About us

St. Philip Presbyterian Church is a particular congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA). It shares in the programs of the following organizations to the glory of God and to promote the effective witness of the Church: Tarrant Area Community of Churches, the Texas Conference of Churches, the National Council of Churches of Christ in America, and the World Council of Churches.

Presbyterianism distinguishes itself from other Christian denominations through its theology and government.

  • Presbyterian theology emphasizes the sovereignty of God, the importance of Scripture as the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ, justification by grace through faith, and the priesthood of all believers.

  • Presbyterianism derives its name from “presbuteros”, the Greek word for “elder”. Presbyterian churches and higher-governing bodies are governed by “elders” (officers), and emphasize active, representative leadership by ministers and laypersons alike. Congregations are governed by Sessions, and answer to a local Presbytery. Presbyteries are grouped in regional synods, all of which are presided over by the national General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

St. Philip is a member church of Grace Presbytery, which is located within the Synod of the Sun.

The Session of St. Philip is a group made up of the Pastors and elected elders of the church. The Session is responsible for the mission and government of the congregation, summarized in St. Philip’s Mission Statement:

“In grateful response to God’s love and grace, St. Philip Presbyterian Church proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of us all, educates and equips people of all ages to be His disciples, enjoys fellowship with one another, and nurtures those in need. Led by the Holy Spirit, we strive to bring the message of Christ to the world by example in discipleship and action in mission and service.”

Currently, the Session is joined in ministry by twelve committees: Administration, Adult Education, Building and Grounds, Childhood Education, Congregational Life, Evangelism, Finance and Stewardship, Mission Outreach, Nurture, Personnel, Worship, and Youth and Families.

our TEAM:
Mike Tracy
Sherry Roby

Joy Groups / Financial Admin

sherryroby@gmail.com

Edna Roberts

Deacon

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St. Philip Presbyterian Church is a particular congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA). It shares in the programs of the following organizations to the glory of God and to promote the effective witness of the Church: Tarrant Area Community of Churches, the Texas Conference of Churches, the National Council of Churches of Christ in America, and the World Council of Churches.

St. Philip is a member church of Grace Presbytery, which is located within the Synod of the Sun.

The Session of St. Philip is a group made up of the Pastors and elected elders of the church. The Session is responsible for the mission and government of the congregation, summarized in St. Philip’s Mission Statement:

“In grateful response to God’s love and grace, St. Philip Presbyterian Church proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of us all, educates and equips people of all ages to be His disciples, enjoys fellowship with one another, and nurtures those in need. Led by the Holy Spirit, we strive to bring the message of Christ to the world by example in discipleship and action in mission and service.”

Staff:
Reverend Dr.
Greg Garis

Greg Garis became Pastor and head of staff of St. Philip in March 2011. He brings twenty-five years of pastoral ministry after serving churches in Kentucky, New Jersey, and Georgia. Greg received his Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and his Doctorate of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He enjoys preaching and working with small groups in the church.

 

Greg grew up and was baptized as an infant in the First Presbyterian Church of Covina, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. He has worked on the National Staff of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and was Interim Executive Presbyter of Savannah Presbytery before coming to St. Philip. 

 

The foundation of Greg’s theology lies in nurturing the community of faith, and his passion is to see the mainline church shift and transition into the church of today. He’s extensively studied the emergent church and feels that the church needs to show hospitality just as Jesus would today.

 

 

Lead Pastor

Reverend 
Alissa King

Reverend Alissa King was recently ordained and graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with her Master of Divinity. She is a life-long Presbyterian. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Austin College. 

 

Alissa feels blessed to currently be serving as the Associate pastor at St. Philip and to have served in the past as pastor intern, chaplain intern, clinical pastoral education chaplain intern and Austin College Activator.

 

She is a traveler at heart, having grown up for some years in Indonesia, traveled with her family, spent a year in Peru working at Radio Amauta with the PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer program, and walked the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage in Spain. 

 

Alissa has a passion for the life of the church and hopes to open up conversation and share that passion with others. She feels fortunate to be a part of the St. Philip family. She feels called encourage others to question, seek, and talk about their faith, and to join in and help facilitate authentic community.

Associate Pastor

Mitzi Cimino

Mitzi Cimino has been Director of Administration at St. Philip since November 2005, and brings more than thirty years of experience in office administration and bookkeeping. The church office serves as a connection point for multiple areas of ministry, as well as in the church’s role as an organization in the weekday world. Mitzi keeps the office running like a well-oiled machine.

 

Mitzi is pleasantly surprised that her job gives her opportunities to serve in such outreach programs as Kay Lynn’s Pantry and Emergency Aid. The thing she loves most about St. Philip is the caring and nurturing she receives from its members, making the job a pleasure to come to every day.

Director of Administration

Pauline Sexton joined the staff of St. Philip as Director of Music in August 2019. She oversees all musical ensembles at the church and assists with worship planning. Pauline and her husband Brian relocated to DFW in July 2018 after living and raising their family in the Rio Grande Valley.  She is THRILLED to now be a part of the staff here at St. Philip. Pauline was formerly the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, McAllen Texas.

 

In addition to her work at St.Philip, she is the Head Choir Director at Grapevine High School and is serving as the Vice-President, High School Division, of the Texas Choral Directors Association .  Brian, who will be directing the handbells at St. Philips, is the Head Band Director at Young Men's Leadership Academy at Florence Middle School in Dallas ISD.  Their son, David, recently earned a degree from Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins in Vocal Performance and is nearly finished with an additional degree in Recording Arts and Sciences.  Their daughter, Grace, is a sophomore at Southwestern University in Georgetown,Texas pursuing a double major in Music and Business.

Cindy Baren joined the staff of St. Philip as the Director of Preschool in January 2001. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Baylor University in 1979, and has taught at elementary schools in Tulsa, Irving, and Hurst. She has a “Wall of Love” in her office showing pictures children and families that she has had the privilege of knowing and loving through the years.

Director of Preschool

Patrice Napier

Administrative Assistant

5 things about Patrice Napier

 

She is a Licensed Cosmetologist since 1980.

She loves spending time with her grandson, Jackson.

Singing is one her favorite pastimes (preferably Christian, Country and Blues) and sang at Johnny High’s Country Music Review 3 times.

She loves to create: upcycling (your junk is my treasure), painting, making glass garden flowers, etc.

She has lived in several states (and the Azores Islands, Portugal) being an Airforce brat, but Fort Worth is home.

Cindy Baren
Pauline Sexton

Director of Music

 
ST. PHILIP
PRESBYTERIAN
CHURCH

(817) 282-9181

Worship Times

8:30 a.m.-Prayer Service on the Lawn

9:15 a.m.-Sunday School

10:30 a.m.-Worship

745 West Pipeline Road

Hurst TX 76053

To be a welcoming and growing church, as we share God’s love in the community and meet the spiritual needs of our members.  

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