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 . . .


Deacon 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 . . .

Rachel McWhirter
Director of Digital Ministry
Media Producer for Bach Society Houston

Rachel graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.A. in Digital Media and is currently pursuing Deaconal Candidency (with the support of the CTK congregation and the TLGC Synod) and will be a Seminarian at Wartburg Theological Seminary in the Fall of 2023. When not collaborating with the ministry teams at Christ the King, she works as the Media Producer for Bach Society Houston, is a Lay Chaplain for Community of Hope, and has adventures around Houston (and beyond) with her pup Buckaroo.


Music Staff


Ben Kerswell
Cantor, Associate Director of Bach Society Houston

Erickson, RickDeacon Rick Erickson
Director of Bach Society Houston

Rick Erickson, our previous Cantor who retired in 2022, originally came 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 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Robert Walp
Brass Choir Director

Administrative Staff


Deacon Beth Hartfiel
Church Administrator

Cheryl Gaspard
Administrative Assistant

Support Staff


Santiago Callejas




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