Evangelism

 

Specialists

Rev. Roig Calzadilla

My name is Roig Calzadilla, I am an associate pastor at Revive! Church. I am also a Software Engineer with experience in web design and social media management. I am from Cuba and have served as a pastor for the past 10 years. First as an elder in the Methodist Church in Cuba and now in the Texas Annual Conference. God has blessed me with a beautiful wife and a beautiful son, my pleasure is serving others.

 I have enough experience in website design and social media management due to my secular studies. I have a BA in Theology and I am finishing my MDiv. I have been a pastor for 10 years where I have been the Director of a Local Seminary in Cuba for 5 years, I have also been a Leader of Evangelism with exponential growth in Churches. 


Rev. Marlin Fenn

Marlin has served as pastor in Deport, Baytown, Trinidad/Cedar Creek Lake, Galveston, Hallsville, La Porte, Bryan, and Katy. He served the Northwest District as Superintendent from 2015 until retirement in 2021 and as Interim DS of the South District for three months in 2021. He lives in Katy, TX and has an ugly garden and good-looking grandkids. His interest is in the spiritual health of congregations and pastors. His training and experience include Mediation and Conflict Transformation, Decision Analysis, and Executive Coaching.

Marlin can guide a process for pastors and congregations seeking to move beyond conflicts or crises. He can guide churches that have a real desire to engage the community in ways that can encourage church growth. He can coach pastors needing someone with whom to process difficult events or decisions. 
 


Don R. House, Sr.   

I have benefitted from years of local church involvement as a layman and years of studies of growth and decline of churches through local church year-end reports—from 1974 to 2020. I serve as president of the Institute for Local Church Growth (ILCG), supervised by the West District but serving annual conferences and local churches throughout the U.S.  

Improvements in evangelism begins with an assessment of membership entry points:  worship, Sunday school, small groups, VBS, day school, etc. Visitors attending entry points are recorded and contacted. New members are followed for five years to evaluate levels of activity, membership terminations, and reasons for termination (such as relocations). The effectiveness of evangelism efforts is evaluated annually.

 


Rev. Dr. Jeff McDowell

Hello, I’m Jeff McDowell. I joined the Texas Conference in 1998 and have served Sugar Land First United Methodist Church as both an associate pastor and now as Senior Pastor and was the founding pastor at The Harvest United Methodist Church. I have been married to Paula for 30+ years and have two adult children. I am a life-long learner and love to read and study in various fields. Before Covid – we loved to travel and visit new places or just lay on the beach. I have always been someone people came to when they needed help with a problem. The key is listening and understanding before attempting to find a solution. If having someone with practical ministry experience think through your circumstances and context and brainstorm some potential ways forward, I would be honored to work with you.

Perhaps my greatest privilege in ministry was being the founding pastor at The Harvest United Methodist Church. Being a planter requires several diverse and sometimes unusual skills not taught in seminary. Some are only learned by experience. If you are a considering leading a new faith community or already doing so, I would love to walk alongside you. God used my Doctor of Ministry in Evangelism to prepare me to plant The Harvest. Studying with Dr. Scott Jones and Dr. William J Abraham shaped my thinking on what it means to do evangelism. I would love to share what I have learned about evangelism. Putting it into practice allowed the churches I have served to receive several Texas Annual Conference Copeland Awards.


Rev. Dr. Laceye Warner

Rev. Dr. Laceye Warner provides support for congregations to build and strengthen ministries in evangelism, mission, as well as leadership development. She is also a resource in strategic planning, asset mapping, and program evaluation. In addition to consulting with congregational leaders across the U.S., Warner teaches evangelism, mission, UM Studies, and leadership at Duke University Divinity School where she has served for over twenty years. For the majority of that time Warner also served in senior administrative roles while overseeing several substantial grant programs aimed at supporting congregations. Warner holds a BA from Trinity University, MDIV from Duke University Divinity School, and PhD from the University of Bristol, UK.


Rev. Jen Webber

Pastor Jennifer is serving as the Associate Pastor at First UMC Bryan, the lead pastor to the Awakening Service, and a Ph.D. student in Leadership at Texas A&M University. Jennifer is passionate about creating new opportunities to worship and share the gospel. She recognizes that to reach the unchurched, it is going to take time and requires creativity, innovation, and a heart for all God’s people. With the support of FUMC Bryan and the connections and relationships built over the years, Jen is instrumental in creating an outside worship service at a local downtown venue called the Awakening Downtown. Jennifer also brings with her experience working with other congregations in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the UMC where she served successfully in leading her parishioners to become growing and vital congregations.

Once one realizes that Evangelism doesn’t mean scaring someone into believing in Christ, it can become one of the most enjoyable ministries for a congregation. Rooted in Jesus’ life and ministry, evangelism is simply finding people who do not know Christ, building a relationship with him or her, and sharing the gospel. To evangelize in the 21st Century requires our congregations to answer the question, “Where are the people in our mission field?” It then requires one to find creative ways to meet them, get to know them, and eventually invite them to know Jesus. As I have done in the past, I continue to help congregations answer these questions and build bridges to connect the congregation to the people. Being an evangelism consultant, I can teach biblically based classes on evangelism as well as collectively brainstorm with pastors and congregations on how to reach those outside the walls of the church.