Texas Annual Conference Honors 22 Retirees


As Christians, we believe that our lives are directed by God. Each step we take in our personal, professional and spiritual lives has been in response to the will of God for each of us. These steps lead to time spans or, seasons in our lives. Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 scriptures began as, “For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…” It was a fitting scripture for the worship celebration honoring the 2011 retirees at the 42nd session of the Conference. The opening prayer, which spoke of the next steps that lead to a new season, was given by Rev. R. DeAndre Johnson, pastor of music and worship at Westbury UMC and chair of the 2011 Texas Annual Conference Worship Committee.


Following the opening prayer, came scripture readings and prayers of penitence led by Bishop Janice Riggle Huie. The retirees were honored with a special luncheon after the worship service. Special entertainment for the luncheon was Rob Landes, a native Houstonian and organist/artist-in-residence at St. Luke’s UMC in Houston, Texas.


Landes is a well-known pianist, organist, arranger and conductor. He is also associated with the music programs at St. Luke’s UMC and St. Paul’s UMC in Houston. He has traveled with the choirs of both churches across the United States and Europe. Recognition of this year’s retirees was performed by Rev. Gail Ford Smith, Director of Clergy Excellence and Rev. Deborah Proctor, senior pastor of Deer Park UMC.


2011 Retirees

Rev. Lloyd J. Betar, Jr.

Rev. James M. Crabbe

Rev. Thomas W. Crowe

Rev. David W. Diller

Rev. Jackie Herring

Dr. Jerry F. House, Sr.

Rev. Janet A. Imig

Dr. Lewis L. Jackson, Sr.

Rev. James B. Jones

Rev. Michael Leinhart

Rev. Mary C. Logan

Rev. Nita L. Newman

Dr. James J. D. Phillips

Rev. Michael L. Schutz

Rev. Pauline H. Storey

Rev. Don A. Storey, Sr.

Dr. Terry T. Teykl

Rev. John R. Tyler

Rev. William G. Webb

Rev. Lynn L. Willhite

Rev. Maggie P. Young

Dr. J. Randall Zercher


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