About Us
Learn more about the leadership, history and vision of the South Texas District.

Our Leadership

Rev. Ken Gurley

South Texas District Superintendent

Ken Gurley has served on the South Texas District board since the district’s inception, first as Secretary and later Superintendent. He has served in district-level positions since 1983 and has pastored the First Church of Pearland since 1988. He and his wife Tessie reside in the Clear Lake City area and have six children — one son, two daughters, a daughter-in-law and two sons-in-laws, and six wonderful grandchildren. He is the author of numerous books including Worth The Wait, Notable Women of Scripture, and the Preaching for a New Millennium series.

Rev. Danny Johnson

South Texas District Secretary-Treasurer

Danny Johnson graduated from Texas Bible College in 1977, with a Bachelors of Theology, where he later served as a faculty member for over 12 years. He now serves as the Pastor of Lighthouse Church in West Columbia, TX and as District Secretary-Treasurer for the South Texas District, United Pentecostal Church International. He and his wife live in Columbia Lakes and they have two wonderful daughters, one son-in-law, and two grandsons.

District Officers

View all District Officers and their contact information below.

  • Ken Gurley

    District Superintendent | Email

    Danny Johnson

    District Secretary-Treasurer | Email

    David Bernard

    Honorary Presbyter

    John Burnett

    Spanish Ministry Director | Email

    David Caruthers

    Presbyter, San Antonio Metro | Email

    David Fauss

    Presbyter, Houston Metro North | Email

    Arless Glass

    Honorary Presbyter

    Mark Hughes

    Presbyter, Houston Metro South | Email

    Alvin Kight

    Presbyter, Central Coastal Bend | Email

    Scott Lewis

    Presbyter, Houston Metro West | Email

    Ron Macey

    Presbyter, Houston Metro East | Email

    J.C. Milligan

    Presbyter, Rio Grande Valley | Email

    Tracy Richardson

    Presbyter Ex-Officio, Eagle Ford Shale | Email

    Nathan Scoggins

    Presbyter, Hill Country | Email

    Craig Stallard

    Presbyter, Greater Coastal Bend | Email

    Charles Stephens

    Presbyter, Austin Metro | Email

  • Jorge Auguiñaga

    Global Missions | Email

    Roger Blackburn

    Men’s Ministry | Email

    John Burnett

    Spanish Ministry | Email

    Barbara Johnson

    Ladies’ Ministry | Email

    Tremayne Simoneaux

    Children’s Ministry | Email

    Charlie Moore

    Youth Ministry | Email

    Tracy Richardson

    North American Missions | Email

  • David Caruthers

    Budget Committee, Stewardship Committee | Email

    Ron Guidroz

    Honorary Committee | Email

    Ken Gurley

    Ministry Training Committee, Co-Chair | Email

    Esther Hunt

    Prayer Committee | Email

    Danny Johnson

    Ministry Training Committee, Co-Chair | Email

    Samuel Mendizabal

    Centro Teológico Ministerial | Email

    Tracy Richardson

    Global Impact | Email

    Tyler Walea

    Music Ministry Committee | Email

Sectional Officers

View all Sectional Officers and their contact information below.

  • Alvin Kight

    Presbyter | Email

    Vernon Griffin

    Secretary-Treasurer | Email

    Eutimio Sanchez

    Global Missions Director | Email

    Johnny Flores

    North American Missions Director | Email

    Glenda Griffin

    Ladies’ Ministry Director | Email

    Eutimio Sanchez

    Spanish Ministry Director | Email

    Joel Williams

    Youth Ministry Director | Email

    Michael Bumgarner

    Men’s Ministry Director | Email

    Ruth Cremeans

    Prayer Coordinator | Email

  • Craig Stallard

    Presbyter | Email

    Russell Campbell

    Secretary-Treasurer | Email

    Matt Sedgwick

    Children’s Ministry Director | Email

    Richard Ortegon

    Global Missions Director | Email

    Donald Eddins

    North American Missions Director | Email

    Amber Ortegon

    Ladies’ Ministry Director | Email

    Richard Trevino

    Spanish Ministry Director | Email

    Joshua Avalos

    Youth Ministry Director | Email

    Frank Resendez

    Men’s Ministry Director | Email

  • J.C. Milligan

    Presbyter | Email

    David Boone

    Secretary-Treasurer | Email

    Homero Plata, Jr.

    Children’s Ministry Director | Email

    Stephen Wentworth

    Global Missions Director | Email

    Paul Estrada

    North American Missions Director | Email

    Diana Milligan

    Ladies’ Ministry Director | Email

    Raul Sanchez

    Spanish Ministry Director | Email

    Michael De Los Santos

    Youth Ministry Director | Email

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    Men’s Ministry Director

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    Prayer Coordinator

  • David Fauss

    Presbyter | Email

    J.J. (Romey) Bourn

    Secretary-Treasurer | Email

    Aaron Cain

    Children’s Ministry Director | Email

    Horace Needham

    Global Missions Director | Email

    Carl Schuessler

    North American Missions Director | Email

    Jamie Johnson

    Ladies’ Ministry Director | Email

    Gumaro Sarreon

    Spanish Ministry Director | Email

    Timothy Simoneaux

    Youth Ministry Director | Email

    Shawn Everhart

    Men’s Ministry Director | Email

    Shelaine Everhart

    Prayer Coordinator | Email

  • Ron Macey

    Presbyter | Email

    Roger Blackburn

    Secretary-Treasurer | Email

    Chad Parker

    Children’s Ministry Director | Email

    Kevin Martin

    Global Missions Director | Email

    John Scott

    North American Missions Director | Email

    Angela Parker

    Ladies’ Ministry Director | Email

    Luis Polanco

    Spanish Ministry Director | Email

    Johnathan Wallace

    Youth Ministry Director | Email

    Billy Blackburn

    Men’s Ministry Director | Email

    Beverly Haygood

    Prayer Coordinator | Email

  • Mark Hughes

    Presbyter | Email

    Myron Smith

    Secretary-Treasurer | Email

    Travis Bussey

    Children’s Ministry Director | Email

    Michael Walston

    Global Missions Director | Email

    Shawn Plant

    North American Missions Director | Email

    Aimee Shelton

    Ladies’ Ministry Director | Email

    Roland Matzar

    Spanish Ministry Director

    Lavelle Jeane

    Youth Ministry Director | Email

    Ronald Evans

    Men’s Ministry Director | Email

    Debbie Smith

    Prayer Coordinator | Email

  • Scott Lewis

    Presbyter | Email

    Wayne Collins

    Secretary-Treasurer | Email

    DuWayne Turnbow

    Children’s Ministry Director | Email

    Abraham Dillman

    Global Missions Director | Email

    Curley Ellis

    North American Missions Director | Email

    Vickie Collins

    Ladies’ Ministry Director | Email

    Jose Gamez

    Spanish Ministry Director | Email

    Kirk Teelucksingh

    Youth Ministry Director | Email

    Manuel Villarreal

    Men’s Ministry Director | Email

    Cindy Castleberry

    Prayer Coordinator | Email

  • Charles Stephens

    Presbyter | Email

    Seth Simmons

    Secretary-Treasurer | Email

    Alicia Groff

    Children’s Ministry Director | Email

    John Darby

    Global Missions Director | Email

    Robert Lingle

    North American Missions Director | Email

    Lisa Reddy

    Ladies’ Ministry Director | Email

    Rene Moreno

    Spanish Ministry Director | Email

    Josh Smith

    Youth Ministry Director | Email

    Donnie Huslage

    Men’s Ministry Director | Email

    Judy Martin

    Prayer Coordinator | Email

  • David Caruthers

    Presbyter | Email

    Jeremiah Sibley

    Secretary-Treasurer | Email

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    Children’s Ministry Director

    Louis Perez

    Global Missions Director | Email

    Mariano Gallego

    North American Missions Director | Email

    Ruth Sanchez

    Ladies’ Ministry Director | Email

    Alfredo Bonilla

    Spanish Ministry Director | Email

    Aaron Davis

    Youth Ministry Director | Email

    Billy Patrick

    Men’s Ministry Director | Email

    Pati Zimmerman

    Prayer Coordinator | Email

  • Nathan Scoggins

    Presbyter | Email

    Charles Johnson

    Secretary-Treasurer | Email

    Tony Tanner

    Children’s Ministry Director | Email

    Don Steadman

    Global Missions Director | Email

    Trinidad Ramos

    North American Missions Director | Email

    Ruthie Tanner

    Ladies’ Ministry Director | Email

    Mariano Garcia

    Spanish Ministry Director | Email

    Britton Oullette

    Youth Ministry Director | Email

    Grady Chandler

    Men’s Ministry Director | Email

  • Tracy Richardson

    Presbyter Ex-Officio | Email

    Jimmie Hughes

    Secretary-Treasurer Ex-Officio | Email

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    Children’s Ministry Director

    Joel Villarreal

    Global Missions Director | Email

    Robert Esquibel

    North American Missions Director | Email

    Elizabeth Richardson

    Ladies’ Ministry Director | Email

    Jason Curi

    Spanish Ministry Director | Email

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    Youth Ministry Director

    Grace Burkes

    Prayer Coordinator | Email

Our History

The South Texas District is part of the United Pentecostal Church International. In September 2002 the General Board of the UPCI approved the formation of the district. The district is divided into 8 sections. We began our first year of operations with 160 churches and daughter works and 330 ministers. We currently have a total of 357 churches and daughter works and 534 ministers spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our Vision

Vision 7 is a collaborative effort of South Texas pastors, churches, and leadership to achieve seven “God-Initiatives” within the local church; and, by extension, the District through the year 2021.

1,000 People in Ministry Training

Reach for 1,000 people in ministry training in the Local Churches. This can include training in Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Worship Ministry, Ladies Ministry, Men’s Ministry, Ushers/Hostess training, etc. As more local people are trained, the reach of the local church is increased.

Infuse English and Spanish Speaking Ministries

Further infuse and unite our English and Spanish ministries. The South Texas District is unique in that we have a concentration of Spanish-speaking people in our district and a large number of Spanish-speaking ministers and churches. The district has a robust Spanish Ministry that supports all areas of the local church. We cannot let different languages limit our effectiveness, so we will look for ways to infuse and unite these areas.

700 Credentialed Ministers

We presently are in excess of 500 credentialed ministers in the district. This means that we will strive to prepare an additional 200 ministers for the work of the Gospel. The chief means is always the local pastor laying his hands on people who could be used in the harvest and mentoring them. Methods such as CTM, Purpose Institute, and Ministry Central will be important in this area.

Target Areas to Strengthen Apostolic Presence

The addition of the new sections gives immediate focus to areas that need to be strengthened. The Eagle Ford Shale section will be of concern to all of our churches and ministers. Plus, 24 of the 75 counties in our district still do not have a work of any sort. Each of us can target one or more areas to lend our efforts.

Grow to 500 Works

We presently have 357 works (churches, daughter works, and preaching points). This “God-Initiative” only becomes attainable as we target areas that need strengthening and seek for more laborers in the harvest.

Form New Regions and Functioning Sections

Continued effort has been made to regionalize our district. Plans are in place to effectively and efficiently bring meetings closer to our constituents.

Reach Out to Other Apostolic Groups

There are people all around us in this district who are searching for greater fellowship and united efforts. There are denominational pastors who need a friend. Iron must come in contact with iron to be sharpened. Who is within our reach or influence?