We are excited to announce that Pr. Chon Pugh has accepted the call to be our newly settled pastor! She comes to us from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mesa, AZ, and will begin her ministry here in Texas City on September 16.  Thanks be to God!

From Pastor Chon Pugh,

My road to becoming a pastor began in Little Rock, Arkansas at Second Presbyterian Church. My grandparents were instrumental in my faith journey. My parents later joined the Episcopal church where I was confirmed. I met my husband Danny in high school and we were married in Little Rock in the Catholic church. Our daughter Tally was baptized Catholic. Our youngest daughter, Traeci was baptized in the Methodist church.

Danny and I and the girls moved to Houston and our boys, Daniel and Luke, were born and baptized in the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church. It was at this time Danny and I fell in love with the Lutheran Church. The fact we could ask questions and read the Bible having it explained to us really sold us on Lutheranism. I began teaching and directing at Lutheran Preschools.

We continued to become even more involved with the Lutheran Church when we moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. It was there that I felt called to become a Lutheran Deaconess Association deaconess and was consecrated in 1998. I then served a Missouri Synod Church in Cary, North Carolina as a deaconess. I also was approved as an Associate in Ministry through the ELCA 1998. It was while serving as a deaconess I felt called to ordination. Being unable to become ordained in the Missouri Synod since I was female, I enrolled in Trinity Seminary, ELCA seminary, in Columbus, Ohio. I was ordained in 2005.

I served congregations in Arizona since ordination until returning to Texas in 2020 to serve Memorial First in Texas City. Danny and I have been married for 44 years. Our four children are all married and we are blessed with 17 grandchildren. We also have a German Shepherd puppy named Stetson.

My favorite bible verse is Luke 10:27:

He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”; and, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”