Southwest Presbyterian Church (PCA) is a conservative bible-believing church in Southwest Houston with members from across the Houston Metro.

Contact us at (713) 432-0040 or swpres@sbcglobal.net.

Meet Our Staff

Committed to Instilling Faith into All Congregants

 

Pastoral Staff

Rev. David Wakeland

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.

Rev. Ken Thurman

Ken graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1973 and worked as a Mechanical Engineer for 30 years. He later graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS, in 1994 with a Master of Divinity. Ken joined Southwest PCA (SWPCA) as a member in 1997, then as a Ruling Elder in 2000, and then called by the congregation of SWPCA to his current role of Associate Pastor in 2003 on a part-time basis. Ken married Linda Dahmer Thurman in 1971 and they have two daughters, and three grandsons.

Supporting Staff

Scott Holshouser, Pianist

Scott has been a part of the Houston music scene for over 20 years.  When Scott is not playing piano at our Sunday services he can be found playing at the Houston Symphony.  Singing to God to the sound of Scott's masterful work is the best way to praise God on Sunday mornings.

James Wakeland, Youth Minister

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, then attended Belhaven University in Jackson, MS for two years and graduated from University of Houston Downtown. James is leading the Youth ministry, while employed full-time at a local non-profit organization.

Jess Wakeland, Office Director

Jess is Rev. Wakeland's fourth son, and the person that keeps things running smoothly at the church.  He is also an outstanding piano player and occasionally plays for the congregation.

Meet Our Officers

 

The Session

Committed to Maintaining Doctrinal Purity 

Steve Thacker

David Van Voorhis

Dan Newcomb

Mark Elam

Tom Wilson

Winston Dollahon

Darren Smith

To contact the session with questions or prayer requests, please email the session. Your email will be read only by the elders.

The Deaconate

Committed to Service to the Congregation 

Charles Reed

Tim Barta

Chris Casteneda

Johnathon Corley

James Wakeland

Dan Dollahon

Chris Turnbow

To contact the deacons with mercy requests, please email the deacons.

"...the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.” (Matthew 20:28)

Meet Our Volunteeers

 

Cathy Barta - Nursery Director

Laurie Blackshear - Children's Sunday School

Karen Dollahon - Women's Ministry

Interested in volunteering?

Email the Church Office to offer your spiritual gifts.

Our Founders

"Faith of our fathers! living still in spite of dungeon, fire, and sword"

 

The History of Southwest Presbyterian Church

A home Bible study began in September 1988 for the specific purpose of planting a Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) church in the Texas Medical Center/Southwest Houston area. This Bible study, a church planting activity of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Houston, was led by Church Planting Pastor William Fitzhenry. The Bible study group was composed of twelve members of Covenant Presbyterian Church who expressed an interest in this endeavor.

 

Southwest Presbyterian Church celebrated its inaugural worship service in January 1989. This church gathered at the Sheltering Arms Day Center. Pastors Joseph Pipa, Thomas Hoolsema and Bill Fitzhenry participated in the service.

 

The Bible Study group was first called the Inner Loop Mission. The congregation chose the permanent name, Southwest Presbyterian Church (PCA), in August 1989 to denote a general location of present and future ministry in Houston.

 

Worship services were held on Sunday evenings from February through April 1989. Sunday morning worship services began in May 1989.

 

In October 1991, the mission church petitioned South Texas Presbytery to become a particular church. That petition was granted, and plans were made to organize, elect officers and call a full-time pastor. The church called Rev. David Wakeland, Muscle Shoals, AL, as Pastor; the church was formally organized; and Elders were elected in January 1992. The building in which we meet was purchased in 1994 and adjacent properties were acquired over the next several years. The church called Rev. Ken Thurman as Associate Pastor in July 2003. The church recently began efforts toward building a new structure to house offices and classrooms.

 

The current membership is about 175.