Our Staff

Senior Pastor, Rev. Joel Burkholder

Joel graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI after attending a Mennonite school for two years in his home state of Indiana. Joel played professional tennis for a short time before coming to his senses and answering his call to ministry.  Joel has a master’s degree from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and has served congregations in Illinois, California and Texas. He and his wife, Nicole, who is a para-legal for a large Dallas based law firm, are the proud parents of Caleb.  Contact Pastor Joel at prjoel@alctx.org

Mission Developer, Rev. Edy Santos

 

Edy came to Advent in response to our desire to reach our Spanish speaking neighbors. He and wife, Ingrid are originally from Columbia. They came to us via Australia. They have been a very welcome addition to our congregation and staff. Contact Pastor Edy at edy@alctx.org

Children’s Ministry, Greta DeWittGreta joined Advent’s ministry team in June 2012 with nine years’ experience in ministry with children.  She has a heart for outreach and serving others.  She has two grown children; son Taylor and daughter Paige.  Originally from Maryland, Greta has also lived in Kentucky, but considers Texas her home.  For fun Greta enjoys hanging out with friends, dancing, and riding around in her convertible with the top down and the music up.  Contact Greta at greta@alctx.org

Youth Ministry, Thane McCann

Thane is a “child” of Advent and has been on staff since 2008 serving youth in junior high and high school.  Thane is a University of Texas-Arlington graduate with a degree in Economics and is married to Stephanie.  Thane’s wealth of knowledge has earned him the honorary title of “Mr. Google”.  Contact Thane at  thane@alctx.org.

 

Worship & Music Ministry, Peyton Strouth

C. Peyton Strouth began serving at Advent in November 2012 and  has served in music ministry since he was a child and has been leading choirs since high School. He is a native of Virginia where he grew up the son and grandson of Pentecostal Ministers.  He came to Advent from the Lake Highlands area of Dallas where he served as the Director of Worship in a Presbyterian congregation for nearly nine years. A 2009 graduate of Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, he holds a Masters in Music in Choral Conducting as well as a Masters of Sacred Music (2008) from Perkins School of Theology. His undergraduate degree is in Music, more specifically in Vocal Performance, from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Peyton was pleased to be awarded the inaugural Turtle Creek Chorale Choral Conducting Fellowship for their 2008-09 season. Contact Peyton at peyton@alctx.org

Parish Organist, Carol Kocher

 

Carol has been the Parish Organist since 1989.  She  has been a Lutheran church organist since she was 16.  Originally from Pennsylvania, but she has lived in many parts of the country. Carol has 3 sons and 8 grandchildren.

Finance & Facilities, Lynn Courtney

 

 

 

Lynn has been a member of Advent since 1989 and been on the staff since 1997. Originally from the mid-west she has lived in Arlington since 1978. Lynn and is the proud parent of Chris, Jenn and Drew. Contact Lynn at lynn@alctx.org

Financial Secretary, Joyce Rearick

 

 

Joyce and her husband have been members or Advent since 1986.  Joyce has served Advent as Financial Secretary since 1990.  Originally from Chicago she has been in Texas since 1966.  Son Alfred and family are also members of Advent. Contact Joyce at joyce@alctx.org