Rev. Heather Patriacca Tolleson

It is so wonderful to be back in the area that I grew up in, and serving a congregation committed to creating justice and equality in our community and beyond.  Katy is a growing, diverse community. It is a great place to be.
 
I graduated from Cypress Falls High School in 1998 and headed to Texas Christian University to Study Religion and Psychology. Immediately after TCU I headed back for my M.Div at Brite Divinity School.  It was in December of

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2005 that I was ordained and begin my ministry in Kentucky.  I have served congregations in Texas, Kentucky and most recently Arizona.  I have also served as the Regional Staff for Youth and Children’s ministries in Arizona.
It was the time in Arizona that most changed my life as it was there that I met my husband, got married, and had our first child.  In 2014 we welcomed our second child into the world! We are excited to be here in Texas, serving this wonderful church, around good friends and family, and we look forward to seeing you soon!  If you have any questions please contact us at info@fcckaty.com
 
 
 

Mike Miller

Michael Miller is  comfortable both on stage and in recital. A frequent recitalist at Kalamazoo, Michigan’s First Presbyterian Church, Michael received his bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. While studying under Dr. Kenneth Prewitt at Western Michigan University, Michael also worked extensively with the university organist Dr. Karl Schrock. Together, Michael and Karl have presented and prepared numerous recitals and church services throughout Kalamazoo. 

Recent oratorio works have include Vivalid’s Gloria, John Rutter’s Gloria, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Wichita State University Choirs and Orchestra. In June of 2015, Michael presented an Artist Recital at First Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Upcoming performances include the Ad Astra Choral Festival in Russell, Kansas in July, 2016.

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Michael has studied and performed solo movements from Bach’s Magnificat, Mass in B Minor, and St Matthew’s Passion, along with Handel’s Messiah, Karl Jenken’s Stabat Mater, and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Equally as at home in operatic works, opera credits include Harry in Albert Herring and the Spirit in Dido and Aeneas with scene work including Handel’s Rinaldo and Orlando. Michael has participated in the prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.

As a keyboardist, Michael has worked as an organist and pianist throughout the United States for many churches across many denominations. Michael’s first exposure to piano began at a young age when he would sit at his family’s piano and play tunes he had heard by ear. After being advised by his high school choral director, Michael began studying piano formally and soon after began to study organ under the direction of Dr. Karl Schrock.

During his time at Western Michigan University, Michael was the rehearsal accompanist for the University Choral and Grand Chorus. Michael is the only student to have accompanied a choir on organ during a live concert.