Rev. David Wakeland

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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.

Associate Pastor

Rev. Ken Thurman


Ken graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1973 and has 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 and became a Ruling Elder in 2000. He was called by the congregation of SWPCA to the office of Associate Pastor in 2003 on a part-time basis and has continued in his occupation as a Mechanical Engineer.
Ken has been married to Linda Dahmer Thurman since 1971 and they have two grown daughters, Laura Wimberly who lives in Spring, TX, and Lindsay Newcomer who lives in Bryan, TX. Both are married to Christian men. Ken and Linda have three grandsons: Steven, born Sept 2006; James, born June 2010; and Tommy, born February 2011.

Youth Director and Director of Office Operations

James Wakeland

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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 Holshouser


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. 

Choir Director

Jim Jennings


Jim Jennings has 40 years of vocal experience singing baritone and tenor in numerous high school, university, and church choirs. He is now putting that experience to use in his first role as a choir director at Southwest Presbyterian Church.
Jim is a Principal Reservoir Engineer for Shell Oil Company.  He has been married for 28 years to his wife Melinda, and has two sons, James and William.


   July 2019   
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