Pastor Profile: Tim Douglas of Creekside Community Church
When people ask about Katy, Pastor Tim Douglas tells them, “Katy is a great place to live, run a business, meet diverse people and find welcoming places to worship.” His church, Creekside Community, is among those welcoming places. “We are the ‘new kid on the block’ and opened our doors on Easter Sunday, 2010, specifically to see people others may not see,” says Douglas. “We welcome anyone who wants to explore God, faith and relationships, and many of our participants haven’t been to church for years, if at all. Yet we are drawn together to serve our community and to know a Power greater than ourselves.”
Douglas holds a B.A. in Theology and a Masters of Divinity in Biblical Languages & Religious Education. He married his wife, Val, in 1992, and is the father of three teens: Kyle 13, Reagan, 15 and Jami, 17. He’s also taught piano and enjoys the musical talent that runs in his family. Val sings beautifully and his daughter, Reagan, just performed an original solo at the Cinco High Coffee House and earned rave reviews.
He and Val have followed their vision to reach the multiple ethnic groups of Katy with God’s love. Douglas served as an associate pastor at a local church and stepped down from that long-term ministry to follow this call of God. Together they began to develop the group of Christ followers and were joined from the very beginning by Associate Pastor Angelo Gonzalez and his wife Sarah, as well as Children’s Pastor Amanda Morvant and her husband, Maurice.
Churches in Katy vary in worship styles, denominational ties and community involvement. What sets Creekside apart, according to Douglas, is the congregations’s penchant for serving the needy, loving those who are less than perfect and accepting people wherever they are on their faith journey. In fact, they held five community events before ever holding their first service. “We also live intentionally, befriending those who are not like us in ethnicity, socioeconomic status or in age. We love the diversity of people God has placed around us,” says Douglas of the come-as-you-are atmosphere at Creekside.
Even being small congregation, Creekside spends a huge amount of their money in mission work. “We took 8 people to an African orphan village, and every month we raise money or goods (like school supplies) for a local ministry such as Katy christian Ministries. We may fix an elderly person’s house or respond as we hear of a need. The goal is to make sure people don’t get busy sitting in church,” says Douglas. “I like to see us not so much as a church, but as a movement.”
Creekside Community Church meets Sundays at 10:30 on the Woodcreek Junior High campus located at 1801 Woodcreek Bend Lane. Check out their upcoming events at www.thecreekside.org.
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