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Emmanuel Jackson

Lead Pastor

Office: 281-392-2300 x210
Twitter: @PastorEJack

Pastor Emmanuel is head of staff and lead pastor of Living Word. As Lead Pastor, he oversees the spiritual health and vitality of our community, ensuring that Living Word remains focused on its God-given mission and vision. God first called Pastor Emmanuel to Living Word in 2008 as Associate Pastor, then in 2012 as Lead Pastor. He is a gifted preacher and visionary; always exploring new ways to be a church in a changing world. He is a graduate of Carthage College and the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Pastor Emmanuel is married to Annick and they have two sons, Rod and Matrix.  He is also an avid sports fan, and believes that “real football” is played with your feet, not with your hands.

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Ariel Williams

Associate Pastor

Office: 281-392-2300

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Christian Capo

Coordinator of High School and Young Adult Ministries

Office: 281-392-2300 x215

As High School and Young Adult Ministries Coordinator, I assist in developing, directing, and leading ministry with and for high school and college age teens and young adults.

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Ephraim Danforth

Director of Missional Living

Office: 281-392-2300 x223

As your Director of Missional Living, I oversee all our ministry efforts geared toward being a living expression of Christ in the world.  This includes developing a culture of welcome towards first time worship guests, following up with worship guests, creating processes of moving first time guests to life-long members, increasing volunteerism among members, helping people identify their spiritual gifts, and coordinating all our mission and outreach efforts.

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Kristian Davis

Worship Arts Technician


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Mark Dellagiacoma

Coordinator of Children's Ministry

Office: 281-392-2300 x208

As Children's Ministry Coordinator, I assist in developing, directing, and leading ministry with and for families with children ages birth to 5th grade.  

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Lynda Dowd

Business Administrator

Office: 281-392-2300 x205

I am responsible for all things related to money.  This includes posting contributions, online giving, offering envelopes, year-end statements, Shelby WEBVIEW, bill paying, financial reporting and record keeping.

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Ute Gustafson

Media Communications Director

Office: 281-392-2300 x202

As Living Word’s Media Communications Director, my primary responsibility is to create the three worship service scripts for Sunday worship. In addition, I support our ministries by publicizing events through our various communication channels. Let me know how I can help support your ministry at Living Word!

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John Hopkins

Director of Maintenance

Office: 281-392-2300 x215

My main responsibilities as Director of Maintenance are the buildings and grounds.  My job consists of three parts:  your safety, your comfort, and the overall attractiveness of your campus.  I am also the gatekeeper to the church’s offsite storage where we store items that are not needed frequently.

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Natalie Johnson

Worship Unscripted Leader


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Christopher Nord

Director of Operations

Office: 281-392-2300 x204

As Director of Operations, I am responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of the physical operations of the church.  

Director of Operations Job Description

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Barry Sames

Director of Music and Worship Arts

Office: 281-392-2300 x213

As Director of Music and Worship arts, I strive to use my gifts and encourage other congregants to share theirs in order to enrich the music ministries on all levels at Living Word. I work with the senior worship staff to present a varied music program inclusive of all styles and cultures, modeling God’s kingdom and meaningful worship.

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Julia Wiseman

Ministry Administrator

Office: 281-392-2300 x201

My primary role is to coordinate the calendar by scheduling and managing building usage.  I also provide administrative and logistical support to Living Word's in-house ministries.

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Church Council Members


Janine Phillips, President
Landon Howell, Vice President
Kim Kane, Treasurer
Amy Schemidt, Member
Stephen Brockman, Member
Rochelle Lamport, Member
Raj Ponniah, Member
Heath Rice, Member