Children's Ministry Director

Margaret Schreve

The Lord your God is near you, a mighty warrior, ready to save, He takes great delight in you, He will comfort you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17


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.

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Finance Director

Sandra Sallier

Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7

Sandra has been a part of the HRBC team since February 2019 and is responsible for Accounts Receivables and Payables. 

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Maintenance Director

Sam Smudricks

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, so that whosoever believeth in Him may not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16


Sam has been a member of the Maintenance Staff at Houston River since 2016. His responsibilities include assisting in repair and upkeep of buildings on campus. He has three wonderful children, his son Scott and two daughters Toni and Samantha.

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Office Administrator

Frances Smudricks

Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21


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.     

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Media Director

Jamie Young

Above all, love one another deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8

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.

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Lonnie Gothrup


“I will teach you and instruct you in the way that you should go; I will guide you with my eye.” 

Psalm 32:8

"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."

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