west isle team

The staff and leadership here at West Isle Presbyterian Church is comprised of men and women who love, care, and pray for every single person in the church.

  • Chris Bower


    Born and raised in Mississippi, Chris was eighteen years old when he sensed a call to ministry. Since then, he has lived and ministered in 10 US states, 2 foreign countries, and has led mission teams in other parts of the US and the world. Chris is amazed by the love of Jesus, loves engaging others in a relationship with Christ, and is devoted to his family.

    Chris and his wife, Krista, are blessed with 3 beautiful children: Roman, Graeme, and Elise. The Bower family moved to Galveston just this August 2020. They feel so blessed to be a part of the West Isle family, love Galveston, and look forward to investing in the community.

  • angelo tolentino

    music director

    Angelo grew up in the Philippines, one of 11 siblings, and attended one of the first Presbyterian churches in that country. 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.

    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.”

  • darcie lilley-heagney

    children's ministry

    Darcie Lilley-Heagney is a Galveston native, childcare expert, and self-proclaimed kid-at-heart. Although raised in a Catholic household, at 16 she found her calling at a Baptist church in need of a nursery director. Since then, Darcie has received professional training in child evangelism at Word Power Church in League City, TX and has been able to serve many ministries in need.

    Darcie received her Associates of Arts Degree at College of the Mainland and became a devoted Godmother to her two amazing nieces (now THREE nieces and a nephew!) shortly thereafter. Darcie helped raise up Logos Christian School in Dickinson, TX and until it's close, taught art weekly and chaperoned her Godkids' field trips.

    Mrs. Lilley-Heagney recently married Jason Lilley-Heagney on a beach not too far from West Isle Presbyterian and considers herself blessed to find a partner who also believes that "all that you do, be done in Love." (1 Corinthians 16:14) Together, they work several jobs to support their four pets and their penchant for travel.

    Darcie is currently a homeschooling nanny, a part-time drama teacher, and a child minister at West Isle Presbyterian. She strives to serve the Lord through serving others and through leading youth to build strong foundations in Christ.

  • kira mcdermott

    communications director

    Kira McDermott grew up in Seabrook, TX but now calls Galveston Island home, along with her husband, Brandon. After receiving her Bachelors of Science Degree from Texas State University, she began working at the National Marine Fisheries Service Galveston laboratory, where she currently serves as Outreach Coordinator. 

    Upon relocating to the Galveston area, Kira and Brandon visited several churches but were drawn to West Isle Presbyterian Church's warm spirit and inspiring messages. West Isle's very own, Dr. Bob, performed the McDermott's marriage ceremony in 2016. Kira is now West Isle's Communications Director and loves to share the wonderful things happening at West Isle with others. 

session members

and areas of responsibility

Chris Bower - Session Moderator, Evangelism, Discipleship (409) 370-3341

Mike Shriner - President, Treasurer (409) 682-4335

Coleta Weathersby - Ministry (409) 354-8998

DJ Newsom - Discipleship, Worship (936) 537-0121

Allen Attaway - Buildings and Grounds (281) 914-6999

Kevin Heaton - Strategic Planning (281) 468-8587

Janice Hendrix - Fellowship (281) 630-1629

TLynne Havel - Worship (832) 444-9568