The staff of Central Presbyterian Church in Waxahachie is committed to sharing the love of Jesus Christ and pursuing Christ’s mission in the world. Please feel free to contact us with questions, concerns, prayer requests.
Matt Curry – Pastor
The Rev. Matt Curry is a Texas native and longtime journalist. Pastor Matt grew up on a small farm south of Iowa Park, the son of a carpenter and a schoolteacher. He graduated with a degree in journalism and political science from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls and a master’s in divinity from Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth.
Pastor Matt has been involved in prison ministry through the ecumenical Kairos program and worked as a volunteer for the Soupmobile homeless feeding program in Dallas and Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth. He also served as a minister-in-training at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth.
Prior to his calling as a pastor, he worked as a reporter/editor at the Wichita Falls Times Record News, Amarillo Globe-News, Corpus Christi Caller-Times and for 13 years at The Associated Press in Dallas. He has also been a legislative aide in the State Capitol.
His interests include the intersection of the Bible with the issues of homelessness, poverty, mental illness and immigration. He and his wife Kerry have two children: Jaron and Emma.
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Randy Arey – Organist
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 grandson, Dean Walter.
Tom Tickner – Choir Director
The Rev. Tom Tickner has returned to his musical roots as Choir Director at CPC. Tom began his career directing choirs at Adams Middle School in Alice, Texas, and New Braunfels High School for nearly 10 years, from 1972-1981. He left teaching to enter Austin Presbyterian Seminary. Tom then served as the solo pastor at Chisholm Trail Presbyterian Church in Yukon, Okla., from 1984-2003. Tom continued his ministry with the residents of Grace Presbyterian Village in Dallas, serving as their pastor for the next 14 years until he retired in 2017. CPC welcomed Tom in early 2018.
Tom received his Bachelor’s of Musical Education from the University of Texas at Austin, his Master’s in Music with emphasis in Music Literature and Conducting from UT-San Antonio, and his Master’s in Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Tom and his wife, Susan, have two sons, Stephen, who with wife Bianca lives in New York City; and Mark, who with wife Molly resides in Austin. The Tickners have three granddaughters.
Johnna Breedon – Office Administrator
Johnna’s hobby is her family. She and her husband, Harold, have two children, Aidin 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 – Sexton
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.