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Deacons are special servants of the Church; in fact, that is what the word "Deacon" literally means - a servant. The purpose of deacons is to serve the Lord by conducting the caring ministry of the church - doing the work of benevolence, visiting the sick, being alert to the spiritual needs of the congregation - and promoting unity within the church, thus freeing the pastor to focus on prayer and the proclamation of the Word.

The Yokefellow ministry is comprised of a group of men who serve alongside and under the nurturing supervision of the active deacon body. Yokefellows help deacons–in partnership with the Pastor and Ministry Staff–accomplish the pastoral ministries of the church. Like the deacon, a yokefellow is a servant to Jesus Christ and to the church to which he belongs.

The Deacon/Yokefellow Family Ministry Plan
This plan is designed to minister to the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of our congregation. Our goal is to be an extension of our Pastor’s ministry by touching the lives of others in a way that demonstrates the love of Christ.
Each Deacon/Yokefellow is paired with several families of which they will be personally involved with.

How can your Deacon/Yokefellow help you?
By being a good listener, praying for you, providing support in times of crisis, discussing with you your faith and walk with Christ, keeping you informed about church activities, decisions, and plans of special interest. Your Yokefellow is also able to assist you in finding ways to serve, and rejoicing with you and your family.
 



Meet the Deacons
 


E.H. Bresett -

E.H. Bresett was ordained as a deacon by 1" Baptist Church, Edinburg, Texas, on January
18, 1976. Born July 18, 1936, in Alamo, Texas, he became a Christian at the age or 12 and belonged to 1" Baptist Churches in Alamo, San Juan and Edinburg before joining Western Hills Baptist Church November 4, 1995. E.H. and Miriei were married October 10, 1959, in Edinburg, and now live at 500 Spanish Oak in Ingram. E.H. retired from the Edinburg School District on May 31, 1991, after 30 years of teaching and coaching. Their son, Mike, and his family, live in Illinois, and their daughter, Marla, and her family, live in Florida. E.H.is chairman of the Deacons.

 


Leon Cox -

Leon Cox - Leon was born in Clovis, New Mexico on June 9,1936.  He spent most of his youth in the Rio Grande Valley in San Juan, Texas.  He married Margaret Hirsch, his high school sweetheart,  in 1957.  He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in January, 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.

Leon has spent most of his adult life in Baytown, Texas employed by EXXON USA, work which took the family on assignments to New Jersey, Italy, Saudi Arabia and twice to California. Leon and Margaret have two sons, Drew and Scott, and one daughter, Caren.  Drew is a coach in Refugio, Texas.  Scott is a preacher at Ridglea Baptist in Ft. Worth.  Caren is retired after teaching for 30 years in Baytown.  Leon and Margaret have five grandsons and three great granddaughters.

Leon loves the Lord and desires to serve Him.  He was saved in 1960.  At the Alliance Bible Church in Baytown, Leon served at various times as treasurer, Sunday School teacher, deacon, elder, chairman of the Board of Elders, and sang in the choir.

Leon and Margaret made Kerrville their retirement home and Western Hills their church home in 2002.



D. Pat Edson -

Pat was born in Kerrville on October 17, 1941, and has lived here most of his life. He graduated from Tivy High School in 1959, and married Judy Hitchcock on November 27, 1965. He is a co-owner of Edson’s Kerrcrafters, a furniture building business that was founded by his grandfather, and has made that his life’s work. His wife, Judy, works for KISD at Nimitz Elementary School.

Pat and Judy have two daughters, Judy and Kerri, and one son, Gregg. Judy and her husband own and operate the “Texas Salad and Grill” in Kerrville. Kerri is attending UTSA in San Antonio and hopes to graduate in December,, 2004, with a degree in education. Gregg works full time at USAA and attends ST. Mary’s University in San Antonio. He hopes to graduate in 2005. Pat and Judy have three grandsons and three granddaughters.

Pat and Judy joined Western Hills Baptist Church about six months into its inception. They enjoy the love and Christ-like character of the church and have been active in many different positions within the church. Currently Pat stays busy as the director of Sunday school, chairman of the Sound Committee, secretary of the deacons, and a member of the Building & Grounds Committee. And if that isn’t enough, Pat, Judy, and Pat’s sister, Sharon Williams, clean the church every week!!

 



Don Talbert

Don was born in the ‘Valley’ and spent most of his life there, growing up and attending public schools and college. Anyone who knows Don is aware that he gives more than an honest day’s labor to any job he undertakes. This has been true all his life. While he was dating his future wife, Joyce, he was going to college, working a full day at the US Post Office, and working a good part of the night at the local cotton gin. But God rewards effort, and for his effort, Don earned a degree in Spanish, was appointed Postmaster (one of two Anglo Postmasters in the Valley at that time), and was blessed with a wife and family whom he cherishes. Married for forty-five years, Don and Joyce have two sons, four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter, and love being grandparents!

Don was saved at the age of twenty in Mission, Texas. He was ordained as deacon in 1965 by First Baptist Church, Pharr, Texas, and was licensed as a minister through that church in 1973, under the pastorate of our own Brother Jim! Being fluent in the Spanish language, Don preached his first sermon in Spanish and has preached in both English and Spanish for the past thirty years, primarily in R V parks.

Don retired from the Postal Service in the Valley, and is currently contracting with the Postal Service to run the Post Office in the River Oaks Shopping Center.

Don and Joyce’s lives are constant witnesses for the Lord. They are focused on serving Him in all that they do, and sharing His word with all whom they meet.


Jim Althauser

Jim was born on March 5th, 1937 in Centralia, Washington. He graduated from Mossyrock High School and then from Centralia Jr. college in Centralia, Washington.  He was drafted into the Army in 1959 and served 2 years at Ft. Hood, Texas. While there he met his future wife Ruth Hughes from Lorena, Texas. They married in September of 1960 and over the years were blessed with 4 children, 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Jim became a Christian in 1962 under the ministry of Brace and Lulu Shrum at First Baptist
Church in Enumclaw, Washington. They were meeting in a temporary building.  During the next 2 years Jim’s Dad and he plus a handful of other members under the direction of Pastor and Master carpenter Bruce Shrum built the building that houses the members of the First Baptist Church of Enumclaw. During that time Jim’s parents became Christians. His Dad later became a faithful and honored deacon and served until his death in 1995.

In 1967 Jim obtained my A&P license after going to school for 2 years and working full-time at United Air Lines. They moved their family to California so Jim could pursue his new career as an aircraft mechanic for United Air Lines. After 13 years there they moved their family to Denver, Colorado for 5 years. In 1989 they moved to Ft. Worth, Texas where Jim was part of a team who opened up maintenance at DFW for United Air Lines. Their children were all grown by that time. They spent their last 10 years there and Jim retired in 1999. They had bought property in Kerrville in 1995, so they moved there after Jim retired.

Jim says it has been a blessing and a pleasure to serve with fellow Christians and pastors at several churches throughout their moves.

Jim and Ruth joined Western Hills in 2000 and Jim was ordained a deacon on June 12th, 2016 says it is an honor to serve with Pastor Frank Pullen and the body of deacons.


Louis Stephens
Louis Stephens

Louis was born in Cleveland, Texas on May 23, 1942. His family moved to the Hunt community of Kerr County in May 1944 where he attended the Hunt Baptist Church.  He accepted Jesus as his Savior when he was about 12 years old and was baptized in the Guadalupe River just below the Hunt crossing.
Louis met his future bride Betty while in high school when her family came to Kerrville to visit her Uncle who was a patient at the then Legion Hospital.  They were married in 1962 while Louis was serving in the U. S. Army.
Upon his discharge from the Army Louis and Betty lived in the Fort Worth area where they attended Broadway Baptist Church in Haltom City. Their son Charles and Daughter were born in Arlington.  They moved to Ingram in 1971 and attended First Baptist Church in Ingram.  In 1981 they moved back to Arlington where they attended Hillcrest Baptist for a while and then in June of 1999 moved Louis and Betty moved their membership to First Baptist, Grand Prairie.Louis has worked in the truck and trailer repair and parts field most of his life and retired in 2010.  They moved back to Kerr County in October 2010 and joined Western Hills. Louis serves as bookkeeper for the church and maintains the Church’s website

 

Meet our Yokefellows



Fred W Messer -

Fred was born September 2, 1937, on a cotton farm outside Bartlett, Texas, in southeast Bell County. He was saved while attending Key’s Valley Baptist Church, and was baptized in the Lampasas River.

Fred decided very early in his life that he wanted a career in vehicle repair, and pursued that for some forty-six years. Moving to Kerrville in 1963, he opened an auto repair shop which he operated for thirty years.

Fred joined Western Hills Baptist Church in 1988, and was appointed a deacon in 1997. He is a co- treasurer of the church and teaches the Adult III Sunday School class. Fred serves on the Building & Grounds and Greeter & Offertory Committees.

Fred is active in the Gideon Camp in Kerrville, currently serving as secretary. Very interested in and knowledgeable of all history, and particularly that of Texas, he is the current president of the Fredricksburg chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. Fred is a part-time employee of Bealls Dept. Store in Kerrville.

Fred loves Western Hills and the church family, and our God who gives us all we have.

 

VanDenbergBob Coker

Robert Coker was born June 28, 1938, in Columbia, South Carolina. Bob’s mother was deaf, so he and his 3 brothers grew up using sign language.
Bob joined the United States Air Force in 1956 at the age of 17. He was stationed at Dyess AFB near Abilene, TX, from 1961-1966, and it was there that he met and married his wife Sherron. After 20 years Bob retired from the military in 1976. In the ensuing years, all four of the Coker siblings would retire from the military!

Bob was saved in 1972 while stationed at Alamogordo, NM. When he was saved, God took away Bob’s desire for and dependence on alcohol, and he has been sober since that time! He and Sherron have served the Lord in New Mexico, Louisiana, and several churches in Texas.
Bob and Sherron have two children and three grandchildren. Their son Byron lives in San Antonio and is a project manager for NCE Computer Group. Their daughter Amber and her husband Scott live in Center Point. Amber has been a stay-at-home mom while her husband Scott, works off-shore on the oil rigs. Bob made use of training he received in the military for appliance repair and made a business of that until 2015. He was in great demand by this church family!

In 2005, Bob and Sherron moved to Kerrville to be closer to their children and grand-children, and Sherron’s siblings in Abilene and San Angelo. They bought a home just down the street from Don and Joyce Talbert, who promptly invited them to Western Hills, and they quickly made this their church home. Bob is a ready witness for the Lord and His grace, involved in the citizens’ police in Kerrville, and both he and Sherron deliver meals-on-wheels to the community weekly.


VanDenbergRoger VanDenBerg

Roger was born May 11, 1940 in Kalamazoo Michigan. His parents were founding members of Westwood Christian Reformed Church, where he received great teaching in Sunday school, and the church boys Club.

His Christian experience there grew strongly under their leadership. All his school years were spent in the Christian Reformed school system, a very large private school system in Michigan.

He was drafted into the service, and through that he ended up in Texas where he was on staff, and retired from the Univ. of Texas, Austin.

Roger met his wife Darie, an office manager for a doctor, and they were married in 1978. They have 2 children, John and Betsy. Retiring in 2003 they moved to Aransas Pass, joining the 1st Baptist Church in Rockport, where the Lord called Roger to join the nursing home ministry team, sponsored by 1st Baptist.

In 2013, they moved to Kerrville, to be nearer their children, and joined Western Hills Baptist Church, where they sing in the choir. Roger was led to establish a ministry at River Point Assisted living and Memory care, where he and his wife conduct a Sunday afternoon church service, Thursday visitation, and are on call for prayer, Bible study, or other needs. He received his "Certificate of License" for the gospel ministry in August 2015.

 

 

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