Pastor Manda was ordained into the United Church of Christ in 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. Over the next 6 years, Manda served in churches in Ithaca, Rochester, and Buffalo, New York. She is thrilled to be joining us in ministry here in East Dallas, as she has many friends and family in the Metroplex and also in Houston and Austin. Manda and her partner, Syed Rehman, live an interfaith life and enjoy sharing about how their Christian and Muslim faiths intersect and help one another grow in faith. They share their home with 2 dogs, Sadie and Sunshine, and a cat, Sammy.
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Richard Abrahamson, our music director, hails from Amarillo, Texas. Following college preparatory studies at Amarillo College and Texas Tech University, Richard did his professional training at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Texas Christian University and the Juilliard School. He is an active member of the UCC Musicians Association, where he serves on the UCCMA Journal review board, and the UCC Musicians National Network.
Richard joined First Community in November 2003. He also serves on the teaching staff of the dance division of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, where he has been since 1978.
Debbie Sather, our church secretary and administrative assistant, has been with First Community Church since 1999. Debbie was born and raised in Minnesota. She moved to the Dallas area in 1982 with her husband, Larry. Debbie and Larry have five grown children and eight grandchildren. Their daughter, Amanda, was married by Ed at First Community in 2002. Debbie spends her free time gardening, volunteering in the Plano community and enjoying her grandchildren.