Dr. Michael Scott Passmore, a native of Enid, Oklahoma, was born into a military family allowing his early years to be filled with many experiences of different cultures, lifestyles, and religious orientation. Following his graduation from Roosevelt High School here in San Antonio, Michael began his college education in the field of Marine Biology at Texas A & M University. Changing majors took him to Phillips University in Enid, where he received a B.S. in Religion and a B.S. in Psychology. Seminary training gained him a Master of Divinity degree from the Graduate Seminary in Enid. Michael completed his Doctor of Ministry study at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
He has served as youth minister at First Christian Church in Tulsa, student pastor at First Christian Church in Putnam, Evangelism and Membership Minister at First Christian in Stillwater, interim minister at First Christian Church in Benton, Kentucky, and senior minister at First Christian Church in Mayfield, Kentucky. He was the senior minister at First Christian Church in Lubbock, Texas for over 20 years, before coming to Central Christian Church.
Michael has served as a member of the Oklahoma Youth Congress, the Kentucky Regional Committee on Evangelism, and the Regional Task Force on Central America. He has taken members of his congregations on many mission trips in the United States and throughout the world. In 1979, he was nominated as one of the Outstanding Young Men in America. He is the father of three adult children.
Nelson, born in Yauco, Puerto Rico, is a Commissioned Disciples Minister. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from St. Mary’s Catholic University in Puerto Rico. Nelson was commissioned in the U S. Army and retired after 20 years with the rank of Major. His Master’s degree in Computer Science is from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. In May 2004 he earned his Disciples Minister’s Commission.
Nelson began serving Central Christian Church as the Minister of Hispanic Ministries in 2004. In the summer of 2009, Nelson became Central's Associate Minister. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker. Nelson and his wife, Roxana, Central’s Children’s Minister, have three children.
Roxana Torres is a native of Honduras, Central America. Roxana received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the Autonomous University of Honduras. Roxana has served Central as the Children's Minister since the fall of 2008. She received her Disciples Minister's Commission in the summer of 2009.
Cristina E. Slaughter began attending Central Christian Church in 1988 and upon joining the church she joined the Chancel and Handbell choirs. Cristina has served as Board Secretary, Deacon and on the Nominating Committee. She has been a member of the Worship Committee, Membership Committee, and was Chair of the Furnishings and Equipment Committee.
Cristina earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and a Master of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from The University of the Incarnate Word. She then worked at the McNay Art Museum as a librarian’s assistant and as a curatorial assistant for the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts. She has also worked for the Southwest School of Art and at a local civil engineering firm. Most recently she was an art instructor at St. Philip’s College. Her husband, James, is retired from the U. S. Army.
George has been the organist and carillonneur for Central Christian Church since 1958. George received a Bachelor’s Degree from Tulsa University and a Master’s in Music from The University of Texas at Austin. He edited The Bulletin (a scholarly journal) for The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America for 16 annual issues.
A multi-talented musician, George was a professor of Music at San Antonio College for 39 years, where he taught organ, cello, harp, music theory, and Renaissance instruments. He is the Director of the San Antonio Early Music Ensemble, and was in residence with the Sante Fe Desert Chorale and also The San Antonio Children's Chorus. George received special recognition from the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America with a rarely bestowed honorary membership. The Berkeley Medal for "Distinguished service to the Carillon" was awarded to him in 1985 by the University of California at Berkeley. He performs as a guest carillonneur throughout the United States and internationally. For over 20 years he was the harpsichordist/organist for the San Antonio Symphony. He was also a cellist for the Army at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. A man with a quiet, wry sense of humor, he proudly states that as long as he played his cello at Fort Sam, San Antonio was never invaded!
As a singer, conductor, and classical guitarist, Jennifer Whatley has delighted in sharing her love for choral and instrumental music with the children of Texas for three decades. Past teaching positions include WB Ray High School, (Corpus Christi) Winston Churchill High School, Samuel Clemens and Byron Steele High Schools (San Antonio) and a sabbatical chorale position at Trinity University. An advocate for active community choruses, Whatley served for three seasons as the Director of the Alamo City Ensemble Singers, and two seasons as Artistic Director of the Alamo City Men’s Chorale. She is currently serving as Director of IlluMen mens chorus (San Antonio.)
Ask Ms. Whatley about her most significant accomplishment, and she will beam describing her many former students who have progressed to become conductors, professional singers, classical guitarists, university professors, arrangers and public school music teachers around the U.S and Europe. Now retired from public school teaching, Ms. Whatley is an active performer with the professional choruses, Conspirare of Austin, the San Antonio Chamber Chorus, the San Antonio Opera, and Vox Humana of Dallas.
Sara Tavitas joined Central Christian Church as bookkeeper in August 2012. She is a native of San Antonio and a graduate of Holmes High School. She love all things related to numbers and feels blessed to be using her talents for our church. She has been married to her husband Jay since 20004 and they have four children.
Megan Bernal moved from Ohio to the San Antonio area in 2011 with her husband, Adam. Megan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
She loves sports and the outdoors. Megan and Adam are expecting their first child in September.
Jose Lopez has worked for Central Christian Church and the CCC Childcare Center since 1996. Keeping the house of the Lord clean gives Joe great pride. His wife, Eleanore, also works for the CCC Childcare Center. They are the parents of an 11-year old boy and a 12-year old girl.
Marshall Blackmon is a native of Ft. Worth, Texas, where he attended Trimble Tech High School. He served in the U. S. Army from 1969 to 1973. Marshall has 38 years of experience in maintenance and building houses.