Our New Pastor is Rev. Dr. Fred Thrower
(a photo will be posted soon)
Fred grew up in Dallas, TX. He and his wife, Kitty met while in high school, but started dating when he was finishing college. They have two adult boys: Thomas and Kaden.
He has a B.A. and a B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University, a M.Div. from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary. He came to Central from Cornerstone Presbyterian in Cary, NC, where he served as pastor for fourteen years. Before that he served congregations in Kingwood, TX; Choudrant, LA; and Stone Mountain, GA.
When he is not at church Fred enjoys cheering on the Texas Ranger and Dallas Cowboys, reading, going on mission trips, playing golf, traveling, and playing board games on his iPad.
Since 2001, Randy Arey has served as the organist. In 2008 he received The American Guild of Organists Service Playing Certificate. In 2015 he received The American Guild of Organists Colleague Certificate. Presently he continues his organ study with Dr. Jason Alden.
Prior study was with Charles Harris at Dallas Baptist College and Dr. Al Travis at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Christina Harmon, and Dr. Robert August. In 2007 he participated in the German Organ Music Seminar and played many famous organs in Hamburg, Weimar, Freiberg, Dresden, and Leipzig. In 1999 he was featured in a recital in Paris at the church of St-Roch in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Caville-Coll (famous French organ builder), as part of his participation in The French Organ Music Seminar.
Randy and his wife, Cheryl, have a grown son Adam and his wife Jenny. In addition Randy and Cheryl are very proud grandparents of their grandchildren, Dean Walter and Eliza Blake
Randy has recently taken over the Interim Choir Director role upon the retirement of Rev. Tom Tickner
Johnna Breedon has lived her whole life in Waxahachie and graduated from Waxahachie High School. She has over 20 years experience as an administrative assistant with local businesses.
Johnna’s hobby is her family. She and her husband, Harold, have two children, Aidan and Mary. They worship at the Avenue Church.
Winnie O’Donnell – Bell and Youth Choir Director
Unrivaled in dedication and enthusiasm, Mrs. Gene O’Donnell (affectionately known as Miss Winnie to her students) directs and teaches the children of our church in the art of hand bells, chimes and music. She also directs the adult hand bell choir, the Jubilate Ringers. The Jubilate Ringers participate in worship services throughout the church year and have played upon request at Christian community events, especially during the holiday season.
Mack Fountaine has been a resident of Waxahachie for more than 40 years and is an enthusiastic student of the Bible. Visitors – and members – of Central Presbyterian Church who marvel at our historic building can thank Mack for the loving care he provides our facilities. An avid reader and fan of history and “do-it-yourself” television shows, Mack most holds dear his family, friends and his relationship with Jesus..
Staff Support for Mission and Congregational Care Ministries
Cheryl is a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She has been a member of CPCW for eight years where she served as the Mission Ministry Team moderator for 6 years. In addition, she sings in the choir, rings handbells, is a member of the Faithful Followers Bible study group, and the Saturday Seekers fellowship group. She also serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Common Ground Ministries in Waxahachie. Her favorite activities are centered around spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoys singing and gardening.