Dennis and Cindy Land
Pastor Land and his wife, Cindy, grew up in Andrews, Texas where they were high school sweethearts, marrying in l977. They began their first pastorate in 1982 as lead pastors at First Assembly of God in Livingston, Texas. He served as President of the Livingston Area Ministers Fellowship and as Chairman for Polk County Campmeeting. In 1991, he was elected Presbyter of the Lufkin Section of the North Texas District Assemblies of God. In February 1992, the Lands became lead pastors of First Assembly of God in Nacogdoches, TX. Pastor Land continued to serve as Presbyter through 2012 when he was elected South East Region Executive Presbyter.
Cindy considers her highest calling to have been a wife and mother, enjoying her years of homeschooling their four sons at various times. She served as the Lufkin Section Women’s Ministries Rep from 2002 – 2012. She has served as the Women’s Ministries South East Region Rep since 2012. She plays the keyboard for our worship team and enjoys teaching the college Sunday School class.
The Lands have been privileged to travel to twelve countries on mission trips with the North Texas District Presbytery. While on a mission trip in 1999, God birthed the vision in Pastor Land for a children’s outreach in Nacogdoches. By partnering with children’s evangelist, Richard Konderla, our current ministry of Glory Gang was established. This ministry is now in its sixteenth year, reaching as many as 600 children on Sunday nights.
The Lands highly value family and have been blessed with four sons and four daughters-in-law: Brad & Kaylee, Nathan & Valerie, Blake & Katie, and Colton & Lacy. They are also the proud grandparents of Noah, McKenna, Ava, Mason, Elijah, and Ada. Pastor Land and Cindy have been enjoying their empty nest years by riding their Harley on the beautiful back roads of East Texas. They love Nacogdoches and believe the best days of the church are yet to come!
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Richard and Dottie Konderla
Before meeting at Christ For the Nations in Dallas, Texas, Richard attended San Jacinto College in Deer Park, TX as a Commercial Art major. Dottie grew up in California and moved to Arkansas with her parents where she attended Arkansas State University as an Advertising and Broadcasting major. Dottie worked for a newspaper in advertising design, public relations, and sales. Richard and Dottie married in 1981.
Richard worked for Arthur Young Accounting Agency as their in-house printer. He was also involved in various part-time outreach ministries. The couple accepted the position of home parents at Pleasant Hills Children’s Home in Fairfield, Texas in 1984. The experience was greatly used in forming their hearts and ideas on how to bring children to an understanding of God’s love. Much of their ministry years were spent traveling as children’s evangelists. They moved from Dallas to East Texas in 1996.
Richard and Dottie feel called to reach children for God as well as train up new leaders. They are directors of Glory Gang Ministries, an outreach to children at International Church of Nacogdoches. Their own children are a vital part of the ministry, participating in worship, drama, and route leaders in the bus ministry. In addition to Glory Gang, Richard continues to minister at camps, crusades, and training seminars. Every year junior workers from Glory Gang accompany him to be involved in ministry.
Richard and Dottie are blessed with a large family, Jeremy & Julia, Heidi & Chip Borden, Andrew, Chase & Devin, Lance, and their youngest, Valorie. Six grandchildren, Aiden, Aeri, Amelia, Maci, Jaxon, and Claire.
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