Seguin Citizen: Rev CJ Tillinghast
Posted on 1/5/2017 10:19:00 AM.

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?
“21st Century New Church Planting Pastor for the Rio TX Conference of the United Methodist Church”

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
“Horse training & riding, cattle ranching, family man”

What city and state were you born?
“Naval Air Station (NAS) Oakland, Oakland CA.”

Who are the members of your immediate family?
“Marie Tillinghast (wife), 5 adult children & 3 grandchildren”

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
“Going back to school in my 50’s to complete my Masters”

What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Favorite TV Show: Chicago Fire and PD
Favorite movie: “Days of Thunder
Favorite movie: “Days of Thunder”

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?
Favorite music genre: “Country Western
Favorite song: “Marty Robbins- El Paso”
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?
Favorite Seguin business: “Seguin Livestock Auction & sell-barn”
Favorite restaurant: “Power Plant TX Grill"
What is something folks may not really know about you?
“Campaigned a Top Alcohol Hydro Drag Boat on the National Circuit for many years as Team CEO & Pilot”

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?
“(1) Jesus Christ; (2) many times great grandfather (Pardon Tillinghast); (3) self-adopted great-great grandmother (Jennie Jackson); (4) my best ever dog & best ever horse-Taco & Angel; (5) my forever best buddy (deceased) Otis Whitehead”
What are your roles in the community?
“Plant a Faith Community that feeds the needs of the community, is part of the solution as a team player that helps to make a positive difference for everyone by utilizing Spirit led Social, Economic & Spiritual Entrepreneurship.”
What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?
“4th generation US Marine; Firefighter/Medic; CEO & founding Chairman x 2; Project Super/Area Manager for large US Gov. and Commercial projects times 8; United Methodist Pastor, M DIV; 21st Century Church Planter”

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
“Oldest son graduating MCRD, San Diego CA as Honor Man of his platoon; a US Marine honoring his family tradition”

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
“Tradition, history and family centered with a strong ‘Can-Do’ type of attitude from people that are respectful and not afraid of hard work.”
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
“Varying cultures that work together for the good of the community… validated by the river, parks, courthouse square and the downtown area, etc.”
What are your future plans?
“To help the community in all ways that I can as I work towards giving my gifts and talents to all of Guadalupe County. Thank you for helping to create and maintain such a wonderful place within TX, a place to raise children and to grow in Faith. I’d welcome the opportunity to get to know you better at Clear Springs Initiative Jan. 21st at 6 p.m.”

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