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. 
 


Rev. Dr. Daniel Hannon, Jr

Dr Daniel Hannon is a 39-Year Member and Elder of the Texas Annual Conference having served 4 congregations; Associate-Pastor of Evangelism and Adult Discipleship at /St. Peter’s, Katy & Bear Creek, Houston; Pastor-in-Charge First, Overton, and as the 29-year tenured Founding & Senior Pastor to Christ Church United Methodist of The Woodlands from 1991-2019.  Dr. Hannon is in the Retired Status and is Certified Interim.  As Founding and Senior Pastor to Christ Church, Dr. Hannon has led the development of a 9-Acre Campus which contains 100,000 square feet of buildings for worship, education, recreation, school, District Offices, and columbarium.  During this tenure, he has received 5,000 persons into the Christian Faith and /or membership into the church.  In addition to his church experience, Dr. Hannon is a public-school teacher in the Alief ISD, with a Life Certification in Secondary Education, Public School Teacher State of Texas. He holds four Degrees, BA Stephen F. Austin State University, MEd University of Houston, MDiv Emory University & DMin Drew University.   During his ministry and Work Dr. Hannon has received 7,000 people into the life of the Methodist Christian Church.

Dr. Hannon is well versed in the local Parish Ministry and how to lead, grow, and sustain the parish ministry of a local congregation effectively and faithfully.  As an experienced, certified public-school Teacher with a Master’s in Education, he offers insight on how to develop Christian Education Ministries.  His Evangelism strategies based on effective marketing and relationship development, has led to the reception of 7,000 people into the membership and life of the church over his years of service.  Central to his work is the insights on effective preaching, staff development and worship ministries.  He has led 7 Capital Campaigns which have raised $16,000,000 in facility, land and building assets. 


Rev. Andrew Hook

Howdy! I’m Pastor Andrew Hook, currently serving Magnolia UMC in Magnolia, Tx. I was born and raised in Central Texas before moving to College Station. After working in retail management at Waldenbooks, Kay Jewelers, and LensCrafters, I received a B.A. in History and Political Science from Texas A&M. While attending Duke Divinity, I served as a student pastor in the Spring Hope Charge (Gibson Memorial UMC and White Oak UMC) in the North Carolina Conference. After graduating from Duke Divinity, I was appointed to Christ Church Sugar Land in 2017 and then to Magnolia UMC in 2019. I’ve been married to Jackie Hook since 2005. And we have 3 amazing kids: Gemma, Lincoln, and Izzy. I’m a sucker for a great story and a good cup of coffee.

Every single appointment I have served had their particular opportunities and challenges. And each congregation has offered me unique lessons that I have learned and been able to carry with me into each new appointment. The areas that I have developed a real passion for are evangelism and community engagement. If a church is to grow and accomplish its call to make disciples of Jesus Christ, learning how to engage the community in which the church is planted and how to tell God’s story to that community in ways the people can hear is paramount. The places where ministry has taken me has allowed me to learn how to do this wherever God calls me to go. Finally, having served in small membership churches in North Carolina and now in Magnolia, I’ve learned how to overcome the challenges that small churches often face in order to help each church see the possibilities for ministry before them.


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. Brad Morgan

Brad seeks to be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. As an accomplished preacher, innovative organizer, and energetic spiritual leader, Brad is blessed to serve as an ordained elder in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. His leadership has been recognized with numerous awards and accomplishments during his seventeen years of professional ministry. However, it is the people whose lives have been enlivened and empowered by Jesus that Brad celebrates the most.  Brad has served Bonita of Nacogdoches, St. Paul of Bridge City, Williams Memorial of Texarkana and now Memorial Drive of Houston.  Brad has his Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from Perkins School of Theology.  Brad also serves on the Executive Board of Perkins School of Theology, the Board of Testimony HQ, and is a Trustee for Houston Methodist West Hospital.

Organizing and empowering laity in the work of evangelism was the topic of my doctoral project.  Empowering the laity to teach new a new member class became a catalyst to growth and faith formation.  Additionally, Brad has helped empower teams of lay people to journey with new members during their first year to help them become connected during early membership.


Rev. Greg Oberg

Greg Oberg grew up as a NASA brat in Dickinson, TX. He went to Texas A&M University and was a part of the Corps of Cadets.   After graduating from A&M, the Obergs went to Wilmore, KY for Greg to attend Asbury Theological Seminary for three years.

After serving in a variety of churches, Greg was honored to be selected as the SHSU Wesley Director in April of 2012. He has a passion for helping young adults connect with a greater life in Jesus Christ. In May of 2015, for his dedication to campus ministry, Greg received the Francis Asbury Award. Greg is also a certified Health & Life Coach and is currently enrolled in the Disney Institute. 

When not serving in ministry, Greg can be found running 5Ks. Greg also loves going on cruises with his family. Greg and his wife Georgia met at the Texas A&M Wesley Foundation and have been married since 1999. They have three kids: Wesley, Lincoln, and Lexi.

Having come to faith in his college years, Greg is passionate about helping others meet Jesus too (no matter what their age). In nearly 20 years of full-time ministry, Greg has participated in helping dozens of kids, youth, college students and adults claim Christ as Savior and Lord. He has seen what works well, and what does not work well. While over 35% of Americans say they have no religious affiliation, over 90% do have spiritual beliefs and a desire to discover more of something (Someone) greater. The harvest is vast.


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.