Children's Ministry Staff


PCPC

Tommy Overton

Tommy Overton

Pastor of Family Ministry

Tommy is Assistant Pastor at Park Cities Presbyterian Church where he shepherds the Family Ministry. He has served in five different congregations before the Lord called him to PCPC in 2011. He is married to Priscilla, his wife of 21 years. They have four children, Austin, Elli, Lily, and Judson.

[email protected]
214-224-2764


Austin Ariail

Austin Ariail

Director of Children’s Ministry

Austin is originally from Columbia, South Carolina and grew up a “preacher’s kid.” Through his parent’s faithful witness, he came to know and have a relationship with Christ at 13 years old. Austin graduated from Presbyterian College (S.C.) with a degree in Political Science with aspirations to practice law, but after much prayer and discernment decided to attend seminary. He enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary in the Master of Theology program, where he received his degree in Historical Theology in 2010.

Austin has worked extensively with Children and Youth ministries since he was 16 years old. He has enjoyed many roles, from nursery worker to middle school camp counselor to leading HS Guys discipleship. His passion is to come alongside families to help nurture the gospel in the lives of kids and families.

Austin married his wife in 2011 and they have a daughter.

Austin’s favorite activities include weightlifting, running, biking, ultimate frisbee, reading, and spending time with his family.

[email protected]
214-224-2502


Gale Emerson

Gale Emerson

Ministry Leader of Nursery & Childcare

Gale has served in the PCPC Children’s Ministry since October 1993. Working alongside our wonderful families, volunteers and children has been her greatest joy!

Gale grew up in Dallas and graduated from Highland Park High School. She attend the University of Texas at Austin where she received a degree in elementary education. After graduation, Gale lived in New York City for three and a half years and Lookout Mountain, Tennessee for nine years. Upon her return to Dallas, Gale was a charter member of PCPC and was approached to serve in the Children’s Ministry. She accepted the call and has been so thankful to be able to serve in the church that she loves.

Gale has two grown children and a new grandchild.

[email protected]
214-224-2566


Kim Heflin

Kim Heflin

Senior Administrative Assistant to Children’s Ministry

Kim is originally from Southern California, forth of four children raised in a dedicated Christian home. Her earliest childhood memories include a rich church heritage leading to her accepting Christ as Lord and Savior at the age of 7 during Vacation Bible School. Watching her father tirelessly serve the church as deacon, usher, sound booth technician, and anything else he was asked to do, taught her the tremendous value of serving others, striving to always put their needs above her own.

She joined the workforce full-time right after high school doing administrative work and attended junior college at night. She met her husband Scott in their church high school group and they were married in 1984.

In a huge step of faith, Kim decided to stay home full-time when her first son, Chris, was born in 1992. They had two more children, Ryan and Jenna. After 17 years as a full-time mom and her oldest was preparing for college, she returned to the workforce and her roots of service through administrative support. She came to PCPC after several years of working with para-church ministries sensing God prompting her to consider other options. With her love of children and the desire for them to know the love of Christ, being able to use her administrative abilities to support Children’s Ministry has been a great opportunity only God could have orchestrated.


Matthew Statham

Matthew Statham

Coordinator for Elementary

It’s an absolute blessing to be able to say that I was raised in a Christian home and attended a Bible believing church. I was born and raised in a town just northeast of Atlanta and spent most of my time playing tennis or golf or just trying to survive being the youngest of four! My parents and family, from the time they got married until I was in middle school, attended Perimeter Church and their subsequent plant churches, including Parkview (PCA), which is where I was born. Because of being raised in the church, there was never a time when Jesus wasn’t present in my life. There was however a moment where I truly understood my need for Him. It was in a second grade Sunday School class, where my teacher explained that because of disobeying my parents or not telling the truth or even getting angry with my siblings, I needed to ask Jesus for forgiveness. Even these mistakes, though small as they may seem, needed Jesus, for me to be made right with God. This moment for me was transformational. I realized I needed and wanted to know who Jesus was, and I wanted to receive his forgiveness.

As I continued to grow, I remained very active in youth group and found ways to get involved. Like many who were raised similarly though, my faith was very dependent on how well I performed and not so much on God’s grace and mercy. It was in college, and through the ministry of Reformed University Fellowship, that God’s grace became more important to me than my own self-righteousness. As I left college and began working for RUF as an Intern, Jesus became sweeter and richer in my life. I continue to realize more and more, how great my need for a Savior is.

I am coming to PCPC and Dallas from RUF at Penn State. I worked these last two years on campus, serving and ministering to college students in the middle of Pennsylvania! Prior to that, I served as the Youth Director for my church in Atlanta. Collectively, I have been working with students for the last 5 years and absolutely love it. Please introduce yourself if you see me in the Elementary Hallway or in the Sanctuary — I look forward to serving Christ together with the families and children of Park Cities Presbyterian Church!