NACOGDOCHES – Following a national search, Rev. Kallie Pitcock was called into service as the first female pastor in the history of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Pitcock relieved Interim Rev. Pastor Howard Reed who served January 2020-August 2021 and Rev. Steve Newton who retired in October 2019.
Pitcock is a native of Graham, Texas. She received her Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2020 and served as Resident Associate for St. Philip Presbyterian Church in Houston. Prior to St. Philip she was seminary intern for First Presbyterian Church of Austin. During seminary Pitcock worked as chapel beadle and as research assistant for Dr. Cynthia Rigby. From 2016 to 2017 she was interim youth director at Burke Presbyterian Church, Burke, Virginia, and has also worked as a self-employed photographer and as a school psychologist intern in Ramona, California. Pitcock received her BA in special education from the University of Mississippi. She completed an MS in school psychometry and received certification as education specialist in school psychology from Mississippi State, Starkville.
In her statement of faith, Pitcock wrote, “We claim faith trusting this good news – that we are beloved, seen and known fully, wrapped up in God’s vision and plan, and promised wholeness and peace. God is able.’
This statement relates to a recent Facebook post, through which Pitcock reflected on a frenzied fall weekend in Nacogdoches.
“It was an epic weekend! We went to Nac High School Homecoming. The kids saw kids from their school and somewhere between Friday night lights, Saturday soccer, and a very, very, very full Sunday, I realized - this is exactly what we’ve longed for and didn’t know was possible. Going to bed tonight knowing the overflowing goodness of God and the love of family and friends,” Pitcock wrote.
Pitcock is fully wrapped up in Nacogdoches, with a thriving church community, a blossoming university fellowship with students at SFA, a vibrant Sunday school class, Presbyterian Women, Ministerial Alliance, -Cont.- an in-home Bible study, Theology on Tap, mission work with 21/7, and three kids in Nacogdoches ISD. When asked about the impact Pitcock has made, Westminster Member Charlotte Sanderson said, “I told her it’s ok to slow down.
” Member Nancy Niehaus called Pitcock “fabulous,” and said she hopes more members of the community will have a chance to meet her.
Pitcock’s leadership was endorsed in a message from the Pastoral Nominating Committee to the congregation, “She is a brilliant, energetic, talented, well-rounded, award-winning, firmly theological, optimistic, rural-raised but global thinking leader with incredible life experiences.”
Pitcock said central to her call is to love and serve the Church as Christ loves. She is called to host, gather, and live out belonging. She is called to share the Gospel of Grace offered to all in Jesus Christ. She is called to preach, to preside at the sacraments, and to engage in Reformed discipleship. She is overjoyed at the opportunity to do all of these things alongside the loving congregation of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Westminster Presbyterian Church is a designated Texas Historic Landmark that traces its roots to the first Protestant minister to be ordained on Texas soil. The invitation to worship at Westminster Church is always open to persons who wish to join us in witness and service to Jesus Christ. If you are interested in church membership or desire more information about this congregation, please call the church office at 936-564-0203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ###