Christ the King Church Staff

Ministry Staff


Pastor Amandus J. Derr 
Interim Senior Pastor


Amandus J. Derr retired in June 2020 after 46 years of pastoral ministry, 23 years as senior pastor of Grace Lutheran Church and School, Teaneck, in New Jersey and 23 years as senior pastor of Saint Peter’s Church, midtown Manhattan in New York.  He and his wife Carole moved to Spring, Texas in August 2020 and joined Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church immediately.  They were welcomed as members at the Pentecost liturgy on May 23, 2021. Read more…

Sergio Rodriguez
Pastor for Community Ministries

Sergio Rodriguez completed his Master’s of Divinity degree at Wartburg Theological Seminary (May 2021) and is currently working on reinvigorating and relaunching the campus ministry at Rice University. He graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Religion and from Concordia Theological Seminary with a M.A, in Theology. He is originally from McAllen, Texas. He currently lives with two cats and several plants.

Beverly Davis
Director of Congregational Care

The opportunity to work in a congregational setting has been a dream come true for Beverly Davis as her vocation combines the various threads of her life experience and employment history together.  Read more . . .

Remmert, BenDeacon Ben Remmert
Deacon of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry

Ben Remmert was called to serve as the Director of Youth and Family Ministry for Christ the King in July 2014. Ben has served five years as Director of Youth and Family Ministry at our sister congregation, Peace Lutheran Church in Pasadena.  Read more . . .

Linda Schoene
Congregational Nurse

Linda Schoene, RNC, MSN, was commissioned as the Congregation Nurse for Christ the King Church in December, 2001. She coordinates the work of the Health Ministry Team, whose efforts focus on support, education, and advocacy. She is available for health concern consultation, as well as home and hospital visitation. Read more . . .

Rachel McWhirter
Director of Communications
Media Producer for Bach Society Houston

Rachel attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where she received a B.A. with honors in Digital Media. When not collaborating with the ministry teams at Christ the King, she works as the Media Producer for Bach Society Houston and is a Lay Chaplain for Community of Hope.


Music Staff

Erickson, RickDeacon Rick Erickson, Cantor 
Director of the Church Choir and Bach Society Houston

Rick Erickson comes to us from the congregation of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan, where for over 22 years he served as Cantor of Bach Vespers. Rick hold’s a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Superior, a master’s degree and performance certificate in organ from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He has over forty years of experience as a church musician. Rick is a deacon on the roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Ben Kerswell
Music Associate

Robert Walp
Brass Choir Director

Administrative Staff


Deacon Beth Hartfiel
Church Administrator

Cheryl Gaspard
Administrative Assistant

Michael Shelton
Receptionist and Secretary

Support Staff


Santiago Callejas




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