Small Membership Church Ministries
My name is Elaine Alexander. I was born and raised in Thorndale, Texas, and a member of Pleasant Retreat UMC. I am married and have three grown children and seven grandchildren. I have served in this small rural church most of my adult life in areas of administration, children’s VBS and ministry as a Certified Lay Servant. I am humbled, excited, and blessed to serve God as the Holy Spirit leads.
I attend Pleasant Retreat UMC in Thorndale, Texas, which is a small membership church. I have served my congregation in many roles over the years and have completed the Certified Lay Servant courses. God’s call upon my life is to help other small churches see their potential in serving our Lord. I am willing to help other small churches in our conference to serve their community.
Rev. Dr. Keith Broyles
I have been a pastor in the United Methodist Church for 30 years, 20 of those years as an elder. Many of the congregations I have served during that time have been small-membership congregations along with a few mid-sizes and slightly larger. I have taken advantage of various educational opportunities including using media in worship and Charis spiritual director’s training. My wife, Cindy, and I live in Lufkin, TX. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren.
I have spent most of my 30-year ministry serving congregations of 300 and less. From the congregations I have served I have gained an insight from many as to the ministries of congregations that have limits in available volunteers and financial resources. From ministries to children to working in partnership with other congregations, I can help your small membership church get to work in mission and ministry.
Rev. Cindy Doran
Pastor of Keltys United Methodist Church for over ten years; also, currently pastoring Bethlehem UMC in Hudson part time. Chaplain for the Lufkin Police Department. Serve on District and Conference Committees of the Texas Annual Conf. of the United Methodist Church
I have been in youth ministry for over thirty years and worked in ministry with smaller membership churches for approximately 17 years. For the last four years I have written and led conference training for the smaller membership churches and have visited with individual churches upon the request of their district superintendents.
Jan is highly sought after by congregations who desire a better understanding of who God is calling them to be and need help with defining and implementing a plan of action to become that congregation.
Jan is the owner of Grow Church Now and consults with churches who have questions to answer to move forward in living out the Vision and Mission that God has given them. She has been consulting with churches since 2007 and has had the privilege of working with United Methodist congregations of all sizes and demographics, located across the Texas Conference.
I have been blessed to consult with small membership churches across the Texas Conference. I am reminded with each congregation that small churches are closely connected to their communities, they are a training ground for leadership, and that a small church is not simply a small version of a bigger church. We do not bring a “one size fits all” offering to your church. Whether you are interested in Revitalization, Hospitality & Welcoming Ministry, or another opportunity, we bring a model that fits your church.
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.
Rev. Steve Killam
Steve Killam has lived in Lufkin, Texas most of his life. He has been a member at Lufkin First since he was 19 months old. He has done many things in his life, sportswriter, author, cattleman, salesman and storyteller. He and his wife Joy have 4 sons, 5 dogs and a passion for Christ.
He is now a Local Pastor. He has served at St Paul's UMC in Lufkin since 2009 and has included Burke UMC this year. He loves the small membership church, and the strengths and challenges they bring. He believes in Puppets, and new ways to bring the gospel in traditional surroundings.
Rev. Sharon Sabom
A native of Fort Bend County, I’ve serving churches in the Texas Annual Conference in some capacity since 1996. I have served in the district as the chair of the Finance Committee, chair of the District Committee on Ministry and as a District Trustee. On the conference level I have chaired the Committee on Spiritual Formation, chaired the Health Benefits committee, and served on the Pensions Committee. I also currently serve on the board of Texas Methodist Foundation as a trustee. In retirement, I became certified as an Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist. I have a passion for serving and helping the smaller churches in our Conference.
My passion is assisting the small membership churches to be fruitful in sharing the Gospel message. One of my strongest gifts is “Administration” and I’ve been successful in helping small membership churches function more effectively internally so they can focus their attention on making disciples. This has included working with office administration, finances, membership, and communications and whatever else was necessary.
Rev. John Thomas
My name is John Thomas, and I am currently serving Troup and Walnut Grove UMC. I have been serving small churches since 2012 at New Summerfield and Pierce’s Chapel UMC, Mount Vernon UMC/Neches UMC, and finally at Carroll Springs UMC before being appointed to my current appointment in Troup/Walnut Grove UMC. I am happily married to my wife (15 years and counting!) and have two wonderful kids! I look forward to hearing from you!
I am highly passionate about small membership churches in the realm of online worship and Technology. Specifically in podcasting sermons and worship services. This levels the playing field a bit between smaller and bigger churches and gives small membership churches more of a voice in the crowded world of online worship and digital platforms.
Rev. Dr. Vastine Watson, Jr.
Dr. Watson is a 15-year UMC Pastor, who holds a Doctor of Ministry from Southern Methodist University, Perkins Seminary, Dallas; he is Executive Director of Kingdom Blue Productions, a member of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, and specializes in church and non-profit funding.
For over 10 years, Dr. Vastine Watson Jr. has helped small to medium churches and nonprofits like yours fund their extraordinary vision and expand their mission within the community, and the world. Dr. Watson believes authentic assessment, careful analysis, and training leads to greater generosity, and ultimately, transformational impact. He would like to assist you in funding your ministry.
Rev. Dr. Tommy Williams
Rev. Dr. Tommy Williams is Senior Pastor of Trinity UMC in Beaumont Texas. Tommy has served growing congregations in rural, county seat, multi-cultural, and large urban contexts throughout the Texas Annual Conference for over 25 years. His experience includes leading an 11-million-dollar capital campaign, growing children ministries, outreach with refugees and at-risk youth, sports ministries, health ministry, and supporting the creation of non-profits birthed out of the congregation. Tommy’s doctoral work centered on the intersection of faith and public life exploring how a church becomes active in the welfare of the communities where they are serving. The Williams family have enjoyed being foster parents and other community involvement wherever they serve. In their off time they enjoy time at their family land in the woods of East Texas.
Rev. Jack Womack
I have served as Pastor of LaPorte, First UMC and at Pasadena, Hope Community Church since 2008.
Jack Womack has worked through many of the issues of finances in a small church. At the beginning Golden Acres UMC had a budget of about $65,000.00 annually and today (10 years later) the Hope Community UMC budget is nearing $200,000.00. By intentionally changing financial issues to spiritual involvement, Hope has been able to not only grow in sustainability, but to become able to give thousands of dollars to provide for children are able to attend summer camp, receive gifts at Christmas and benefit from the generosity of both members and constituent members of the community. By realizing that resources were finite and that the church was not in competition with other faith communities, ministries became focused, enabling the church to be great at specific ministries and not to attempt to do everything that other churches do. This focused attempt at ministry has created an environment that recognizes when ministries are no longer relevant and recreating ourselves, effectively using our resources to continue to be effective.