• 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

  • Rev. Edy Santos, Mission Developer

    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

  • Greta Dewitt, Children's Ministry

    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

  • Music & Worship

    Position Open. Accepting Resumes.

    Seeking a dynamic worship leader for traditional and contemporary/modern worship styles. 

    Click here for job description

  • Thane McCann, Youth Ministry

    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

  • 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

  • Carol Kocher, Organist

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

  • 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