Meet the Ministers
Rev. Deborah Morgan Stokes, Sr. Minister
Rev. Deborah Morgan Stokes is a native Dallasite who graduated from Bryan Adams High School in 1980. She attended TCU where she received her B.S. in Education, and spent three years teaching public school at L. G. Pinkston High School in West Dallas.
During her time as a teacher, Deborah’s call to ministry intensified, and so, acknowledging Christ’s invitation, she made her way to Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN, where she completed her Masters of Divinity degree and was ordained in 1990 at her home congregation, Northway Christian Church.
First Christian Church of Waynesboro, TN., was Deborah’s first call after seminary. She came to East Dallas Christian Church in 2006 after 14 years of ministry serving Saguaro Christian Church in Tucson, Arizona.
Deborah loves her work with this historic congregation-in-transformation, and gives thanks for God’s call that brought her home to the North Texas Area.
Deborah is married to Don Stokes.
Rev. Colin McRaney, Minister of Church Life
“Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.” - Maria from The Sound of Music
Colin was raised in Coppell, TX, Graduating from Coppell High School in 2005. He attended Texas A&M University and was awarded a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Anthropology focusing on Cultural Anthropology in 2008. It was at Texas A&M that Colin first heard his call to ministry while volunteering at a local church’s afterschool program. Colin then attended Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University where he received a Masters of Divinity Degree and was ordained in 2014.
Colin has served as a minister to the Gospel of Jesus Christ at several DFW area churches through seminary, and is honored to be serving at East Dallas Christian Church as the Minister of Church Life since 2013.
Colin’s passions are teaching, preaching, study, music, and, as his wife puts it, being a little weird. Colin currently lives in Addison, TX with his wife Nicole, a hospital chaplain in the area. Colin and Nicole have two boys.
Rev. Allison Drake, Minister to Children and Youth
Pastor Allison is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She attended college at Transylvania University, a Disciples of Christ-related college in Lexington, Kentucky. Originally intending to become a high school English teacher, Allison felt her Call at the end of her Sophomore year and shifted her studies to religion. Following college, Allison found her way to Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth Texas where she received her Masters of Divinity.
Allison served four and a half years as the Minister to Children, Youth, and Young Adults at First Christian Church in Garland, Texas before coming to East Dallas Christian Church. She started her Call with East Dallas on October 2nd, 2016. Her passion for introducing children and youth to Good News of Jesus Christ through relational ministry is a blessing for our congregation.
Allison currently lives in Garland with her husband, daughter, and three dogs: Rufus, Sadie, and Max.