Dr. Bob Bullock
Bob Bullock was raised a Methodist and ordained a Baptist preacher, but has spent much of his career serving Presbyterians. The affable Bullock, who spent his childhood on a ranch in New Mexico, now is said to merit the title of being “a true Texan down to his very boots.”
“Some of my friends call me a ‘Methobapterian,’” Bob said. “Together, I bring the strengths of each of these respective traditions: a passion for spirituality, the gift of evangelism, and faith in a personal God who calls us to Himself in His kind providence.”
Among his other talents, Bullock is a classically trained musician, able to play long, complex passages from memory, so it comes as no surprise that he generally preaches without notes, a pulpit, or a written sermon. His personal extemporaneous, out of the pulpit style will likely keep you from falling asleep. Bob sees the Sunday message as a piece of spoken art in which the Spirit-inspired Scriptures come alive for his listeners.
“My spiritual passion is helping people find a personal relationship with God and to grow spiritually. I enjoy equipping the congregation to share their faith and to minister to others. My vision for the Church is one that makes disciples for Jesus Christ,” he says.
Dr. Bullock’s Bachelor of Arts is from Baylor University, his Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and his Doctor of Ministry is from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. His dissertation, The Encounter of God as Personal Spiritual Renewal, was recognized as “a gift to the Church." He is currently working on two books for publication, Developing a Christian Mind and A Survival Manual for Churches in Crises.
Bullock led churches around Texas and in the Atlanta area before coming to West Isle and Galveston Island. Along with helping Bob in ministry, his wife, Beth, is a personal trainer and a group fitness instructor. They have five children and three granddaughters scattered across Texas.
Galveston should be a good fit for a couple who enjoys history and count dog walking, bird watching and swimming among their leisure time activities.
Although you’ll never hear Angelo acknowledge this fact, one of God’s best gifts to West Isle Presbyterian Church is our Music Director, Angelo Tolentino. Angelo’s honest faith, clear convictions, positive spirit, and beautiful voice make our praise and worship more meaningful to all who participate.
Angelo grew up in the Philippines, one of 11 siblings, and attended one of the first Presbyterian churches in that country. His father was in the U.S. Navy and wanted his children to become US citizens, so Angelo moved to California with his family at the age of seven. Music was always a big part of Angelo’s life; an older brother, Tony, a gifted baritone, encouraged him to sing in church and for entertainment at parties. Angelo received his formal training in music at San Francisco State University and has spent his life using his God-given gift to praise God and bring people to Christ.
Although he was raised a Christian, Angelo did not know Christ fully until he started going to church in Las Vegas where he was playing in casinos. “It’s really something when God takes hold of a life and starts changing everything.” God caused a hunger and thirst for His Word which made Angelo desire to study His Word and theology on his own, especially the works of R.C. Sproul, a renown Presbyterian minister and theologian.
In an answer to prayer, God took Angelo from Las Vegas and put him in Galveston, Texas. In Galveston, Angelo met his wife, Crystal, and continues to play professionally locally.
Angelo is blessed with 2 sons. His son Angelo is a missionary, with his family, and son Micah is a musician with pop star Justin Beiber.
Angelo believes his greatest success in life is coming to know Christ as his Lord and Savior. "Any success I have is not of my doing; it’s from God. You can’t help but be humble when you know it’s all about God.”