• Rev. Joel Burkholder, SENIOR Pastor

    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

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  • Connie ORtega, Mission developer-Adviento

    Connie is our SAWL(Synodically Authorized Worship Leader) Connie joined Adviento in 2016. She has a Masters in Education and teaches at a local school. Originally from Nicaragua, she has lived in California, New Mexico, and Texas. She has a mother, Josefina; a daughter, Josephine, two sons:  Matthew and Jacob, and two grandchildren: Caleb and Christian. Contact Connie at

  • Greta Franklin, Children & Youth

    Greta 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

  • Lynn Courtney, Finance & Facilities

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

  • Joyce Rearick, Financial Secretary

    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.  Contact Joyce at