Rev Mike O’Neil, Pastor
The session is pleased to announce that Rev Mike O’Neil will serve the congregation as our new pastor.
Mike grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and attended Austin College. My wife is Christine and we have been married since 2022 and she grew up in Norman and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. Our Daughter Grace graduated high school this year and will be attending TCU next month. We are also bringing our dog Natasha down to Texas.
We feel blessed to be called to United Presbyterian Church and are grateful for the opportunity to served here. I believe Jesus has called us to do wonderful things together, Have fun and grow together.
Ethan Gainer, Music Coordinator/Organist
Ethan is our music coordinator/lead musician/accompanist/organist extraordinaire! He joined the UPC staff in early 2021. Ethan Gainer, FAGO, was the first ever winner of the newly created Colleague Prize of the American Guild of Organists in 2015. In 2017 he was accepted as a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists (FAGO), winning the Fellowship Prize for the highest score in the nation on that year’s examination. In 2018 he began studying Organ Performance with Jesse Eschbach at the University of North Texas where he was recognized with the Outstanding Graduate Student in Organ award, and in 2019 was the First Prize winner in the graduate division of the 48th Hall Pipe Organ Competition in San Antonio. He is currently planning a series of recitals presenting the complete organ works Marcel Dupré. Ethan lives in Greenville with his wife, Mary, and three sons, John, James, and Julian.
Pat De Mayo, Administrative Assistant
Pat joined the UPC staff in 2014. She graduated from Greenville High School and attended Howard Payne University, Paris Junior College, and Texas A&M University in Commerce. She taught private music lessons for 45 year and was a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers. She worked for GISD for 40 years teaching music, computer science and as the office administrator. Pat has been the Childers’s Director for Park Street Baptist Church since 1978.