Our leadership

Through prayer and collective discernment, our leadership strives to seek first the Kingdom of God.


David Pipes

David Pipes began attending the Central church during his freshman year at Rice University in 1966.  A year later he met K at the home of Terry & Beverly Koonce during Central’s welcome party for college students.  Shortly thereafter, they began working together in the church’s Saturday morning outreach program to the children of the Drew Street Mission.  In 1971, having graduated from Rice, they were married at the Bering Drive church (Central’s building was being remodeled.)  Except for three years when David was in the US Army, they have worshipped and served with Central and with Southwest Central ever since.

Having no children of their own, David and K have devoted themselves to loving, teaching, guiding, mentoring, and having fun with a generation of children of this church.  They have been blessed to sit in classes taught by their former students and to see “their kids” bringing their own children to worship. K is a student of Psalms, has taught them at Rockcleft, and continues to work on that study as a means to incorporate prayer into daily life.  Click here to access her Psalms website.  David puts his gifts for administration and helping to full use.  He has been on the Admin Team and the Finance Team for many years.  Both teach adult classes as there is need and opportunity.

Professionally, David is a chemical and environmental engineer, a partner in an engineering and construction firm.  K’s professional skills, as a librarian and a writer/editor, are used in service projects for the church.  David is known for his oft repeated, but never old, message that God loves us as a good and faithful father loves his children; He is not keeping score to condemn us; He is willing and waiting to welcome and receive us; and we know this because of the great price He paid to show that the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases and His mercies never come to an end.

Michael Tucker

Michael Tucker has a long association with the congregation.  He began attending Central while a student at Rice University.  He and Laure met when she came to Central after graduating from ACU and completing an internship with the MARK program in Bogotá, Colombia.  Their marriage in 1984 was the first for the newly merged congregation. Shortly after, Michael and Laure began a seven-year hiatus away from Southwest Central.  They moved to Ulsan, Korea for four years, and after that lived in the Corpus Christi area.  During that time their two daughters, Sylvia and Cami, were born.  The Tuckers returned to Houston in 1992.

Michael is an engineer in the offshore oil and gas business.

Michael and Laure have often been involved with the education programs at Southwest Central.  Michael is a regular teacher in the adult Sunday morning classes.  Both have taught Vacation Bible School and also teenagers. Michael joined our elders in 2000.  He has a strong interest in the place of the Lord’s Supper in our congregational life.  Given an opportunity, he might say something like this:

“Jesus wanted his disciples to eat together.  The intent was — and is — that they come together around His Table, in spite of all factors that separate people in this world: ethnicity, economics, gender.  The Scriptures use words like ‘all nations’, ‘men and women’, ‘slave and free’… yet over the centuries a joyous feast of unity became a somber and purely personal observance, in a setting where we can remain strangers.  Ultimately the Lord’s Table has become the Lord’s Pew.  I think this shift was a great loss, a detriment to our life as the Body of Christ.  We have prided ourselves in ‘restoration of the New Testament Church,’ but we have a way to go in this area…”

Larry Watson

Studying the Bible and worshiping God with an open mind and heart best characterizes Larry Watson.  “I believe that God works in greater ways than we let Him,” he says. “We refuse to let God bless us the way He can if we would only let Him out of our box. Let’s not be limiting to God.”

Larry and Martha met at the Central church in the 1970s, where they were in the singles group and have been active members of Southwest Central since the merger in 1983. They have two grown children, Daniel and Stephanie. The family is committed to their church home and it is evident by their involvement.

Larry leads singing on occasion and regularly teaches an adult Bible Class.  Larry is the primary organizer for the Care Groups, preparing lesson plans for these meetings each month.  Martha is a leader on the Children’s Ministry Team, and has been active on mission trips, directing VBS and teaching Ladies Bible Class.

Ministers and Staff

Steve Sargent – Senior Minister

Brandy McDaniel – Ministry Assistant

Antonio Zapata – Head of Maintenance

King Mbani  Keymaster

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