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Patrick Cannon

Patrick Cannon

Pulpit Minister
Patrick began serving as preaching minister for Walnut on June 4, 2017, following his father, John, who served for over 18 years.  Patrick and Kari Ann have been married for twenty-five years and they have four children:  Bailey (21); Samuel (18); Abby (16); and Daniel (13).  Patrick has been in full-time ministry for over twenty-five years with eighteen of those years with the Lamar Avenue congregation in Paris, Texas. Patrick has a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Abilene Christian University and 30 hours completed toward a Masters in Ministry from Harding University.

Patrick shared his heart concerning his new appointment: “God is so good. Our family feels so
blessed to be a part of the Walnut family. To be able to come and serve with this great church at this
time in her history is truly a gift from God.  We are excited to see God’s Kingdom revealed to the greater Texarkana area.
He says his goal in preaching is, “to transform the biblical text into a practical, life changing message so people can see what it means to follow Jesus every day.”
Tommy Gaither

Tommy Gaither

Outreach Minister
Tommy Gaither serves Walnut as their Outreach minister. He has worked with congregations in Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas as pulpit minister, youth minister, education minister and prison minister. He has made mission trips to Guyana, Honduras, The Bahamas, Belarus, Lithuania, Nicaragua and a medical mission trip to Guatemala this year. Tommy also volunteers with the Texarkana, Texas Police department as their Police Chaplan. He and his wife Juanda started their work at Walnut on July 1, 1998. He enjoys his work as a minister with the Walnut Church of Christ.
Andrew Whitehouse

Andrew Whitehouse

Youth Minister
Andrew has been the youth minister at Walnut since March of 2009.  Before moving to Texarkana, he and his wife Amy lived in Nashville, TN, where he was part of the a cappella group The Vocal Union.  Andrew grew up in Clarksville, TX, and met Amy in her hometown of Paris, TX, where they were in the youth group together.  Andrew has a degree in ministry from Harding University.  His hobbies include golf, hunting, fishing, music, and hanging out with teenagers who have a heart for Jesus!
Johnny Valdes

Johnny Valdes

Spanish Minister
Born in Monclova, Mex. Married with Dalia, their children are: Lessly, Jimmy Jr., Alex and Jared. 
Has a degree in Accounting and graduated from Monterrey School of Preaching in 1983, with experience as preacher and youth minister. 
He has worked as a youth minister and preacher in Monterrey, and Acuña, Méx., Del Rio, Tx., Clarksville, Tx., and currently serves as minister at Walnut Church of Christ in Texarkana, Tx.



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