The Diaconate is made up of 12 deacons who have been elected and ordained to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress, both within and beyond the community of faith. At Atascocita Presbyterian Church, our deacons minister through personal contact with all member families, providing meals, transportation, comfort, and support in times of joy and need. We strive to maintain connections with our college students and those serving in the military, and we reach out to our community through service and ministry.
Deacon Class of 2017
Bonnie Russell, Moderator
I moved from beautiful Seattle area to be with my family in November of 2012. I visited APC with my family and found it to very welcoming, open and inviting so transferred my membership in early 2013. Since that time I have been active in Kids Hope, the Liturgical Arts Committee, APC vacation bible school “food crew”, The Half Notes (beginner bells group), and now serving as a Deacon class of 2017. My hobbies and therapy are gardening, art, discovering all the great attributes of Texas and of course my wonderful family. There are so many wonderful committees and group functions at APC and know that anyone looking to join us will be made welcome.
Having lived in Kingwood for over 35 years, I’ve been a member of two other area churches. While volunteering at HAAM, I learned about APC and decided to visit, and joined a few months later. That was 8 years ago. I’ve served on the Mission Committee, and this is my second year as a Deacon. I enjoy the knitting group, have helped with Habitat and area clean-ups, and continue to volunteer at HAAM in several capacities.
My husband and I raised our two children in Kingwood. We now have five granddaughters with whom we are very involved. We also enjoy our RV and our rescue dogs. I work part time, love to read, am active in the Kingwood Photo Club, and participate in dog sports.
Deacon Class of 2018
Judi spent her childhood years in Midland, Texas (First Presbyterian Church), and her teen age years in Dallas (Highland Park Presbyterian Church). She attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating with a BA in Psychology, and is a huge SOONER fan! She also holds a MS in Environmental Science from the University of Texas at Dallas and a MA in Clinical Psychology from Houston Baptist University. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in the Atascocita area, after having spent 25 years in the Environmental Engineering business for several consulting firms.
She has three children, 2 sons (Doug and Jim) living in Austin and a daughter (Melanie) living in Dallas, and is the very proud Grandma to 4 grandchildren: Noelle, 5, Colin, 4, Stella, 20 months, and Laney, 9 months. Her favorite activities are babysitting and attempting to play golf with her husband.
Although she has only been a member of APC for a year and a half, she has been most impressed with the friendliness and warmth of the congregation as well as their willingness to participate in building our community of faith. She is looking forward to serving as a Deacon for the next three years.
Ray was baptized as a Lutheran and became a member of the APC family in about 2006 through Affirmation of Faith. He has served APC in various capacities such as an Elder, Co-Chairman of the Facilities Committee, Mission Committee member, and is currently serving as a Deacon. Ray has also served as a board member of the Seafarers Ministry at the Port of Houston.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Ray earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with a major in accounting. He is a retired federal agent, and has served in the military in active duty with the U.S. Army, the Ohio Army National Guard, and the U.S. Air Force Reserve, with tours of duty in both Vietnam and Iraq.
He is the proud parent of four sons; Don, Marcus, Nicholas, and Benjamin, also having two grand-children, Noah and Madison. Ray enjoys fishing, cooking and helping others.
Deacon Class of 2019