Celebrating Warrior Weddings & Little Warriors!
Christina Mandujano Threlkeld (’14) graduated from the University of Houston in 2018, earning a degree in advertising, and in October 2019, she married her high school sweetheart, Cameron Threlkeld. The couple spent the fall traveling to Europe and exploring London, England and Copenhagen, Denmark. They now live in Austin, TX, where Cameron works for a major tech company, and Christina serves as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the National Infusion Center Association, a patient advocacy non-profit benefiting those with rare and chronic illnesses.
They have a 10-month-old springer spaniel puppy who loves to swim and run around at all of the Austin dog parks. In 2020, they hope to move to a new house with a backyard for their pup and travel back to Europe to see more Scandinavian countries.
Congratulations to Christina and Cameron! We are thankful for Christina’s dedication to addressing patient challenges and ensuring they have access to needed resources.
Amber Dingman Kirk (’16) is studying bilingual education, and is a student teacher in Pflugerville this semester before she graduates from the University of Texas at Austin in May. Her husband, Koby, is an Airman First Class in the Air Force, and is also a crime analyst for the Department of Public Safety.
Amber and Koby were married on January 4, 2020, by Jacob Sensenig, Director of the Baylor Worship Lab, a summer worship camp for high school worship leaders where Amber and Koby met in the summer of 2016. They began dating in 2018 and when they got engaged, Koby led Amber on a scavenger hunt and the final destination was the steps of Miller Chapel at Baylor where they first met.
Their director, Jacob, posted the following Facebook message on their wedding day: “Two of my greatest joys in ministry have been getting to mentor young worship leaders through the annual “Worship Lab” event hosted by the Baylor Center for Christian Music Studies and the other has been being asked to officiate weddings. Today these joys collided as Koby Kirk and Amber Dingman tied the knot. My wife and I were grateful to be a small part of their journey together, and I can’t wait to see how God uses their marriage to further the Kingdom!”
Zachary Tallackson (’12) and wife Kristin welcomed their first child, Eden Eliyah-Grace in February 2020. “We feel extremely blessed to be her parents and to be surrounded by our families who are full of love and support." Zach, a 2016 Lee University graduate (B.S. in biology), recently began his fourth year of medical school at McGovern Medical School at UT Health. Kristin holds an M.A. in clinical mental health counseling from Ashland University, and works for Heights Family Counseling as an LPC Child, Adolescent and Adult Therapist. The couple resides in Houston, TX. Professional photo by Kimberly Burleson Photography, Family photo: Ian Tallackson ('06), Donnell Tallackson, Don Tallackson, Ana Tallackson ('10), Kristin Nichols Tallackson, Zach Tallackson ('12) and baby Eden Eliyah-Grace.
Michael Teague ('10) and wife Catherine welcomed Emma Rose Teague in February 2020. Michael earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Hardin Simmons University and enjoys his position as a physical therapist in Midlothian, TX. Catherine is currently in graduate school working toward becoming an elementary librarian. The couple lives in Arlington, TX.
Jonathan Mason (’11), a 2015 UTSA graduate (B.S. in communications), and Arianna Disser were married on March 21, 2020, in Salt Lake City, UT. Jonathan is a manager at Jetsream Rental Center in Salt Lake City. Arianna holds a B.S. in environmental science from North Georgia University and works for SWCA as an Environmental Consultant. The couple resides in Salt Lake City and is very involved in their church, Ekklesia.
Katie Moore Kesting ('14): On April 11, 2020, about a month earlier than their initial wedding date, UT alumna Katie Moore walked down the aisle, phone in hand, so her dad could “give her away” to Tim Kesting via FaceTime. With family across the country and courts rapidly closing, Katie said she submitted their marriage license application on March 25, as their backup plan. “It’s obviously not plan A, B or C,” Tim said. “Yeah it was plan Q,” said Katie. With just six people present at a Grace Church campus in South Carolina, it was an intimate ceremony. While it was not what they originally planned or imagined, the two are grateful to be together during this time and are looking forward to celebrating with their families and friends at a later date. The two are living and working as engineers for 3M in Greenville, SC. Katie has a B.S. in chemical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and Tim has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Iowa State. The two are very excited to be new members at Grace Church and are looking forward to continue building community in their new home.
Samantha Longridge Odom ('16) graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University, College of Geosciences, with a B.S. in oceanography and a minor in mathematics on May 7, 2020 via a Zoom ceremony. On that same day, she married Dawson Odom with her family by her side – dad Kent Longridge, mom/CCS science teacher Lisa Longridge, sisters Sarah Longridge ('11) and Shannen Longridge ('13) – and extended family viewing via Zoom. The couple's future plans include pursuing additional degrees from TAMU: Dawson - a master's degree in economics; Sam - a master's degree in physical oceanography.
Michelle Anderson Cowan ('06) and her husband Jesse welcomed their second son, Joshua Daniel Cowan, on June 9, 2020. His big brother, Jacob, just turned 5 on November 20. He and his uncle, Michael Anderson ('04) share the same birthday! Michelle and her family live in Denver, CO, where she is the Director of Sales and Strategic Church Partnerships for MOPS International, Inc. , an organization that supports moms throughout the world. MOPS believes that remarkable things happen when moms come together. MOPS partners with churches and organizations worldwide to equip and encourage moms in 70 countries. Jesse is the Technical Director for Fellowship Denver Church. Michelle and Jesse love raising their boys together in Colorado, making music and hiking any chance they get! Photo by Jenna Connell Photography
Will Echols (’15) and Emily Fredrickson Echols (’16) were married on July 10, 2020. In May, Emily graduated from Samford University with a B.S.in biochemistry and a minor in biology, and Will graduated from Texas A&M University with an M.S. and B.B.A. in accounting. They recently moved to Austin, TX, where Will is an audit associate for RSM and Emily is a medical scribe for Robin Healthcare. Before moving, they joined a group of volunteers for the Houston Food Bank to sort, bag and distribute 27,000 pounds of produce for 200 families in the Spring Branch area, and they enjoyed attending the 2020 Warrior Alumni Homecoming event held in October. Photo by Kelley Craig Photography
Katrina Boulter Streckert (’09) and husband David are pleased to announce the birth of their firstborn, William Aaron Streckert. He was born on August 28, at 7:39 a.m., weighing 8 pounds and measuring 21 inches. Katrina is celebrating her fourth year as a Registered Nurse in the Neuro ICU (that now serves as a Medical/Surgical and Trauma ICU as well, due to COVID) at Christus Mother Frances in Tyler, TX. She is thankful to report that she recently passed the American Association of Critical Care Nurse’s certification exam. David is starting his third year as a sixth-grade Special Education Math and English Language Arts Reading (ELAR) teacher in Henderson, TX. He is also a teacher of Life Skills for the elementary school during the summer.
CCS Dean of Students, Craig Cleveland, had the privilege of officiating the wedding ceremony of Jonathan Davis (’10) and Natalie Lanclos on Saturday, October 10 in Bryan, TX. Jonathan is not only an alumnus of Cypress Christian School but also a former CCS high school teacher and basketball coach, Under the leadership of Coach Cleveland, Jonathan coached middle school and JV boys basketball and was an assistant varsity coach.
While a student at CCS, Coach Cleveland taught Jonathan in history and Bible and was his high school basketball coach for four years. During this time, Coach Cleveland mentored Jonathan, teaching him not only skills on the court, but life skills on how to be a man of God. When asked how he felt officiating the wedding of a former player, Coach Cleveland said, "It was an honor and privilege to officiate Jonathan and Natalie's wedding. JD has been a tremendous blessing to me and I am humbled that he allowed me to be a part of such a monumental event in his life."
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