The perfect church
for imperfect people.


Emmanuel Jackson

Lead Pastor

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 gifted preacher and visionary; always exploring new ways to be 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.

Follow Pastor Emmanuel on twitter at @PastorEJack.

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Jeremy Freye

Executive Pastor

Pastor Jeremy (PJ) is the Executive Pastor at Living Word. PJ’s main focus is to equip, compel, and employ people to live out the vision and mission of Living Word through their God given gifts, skills, and abilities. He was called to serve Living Word in January 2014.   PJ has been ordained since February of 2005 and has served congregations in Indiana and Nebraska. He is a graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota which is his hometown.  PJ is married to Jaymie and they have two children, Hunter and Bailey.

Follow Pastor Jeremy on twitter at @pjfreye.

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Ann Blalock

Office Administrator

My primary responsibility as Living Word’s Office Administrator is to maintain the schedule of events on the church campus for Living Word ministries and for community groups. In addition, I support the office staff by performing various clerical tasks, ordering office supplies, and inputting information into our database. I am in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 AM to 4 PM, and on Wednesdays from noon to 4 PM.

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Jinny Sutherland Breedlove

Associate Director of Discipleship

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Kristian Davis

Worship Arts Technician

Lynda Dowd

Business Administrator

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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Peter Farquharson

IT and Facility Manager

I have responsibilities for two areas.  I have oversight for all the information technology and related services that enable the church to carry out its mission.  Secondly, I oversee the facility to ensure things are available, and in proper working condition for your safety and comfort.

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Ute Gustafson

Media Communications Director

As Living Word’s Media Communications Director, my primary responsibility is to create the four service scripts for Sunday worship. In addition, I support our ministries by publicizing events in Living Word’s weekly newsletter, CONNECT, and on the sanctuary screens before worship services. To insure that Living Word has a presence in the Katy community, I send press releases about our events to the local publications. To keep in contact with our community outside of our campus, I maintain the church website and act as Facebook administrator for our page. Please let me know how I can help support your ministry at Living Word!

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John Hopkins

Director of Maintenance

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.

Natalie Johnson

Contemporary Worship Leader

Jessica Noonan

Director of Discipleship

As Director of Discipleship, my role is to develop vision, language and plan for life-long faith formation for all ages and stages of life.  Jesus commands us to “make disciples” of all nations.  We want to give opportunity for children, youth and adults to be equipped to journey with God.

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Christopher Nord

Director of Hospitality and Care

As Director of Hospitality and Care, I identify, equip and utilize the gifts and skills of God’s people at Living Word to advance our mission and vision.  I coordinate worship volunteers, new member orientation and integration, and support staff backup.  I help develop, coordinate and implement education and formation initiatives, new ministries, and support existing ministries.

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Julia Wiseman

Discipleship Ministry Administrator

As the Discipleship Ministry Admin, my role is to support the work of the Discipleship Ministry where our focus is equipping every child, youth and adult to live out their faith every day.  You will see me around the office during the week doing things like emails, website updates, gathering supplies for events, ordering needed items and other logistical support.

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