Deacons

Dwayne Hagemeier

Dwayne Hagemeier has been involved in the Lord’s Church his entire life. Born as the son of a preacher, he obeyed the gospel of Christ as a young boy. He graduated from New Caney High school in 1973 and spent much of his young adult life working for the railroad in Houston, Texas. In 1983 Dwayne moved to the Elkhart, Texas, area and is now owner of a home inspection firm and training company.

He is a founding member of the Church of Christ of Palestine where he teaches bible classes to youth and adults and has also been called upon to preach for the congregation. Dwayne has served as an Elder in the church and is currently serving as a Deacon.

Dwayne is married to Deborah and together they have 4 children; Amanda, Jeffery, Michael, and Angela. They are blessed with 16 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.




James Helms

James Helms was born and raised in Tyler, Texas. After he and Teresa married, they moved to Houston where he began working for National Cash Registry. Then after a stint in the military, he was employed by Xerox before returning to East Texas at the age of 31.  It was at that time he obeyed the Gospel and was baptized into Christ by Hershel Bearden.

James and Teresa have been faithfully devoted to one another for 54 years. They have 2 sons; Keith and Jason. Keith had served as a deacon in the Lord’s Church before he joined his Lord and Savior in October of 2012. Jason also serves as deacon.

James is a founding member of the Church of Christ of Palestine. He has held several positions, such as Elder and President of the corporate church body, and he is currently serving as deacon.




Josh Shellenbarger




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