Paul and Rachel Ganther met at a Christmas party at Brite Divinity School - the seminary for Texas Christian Church of Fort Worth. 

Following a long courtship, they were married six months later on a hot summer afternoon. The ceremony took place Saturday, Aug. 2, 1986, at South Hills Christian Church in Fort Worth. A year later, they were preparing for graduation, and the search for new church pastoral positions.

They made their first home in Princeton Apartments, which were designed as seminary housing. After graduation, they moved to Central Kentucky and both their children were born in Lexington. They came to Stephenville in 1996 when Paul accepted a call to be the pastor of First Christian Church. They enjoyed ministry and watching their children grow into adulthood.

Most recently, Paul has been called as a chaplain for the Texas Army National Guard, and many in the Stephenville community will remember he is currently deployed with the 111th Engineer Battalion in Afghanistan. But Rachel and Paul enjoyed time together on their anniversary via Skype. Gifts were exchanged through the mail, with perfect timing, as each received a card and gift on the day.

The Ganthers continue to be thankful for the years spent in Stephenville. Both of their children will be attending TCU this fall - Hayden is a senior, Corrine a freshman. Rachel made their new home in Granbury.