“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."