Confirmation Ministries

 

 

Specialists

Rev. Richard Bauman

Richard is a retired Deacon in the United Methodist Church now living in Sealy, Texas west of Houston and Katy.  I served St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Katy for 22 years in the area of Christian Education.  I enjoy model trains (although I have yet to build a layout currently), gardening and lawn care, working with NOMADS to rebuild or repair homes, churches, campgrounds as needed in our RV.  Jigsaw puzzles occupy many hours as do the over 300 movies in my collection. I have three grown children with four grandchildren whom I try to keep in touch with via Zoom or Facetime.  Life is good!

While at St. Peter’s, the pastors let me lead the confirmation class for sixth graders which evolved into Covenant Club, a nine-month program.  As the leader with parental help, we familiarized the youth with the old and new testaments, the church year, an annual retreat to write our creed to be used on confirmation Sunday, and other activities to help them decide to follow Jesus and if they wanted, to join the church with knowledge about our faith.


Rev. Doug Wintermute

Rev. Doug Wintermute had a career in marketing and public relations before answering the call to ministry in 2004. He has served small and medium-sized churches in the Texas Annual Conference: Carthage St. Andrews and Murvaul UMCs, associate pastor at Greggton UMC in Longview, DeKalb FUMC, and Jacksonville FUMC. He has been active in children’s and youth ministries and has been a director of the elementary camp at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center for many years. He has a strong passion for sharing the Good News with children and youth in ways that are not boring.

Rev. Wintermute can assist churches with children’s ministries by offering advice and templates for establishing an after-school program, adopt-a-school program, children’s programs, incorporating children into worship, and children’s music programs. He also has experience in establishing and planning programs and worship services for confirmation as well as broadening and enriching music ministries for churches.


Rev. Clint Wyllie

I am an Associate Pastor (LLP) at Kingwood UMC where I have served since 2012.  I have recently transitioned my role to work as the Missions Pastor but served as the Youth Pastor here for 9 years (Large Church Ministry with Multiple Staff and Volunteers).  Prior to KUMC, I served as the youth director at Livingston UMC from 2008-2012 (Midsized church with only volunteer support).  

Livingston UMC: Church of 300-400 worship attendance and student ministry that experience 400% growth in 4 years from 25-115, but the growth was unsustainable with the size of congregation and primarily outsider youth attendance.  Learned a lot from that beautiful church and incredible people who loved me and gave me space learn, grow, take risks, and fail forward.

In Kingwood I had the opportunity to lead a student ministry staff of 4 and hire 4 additional interns every summer.  Over the 9 years here we have a more sustainable 10% growth of students and volunteers.  I learned the importance of clear communication and expectations when leading and the importance of interpersonal relationships in collaborative ministry.  We ran confirmation programs between 25 and 50 students and retreats up to 200 students.  Each of these positions added ministry tools to my belt that have shaped my passions and specialties.    

Ministry Passions and Specialties:

  • Organic and Sustainable Ministry Growth – Growing from depth to breadth
  • Volunteer Development
  • Small Group Ministries
  • Curriculum Writing
  • Retreat Design and Execution
  • Confirmation
  • Conference and Retreat Speaking
  • Student Worship
  • Long-Term Ministry Sustainability
  • Hiring Process and Procedure
  • Managing an Effective Team
  • Staff Development
  • Ministry Boundaries
  • Ministry Communication
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Ministry to Parents of Youth
  • Strategic Planning and Execution