Park Cities Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Dallas, TX

Children's Ministry Staff

Brent Baker

Brent Baker

Assistant Pastor of Youth and Families

Brent’s ministry to our PCPC families began in January 2005 when he joined the youth ministry as an intern under Mark Davis’ leadership, who was serving as Director of Youth Ministries at the time. After a few years, he was asked to be the Ministry Leader to Children and Families while he also concurrently pursued a seminary education. In the Fall of 2010, he was called to his current position as Director of Youth Ministries and in January 2013 was ordained and installed as an Assistant Pastor at PCPC. Brent’s time at PCPC working with children, youth, and families has been a wonderful, challenging, fun, transformative calling for the last several years.

He is married to Alison and they have two children, Brynn Eleanor and Davis Scott.

Brent graduated from Texas A&M University in 2004 with a BBA in Marketing and completed my Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in May 2011.

Austin Ariail

Austin Ariail

Director of Children’s Ministry

Austin is originally from Columbia, South Carolina and grew up a “preacher’s kid.” Through his parent’s faithful witness, he came to know and have a relationship with Christ at 13 years old. Austin graduated from Presbyterian College (S.C.) with a degree in Political Science with aspirations to practice law, but after much prayer and discernment decided to attend seminary. He enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary in the Master of Theology program, where he received his degree in Historical Theology in 2010.

Austin has worked extensively with Children and Youth ministries since he was 16 years old. He has enjoyed many roles, from nursery worker to middle school camp counselor to leading HS Guys discipleship. His passion is to come alongside families to help nurture the gospel in the lives of kids and families.

Austin married his wife in 2011 and they have two daughters.

Austin’s favorite activities include weightlifting, running, biking, ultimate frisbee, reading, and spending time with his family.

Kim Heflin

Kim Heflin

Coordinator for Children’s Ministry

Kim is originally from Southern California, the fourth of four children and raised in a dedicated Christian home. Her earliest childhood memories include a rich church heritage leading to her accepting Christ as Lord and Savior at the age of 7 during Vacation Bible School. She learned the value of serving others by watching her father tirelessly serve the church as deacon, usher, sound booth technician, and anything else he was asked to do. Such an example taught her to put the needs of others above her own.

Kim joined the workforce full-time right after high school doing administrative work and attended junior college at night. She met her husband Scott in their church high school group and they were married in 1984.

In a huge step of faith, Kim decided to stay home full-time when her first son, Chris, was born in 1992. They had two more children, Ryan and Jenna. After 17 years as a full-time mom and her oldest preparing for college, Kim returned to the workforce and her roots of service through administrative support. She came to PCPC after several years of working with para-church ministries. With her love of children and the desire for them to know the love of Christ, being able to use her gifts to support Children’s Ministry has been a great opportunity only God could have orchestrated.

Jeanie Cox

Ministry Leader of Preschool

Jeanie grew up on the Tennessee River in a small town of 600 people where she attended a Presbyterian church. She came to know the Jesus as her Lord and Savior during a Young Life retreat at the age of 9. At the age of 12, until she left for college, Jeanie served as the preschool teacher for her church. Jeanie attended Vanderbilt University with hopes to be a Child Life Specialist, but the Lord had other plans. While in college Jeanie attended Christ Presbyterian Church, and after graduating, she had the opportunity to be on staff in the youth ministry where she served for eight years in various capacities. The Lord used those experiences during that time to build a passion to serve children and families with Jeanie.

Jeanie eventually met her husband, John, and subsequently moved to Dallas in 1997. Jeanie was on staff at PCPC from 1998 through 2000 as assistant to Tim Tinsley. She then stepped away from vocational ministry, but never ministry. Jeanie stayed at home raising five precious children, and she invested countless hours into children and families through VBS, Chapel school and lots of church programs. Eventually the Lord opened the door for her to come back to PCPC as the Ministry Leader of Preschool. Jeanie is an avid reader, sports enthusiast and enjoys a great meal with friends.

Carla Dillard

Carla Dillard

Ministry Leader of Nursery and Childcare

Carla is a native Texan, born and raised in Houston and Austin, Texas. She attended the University of Texas but claims to be an Aggie! Carla has a wealth of experience serving in the Children’s Ministry. For twenty-five years, she served as Children’s Ministry Director at Bannockburn Baptist Church in Austin, TX. A few years ago, Carla and her husband, Steve, moved to Dallas. Seeing children grasp how much Jesus loves them is what excites her most about her calling to the Children’s Ministry at Park Cities Presbyterian. Those whom have met Carla will note her warmth, wisdom, excitement, and love for children to know and love Jesus. Carla enjoys crafting, reading, walking and especially spending time with her nine grandchildren. Carla continues to look forward to partnering with parents, grandparents, and volunteers to make disciples of our little one’s at PCPC.

Matthew Statham

Matthew Statham

Ministry Leader of Elementary

It’s an absolute blessing to say that I was raised in a Christian home and attended a Bible believing church. My faith was modeled by my parents in such a unique way as they helped plant various churches in the Atlanta area through the Perimeter church network, including Parkview, which is where I was born! My faith was encouraged in 2nd grade, where I would say that I truly came to an understanding of who Jesus was in my life. From youth group to Reformed University Fellowship, I saw my faith grow and develop.

After working as a youth director for three years and spending two years with RUF at Penn State, I found my way to Dallas here at PCPC. It’s such a fun opportunity to pour into the lives of our children in the Elementary Ministry.

Barrett Ball

Barrett Ball

Vacation Bible School Coordinator

Barrett comes to us from southern Virginia where she was raised in a deep-rooted Baptist Church. She grew up the middle child in a believing family, knowing the gospel and loving and serving Jesus. However, it wasn’t until her early twenties that she truly grasped a full understanding of her need for God’s unfailing, unconditional love and grace. Barrett attended Longwood University in Farmville, VA, where by God’s perfect design she met a boy from Texas who was attending the men’s college in the same small town. She and David were married in 1999 and moved to Dallas two weeks later to start their new life. Together, they became members of PCPC in 2001.

After volunteering for Vacation Bible School and serving on the leadership committee for many years, the opportunity arose for Barrett to step into the coordinator role. She brings to the Children’s Ministry her gifts of organization, project management, detail orientation, and creative thinking to bring new life to a historically-favorite childhood church event. She has a heart for young families and a strong desire to share the truth that “we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Barrett has a great love for collaborating with a group of hard-working volunteers to produce Vacation Bible School each year.

Barrett is married to David and they have two middle-school-aged daughters, Hannah and Emma Ruth, and a cheerful Golden Retriever, Mildred.