Rev. Jose Lopez-Chapa
Pastor José and his family are so immensely grateful to be a part of the wonderful worshiping community of Fallston Presbyterian Church!
Since being transplanted to Harford County from Northern Michigan, the Lópezes have LOVED being a part of this dynamic community and being adopted Marylanders! Originally from Texas, Pastor José is thankful to God for the journey that has led him to Fallston PC. After graduating from college with a degree in BioEnvironmental Science from Texas A&M University, Pastor José worked for the state of Texas for a short time before entering seminary at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. There, Pastor José met his partner, the Rev. Dr. Melissa López, where they fell in love, married, and graduated from seminary. Upon graduation, they served in different ministry capacities in Dallas, Texas for a couple of years before the birth of their son Noah. After Noah’s birth, the family moved to Northern Michigan, where Pastor José and Pastor Melissa served in ministry together for several wonderful years filled with lots of snow and many delightful adventures, including the birth of daughter Clara! The journey now continues in Harford County where the Lópezes have enjoyed being part of this great community even rooting for the Ravens and Orioles! (Even though Pastor José is a life-long Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks fan, as well as Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars, and FC Dallas, having grown up in the Dallas area and Pastor Melissa is a life-long Denver Broncos and Colorado Avalanche fan—the family has genuinely enjoyed rooting for the O’s and Ravens, when they’re not playing those other teams!)
Pastor Melissa is the pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, and the kiddos enjoy spending time with both of their church families!
In his spare time, Pastor José enjoys all kinds of sports—see the note above—as well as art, drawing, painting, creating things, and cooking! Having grown up in Texas, Pastor José is a big fan of all forms of barbecue, but especially Texas BBQ, and loves using his pellet smoker bbq and grill as often as he can! Additionally, he loves Mexican food and was taught how to cook his family’s delicious Mexican recipes by his loving mom.
On behalf of the López family, we are so grateful to God for the opportunity to be a part of such a loving and embracing community. We are excited to see what God is doing and will continue to do with the Fallston Presbyterian Church!
Linda grew up here in the Baltimore area, She spent 16 years living in Myrtle Beach, but a few years back returned to live in Fallston. She and her husband have 5 grown children. She loves to travel and read.
Linda loves children and has worked as a substitute Pre-K teacher and daycare provider She has extensive background working in the office as part of several small businesses. She is versatile and organized, and brings a welcome smile to everyone who is part of our church and Pre-K community.
An accomplished international performer, Chinese pianist Tian Lu has appeared as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout Asia, the United States, Europe, and South America. She has made numerous guest appearances with many orchestras across the world. She and her husband, also a highly accomplished musician, have two children. Tian is passionate about music of all kinds, and hopes to encourage members and friends of the congregation who have musical skills to participate in worship using their gifts.
Kelly has a passion for helping children learn, with background in curriculum and professional development. She earned a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and a master's degree in instructional technology. Kelly taught for 15 years in Harford County and the private sector, and served as the Director of a Virtual Learning Center. She created a learning coach program to help mentor teachers in their development. Kelly is also a mom of a Pre-K graduate here at Fallston Community Pre-K and cites her love for this program and its great academic foundation as key reasons why she is delighted to serve as its Director.