About

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


Our Pastor:

Amanda McGlynn was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she grew up as an active member of Calvary By The Sea Lutheran Church, one of the ten ELCA congregations in the state. From an early age, Amanda recognized that many of her gifts and passions were like those of her pastor, and she has felt called to pastoral ministry since she was 14. 

Pursuing her calling, Amanda attended California Lutheran University so that she could continue discerning her call in a place deeply rooted in the Lutheran tradition. She double majored in Theology & Christian Leadership, and Global Studies, with a Music and Worship minor. In her college summers, she worked at Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp and Ox Lake Lutheran Bible Camp, serving as a counselor, worship leader, and eventually as the High School Ministry Coordinator. It was in college that she met her now husband, Cole. Cole is originally from California and was also at Cal Lutheran pursuing a Theology degree and a future in ministry. They have been married for a year and a half.

After college, Amanda and Cole both went on to attend Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, MN, where they lived for their first two years of studies. For these two years, Amanda worked at Central Lutheran Church, a large congregation in downtown Minneapolis with a strong emphasis on service and social justice. After this, Amanda served as Intern Pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC. Amanda and Cole moved to Texas in August for Cole to serve as Intern Pastor at Shared Lutheran Ministry of Fayette County. Throughout the coming year, Amanda will complete her last semester of seminary courses online.

Apart from work and school, Amanda enjoys cooking, canoeing, rock climbing, quilting, and playing guitar and saxophone. She also loves getting to spend time with their two rescue puppies, an Australian Shepherd named Banjo and a Border Collie named Cricket. Amanda looks forward to accompanying Joyful Life this Fall as God continues to guide and comfort us all through this time of transition.


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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