House of Prayer 14045 Space Center Blvd • Houston, TX 77062 • 281.488.4439

MEET OUR MINISTRY TEAM



Pastor Eric Youngdahl

Eric Youngdahl was born in Lake Charles, LA and raised in Austin, TX. His first call was to House of Prayer in 2002 as Associate Pastor. In his four year tenure at House of Prayer, Eric was exposed to all areas of ministry and was instrumental in the relocation of the church to its new facility. 

 

In the spring of 2006, Eric accepted his second call as Associate Pastor to Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN.  At Mount Olivet, Eric's portfolio included being the Lead Pastor of the West Campus in Victoria, MN as well as the Pastoral Advisor to Children and Family Ministry. Pastor Youngdahl will be installed as Senior Pastor on Sunday, August 26th, at 4 pm.


Elida (Eli) Lopez -- Secretary

Eli has been an employee of House of Prayer since March 2003. Before coming home to House of Prayer, she worked at different businesses as an Admin while she accompanied her husband, a Lutheran Pastor, to the churches God had called him to serve. She is a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Angleton and a member of the Women of the ELCA group. She feels immensely blessed to have two church families to love and cherish.



Curtis Bradbury -- Program Director

House of Prayer and Lutherhill Ministries are partners in working with Curtis Bradbury. He works half-time at Lutherhill in LaGrange, TX and half-time at House of Prayer. His work takes him from LaGrange to House of Prayer in Clear Lake, to the Zion Retreat Center in Galveston. Originally from San Jose, CA, Curtis now lives in Galveston. His primary role at House of Prayer is to lead our youth, young adult, and family ministries.





Virginia (Ginny) Blasczyk -- Organist

Ginny has been organist at House of Prayer since 1996. Ginny graduated Summa Cum Laude from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance. She has been playing piano and organ in church since the age of 14. In 2000, she earned a teaching certificate and has taught Choir at Pearland Junior High West since 2001.  Her choirs have been consistent Sweepstakes and Superior ratings recipients at University Interscholastic League contests and each year many of her choir students are placed in the Junior High All Region Choir. 

Ginny and Jim, her husband of 29 years, moved from Wisconsin to Houston in 1982 and call Houston their home.  Jim and Ginny have three grown sons: Corey, Michael and James.




Antonio (Tony) Martinez -- Music Director

House of Prayer is blessed to have Antonio (Tony) Martinez as Music Director at House of Prayer. Tony has brought with him tremendous experience, a passion for music and an eagerness to expand House of Prayer's music ministry.

Tony has served in several Houston area churches. For twelve years, he served as the Director of Arts and Worship at St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Sugar Land. Under his direction, the music ministry expanded from one adult vocal choir to nine ensembles encompassing vocal and instrumental music, serving youth from age 4 through adult. Tony performs regularly in the Houston Grand Opera, he's an award winning composer, and he's known by many in the TX-LA Gulf Coast Synod. 



Jennifer Townsend -- Nursery Attendant

Jennifer was confirmed at House of Prayer, graduated from Sam Rayburn High School, and lives in Pasadena. She has worked in daycare for eighteen years. She currently works daily as a preschool teacher. At school, she does a "little bit of everything." She loves children and looks forward to participating in Sunday School, too! She shares that being HoP's Nursery Attendant is like "coming back home." Welcome home, Jennifer!

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281-488-4439
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