Our new Pastor: Rev. Kathy Vineyard

The yoked congregations of First Presbyterian Church, Palacios and First Presbyterian Church of Collegeport extend warmest greetings to our new Pastor, the Rev. Kathy Vineyard, and her husband Bruce. Kathy and Bruce will be moving to Palacios between the second week in September. Her first Sunday in both pulpits will be September 20th. A joint installation service will be held in Collegeport the afternoon of Sunday, September 27. Please come celebrate with us!

Kathy Vineyard received her BA degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey, and her Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.  Her first call was to be an Associate Pastor in Florida where she served for 2 ½ years.

She spent the next 27 years in Grace Presbytery (the Dallas area). Nearly half of her career was as Associate Pastor at Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church in Dallas. OCPC was unique at that time in that it was—and still is–a successfully integrated congregation. Her tenure as Associate ended when the Senior Pastor took another call, and for two years Kathy served as interim head of staff. This began a decade of service as interim pastor to a number of congregations. Over the years, she has served in various churches as Associate Pastor for youth, Christian Educator, Interim Pastor, and Stated Supply. She is currently the Pastor/Head of Staff for First Presbyterian Church of Duncan, OK.

She comes to us with much experience proclaiming the Word. She has experienced the importance of creative communication as the word of mission to those hungry to hear. Her experience in a variety of environments has required her to become adept at diplomacy and at bridging gaps.

Kathy married Bruce Vineyard in 2011. They met while she was serving at Grace Presbyterian Church in Temple, TX, and they feel this is God’s determination for their lives. Bruce was born and raised in Lawton, Oklahoma where he went to college and pharmacy school. He moved to Temple, Texas, in 1978 as Director of the Pharmacy at Kings Daughters Hospital. He later moved to Scott and White Hospital in Temple where he served as Senior Staff Pharmacist for ten years.

Together they have five grown children, all of whom currently reside and work in Austin or the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.   Kathy and Bruce hope for frequent visits from their children to our quiet bayside communities.

Kathy and Bruce have a love of coastal areas of Texas and have vacationed in Corpus Christi and Galveston. She said that when she looked at our Ministry Information Form, the setting of small yoked churches on the coast jumped out at her as something special.

We look forward to Kathy’s coming as our pastor as something special and hope that you will join us as we worship and serve God together.