DENNIS HERMERDING: LEAD PASTOR
Dennis Hermerding is the lead pastor for King’s Cross Church. Dennis has a deep passion for sharing the amazing story of Jesus with others and seeing the transforming power of that story impacting lives and communities.
Dennis has been ministering to and with students and young adults for over 25 years. He planted the RUF chapter at the University of Arizona ministering in a diverse and unchurched community. Dennis also was the Lead Pastor for a suburban church in Tucson for five years and has served with other suburban churches throughout the country including Houston. Jane and Dennis are from Tennessee but are happy transplants who are delighted at the opportunity to take part in the mission of building Christ’s Church in Cypress.
Dennis holds a BA in Organizational Communication from the University of Memphis, an MA in Faith and Culture from Trinity International University, and a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary. Dennis and Jane enjoy snow sports, hiking, reading, good wine and sports.
Roosevelt "RJ" Joshua
Roosevelt “RJ” Joshua is a recent transplant to the Houston area from Los Angeles, CA. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, RJ has walked with God since he was a boy, and he sat with his own grandfather, watching him study his Bible and prepare sermons for the church his grandfather pastored in Oakland, CA.
RJ is new to Presbyterian life, but is impressed by the level of care the presbytery structure affords, and caring for people is what RJ cares about most. He has travelled abroad to Mexico, Brazil, Eritrea, and Kenya for the purpose of caring for orphans and widows as well as serving as a board member for an orphanage in North India. RJ looks forward to helping KXC care for the Cypress community and serve it well in Christ.
RJ has been married to Stacey Joshua, currently a Professor at LoneStar College Cy-Fair, for more than 21 yrs. He is father to Kenneth, Trinity, Nathan, Jacob and grandfather to Payton and Oliver Joshua
Charles Parks is a 27 veteran of the United States Air Force and currently a Captain with United Airlines. Charles has been a member of the PCA since 1979, and was a student of Westminster Fellowship at the University of Southern Mississippi ( later Reformed University Fellowship).
He holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration and a Masters in both Aeronautical Science and Military History. Throughout his Air Force career he served in various capacities within the church at different assignments. In 1998, Charles was the founding Ruling Elder and was ordained and installed at Harvest Community Church, Omaha Nebraska. He helped Harvest move from Mission status to Particularization and served on Presbytery committees as well. He was a strong supporter of the first RUF campus minister at the University of Nebraska. Charles has been involved in many mercy and justice ministries to include inner city ministries, and overseas missions.
Charles is a social entrepreneur and he and his wife are partners with Land of A Thousand Hills Coffee company and Do Good Coffee in Rwanda, Africa, where they invest in coffee farming villages providing living wages, education, healthcare and clean water, while celebrating the craft of specialty coffee. Charles is married to Kathryn Probst Parks for over 39 years and they have two sons, Joshua and Jonathan.
Todd Phillips has served the last 23 years as police officer in the city of Houston. Todd attended Texas A&M where he studied biology and then transferred and graduated with a Degree in Criminology and Corrections from Sam Houston State University.
Todd has served as an elder for over 10 years and was a part of the organizing session for King’s Cross Church in 2014 and served in that capacity until being elected as an elder of King’s Cross in 2021.
Todd is married to his sweetheart Karen and they have an adult daughter Abbey Phillips Wilson.
When Todd is not busy “putting out fires” and serving others he loves to fly fish, make great good and enjoy a good beverage with friends.
Dave was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1950. He remained in Savannah until 1970 when he enlisted in the United States Navy. After boot camp in San Diego, California and additional training in Pensacola, Florida, he returned to Savannah long enough to marry Pat.
While in the Navy, Dave took advantage of an educational program that allowed him to earn a degree in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University (1975) and a commission as an Ensign at the same time.
Dave and Pat had various duty stations around the United States and the world. Dave’s final tour of duty was on the faculty at the United States Naval Academy. After retiring from the Navy in 1991, Dave worked in the field of forensic engineering in Annapolis, Maryland and Dacula, Georgia. In 2008, Dave and Pat moved to the Houston area where Dave worked in the oil & gas industry. Dave and Pat are now retired.
Dave has served as a Deacon and Elder at Ivy Creek Church in the Atlanta area. Dave and Pat have been blessed with three adult children, Bill, Heather and Shannon. They have grandkids in the Houston area and in Billings, Montana.
When not serving the people of Cypress and KXC, Dave enjoys playing pickle-ball and traveling with Pat.
SUSANNA WANG: MUSIC MINISTRY DIRECTOR
Susanna Wang is the Music Ministry Director at King’s Cross Church. She is privileged to work alongside a talented team of musicians who strive to create a worship atmosphere that captures the awesomeness and holiness of our God as well as the joy and exuberance we experience as God’s people.
Susanna has been involved in church music ministry in various capacities from an early age, first in Alabama and now Texas. Although her background is in classical music, she enjoys the challenges of spontaneity and improvisation inherent in worship. In addition to KXC ministry, Susanna teaches at Lone Star College and Stephen F. Austin State University, maintains a harp and piano studio, and performs with orchestras and chamber ensembles across Texas. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2014 with a Master of Music Degree in Harp Performance.
Susanna lives in Houston with her wonderful husband, Waiaka and spends free time visiting family and friends, practicing aerial arts, reading, attending concerts and plays, and attempting to learn French.
BECKY CASTRO: CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR
Becky Castro is the Children’s Ministry Director at King’s Cross Church. After years of working in retail management, being part of the volunteer staff at several churches children’s ministries and being a stay at home mom over the last 5 years God has led her
to this awesome children’s ministry position. Her role as director allows her to combine her skills in leadership and development with her passion for helping children and families know and grow closer to Jesus.
Becky has had the pleasure of calling Texas, Louisiana, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Norway “home” while always cheerfully returning to Texas between each venture. She played rugby for and graduated from Baylor University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Sciences and a minor in Business.
Becky is married with 4 children and enjoys hanging out with her family and navigating the adventures each of her children bring!
SAM WICK: YOUNG ADULTS MINISTRY DIRECTOR
Sam Wick is the Young Adults Ministry Director at King’s Cross Church. He leads through organizing events and studies for young adults. Sam joins our staff in seeking to reach people with the truth of the Gospel and equip them to serve in our city through fellowship, Bible study and service to our community.
Sam was involved in Reformed University Fellowship at Texas A&M University (Whoop!) leading small group Bible studies and participating in student outreach during his time in undergrad. While at Texas A&M, Sam studied Industrial Distribution through the college of engineering, graduating in 2016. Since graduating, he has worked in a variety of technical sales and business development roles in the industrial equipment market.
A native Houstonian, Sam lives in Tomball with his wife (and fellow Aggie) Grace. He enjoys staying active at the local Y, geeking out about Star Wars, following the Houston Astros, listening to podcasts, and making fresh, pour-over coffee at home.
GRACE WICK: SOCIAL MEDIA AND CONNECTIONS COORDINATOR
Grace Wick is the Social Media and Connections Coordinator at King’s Cross Church. Grace has used social media to promote her own online presence for a number of years and now shehelps share KXC’s message online and promote awareness of our services and events.
Grace graduated from Texas A&M University in 2016 with a degree in International Studies with a focus on business and a minor in French. Although her degree is more business oriented, Grace works at a yarn store, where she manages and teaches classes! Loving to create things, Grace has documented her knitting journey via blog, instagram, and now a weekly podcast.
Grace lives in Tomball with her husband, Sam and their cat, Bertie. When she’s not knitting, she loves to bake bread, make music with the KXC music team, read, hang out with friends and family, and drink tea.