Texas Custom Patios Adds In-House Minister to Staff

April 22, 2013 Interview

When Jeremy Williams completed his degree in church ministry, he never dreamed that fourteen years later he’d be working at Texas Custom Patios.  Now, Jeremy watches over a congregation of carpenters, not churchgoers.  And he’s loving every minute of it.

Jeremy

So how does a minister turn manager?  Read on to find out.

What do you do at Texas Custom Patios?                               

Williams:  I am a project developer.  That means that I meet with clients, help them design their outdoor living spaces, and manage all the workers involved on the project from start to finish.

I understand you used to be a minister.  What got you interested in outdoor living projects?

Williams: It’s true, most of my work history is in ministry.  I went to college for church ministry, and I’ve spent fourteen years between two churches in Houston:  First Colony Bible Chapel and First Colony Church of Christ.

But I’ve done construction and construction design for almost as long as I can remember.  My dad didn’t work in construction, but was very handy and we did a lot of projects around the house.  I started digging holes for his projects when I was about 5.

I designed my first building in 7th grade.  It was a garage for my dad, and the construction company used my design to build it.  I built my first deck with my dad when I was 13 or 14 and living in North Carolina.  I thought it was a blast—deck construction is really fun.

Still, that’s a big jump from ministry to construction.  How exactly did you get into full-time construction?

Williams: Well, I’ve never really been out of construction.  When I had a part time ministry job after college, I worked construction at the same time.  I did design for a big construction company in Houston.  We worked on Texas Children’s Hospital, Reliant Stadium, and downtown office buildings and apartments.

Later, when I got married and we bought a house, we built a deck.  It’s just something I’ve always done.

Williams: Why did you choose to work with Texas Custom Patios?

In 2010, my friend Ryan Guikema started working for Texas Custom Patios as a project developer. I thought it sounded like the coolest job ever.

Last January I started thinking about moving out of ministry and into a construction job.  Naturally, Texas Custom Patios was at the top of my list.

What jobs do you most look forward to?

I love that I get to do a variety of projects, and I like the big ones that kind of include everything ­ patio cover, kitchen, fireplace, etc.  I like to build an entire outdoor living room, not just a deck or patio.

I’m also looking forward to having my own outdoor kitchen.  But I think I’ll have to make my patio bigger first…

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Our Customers Love Us

Ryan, our project manager, was both attentive and patient with every request, question, and concern that we raised at any point throughout the duration of the project. He was always a phone call or text away, responding every time in an impressively timely manner. He listened to and accommodated our requests, but he also offered suggestions to broaden our imaginations as to what we could create with simple adjustments to our design.

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