About

Joyful Life is a family of believers serving all in our community through love and fellowship.


Our Pastor:

Rev. Dr. Jim Gill

On January 14, 2020 Pastor Gill began serving as a part-time Interim Pastor at Joyful Life Lutheran in Magnolia.  He commutes to Magnolia from his home in Jersey Village.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing his original music at venues around the Houston area,

Jim is a native Houstonian.  He graduated from Waltrip High School in Houston in 1969. the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in 1973, Austin Presbyterian Seminary with a Master of Divinity in 1977, and the Doctor of Ministry in 1996. 

Jim and Anne were married in the Austin Seminary Chapel on August 21, 1976.  Anne is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Ethics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.  She is also the Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Education. They are the parents of two children, Andrew (est.1983) and Abbey (est. 1989).   In April of 2015, Abbey and Michael were married and in September of 2015 Andrew and Meghan were married.  All are living in Houston.

On December 31, 2018 Jim retired after over 40 years of ordained ministry.  He has served churches in Galveston, Beaumont, Houston, San Antonio, Pearland, Tomball, Odessa, Baytown and Dickinson.  In Baytown, he served as the 2018 President of the Baytown Area Ministerial Alliance, served on the Baytown Area Chambers County Disaster Recovery team and was a Paul Harris Fellow at the Baytown Rotary.


Our Board of Trustees:

Gerald Evans, President: 832-292-7227

Damian Trudell, Vice President: 713-992-8383

Mark Sommer, Treasurer: 832-948-2666

JoAnn Eichenour, Secretary: 832-693-2288

Deb McDonough, At Large: 832-326-3969

Susan West, At Large: 936-718-9746


Our Band:

Joel Bates, Worship Leader – Vocals, Guitar, Bass

JoDel Sommer – Vocals

Keith Dupree – Drums, Vocals

Stan West – Lead Guitar

Damian Trudell – Bass, Guitar, Vocals

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