Meet the INCC Staff
Rev. Sarah Almanza, Senior Minister
Sarah has been on staff at Irving North Christian Church since August 2010. She graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelors in Social Work, Brite Divinity School with her Masters in Divinity and is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Sarah has a deep love for God and truly believes in loving and accepting your neighbors. She thanks God daily for this wonderful calling and recognizes how lucky she is to get to do what she loves for a living. Sarah is very close to her family, has a dog,Howard, that she adors and absolutely loves being everyone's "cool aunt."
Kathy Whitgrove, Church Secretary
Kathy has been the Church Secretary at INCC since February of 2012. She graduated from Drury College, now Drury University, in Springfield, Missouri. Kathy also worked and attended Texas A&M University in College Station where she met her husband, Blaine. They have 2 children, John and Evie, and 2 furry children, Dale and Ariel. They are active members of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church here in Irving where Kathy is a Sunday School teacher and on the Outreach Committee. Kathy volunteers with her children’s school, the local PTA, her son’s Boy Scout Troop, and her daughter’s American Heritage Girl Troop. When not working or volunteering Kathy likes to read and spend time with her family.
Will Varner, Music Director
Will has directed and led music in a number of churches. This has included directing adult, youth, children’s and hand bell choirs and in various church programs. He teaches elementary music in the Richardson Independent School District. He also is the Principal Accompanist/Assistant Artistic Director for The Women’s Chorus of Dallas. Will enjoys directing and playing piano for children’s choirs, church choirs, community choruses, instrumentalists, singers and musical theatre productions. He has written and arranged music for soloists, ensembles, church choirs, school choirs, and bell choirs. His music has been recorded and will soon be published.
His musical career has included a variety of musical experiences including teaching on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, playing gamelan for an opera and performing for Chinese music students while visiting China. Will has worked with classes all the way from kindergarten to college with classes in general music, band and choir.
Will has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and a Master’s degree in Music Education from Holy Names University in Oakland, California. He has presented workshops in Kodàly music education topics, movement in music and folk dance. He has served as elementary vice-president of Texas Music Educators Association and served on the nation board of GALA Choruses.
Laura Lozano, Church Pianist
Laura is a native Texan and a life-long member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She started piano lessons at age 5, and has been playing for church since she was 10 years old. She plays both piano and organ, and loves to sing as well. Laura keeps a private piano studio of 30 students, and is actively involved with Irving Music Teachers Association, Texas MTA, and Music Teachers National Association. Laura is married to Javier, and they have one son, Lance.