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…


The Rev. Karin I. Liebster
Associate Pastor

The Rev. Karin Liebster was called to serve as Associate Pastor of Christ the King Church in 2002. The emphasis of her work is providing educational programs and opportunities toward the formation of the Christian faith in all stages of life. Read more . . . 

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
Director of 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 . . .

Sergio Rodriguez

Sergio Rodriguez is our Vicar and Campus Minister here at Christ the King. Sergio completed his Master’s of Divinity degree at Wartburg Theological Seminary (May 2021) and is currently seeking a first call for ordained ministry in the ELCA. He is 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.

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




Music Staff
Erickson, RickDeacon Rick Erickson 
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.

Mary Joy Silmaro
Music Associate

Mary Joy Silmaro, a native of California, graduated Summa cum Laude in 2017 from Ave Maria University, FL, with a Bachelor of Arts in Organ and Sacred Music. Having grown up singing in several choirs and playing organ for the Latin Mass, Miss Silmaro served as the music director of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Lehigh Acres, FL in 2017-18. Her other previous posts were organ scholar at First Presbyterian Church of Naples, organist at Ave Maria Church in Florida, organ scholar at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Houston, and organ scholar at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Aside from serving as the Music Associate for Christ the King Lutheran and the Bach Society Houston, Miss Silmaro is in her final year of the Master’s degree in organ performance at Rice University under the tutelage of Ken Cowan.

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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