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STAFF

REV. NICOLE BATES

Pastor

Rev. Nicole Bates was installed as NorthPark’s Pastor in 2020. She loves NPPC’s friendliness and inclusiveness, love for music and arts, and focus on outreach and mission.

Nicole holds degrees from the University of Iowa (B.A. in Religion, Master of Social Work) and McCormick Theological Seminary (M.Div.). A Midwestener and lifelong Presbyterian, Nicole served two churches in Chicagoland before her move to Dallas in 2008.

Nicole is married to Trey Angel, whose son Chase is a second year college student. In her free time, you can find her practicing yoga, at White Rock Lake, or cheering on the Chicago Cubs.

Rev. Nicole Bates

Kathy McCarron

Director of Christian Education

Kathy, a life-long Dallas native, has been involved in children’s ministry over 30 years as a volunteer, church staff member, and ministry consultant. She graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio with a degree in education and is a PCUSA Certified Christian Educator. Talking about ministry for children is exciting for Kathy and she is passionate about encouraging parents and congregations as they nurture the spiritual formation of children.

 

Kathy and her husband, Mike, have three adult children and three grandchildren.

 

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Kathy McCarron
 

Ellen Mata

Director of Mission & Older Adults

Ellen joined our staff after many years of working in the Dallas nonprofit area. She began her career as the Director of Children and Youth at The Stewpot. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of the English Language Ministry. With a professional background in social work, she has had the opportunity to serve some of Dallas' most vulnerable.

 

Ellen is married to Michael, and they have two children, Jackson and Katie. Ellen's heart for mission and her background in volunteer training make her the perfect fit for the mission endeavors of NorthPark.

 

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Ellen Mata
 

Tinsley Silcox

Director of Music

 

In addition to serving as Director of Music at NorthPark Presbyterian, Tinsley is also Choirmaster at St. Mark's School of Texas.  During his tenure at NorthPark, the Sanctuary Choir has performed numerous large works with orchestra, including Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem, Rutter’s Gloria and Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, and Beethoven’s Mass in C Major.  Choirs at NorthPark under his direction have sung for the AdventSing in Vienna, Austria where the choir also performed at Schönbrum Palace, for the Festival Chorale Toscana in Montecatini Terme, Italy, and at cathedrals across the UK, including St. Paul’s in London, Glouchester Cathedral, and St. Jiles in Edinburgh.

 

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Tinsley Silcox

Louis Walker 
Organist

Louis Walker earned a BA in Organ and Voice from California State University, and religious graduate studies in Portland, Oregon.  Music became an avocation after earning a BS in Computer Science and an MBA, focusing on audit of computer systems and business operations.  Citigroup relocated him to Irving in 2003 where he works as an Audit Manager, evaluating bank back-office operations.

 

Balancing business life with music, he has served as organist and choirmaster at several congregations of varying traditions.  Louis is excited to be part of the NPPC family and to help lead worship on the phenomenal Cassavant!

 

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Louis Walker

Erick Reich
Director, Handbell Choir

Erick Reich is a graduate of The Meadows School of the Arts at SMU where he studied Music and Vocal/Operatic Performance with an emphasis on Works from the 20th Century. He had the opportunity to perform throughout the USA, Canada and Italy during his tenure as a Performing Artist. Teaching is his true passion, however. He currently serves on the faculty at the esteemed Lakewood Elementary School in Dallas ISD where he teaches Music & Theater Education. His campus is the 1st in the district to expand and Integrate their Performing Arts Curriculum to include Theater at the elementary level alongside Music.

 

At NorthPark Presbyterian, Erick is the director of the "Jubilate

Ringers" Handbell Choir and is a soloist/section leader with the

NorthPark Sanctuary Choir. He has been in the Music Ministry since February of 2016.

 

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Erick Reich

Carol Blackwood

Director of Children's Music

Carol's father, Jim Farabee, was the Sanctuary Choir Director and organist here at NPPC and she's enjoyed following in his footsteps!  Carol has a BFA in Acting from the University of Texas in Austin and served as the staging director for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's Children's Chorus for the Christmas Celebration concerts from 2007-2009.  She performed with "RSVP. . . the vocal group," winner of the Manhattan Area Cabaret award in 1988, and has directed several children's musicals for Grace Presbytery.  She is Director of Marketing for Our Redeemer Lutheran School.  Carol has an extensive background in music and musical theater.  Other national credits include "Four out of Five Doctors" comedy improv and hundreds of radio voice-over, TV and film parts.

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Carol Blackwood

Cheryl Cunningham
Membership Coordinator

Cheryl is a longtime member of NorthPark Presbyterian Church, serving as both an elder and a deacon in addition to numerous committee and volunteer endeavors. She has four children and seven grandchildren. She joined the staff in December 2013 in an interim capacity to help with membership services, but made the decision to remain as a part-time staff member.

She has a business degree from the University of Arkansas and had a 30+ career as Employee Benefits Manager in Human Resources. Her professional background means her attention to detail and computer skills are a welcome addition to the NorthPark team.

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Cheryl Cunningham

Julia Sargent
Business 
Administrator

Julia is a northwest native, living most of her life in Oregon. She and her husband Jeff moved to Dallas in October 2020, to spend more time with Jeff's mom, Faith. She has a diverse background in finance, working for one of Oregon's largest wineries, Yamhill County's Health and Human Services, and most recently, Pentacle Theatre. Her passions include animals (they have a kitty called Charlie), theater, music, and the University of Oregon Ducks!

 

Jeff and Julia have felt so welcome at NorthPark Presbyterian, and Julia is thrilled to join the staff.

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Julia Sargent

Martica Luckey
Communications Manager

Martica is a native of Colombia and a naturalized citizen of the United States. She couples her love of the church with expertise in graphic design, website and social media design and management, and photography. She serves as NorthPark’s Communications Manager.

 

Martica and her husband, David, have a 21-year-old son named Miles. 

 

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Martica Luckey

Greg Miller
Facilities Manager 

Greg is a Dallas native who grew up in Tyler. He graduated from Baylor University, where he met his wife, Susan. Greg spent over 30 years in the sales industry, has two daughters, two son-in-laws, and four grandchildren!

 

Greg’s hobbies include playing guitar, photography and watching sports, especially English football (soccer!) His furry family members include two dogs. 

 

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Greg Miller