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SHEPHERD BIOS

Gilbert and Benita Alvarez

Gilbert and Benita have been married for 45 years.  They were married in Brownsville, Texas.  They have three children: Albert, Alma, and Alexa, and three grandchildren: Nina, Ivan, and Alejandro.  They all live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Benita received her Junior Executive Secretary certification from Valley Central College in Harlingen, Texas.  Gilbert majored in Business Management at the University of Houston.  He also holds certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Benita is a runner; she has completed six half-marathons and countless 5K and 10K runs.  The highlight of her 5:00 AM runs is listening to 105.7 and 89.3 radio Christian stations. She also enjoys mowing their huge lawn (not on a riding mower).  Gilbert and Benita enjoy physical fitness; they go to the gym together three times a week.  Gilbert is a tinkerer; he fixes or attempts to fix just about anything.

“We worship and serve at Clear Lake because I think this is where the Lord wants us at this time in our lives.  In 2004 I moved to Webster as part of a job assignment.  I was working in Galveston.  We have been members of the church since 1974;   Clear Lake Church of Christ was close so I started coming here.  I was received warmly and it’s been home ever since.  When Benita joined me later that year, she felt the same way. ”

“My prayer for the Clear Lake is that our God will continue to use us to reach out to our community and to a lost world.  God has done and is doing amazing things here.  I pray that He will continue to be praised and glorified by our people. “

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Jack and Debbie Blackburn

Debbie and Jack have been married for 39 years and have lived in the Houston area for most of their lives. They have two faithful sons and daughters in law who have blessed them with five grandchildren. Their oldest son, Jay, is serving as an associate pastor at the Coastal Community Church. He and his wife, Jamie, along with their two sons and one daughter, live in Galveston. Their youngest son, Brandon and his wife, Brittnie, live in Sugar Land with their two daughters and serve at the First Colony Church of Christ.

Jack graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Technology.

Jack enjoys baseball and fishing, in addition to taking cruises with his wife.

“When our boys were entering the teenage years, we moved to Clear Lake. I believed it was best for our family at the time and since then, The Lord has continued to call us to serve Him in this community even though our children are grown.”

“I pray that the Lord’s church in this congregation continues to grow closer as a family and that our light will be bright in the Clear Lake community as we reach out to the lost.”

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Mark and Christie O'Rear

Mark and Christie have been married since 1981. Their son, Josh, is married to Sarah, their daughter, Jennifer, is married to David Guarino (son Grayson), and their daughter, Jessica, is married to Daniel Ballard (son Branson).

Mark received a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from Texas A&M University.

Mark participates in Men On A Mission at Clear Lake Church of Christ. His hobbies include Texas Hill Country river fishing, reading, music listening (a group from this church has been meeting sporadically for this purpose since the mid-90’s), Texas native plants and ecosystems, food, and Texas Aggie football. He has a large collection of multi-tools (Leatherman, etc.), including several very early and rare tools. Mark also enjoys writing; he has developed outlines and notes for about four books, and hopes to finish writing at least one of them in his lifetime.

“Clear Lake Church of Christ has been our church home and family since about 1988.  As adults Christie and I have grown up and raised our own family here.  Especially through our small group and the ministries we have been involved in, Clear Lake has been the spiritual center of our lives, the source of many of our most lasting and significant relationships, and integral to our faith journey as we have sought to follow and imitate Christ.  It is my privilege and honor to take a turn at serving as one of the Clear Lake shepherds, in light of all that this place has meant to me and my family for so long.  I am thankful to be able to demonstrate love, pass along grace (1 Peter 4:10), and be of service in whatever small ways, to this wonderful church family and our community.”

“My prayer for this church is that, as we each follow Christ and grow as disciples individually, we will work, worship and serve together as a healthy, loving family of believers.  I pray that we will unselfishly minister to each other and those around us, seeking God’s will for clarity and purpose regarding who, how and why we serve.  I also pray for the unity Jesus sought in John 17, even as we are diverse in many ways, so that Clear Lake will be a refuge of love, grace and true religion (James 1:27).  I ask our Father, through Christ, to bless this body of believers as we love one another and engage the world.  May He always guide and protect us.”

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Dan and Toni Miller

Dan and Toni have been married for 46 years. They count it a blessing to have four adult children and six grandchildren. In the past they have enjoyed being a foster family to several little ones.

Dan completed high school in Carmel, IN, after which he joined the workforce and and received the rest of his education as on-the-job training.

Dan’s hobbies included sport car rod runs, cruising in his Corvette and playing golf. He retired in 2010 and Dan and Toni took a two-year RV trip across the United States. They found God at work everywhere they went.

“We came to Clear Lake Church in 1997; we found a sweet spirit at work in this church through a group of loving people that want to serve God and give Him their best! We were warmly welcomed to join it!

“My prayer for the Clear Lake Church is that we learn and grow to be more Christ-like. I pray that we strive to be a place where everyone feels welcome and a part of the body. Continuing in our outreach to the surrounding community and those is need is my constant prayer.”

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Randy and Becky Mulvaney

Randy and Becky have been married 43 wonderful years; during that time God has blessed them with sons Connor, Pierce, and Logan, and nephew Sidney, who has lived with them since he was 15.

Randy graduated from Deer Park High School and received a degree in Accounting from Harding University in 1976. He is a licensed CPA.

For most of his life, Randy’s primary hobby was playing basketball. Randy and Becky enjoy exploring nature in different parts of the country.

“When we moved into the area 35 years ago, we visited a number of area congregations and it was obvious to us that God meant for us to be at Clear Lake. From the beginning, we loved the friendly environment, the spirit, and the love exhibited by the members. That has not changed over the years. We believe we have grown spiritually along with our brothers and sisters in Christ and look forward to what He has planned for us individually and collectively in the future.”

“I pray that God will continue to bless us as we serve him. I desire that his will be done in all things and we will know what His will is. I pray that we will be a beacon of love and light in a world full of doubt and darkness and that everything we do will bring glory to the name of Jesus Christ, our savior.”

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Gary and Lee Anne Robbins

Gary and his wife Lee Anne have long and strong Christian family heritages.  God has given them 28 years of marriage and two great children.  Amy teaches 3rd grade at Whitcomb Elementary and Wes is a recent graduate of Abilene Christian University.  To the Robbins, family is relationships.

Gary has worked as an engineer for ExxonMobil since his Texas A&M graduation.  Lee Anne is trained as a nurse with experience in pediatrics but has been home since Amy was born.

The Robbins love camping and traveling.  Gary has a bucket list to visit all 59 US National Parks, so they always have a trip planned.

“Clear Lake Church of Christ is the Robbins’ family.  It provides the home base for worship, fellowship, study, assistance, and outreach. Time and energy is easily given to those they love.”

“My prayer for Clear Lake Church of Christ is two-fold.  First, that we will help connect faith experiences across generations (intergenerational).  Second, that our church membership will reflect our community (cross-cultural).”