason. This was their family's 4th move with the JC Penney company. She joined the PMLC staff in 1994 and currently serves as the Office Administrator.
Linda enjoys bargain hunting, watching college football (O-H-I-O!), and drinking her daily Starbucks Coffee! The scripture verse that keeps her grounded is John 15:5 "I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."
Growing up as an "oilpatch" kid, Melissa spent most of her childhood overseas in London, Norway, and Scotland. She attended Rhodes College where she earned a degree in International Relations in 1995. He passion for writing and marketing led her into the fields of advertising and publishing. In 2000, Melissa earned an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Web Design and Multimedia which resulted in the discovery of her ideal field: Communications! She spent the next seven years managing corporate graphics and communications departments in the technology and oil & gas industries. In 2007, she moved to Plano to be closer to her family.
She is married to Kirk and have two wonderful girls, Grace and Faith. In August 2011, Melissa began as PMLC's Communications Coordinator, and her favorite scripture verse is: "For by grace you have been saved through Faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8).
Often found up in the a/v booth, Rick Grady has been a long time member of PMLC and takes care of all audio and webstream needs. An US Army Veteran, Rick has found many ways to serve his community and advocate for the most vulnerable among us. He currently serves on the Plano City Council.