The Reverend Robin Lyn Valdez began her ministry at Emmanuel in October of 2001. Before coming to EPC, Robin served in a variety of pastoral leadership positions, from Associate Pastor to Solo Pastor to Pastor/Head of Staff, in congregations of widely varying sizes. Robin has also made regular contributions on the presbytery, synod, and General Assembly levels. She has served as both moderator and vice-moderator of General Assembly committees and as a member of a number of presbytery committees throughout her ministerial career. Robin has also served as conference preacher for two summer youth conferences at Montreat in North Carolina, as well as preaching for their worship series.
After graduating from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Music Education, Robin attended the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, completing her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance. She then moved to the DFW area. It was during her time at Northpark Presbyterian Church in Dallas that Robin sensed a call to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament. She attended McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, earning her Master of Divinity degree in 1989. Robin was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in November, 1989 and recently celebrated 25 years of ordained ministry.
Robin enjoys spending time with her husband, Keith, and their four-legged daughter, Ava. Her hobbies include walking, reading, swimming, and listening to and performing a wide variety of musical styles, especially vocal jazz.
Robin welcomes the opportunity to chat with you about the many activities, programs, and mission opportunities in the surrounding community and throughout the DFW area. Come and see what God is doing at Emmanuel and discover a place of nurture and encouragement.
Lauren Black, Youth Director
Lauren Black is the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church Youth Director. Prior to coming to EPC, Lauren served as youth director at First Presbyterian Church in Richardson, TX, from September 2009 - July 2011. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion from the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, AR in 2009.
Lauren grew up in the Metroplex and has been a lifelong member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Arlington. She was President of her youth group for several years and very involved in the youth programs in Grace Presbytery. She is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Lauren was a member of STAR (Students Taking Action Regarding Spirituality) while in high school for Grace Presbytery. Lauren has been a small group leader at Grace Presbytery Senior High Youth Connection (SHYC) and Mo Ranch Junior High Jubilee. She has served on the SHYC Planning team for the 2011 conference and again for the 2012 event. After graduating from college, Lauren served as Grace Presbytery Summer Camps Assistant Director at Gilmont and Prairie Valley.
When Lauren is not at church you can find her on the pool deck or in the pool, coaching or enjoying herself. Lauren works for Mid-Cities Arlington Swimming and coaches and runs the swim lesson programs. Lauren also coaches for Nolan Catholic High school where she is the head coach for girls and associate head coach for boys. Hobbies and interests of Lauren include following the Dallas Mavericks, traveling, swimming, and spending time with family and friends.
Aaron Walton, Accompanist
Amy Rork, Office Administrator