Who we are

About us

Located halfway between Houston and Corpus Christi, Point Comfort is on Lavaca Bay, accessed by the Matagorda Ship Channel. We began ship visits in 2019, incorporated in 2020, and received our IRS 501(c)3 determination in 2021. We are nearing completion on the hospitality center inside the secured port area. Details are on our Building Updates page.

The primary mission of the Point Comfort Seafarers Center is to provide hospitality and assistance for the crew members of vessels visiting the port in Point Comfort, Texas. Our vision is to work ecumenically to show unconditional love to all seafarers regardless of nationality, religion, culture, gender or ethnic origin. We strive to support the seafarers and respect their personal values and beliefs.

Board of Directors

Rhonda Cummins


Retired Texas A&M Calhoun County Extension Agent

Member of North American Maritime Ministry Association

Certified Ship Welfare Visitor, Merchant Navy Welfare Board

Former USCG licensed 200-ton Master, near coastal with auxiliary sail endorsement, Able Seaman- Special, and Lifeboat-man

Kay McPherson

Vice President

Retired business owner and CEO of Quality Control Testing

Board of Directors, Port Lavaca Chamber of Commerce

Former Alcoa Security Asset Control Investigations

Former Fireman/licensed paramedic

Tom Wise


Retired scientist  USDA Agricultural Research Service, Clay Center

Ship Welfare Visitor

Ranch owner

Former volunteer for the International Crane Foundation and Texas Sea Grant

Raymond Butler


Marine Engineering Consultant, Operations and Construction

Registered Professional Engineer

Founded South Texas Towing

Former Vice Pres of Kirby Inland Marine and Hollywood Marine

Robert Garrett


Navy Veteran -- circumnavigation aboard the CVAN 65 USS Enterprise,  Med Cruise aboard USS Shang Ri La and USS Saratoga

5 years as a Marine Surveyor/Adjuster

 10 years Palacios Municipal Judge

Steven Castaneda


Founder and Board President of MenUnited Church Ministries Inc.

Steven is rotating off our board at the completion of his term. We wish to thank him for his service and wish him continued success in his own ministry.