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Meet the Elder: Brent Dorsey

Story told by Brent Dorsey on September 20, 2016

Name: Brent Dorsey, Elder Class of 2019               

Occupation: Recently retired from the electric utility business (Environmental Policy and Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions, commodity trading and marketing).

Family info: Married to Pluma for 37 years, two children, four grand-daughters, two great grand-sons.

Where are you from? Pascagoula, MS What’s the best thing about your hometown? What a wonderful place to grow up as a kid.  Total freedom on a bicycle to explore, go fishing and not cause a mom to worry.

How did you find your way to FPC? Recommended by a co-worker in 1996. Joined Chancel Choir in 1997. Left in 2002 to move to Jackson, MS and New Orleans, LA, returned in 2009. 

Why did you keep coming back? The message, the choir, the friendliness of members. When we joined we lived in West U. In 1997, we moved to The Woodlands and continued FPC. The Chancel Choir is FPC’s largest “small group,” a group of voices that are really an extended family. Joining the choir has been the most meaningful and spiritual part of my life.  

What is playing on your iPod/computer right now? Just finished listening to my collection of vinyl records. Started with A and went to Z. A real old school trip down memory lane.

What is your favorite Houston restaurant? After living in New Orleans, Brennan’s is one of our favorites. Also really like Goode Company (BBQ and Seafood), Chuy's, Pappadeaux and America’s.

What do you love about our city? If New Orleans is a great place to visit, then Houston is a great place to live.  It is the most “can do” city, continually re-inventing itself, diverse and the most FRIENDLY PEOPLE!

What countries have you traveled to? Canada, England, Scotland, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Honduras, Austria, Israel, Palestine, Jordan. Still have a bunch on the bucket list (Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, South Africa, Kenya and more).

What do you do for fun and relaxation? Golf, travel, cook, entertain, be a tourist, museums, movies.

If you could have brunch with 3 people from history, who would you choose?  Jesus, Paul, Abraham (religious), Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein, Leonardo D ’Vinci (secular-religious).

Who has been a mentor for you in the Christian faith? My mother and maternal grandfather, more recent readings of CS Lewis and Andrew Murray.

What is your greatest hope for the church? That we can exceed the goals set forth in Vision 2020. Ten new church plants and 10,000 new members. Expand our services to include other languages (Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, others). Leverage our location to the Museum District, Montrose, Midtown and the Third Ward to become the church that Jesus would say, “well done good and faithful servants.”  

Discuss a bit of your faith journey. I was a dedicated pew warmer for years, volunteered for youth programs for the kids but was only lukewarm as a Christian. During a particularly difficult transition in a relocation, I prayed for God’s guidance. I was able to connect to a church that I was able to really commit to. With each successive move, finding a church was the priority. Active participation in missions and the choir also helped to cement my relationship with Christ. 

What are some of the mission/service programs that excite you? A recent mission trip to the Micah Project showed me how good we have it here in Houston. The poverty of Honduras and the Micah boys is stark and humbling. How can we not work to change the future for these sons of the Father? 

A recent trip to the Holy Land and more specifically Jordan was especially brutal. I saw Christian missionaries “in the trenches" doing God’s work. They were helping Syrian refugees relocate and avoid the dangerous tent cities set up near the borders. I could only begin to see and understand the work being done by these Christian Soldiers for Syrian refugees.  

What service do you attend? Sunday School class? I sing in the Chancel Choir for the 9:30 and 10:45 services, and I am an auxiliary member of the Boomers class.

Interesting facts

  • Served as Elder in Clifton, VA, New Orleans, LA and now FPC Houston.
  • LSU football fan
  • Paid for college as a stagehand at LSU in the 1970s
  • I expect the most meaningful part of my life is still ahead of me!