David Wakeland was born in Hattiesburg, MS. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he graduated with a degree in history. After graduating he moved to St. Louis to attend Covenant Theological Seminary. During his seminary studies David took a year off for an internship with Dr. Joseph Pipa at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Houston. After graduating from seminary David accepted a call to the First Presbyterian Church in Muscle Shoals, AL where he served as pastor from 1986-1992. David has been the pastor at Southwest since the spring of 1992. He is married to Melinda Montague and they have four sons.
James Wakeland was born in Muscle Shoals, AL where his father, Pastor Wakeland, was pastoring First Presbyterian Church. After his family moved to Houston in 1992 he attended St. Thomas Episcopal through high school. He then attended Belhaven University in Jackson, MS for two years and now attends University of Houston Downtown. Apart from his full time schooling James is also our full time Director of Office Operations and is leading the Youth ministry. He has previously had experience in office and managerial skills working at Jim Adler and Associates as a manager in the social security disability department.
Scott has been with Southwest Presbyterian since 1995. He has been the keyboardist for the Houston Symphony since 1985, and accompanist for the Houston Symphony Chorus. He has performed solo concertos with the Houston, San Antonio, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Stavanger, Norway symphonies. Scott has accompanied over 100 young artist competitions to date, and he plays orchestra and chamber music every year with the Grand Teton Music Festival.