Rev. Kyland Dobbins

Full Name
 Kyland Dobbins

Position/Title at SSUMC
Senior Pastor

What is your favorite scripture verse?
Matthew 22:34-40

What keeps you working and worshiping at St. Stephen UMC?
Umm...do I really need to answer this one?

One thing you like most about St. Stephen UMC.
The people and their willingness to accept all people.

What is your favorite aspect of ministry?
Pastoring and getting to know the people.

Who are some of your heros?
 My parents, Nehemiah (from the Bible), Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., X-Men/Women 

How did you and your spouse meet? 
At Footaction in the Parks Mall in Arlington, TX. She was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen and couldn't let her leave without approaching her.

Tell us about your children and grandchildren.
I have 3 princesses who I lift up onto my shoulder nearly every night after they have bathed and I sing: Here comes the princess! Then I throw them high into the air and catch them before their feet touch the ground. It's the best thing ever...for them and me!

And my girls, Ananda (7), Milan (5), and Laila (2) are my inspirations and motivations!

Worst job you've ever held? Why?
Envelope stuffer. Two words will describe why--paper cuts!

Any favorite movies or books?
 Favorite book: " A Wrinkle In Time" by Madeline L'Engle
Favorite movie: The Matrix Trilogy; The Bourne Identity Trilogy; Ocean's Eleven Trilogy...I like trilogies for some reason. Maybe it's because I'm a Trinitarian (get it?)

What is your educational history? 
*B.S. in Biology/Chemistry - Prairie View A&M University
*30 hours of Teacher Certification Coursework - Univ. North Texas and Texas Wesleyan Univ
*M. Div. (double concentrations in Urban Church & African American Church Studies) - Perkins
School of Theology at SMU
*Doctorate of Ministry is in sight - Wesley Theological Seminary in Wash., D.C.

Are you a good student? Why or why not?
Yes. Because my mom told me so and I made the Dean's List at least once...haha!

What kind of music/media do you have on your iPod?
Jazz, Rap/Hip Hop, Taize music, Alternative, Gospel, Contemporary Gospel, New Age, R&B/Soul, and Electronic (Sorry, no Country yet!)

Other media: sermons by favorite preachers, speeches by great people, and TED Talk lectures

What is your favorite TV show as a child?
The Cosby Show
The Dukes of Hazard

Have you ever had an embarrassing moment? Please share!
Yes, every Sunday! I get embarrassed because I mess up all the time. I don't get hung up on it anymore because I know God specializes in cleaning up my mess ups. Thank you, Lord!

One thing that I am not sure I want anyone to know.....
 Ummm...well...wouldn't you like to know...haha!

Marjorie Pike

Full Name 
Marjorie Pike

Position Title at SSUMC
Organist

What is your favorite scripture verse?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
(I am a Whosoever)

What keeps you working and worshiping at St. Stephen UMC?
SSUMC is my family.

One thing you like most about St. Stephen UMC.
Friendly and caring. The choir and the Pastor.

What exactly do you do at St. Stephen UMC?
I play the organ for morning worship. I sing with the children in Sunday School and I work with the Little Youth.

What is your favorite aspect of ministry?
Children and Music

When did you know you wanted to serve God by going into ministry?
Years ago as a teenager.

Tell us a little about your family.
Raised in a Christian home. I spent all of my school years in Grand Prairie. I got married in 1958 and have four precious children as well as 8 delightful grandchildren and 5 adorable great grandchildren. Sad to say that I'm a widow. I worked in Special Ed for AISD for over 30 years.

Who are some of your heroes?
Jesus
Charles Cox
Clifton Howard
My Husband

Any spiritual gifts we should know about?
Mercy

What was your nickname growing up?
Marj or Margie

How did you and your spouse meet?
We met in church! In the College and Career Sunday School Class.

Tell us about your children and grandchildren.
Denise is my first born. She plans to relocate to California soon. She gave me two grandchildren, Michael and Nikki. Larry (J.L.) who lives in Saginaw has two children by his first wife, , Christina and Jimmy Pike who are 1/2 Japanese. He then married Jamie who had a daughter Kailey Adams and then they gave me my sweet Chelsea. (He works for American Airlines). My 3rd child, Ronny, lives in Houston and he gave me Brendan and Danielle. (He works for United). Brad is my youngest. He and his wife have two dogs and two cats. They live in S. Arlington. Brad works for the government. I also have 5 great-grandchildren: Laila and Mila live in California and Dakota (7), Avery (2 1/2), and Addalynn (10 1/2 mos.) live with me at the moment.

What’s your quirkiest characteristic?
I may be obsessive about the color purple.- Some have called me 'psychotic'

Any favorite movies or books?
A Man Called Peter
Terms of Endearment

Are there any pets in your household?
I have the cutest little dog. She is a ʺChorkieʺ and her name is Kiki. She's 4 1/2 years old and jealous of the baby!

What is your favorite TV show as a child?
I liked a variety of shows. I was 14 before we got a tv. I enjoyed Liberace

Have you ever had an embarrassing moment? Please share!
I can't share this one...

What’s your favorite toy? Why?
As a child- my baby dolls.
As a teenager- my baby brother.
As an 'old(er)' woman- my cell phone.

So, what gets on your nerves?
People who brag. High pitched squealing of children.

You have a unique hobby. What is it?
I collect owls (not live ones).

One thing I’m not sure that I want anyone to know is...
I owned a '79 TransAm Firebird. It was red and I raced it as a teenager. It was in the early 80's. I won!

Oscar Seung

Full Name 
Oscar Seung

Position Title at SSUMC
Director of Music Ministries

What is your favorite scripture verse?
Psalm 46:10 - Be still, and know that I am God.

I love this verse. Life can be so chaotic. This verse puts everything into perspective and grounds me.

What keeps you working and worshiping at St. Stephen UMC?
The people! I have never been a part of a congregation that showed such tremendous love for each other. Come check out Sunday worship and join the family!

One thing you like most about St. Stephen UMC.
We’re a small church that believe, support, and implement BIG ministries. Our congregation regularly engages the community and champions social justice and equality. Check out all the various ministries that we provide and get involved! We’d love to have you!

What exactly do you do at St. Stephen UMC?
I have the honor and privilege of directing the choir! I also put on various benefit concerts throughout the year and have guest artists from the Fort Worth Opera, Dallas Theater Center, and even international artists ranging from Hong Kong to Tel Aviv.

What is your favorite aspect of ministry?
I love collaborating with our senior pastor in discovering musical pieces that will best enhance the worship experience for our congregation.

When did you know you wanted to serve God by going into ministry?
In music school, everything was very career-oriented and self-serving. As a professional musician, I couldn’t accept the fact that I did what I did merely for entertainment and financial gain. I discovered music ministry when I was 19. I served at an episcopal church as music director and I’ve never looked back. Where words fail, music speaks!

Tell us a little about your family.
My younger brother and I were both born in Lausanne, Switzerland. Both my parents were born in Hong Kong. My parents are restauranteurs and my brother is a government contract specialist at Bell Helicopter. He recently told me he received “classified clearance” from the government… I tell everyone my brother is an Asian James Bond.

Who are some of your heroes?
My parents. Nelson Mandela. Maya Angelou. Our men and women in the armed forces.

What was your nickname growing up?
Oscar the Grouch

What’s your quirkiest characteristic?
I’m kind of a mess. After worship, come say “hello!” and take a quick glance at the top of the organ… it’s my make-shift desk, and completely filled with music and notes.

Worst job you've ever held? Why?
I worked three part-time jobs to put myself through TCU. The one I dreaded the most was retail. Too stressful!

Any favorite movies or books?
Favorite books:
Hero, by Perry Moore
Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez
Bellweather Rhapsody, by Kate Racculia
The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Are there any pets in your household?
YES! I love dogs! I have a golden doodle named Lady, and a wheaten terrier/chow chow named Teddy Bear. My parents also have two dogs - a yorkshire terrier named Sir Nicholas, and a bichon frise named Lord Henry. My parents give weird names - example: my name is Oscar, and my brother’s name is Yannick-Leslie.

What is your educational history?
I graduated Lamar High School in 2005, and received my Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from TCU in 2009.

Are you a good student? Why or why not? 
I’m embarrassed to admit that I wasn’t a very good student. I craved real-world experience! Reading and learning about something never excited me. Going out and actually DOING something was how I learned best.

What kind of music/media do you have on your iPod?
I have very strange taste in music. My iPod is filled with opera and music from the band, Muse. I’m also  big fan of Rufus Wainwright.

What is your favorite TV show as a child?
POWER RANGERS!

Who's your favorite Biblical character?
Mary Magdalene for her unflinching bravery, unwavering loyalty, and endless love for Jesus.

Have you ever had an embarrassing moment? Please share!
I once fell off the stage in a performance. Another time, I was conducting our choir in a very intense piece. The tip of my baton hit the podium, flew into the air, and landed who knows where. I conducted the rest of the piece with my hands. I’m a clumsy mess.

What’s your favorite toy? Why?
This is incredibly nerdy, but I have a replica of Professor McGonagall’s wand from Harry Potter. I chase my dogs around the house with it.

So, what gets on your nerves?
My horrid sight reading skills on the piano.

You have a unique hobby. What is it?
I collect beautifully-bound journals. They’re so beautiful I never write in them…

One thing I’m not sure that I want anyone to know is...
I used to be Southern Baptist. Yikes.

Full Name 
Wade Andrew Girton

Position Title at SSUMC
Pianist

What is your favorite scripture verse?
Psalm 65

One thing you like most about St. Stephen UMC.
The congregation at St. Stephen has been incredibly welcoming. The sheer amount of kindnesses they have heaped upon me since my joining the church is astounding. If I've had a bad day, I always know that rehearsal or the service will cheer me up.

What exactly do you do at St. Stephen UMC?
I am a pianist at St. Stephen. I play during services and rehearse with the choir once a week.

Who are some of your heroes?
Most of my heroes are pianists or music professors, but the biggest is probably Dan Haerle. He is an emeritus professor at UNT and I was fortunate to be able to learn from him during a music camp. His example of work ethic and positivity continues to inspire me.

Any favorite movies or books?
My favorite book is probably A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce.

Are there any pets in your household?
My family has two miniature schnauzers named Blackie and Buster.

Are you currently in School? If so, what are you studying?
I am currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Arlington. I hope to complete a degree in Piano Performance with a Jazz concentration.

What kind of music/media do you have on your iPod?
I listen mainly to Jazz. I really enjoy the feeling of uncertainty that comes with improvisation and not knowing what the musicians will play next, as well as the expression apparent in their playing.

Who's your favorite Biblical character?
My favorite Biblical character is Peter. His doubt and hesitance are very human traits that make him easy to connect to, making it even more inspiring when he overcomes them.

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