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Pastor David Hawkins

    David, his wife Karen and son Wiley moved to Texas in 2010 from his childhood home in Western Colorado. This is David's first call as a Pastor, and he is so grateful to God for the opportunity to serve such a loving, gracious church. 

    David is a former jazz pianist, spending five years with the 298th Army Band in Berlin, Germany, where he met and married Karen. He also served as the Director of Worship and Music for 13 years at First Presbyterian Church in Grand Junction, CO. He graduated from Colorado Mesa University (formerly Mesa State College) with a degree in Piano Performance, and completed his M.Div at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. 

    David feels called to explore the new challenges of music and worship in today's changing world, especially in terms of encountering God with both hearts and minds, the conflict between traditional and contemporary culture, and the intersection of Spirit and Ritual. 

    David continues to indulge his hobbies by playing Jazz here in Plainview with his son Wiley on Bass, and is the pianist for the Hub City Jazz Orchestra based in Lubbock. He serves on the boards of Habitat, Rotary, the Plainview Symphony Orchestra (Vice President), and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board for Hale County (Chair).


Organist: Jim Tirey    

    First Presbyterian has blessed our family with love, grace, and kindness.  I am humbled to serve on the Session and as the moderator for the Stewardship and Finance Committee.  My wife and I have three children, whose activities provide activity for us.  I also enjoy reading, writing, and playing piano and organ.  The rest of the time, I practice law as Hale County Attorney.






Office Administrator Karen Hawkins    

    Hi there! My name is Karen (pronounced like 'car-in'-the garage) Hawkins and I have been the Office Administrator at FPC Plainview since September 2011. I was born in England, and raised in Berlin, Germany. I met David in Berlin while he was in the Army, and we married in 1989. I've lived in the States since 1992. Our family moved to Plainview in January 2010 after David graduated from seminary in Atlanta, GA. While it is not typical for the pastor’s wife to be the church secretary (at least in the Presbyterian church!) I have really found my calling. I like being involved in ministry, and I see my job mainly in making the elders’ job easier by providing administrative support to their ministries. 

    After being “nomads” from 2005-2010 our family has found a place to put down roots at FPC Plainview and we will be forever grateful! 

    I enjoy reading, spending time with both my family and church family, walking my dogs, putzing around on the computer, wine tasting, learning about new people and things and I even enjoy cooking from time to time. 


Director of Music (Position Open) 

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Custodian Pete Samaripa

    I was born in Austin, Texas. I am married to Olga and we have a daughter (robbie) and a grandson (Albert).

    I retired from Cargill meat solutions after 36 years of service, and then worked in the Plainview ISD custodial department until I retired for good in 2014. My hobbies include riding my motorcycle and spending time with my grandson.





Organist Emeritus Karen Sandlin

   Karen is a lifelong member of the Presbyterian church, having been raised in the Presbyterian faith by her loving parents and her childhood church, FPC, Tulia. Shortly after their marriage, Karen and husband Bruce joined FPC, Plainview. The Sandlins have 2 children, 2 children by marriage, and 6 grandchildren.

    Karen’s musical journey began with piano lessons in the 5th grade and continued until her senior year in high school. During this time, she also received private voice lessons and sang in the church and school choirs. The remainder of her musical training has been received “on the job”. Karen became the church organist on May 1, 1988 as a “temporary solution” to the church having no organist. Always considering herself a pianist, the change to the organ was a challenge.

    Through the church’s loving support and great patience, Karen now considers herself a pianist and an organist [Pastor’s note: a great pianist/organist!]. She also assumed the duties of choir director on January 1, 2007. She loves working with the choir and cherishes the friendships that have developed. Karen feels led by God and the people of the church to offer her talent for God’s work and praise. Karen says music speaks to her soul and is an ever present part of her life. Karen's last Sunday at the organ bench as the Church organist was May 5th. She still, however, blesses the congregation as a substitute when Jim needs a break, and also substitutes for churches around the panhandle.