Scott Cummings - Pastor
Who Am I: I'm blessed to be married to Carrie, and blessed with three terrific kids, Jake, Ben, & Caroline. I'm so excited to be here at Peace Church! I can see God is really moving here! I'm thrilled to be part of such a vibrant, dynamic, committed, faithful bunch of friends.
Where I'm from: I came to Peace Church in 2010 from First Presbyterian Church of Conroe, where I served as Associate Pastor. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2002. I was born and raised in Houston and went to college and seminary in Austin. I spent many summers at Camp Cho-Yeh in Livingston,Texas, both as a camper growing up, and as a counselor and administrator. My wife, Carrie, grew up in Austin and we met in college at the University of Texas at Austin, where I earned a B.A. degree in psychology.
Food: My homemade fajitas, Carrie's cakeballs, mint chocolate brownies with Bluebell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, the amazing refried beans at Del Pueblo on Broadway
Movies: Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Mission, O Brother Where Art Thou, The Breakfast Club, Better Off Dead, Back to the Future trilogy
Books: The Bible (of course!), Missional Renaissance by Reggie McNeal, Crazy Love by Francis Chan, The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne, More Ready Than You Realize by Brian McLaren
Music: 70s & 80s country, David Crowder, Chris Tomlin, Matt Maher, Downhere
Fun Stuff to Do: waterskiing, racquetball, camping, fishing, movies, gardening, giving blood, volunteering at Silverlake Elementary, hanging out with neighbors
Where I see God at work at Peace Church: I truly believe God is calling us to be different. We've always been different, so why stop now! God is calling us to be a fully missional church, a church that sees the role of EVERY member to be a missionary, living out our faith and blessing people wherever we are. The church is not a building or what we do on Sundays, but the church is God's people, working for His purpose, wherever they may be in life - at home, school, work, with family, friends, in our neighborhoods, & serving those in need.
Dawn Carpenter - 11:15am Worship Leader
Who Am I: I'm the worship leader and keyboard player for the 11:15 service. I am also blessed to be the mom of two great sons Brian and Dylan. In my "day job," I'm the music teacher at Askew Elementary, an HISD school.
Where I'm From: I am originally from Grosse Ile, Michigan, a little island in the Detroit River. From there, I attended the University of Michigan, where I received my bachelor's degree in communication. Besides living in Michigan, (and obviously Texas!!) I have lived in two Florida cities (Jacksonville and Weston). I began serving churches through contemporary worship in 1994 in Jacksonville. Before coming to Peace, I spent ten years as part of the worship team at Grace Presbyterian Church. I am also very active in the Houston Presbyterian Cursillo Community.
Food: This is a tough one! I'm probably better off by saying that I don't like liver or super spicy foods. Otherwise, it's "game on." Ask me about the time I ate goat head on a mission trip!
Movies: The Book of Eli, The Truman Show, Star Wars, Gran Torino, most Disney animated movies.
Books: The Bible, Anything by John Ortberg, Eat Pray Love
Music: I like most types of music. I can even do the rap and hip-hop that contain good messages. Here are a few specifics: Chris Tomlin, Matt Maher, Downhere, The Beatles, B-52's, Talking Heads, Handel's Messiah, Motown (of course, that's my home!)
Fun Stuff to do: Ride my motorcycle, anything Apple Computer oriented (iMovie, Garageband..etc), going on mission trips, following my friends on Facebook, directing my elementary school choir, making an attempt to improve my guitar skiils.
Bible Verse: Psalm 136:1 -Give thanks to the Lord for he is good. His love endures forever.
Where I see God at work at Peace Church: I have been helping out with the music at Peace since February 2010. Since that time, I've seen God assemble an awesome team of musicians and support people who are committed to leading the congregation in worshipping God. I am very excited to be part of such a loving, friendly, community.
Austin Hoeltzel - Electric Guitar Player
Who Am I: I am the guitarist for the 11:15 service. When I am not at Peace Church, I am the assistant choir director at Spring Oaks Middle School (Scott's Alma Mater) and an active member of the Houston Grand Opera Chorus.
Where I'm From: I am originally from Marshall, MI, but, for my senior year of high school, I attended a boarding school for the arts tucked deep in the snowy woods of northern Michigan. After graduating, I attended the University of Michigan (Dawn's Alma Mater) where I received my Bachelor's Degree of Music in voice. Tired of the snow, I moved to Houston to attend the University of Houston for a Master's Degree in Voice. Turned out the heat suited me, so I stayed. It also didn't hurt that I met my extraordinary wife Julie here.
Food: Pizza and chicken nuggets. I am a child.
Movies: Any Nicolas Cage movie... I know I shouldn't, but I just do.
Books: Ham on Rye, Childhood's End, or anything else by Arthur Clarke.
Music: Beethoven, Shostakovich, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, At the Drive-In, and Parliament Funkadelic... to name a few.
Fun Stuff to do: I enjoy going on as many vacations as I can with my beautiful wife Julie.
Where I see God at work at Peace Church: I have not been at Peace Church for very long, but, from the moment I arrived, everyone has been so welcoming and genuine. It is rare to see people that care so deeply about others .
Jade Barrett - Office Manager
Who Am I: Hello! I just got married in June 2015 to an awesome guy, Trey, and I am enjoying the newlywed life. A big part of my life is that I am a Type 1 Juvenile Diabetic. I was diagnosed when I was 10 years old. God has really taught me many valuable life lesson on this road of Diabetes and I try to get better every day controlling it. I am a graduate of the University of Houston - Main Campus with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and minors in Business Administration and Sociology. My future career goal is to become either a Licensed Counselor or a Christian Counselor. I've recently completed the Biblical Counseling program at my church, Good Hope MBC and look forward to start taking counseling cases.
Where I'm from: I am a PROUD Houstonian from what used to be the Third Ward area (now Museum District). I graduated from Lamar High School in 2003.
Music: Gospel, R&B, & Jazz
Food: Anything chocolate!! My Mom's broccoli and cheese casserole, my Granny's banana pudding and Trey's salads
Movies & TV: I'm not a big movie person but a couple of my top movies are Hidden Figures and the Bourne Identity movies. A couple of my favorite TV shows are 24 and Amazing Race.
Books: Anything counseling/bible related, Travel guide books, Cooking books
Fun Stuff to do: I LOVE to cook and bake!! That's my number one passion. I love trying new foods and ingredients. My second passion is traveling. I've been to every part of Texas except the Panhandle and South Texas. My most recent trip was my honeymoon where Trey and I went on a Southern Carribean cruise from Puerto Rico and traveled to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba and Curacao!
Where I see God at work at Peace Church: God has blessed me with this job when I really needed it and in a way where I could honestly say it was nobody but God. When Mrs. Mary and Pastor Scott took time to pray with me during the interview process, I knew I would be blessed and this was the place for me!
Yanti Susantio - Childcare/Nursery Staff
Who Am I: I work in a day care and in the nursery.
Where I'm from: I am from Indonesia.
Music: Christian music, especially the joyful ones
Movies & TV: Little House on the Prairie
Books: Family History
Fun Stuff to do: Knitting
Where I see God at work at Peace Church: People love each other.