Elaine Hocott Gainey’s husband, Hugh, took a course at University Avenue Church of Christ before the Bible Chair at the University of Texas at Austin became the Biblical Studies Center which later became the Institute for Christian Studies, and is now known as Austin Graduate School of Theology. Elaine is honored to serve on the Board of Trustees, and she wants to advance the school as a tribute to its first president, her father.
Elaine Hocott Gainey married Hugh Gainey in 1961. They were both born in the same hospital in Houston, delivered by the same doctor, and attended the same schools from elementary to college — interestingly.
Elaine has a lifetime devote to education. In high school, Elaine taught at Faith Home, and after college and marriage, she began teaching children at Central Church of Christ. In 1971, they moved to Baton Rouge where she taught in public schools and later at Southside Christian Academy, where she later became principal. She also served as supervisor and teacher of elementary grades at the South Baton Rouge Church of Christ and worked 15 years at a Christian summer camp ministry.
After 20 years in Louisiana, Hugh’s company moved their family three more times, beginning with Cleveland, then to South Bend, and finally to Chicago. As they moved to different states, she worked with churches to establish children’s worship, wrote curriculum, and taught teens for five summers in Sibiu Romania while in South Bend.
After retirement, they moved back to Austin in 2002 and still attend University Avenue Church of Christ (UA), the church she and Hugh attended while students at the University of Texas in 1950s, the church her mother grew up in, and where she met Elaine’s father. Since moving back to Austin in 2002, Elaine started up a children’s worship service, teaches kids and adult classes, and directs the women’s ministry at UA. Together Hugh and Elaine have seven grandsons and one granddaughter.