REV. Jose Lopez

Interim Pastor

The Rev. José López comes to us from Traverse City, Michigan and will serve as Christ Our King’s “bridge” pastor until the new pastor is called. A native of the great state of Texas, José grew up in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and felt a call to ministry at a young age. Upon earning and completing a Bachelor of Science in BioEnvironmental Science from Texas A&M University, José began working for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in Austin, Texas. After a short stint there, the call to ministry was too much to ignore and José began his work to receive his Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. It was during this time that he met and fell in love with the love of his life, Melissa. After getting married, Melissa and José moved to Dallas where Melissa served a church and José completed his ordination requirements and worked with the presbytery and synod. During this time serving in Dallas, Melissa and José were blessed to welcome their first child, Noah Austin López. Soon after Noah was born, Melissa and José were called to serve at the Presbyterian Church of Traverse City, in Traverse City, Michigan. A short time after that, Melissa and José were blessed to welcome their second child, Clara Ruth López. The López’s spent 6½ wonderful years serving in beautiful Traverse City, and are now thrilled to call Bel Air home. Melissa is currently serving as pastor at First Presbyterian Church Bel Air and José is excited to be working with Christ Our King and looking forward to the great things God has in store for us!

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Office Manager

Born and raised in Maryland, Donna has served as the Office Manager at Christ Our King since March 2003.  She has been an active member of Christ Our King since May of 2011 when she transferred membership from Aisquith Presbyterian Church in Parkville.

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Rick Schaech

Director of Music/Organist

Born in Baltimore and raised in Bel Air, Rick has served as Organist/Choir Accompanist at Christ Our King since July, 2011. Serving as a church musician for over forty years, Rick began serving the church as an Assistant Organist at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Bel Air in 1975. He also served as accompanist for the Bel Air High School Counterpoints during his junior and senior years at Bel Air which were the first and second years of the choir's existence.

After high school, Rick earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organ Performance at Towson University as a student of Dr. Thomas Spacht graduating Summa Cum Laude and Class Co-Valedictorian. Following graduation from Towson, Rick moved to Cincinnati and earned the Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a student of Dr. Roberta Gary.

Rick has served churches in Maryland and Ohio, most notably The Church of the Redeemer (Episcopal) in Baltimore as Assistant Organist to Arthur Rhea where he also served as Handbell Choir Director and The Cathedral Church of St Peter in Chains (Roman Catholic) in Cincinnati as Assistant Organist to Haldan Tompkins.

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