We are in the process of calling a new pastor to Emmanuel, and this process takes at least a year. Meanwhile, Rev. Dr. Kyle Walker is our Transitional Pastor. Right now the Mission Study is occurring, the first stage in the process. See this graphic to see how the process works.
Rev. Kyle Walker began as our Transitional Pastor in January of 2021. Kyle received his Bachelor of Science in 1994 from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. He received his Master of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1997. In 2010, he received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.
Kyle served as a Consultant for Church Redevelopment for Faith United Church of Christ in Bryan, Texas in 2008. In 2013 he served as a Consultant for LGBTQ Inclusion at First Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. Kyle served as Associate Pastor of Springdale Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky from 1997-1999. From 1999-2013 he served as Campus Minister for United Campus Ministry at Texas A&M University in College Station. More recently, he served as Transitional/Installed pastor from 2013-2019 at Faith Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. After moving to Dallas in 2019, Kyle served as Transitional Senior Minister for Midway Hills Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
In his volunteer church work he has served as the Co-moderator for the national board of More Light Presbyterians and now serves on the Alumni Board of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He is involved in anti-racism and queer inclusion efforts on the local, regional and national levels.
Kyle and his husband Nelis Potgieter live in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas with their Boxer/Pit puppy Isaiah. Kyle and Nelis enjoy travel and movies (when there isn’t a pandemic) and love board games and cooking together.
Becky was born and raised in Fort Worth. She was raised by her grandparents and attended Ridglea Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth.
She and her late husband were married for 24 years and had 2 children together, adopted another and she gained 2 stepchildren when she married. Becky has 9 grandchildren and her favorite title is Nana! She is a self-taught artist and it continues to be the love and joy of her life. Becky formerly owned a business for 19 yrs and is now semi-retired and has a bookkeeping background while working at other companies. Becky is in the church office Monday through Thursday, from 11:00am – 2:30pm.