Children's Ministry Director
Margaret became the Children's Ministry Director in 2017 and is passionate about helping children and their families connect to Jesus and the church as they grow in faith. She teaches preschool at a local private school and enjoys reading in her free time. Margaret and her husband of 36 years, Rick, have 3 daughters, 2 sons-in-law and 10 beautiful grandchildren.
Frances Smudricks has served as Office Administrator at HRBC since July, 2018. Upon retirement from the Financial Services Industry in March, 2017, she moved from Texas and now happily resides in Sulphur with her daughter, Amy and granddaughter, Brodie. Her goal is to be close to her family, establish a church family and continue to grow as a Christian. With God’s direction, prayer and leadership, those goals are being achieved.
Jamie has been the Media Director at HRBC since February 2017 and is responsible for promotions, social media, and the Houston River website. She is an English Pre-Law major at McNeese State University and is passionate about serving others. She also enjoys books and musical theater.
“I will teach you and instruct you in the way that you should go; I will guide you with my eye.”
"I have served as the Senior Pastor of Houston River since Spring of 1997. There are many hats that I wear as pastor: preacher, teacher, counselor, shepherd, leader, and manager, but I know I am most like Jesus when I am serving others. I cannot get away from Jesus’ words in Mark 10:45: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve; and to give his life as a ransom for many.” While I get to experience many joys as a pastor, the single thing that brings me the most joy is watching the life-change that occurs in a person who begins following the Lord. I have been happily married to my first girlfriend, Tammy Heirtzler Gothrup, for 30 plus years. We have two children, Lydia and Timothy and two dogs, Scupper and Roxie. Also, in May of 2016 my mother, Nita Gothrup, moved in with us. We have been blessed with two grandchildren through Lydia and her husband, Jeff. Ever since I was a child, I have had a love for fishing. While I prefer bass, I’m never disappointed when something else bites my bait. It is often said that a bad day on the water beats a good day in the office. However, I have never had a bad day on the water, whether I catch or not, it is a great way to relax."