Space, Facilities, Insurance, Rental Property, Non-Profit Creations
Rev. Jason Burnham
Jason is a graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana, and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where he received his Master of Divinity degree. Pastor Jason served St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Bryan, Texas for 5 years, before relocating to The Woodlands to serve as the founding pastor of Covenant Methodist Church in June of 2011. Pastor Jason and his wife, Lauren have three children: Addison, Aidan, and Sam.
If an English congregation’s vision includes community impact that does not discriminate based on language of origin. AND the mission field of the church has a substantial percentage of native Spanish speakers. THEN we need to imagine together how we could create multilingual ministries. At Covenant, we are one church in two languages because God has called us to create a community connecting in Christ.
Rev. Mike Cline
I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. Second career pastor. I have a background in Management, Finance, training, HR, P&L responsibility, purchasing, supply chain, customer service, marketing, and social media production. I have masters level education in history and literature and doctoral level education in Family Systems and pastoral care (among others). I received my M.Div. degree in 2002 from SMU. I was ordained as an elder in 2005. I successfully ran restaurants and I worked for Fidelity Investments in their mutual fund department. I have been a clergy mentor for our conference for several years and a member of the DBOM. I served as district finance chair, chair of the Wesley Foundation board for TJC, on the conference Safe Sanctuary Committee, and as the Walk to Emmaus Community SD. I have high level experience with community involvement and working on behalf of children.
Appointed to Cheatham Memorial UMC – Edgewood. The only non-elder pastor they have had. Worked full time and went to SMU full time. There for 5 years and saw a lot of growth. Built a new fellowship hall, offices, and education building. Revamped the old education building to a new children’s wing.
Appointed to FUMC Troup to follow the pastor who murdered his wife in the parsonage. Stayed in Troup for 9 years. Led them to do ministry they had never done, improved the facilities dramatically. Lots of involvement in the local community.
Appointed to Tennison MUMC – Mount Pleasant. Very difficult economic time for the community. Pilgrims relocated, power plant shut down, Guaranty Bank relocated headquarters, Luminant shut down and more. The church had a $760,000 debt. We lost over 250 people due to moves and death. Dropped from an average worship of 280 down to 120. Since, we have paid off the debt, worship attendance the second week of September was 439 (both in person and online). Ministries include Free community health fair, wheelchair ramps, adopting 4th grade class at neighborhood elementary, literacy program, Summer Lunch program for all who wish to come, and much more. Time at Tennison – 9+ years. Appointed to FUMC Quitman in November of 2021. Currently at this appointment.
Market CAPEX (Capital Expenditures) coordinator for a division of PEPSICO. In my professional past I have been involved with new construction, major commercial appliances, building safety, building inspection, and ADA requirements. The churches I have been involved with have built new fellowship halls, done major renovations, several million in major improvements, adding new signage, major electrical upgrades, major plumbing upgrades and even elevator maintenance. Familiar with most church physical plant issues and concerns.
Rev. Linda Davis
Rev. Linda Davis has over twenty-five years of experience as an Assistant Legal Administrator in Labor and Employment Law. After years of experience in the corporate field and several years serving as an Associate Pastor, Rev. Davis was called to serve as the Pastor of First United Methodist Church-College Station. She currently serves as the Pastor of Boynton Chapel United Methodist Church-Houston.
Rev. Davis has a great passion and commitment for community engagement and social justice issues. She is committed to leveraging the strengths of research and faith communities towards efforts to improve the social determinants of health in underserved communities. This work has been supported by a special project with the University of Houston (Strategic Plan, Goal 3 – Social Responsibility) to “Help Build Equity and Inclusion in Our Community by strengthening UH and community partnerships with Historic Third Ward and the City of Houston.” She has served as a lead facilitator for a special project with the City of Houston Police Department and the U.S. Department of Justice on strengthening police and community partnerships. Rev. Davis recently co-wrote and was awarded the Central South District grant on Diversity Equity and Inclusion from Houston Methodist Hospital and a grant from Texas Mission of Mercy, Smiles Foundation. She serves as mentor pastor to several students earning their divinity degrees. Rev. Davis has earned graduate degrees from LeTourneau University and Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. She is the owner of Envision Community Solutions, LLC, which focuses on the creation of 501(c)(3) and strategic plans for nonprofit organizations.
Rev. Wesley Duncan
Wesley Duncan is currently the lead pastor of First Methodist Alvin. Wesley has a love for the Methodist Church and strives to help churches adapt to ensure churches can relate to the next generation. Throughout his ministry, he has helped start new worship services, revamped the communication strategy, and worked toward helping each church he has served be the most hospitable church in town. He is not only a young United Methodist clergy, but his first love was architecture. He earned both a Bachelors and Master's in Architecture with a specialty in religious design from Texas A&M University, worked at a top Church Architecture firm in the nation, and is a registered architect in the State of Texas. Wesley would love to help your church design a new perception of your church to those in your community by strategically aligning your goals with new strategies.
Wesley remembers going to interview to design a new building for a Methodist Church one evening right out of college. What he realized was they were wanting a building that was already obsolete because that is all they had ever known. Most people don't recognize that church buildings have changed dramatically in the past 30 years. Most Methodist churches are built in such a way that it actually hurts their ability to do ministry in today's context. Wesley would love to help you create ideas for your next building project that take into account the bigger questions. Is our facility helping or hurting your church's strategy? How can a building project try to fix some of the greatest challenges that your guests have with visiting your church for the first time? How can we strategically enhance the church's perception that we are a church that is relevant for the next generation? Your building can either be your greatest tool to enhance your mission or your greatest hindrance. Make sure it is working for you and not against you.
My name is Jack Matthews. I was born and raised in Houston and currently live in Tyler, TX. I have been working and volunteering in a ministry of some kind for the last 15+ years. Volunteering on a U.M. ARMY workday in 2010 actually led me to meet my wife, Marla, while building a wheelchair access ramp. Marla and I got married in 2011, we have two boys, Jackson, and McClain, who have managed to keep us on our toes, but also show us a deeper level of connection to God and our Church. I currently work for U.M. ARMY as a Regional Director, setting up and facilitating mission trips in the Texas and Louisiana United Methodist Conferences for church groups large and small.
A church’s biggest asset is its physical buildings. Understanding and maintaining the building structure is key to making the right decisions. As a Professional Real Estate Inspector, license # 25124, I have been trained to evaluate and understand how a building is supposed to function and what elements are needed to keep a building safe. Being able to understand the spaces within the church and how they can be utilized, the equipment used to make the church run and how to maintain it, and the overall structure of the building is key to being able to plan or deciding where is best to make capital investments. As an outsider looking in, I bring an objectivity to these conversations and can provide honest feedback to help your church make the most of its physical buildings.
Rev. Paul Meiller
I am a second career pastor currently serving in my first appointment at Aldersgate UMC in Santa Fe, TX. For 20 years prior to this, I was as an engineer for a multinational chemical company. I have broad experience in projects, operations, management, and accounting. My beautiful wife Alison and I are lucky parents to two girls, Emilie (12) and Julia (10), and one rabbit, Oreo.
I have experience with maintaining, space planning, and renovating small to mid-sized church and non-profit buildings, including HVAC systems. I can also bring prior experience with project management, budgeting, procurement, and construction to bear.
Rev. Michael Peschke
Michael Peschke currently serves as the senior pastor at First United Methodist Church – Lindale, and throughout his 13 years as a pastor he has served congregations all across the Texas Annual Conference. Before becoming a pastor, Michael worked as a construction manager for new home builders and worked as a project manager and consultant for a property management firm in the Houston area. With a bachelor’s degree in Construction Science, Michael has experience in all aspects of construction and project planning and has used his knowledge to guide projects for the congregations that he has served.
Michael has led a congregation with a new building project that started from initial drawings, through a capital campaign, and to the breaking of dirt, he has guided multiple congregations through major systems upgrades (HVAC, plumbing, and electrical), he has consulted for congregations in our conference who suffered severe storm damage, and he is currently leading FUMC-Lindale through a complete master plan for their property. Whether your congregation needs a consultant to help them discern how to proceed with a project, or whether you need help with guidance with contractors, or if you need help envisioning a possible change in facilities, then Michael is willing to serve.
Rev. Dr. Will Reed
Will Reed serves as the Properties Manager for the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is in his fifth decade of service as a Methodist pastor. As a social entrepreneur who has started a new church (Christ Church, Sugar Land), he also has served as a pastoral counselor with the Samaritan Center and has been an Associate pastor as well as a Senior Pastor. He also started and has led several nonprofits as Executive Director and as board chair. He has a passion for encouraging clergy and using the experiences of his varied ministry to help them to be more effective and self-aware.
Over forty years of experience as a pastor, nonprofit leader and social entrepreneur makes it possible for Will Reed to bring a wealth of wisdom to mentor/coaching relationships. As a pastor, he has started a new church (Christ Church, Sugar Land) and been engaged in six different major building projects that have included the acquisition of property, negotiation of insurance settlements, engaging and working with architects and other professionals, reviewing and accepting bids, and leading church construction projects, as well as engaging legal counsel when things did not go as planned or hoped for. Additionally, he has served in multiple roles as a supervising pastor for interns from three different seminaries and led staff teams from 2-60.
As a nonprofit leader he has started and led a variety of organizations. In those roles he has raised over $35 million dollars in grants and contributions since 2002, including writing, securing and managing a succesful grant of $9.6 million from the U. S. Department of Commerce that was matched by over $8 million in funding from other public and private sources. During the four and a half years of the grant he led a staff of 64 that deployed over 2000 new computers into 96 public computer centers and provided over 2 million hours of basic computer skills training to over 230,000 persons across Texas. He has also served as a Co-Principal Investigator on several National Science Foundation grants in collaboration with Rice University that have provided a community wireless (Internet) network serving 19,000 residents in the neighborhood around Mission Milby in Houston’s East End and served as a research platform for Rice professors and electrical engineering students.
As a pastoral counselor at the Samaritan Center, he worked with individuals and couples including clergy families seeking healing and wholeness in their lives. He has also led growth groups for clergy and clergy spouses experiencing pain and struggle in the midst of their ministries. His passion for encouraging clergy rises, in part, out of his own experience of pain and depression during his thirties after starting a new church. Dr. Reed has a BA from Southwestern University and a Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry from Southern Methodist University. While providing counseling services he was licensed as a Professional Counselor in State of Texas and named a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counelors. He is the author of several journal articles including a piece on the “Crisis of Males in Ministry” published in The Quarterly Review. Additionally, he writes an occasional blog entry and manages a family farming and ranching operation in Central Texas.