Rick and Laura Espinoza
Laura and Rick were married in 1991 in Houston. They have lived in Houston for 28 years.
They have two children, Sarah and Samantha. Their son, Rick Jr., passed away in 2018 leaving a big hole in their heart. The family loves the outdoors, sports, and playing all kinds of games from board games to video games.
Rick served 10 years in the army. He is the General Manager at La Madeleine in Clear Lake. They came to CLCC in 2011. Rick says, “My sister in law, Elvia, made it obvious that this is where we belong. I love our church family and am grateful for the way our church is so quick to respond to the needs of others.”
Rick’s prayer for CLCC: “Heavenly Father, I come to you in prayer to ask that you be with your church, give us wisdom to see and hear what you want us to do. May we always feel your presence, may we always strive to fulfill our vision of R79 and may we always put your needs ahead of ours. Grant us humility to be a great example to our children and everyone we encounter and, Lord, we thank you for everything.”
Mark and Christie
Mark and Christie have been married since 1981. They have 3 children: Josh, and twins Jennifer and Jessica. Mark and Christie love spending time with their kids and families, and are grandparents to 4 grandsons (so far). Mark graduated from Texas A&M University and is in the construction business. Christie is a UTMB graduate in Physical Therapy, and specializes in treating elderly patients in their homes.
Mark participates in Men On A Mission, and enjoys teaching Bible classes and leading small group discussions at Clear Lake. Christie has been involved for years in the SMOMS single moms ministry, and often helps out with Praise Kids. Mark has fished all his life, and loves music, Texas native plants, Aggie sports (especially football), and writing. Mark and Christie watch a lot of Hallmark movies and Astros baseball together, and Christie loves the fellowship and intense competition of bunco (and being Nana to the grandboys)!
“Clear Lake Church of Christ has been our church home and family since 1988. As adults Christie and I have grown up and raised our own family here. 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 following Jesus. Because of everything this church has meant to my family and me for so long, it is a blessing and privilege to take a turn serving as one of the shepherds here.”
“My prayer for our church is that, as we each follow Christ and grow as disciples, we will worship and serve together as a healthy, loving family of believers. I pray that we will unselfishly minister to one another and those around us, each of us seeking the interests and needs of others above our own. I also pray for the unity Jesus sought in John 17, even as we are diverse in so many ways, so that Clear Lake will be a refuge of love, grace and pure religion (James 1:27). Father, bless this body of believers as we love one another and engage the world, and always guide and protect us, in Jesus’ name.”
Gary and Lee Anne Robbins
Gary and his wife Lee Anne have long and strong Christian family heritages. Married in 1988, God has blessed their relationship and given them two great children. Amy teaches 3rd grade at Whitcomb Elementary. Wes is married to Samantha Sharp. They teach 3rd and 4th grade, respectively, in DeSoto, TX. 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 60 US National Parks, so they always have a trip planned.
Lee Anne says: “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.”
Gary says: “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).”
Kevin and Jana Stafford
Kevin and Jana were married in 1993 at the Spring-Woodlands Church of Christ in North Houston. They have two daughters, Myklyn and Camryn, each a student at Texas A&M University. Both Kevin and Jana have lived in Houston their entire lives.
Kevin works in maintenance at LyondellBasell Chemical Company. He came to CLCC in 1990 and joined the singles’ group. Jana joined him in 1993 when they were married.
“We have been blessed by God with amazing relationships in this church that have in turn poured into our girls, Myklyn and Camryn, leading to their incredible love for Jesus and a continuously growing faith for all of us. The church is truly family to us and we believe it is God’s calling to serve as a shepherd out of love for His church and His kingdom.”
“I pray that as CLCC seeks to follow the Holy Spirit in everything we do and that it will result in supernatural love and unity within His body. May that love overflow into the community around us and impact His kingdom in a powerful way.“