Rev. Heather Patriacca Tolleson – Senior Pastor

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 have been part of the FCC Katy staff and community now for 8 years.  We have deeply transformed over those past years as we have discerned and continue to discover the ways in which God calls us to serve and be church in Katy.
 
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 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.  
 
It is my deep joy to serve this congregation and the ever changing, diverse Katy community.
 
 

Stewart Gaitan – Director of Music

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Stewart Gaitán made his way to Houston in 2009 and has called it home since then. Stewart received his Bachelors of Arts in music from Sam Houston State University, and a masters in music from Wichita State University.
 
He enjoys signing with Houston Grand Opera chorus when scheduling allows, and is in his fourth year of teaching middle school choir. Stewart enjoys picking up new hobbies and developing skills. Recent adventures include performing with salsa and bachata dance teams, and working out at his local gym.
 
He is grateful for the opportunity to now include director of music at First Christian Church of Katy in his musical journey. This church has always felt like home.
Rev. Mike Miller -Minster of LGBT+ Ministries & Social Media
 

After a short time in Columbus, OH, I am very excited to be welcomed back into the First Christian Church-Katy’s family. I am really looking forward to helping grow and expand the LGBTQIA+ ministries at FCC Katy and work closely with the community to help create a safe and open congregation for all. With the inauguration of our TRANSparent closet, our church home is starting to find ways to reach out to parts of God’s beloved that have been marginalized and shoved aside by many other congregations.

Originally from Michigan, I graduated from Western Michigan University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance with studies in Organ Performance and Piano. After finding my church home here at FCC Katy, I enrolled in Phillips Theological Seminary to pursue a Master of Divinity degree. I have been fortunate to serve in numerous congregations over the past decade of being a church musician.

Outside of church work, I keep a blog called Gay By The Grace of God at gaybythegraceofgod.com where I talk about my life a seminarian and the various things that go on in the church. I have been fortunate to be able to sing with the Houston Bach Society and in my spare time, I like to hang out with my dog, Chloe, study languages, and read as much as I can.

Serving in FCC Katy again is an immense blessing and I am looking forward to the journey ahead!

 
 
 

Rolethial Mckelvey – Piano, Organ, Accompanist 

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