Phone Number: (409)762-8477

The Rev. Richard A. Rhoades



First is one of those special faith communities that makes you feel right at home from the get go—warm, loving and caring people.

Pastor graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics. Then received a Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Pastor has served God’s church as an ordained minister since 1990 servings parishes in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Texas. His ministry has included serving as a Conference Dean in two synods and many community organizations. He has a passion concerning caring the for the hungry, homeless, and helping others to make a difference in the world.

Pastor in his down time is an avid genealogist researching his family roots through American history back to the older European homelands. Pastor also enjoys gardening, birding and sea glass hunting. 

Pastor is married to Corinne Priebe Rhoades and they have a grown daughter and two grandchildren. Corinne serves as the Executive Director of Libbie’s Place Adult Day Center on Galveston Island.


Brandi Painter

Parish Administrator


The fist time I worshiped at First Lutheran, I knew this was where I was meant to be.  The congregation was very welcoming and the message spoke to me.

I am the Parish Administrator and it is an honor to be able to serve First Lutheran Church and the congregation. I am grateful to be able to call Galveston, TX my home and can not imagine living anywhere else. 

I grew up in Bastrop, TX. I joined the Army and received training to be a medical laboratory technician.  After 20 years in the laboratory field I felt like I needed something different.  I went to Galveston College where I simultaneously graduated with an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Administration and an Associate of Science in Business Administration. Along with my position at the church I also do medical billing and teach a class at the college on Medical Insurance. 

I have two little dogs that rule the roost so to speak in my house.  Little Miss is a Chihuahua/Maltese mix and weighs 8.5 pounds.  Maggie is a 4 pound Yorkie that was adopted from Galveston Island Humane Society. The girls keep me very busy and on my toes.  Along with my dogs I have a collection of succulents and am always looking for another plant. When I have down time, I am an avid reader. 

Don Hermanson

Director of Music/Organist


Our Director of Music-Organist is originally from Austin, Texas, but has called Houston his home since 1976. He has served at First Lutheran Galveston since January of 1990, and is thus in his 32nd year of service in our parish! For his higher education, he attended the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston, and holds degrees in Liberal Arts and Accountancy. In addition to his work at First Lutheran, he has an Accounting Practice, serving clients in Galveston, Houston, and other parts of Texas and the U. S. In his spare time, he enjoys researching classic automobiles and pipe organs, and planning and taking long road trips. 

His greatest joy at First Lutheran is accompanying the anthems, hymns and liturgies of the church on our two fine pipe organs, and by providing accompaniments that encourage the robust singing of the gathered assembly. 

Robert Lewis

Director of Joyful Noise


One of my greatest joys is to promote music making and supporting others in expressing themselves through the art.

I am a native of Houston and a professional musician. I have worked as a teacher, pianist, organist, choir director, and theatre director in Houston as well as in New York, Colorado, Virginia, and Alaska. I have had the great fortune to work and learn from amazing conductors and teacher as well as to work with talented musicians in the amateur and professional worlds.

Before coming to First Lutheran, I served Advent Lutheran Church in Houston and Market Street United Methodist Church in Winchester, VA as organist. I have sung in church choirs for years for fun and professionally.

In addition to my work at First Lutheran, I work with many local schools and theaters to create music and theatrical art all over Houston. When I have spare time, I enjoy reading, traveling, and some crafts.

Kim Robles 

Nursery Attendant

I love First Lutheran church because everyone is just so friendly and loving. Everyone is always so nice walking by with a smile! But, what I love the most is being able to be the nursery attendant here at First Lutheran church. (Going on 6 years) I enjoy spending time coloring, putting together puzzles, and reading books with the children that come to the nursery.

My name is Kim Robles, I’ve been married for 17 years, I have two daughters and a granddaughter. I work at Moody Methodist Day School, I’m a Pre-k 4 teacher going into my 26th year of teaching. 

My interests are organizing, reading a good book snuggled on my couch, and spending time with my family. 




I provide IT support for First Lutheran as well as for their affiliations: Fanfare Lutheran Music Academy, Galveston Oktoberfest, and Feed Galveston. Additionally, As a photographer and videographer, I help with the live streaming of worship services and design posters and flyers. 

I earned an Associate of Science In Technology degree from Lee College in Baytown and a B.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of Houston and worked as a computer programmer for over 20 years for various corporations. In 2006 I founded Rising Tide New Media and have created websites, TV commercials, program books, posters, and brochures for various clients in Texas, Utah, Arizona, South Carolina, and Hawaii.