Staff Development


Rev. Ben Bagley

I am currently the Sr. Pastor of St, Luke’s UMC in Kilgore Texas. I have served throughout East Texas over the last thirteen years and have led churches of varying different sizes.  I have enjoyed ministry in two-point charges as a local pastor, been the associate at a larger church, and led ministry in my own solo appointment.  I have been married for thirteen years and have four children.  During my time in ministry, I have completed a Bachelors in Business Management from Stephen F. Austin State University, a Masters of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology, and another Masters in Business with a focus on Human Resource Relations from Louisiana State University Shreveport.  

I believe that both my education and experience in churches have given me the ability to bring a great deal of expertise to many areas.  Over the past several years as a part of the APL program, I have focused extensively on self-awareness and how to lead well given my strengths. A huge tool in this learning and growth has been through the enneagram.  This tool allows each person to come to a deeper understanding of how God is working in their life as well as ways to better use the gifts God has given them. I have attended multiple seminars as well as led several workshops both on individual growth and parenting well using the enneagram.

Financial Oversight, Change Management, Conflict Management, and Staff Management are all areas that not only have I worked in extensively in ministry, but also have received ongoing education in.  I believe that while churches are very different than many businesses, many business practices can teach us a great deal of how to lead in these different areas.  I have also learned that many of these areas are interconnected.  Many times, a conversation in financial oversight is also an exercise in conflict management.  Because of my education and experience with different churches, I believe I can help churches navigate these conversations well and come to a solution.  

When I came to St. Luke’s UMC, we had a traditional governance structure. Through VCI and several different conversations, we decided to invest our energy in the Single Board Model.  We navigated through the change and created bylaws which helped us to create a very effective new Single Board Structure.  This shift in governance models has helped us be nimbler and more responsive as a church especially during the time of the covid pandemic.              

Rev. Alicia Besser 

Alicia Besser has served in a variety of appointments from a large church associate to District Superintendent.  She loves helping pastors process their experiences in the local church. If any of the wisdom she gained in ministry is helpful to others she happy to it share pastors.  

A variety of experiences (associate at a large church, closed a small church, revitalized a soon to be suburban church; Senior pastor with associate in East Texas, District Superintendent and pastored during covid at a new appointment); Supervised Seminary Students doing internships.  Good listener and encourager. I love to brainstorm ideas with others 

Rev. George Brookover

I have fifty-five years of pastoral experience. As an ordained Lutheran (ELCA), I served Holy Comforter Lutheran/Kingwood, Texas for three decades. This encompassed be church planter to leading a staff of nine ordained and lay leaders. From 1996-2014 I served my ELCA jurisdiction as an Intentional Interim Pastor. In 1997 Brookover Leadership was established for training and leading clergy and laity in several denominations.

Working with staff is a difficult setting for clergy who often have no previous experience of guiding a group of employees or volunteers. The development of a staff requires understanding personalities, egos, training, and specialization areas, and development of staff vision, goals, objectives, and implementation strategies.

Bradley Doherty

Bradley has worked in professional camp ministry for over 15 years. Currently he serves as the Director of Program and Ministry at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center. He has worked with Churches, Families and organizations who come to Lakeview to create experiences that focus on bringing guests a meaningful experience. That includes fostering meaningful relationships and intentional programming to create life-long memories. He is passionate about coming along side people and helping them take the next step in their faith journey.

Staff Development:  Bradley has his level one ACCT certification. He has led team building for youth, corporate groups, sports teams, churches, leadership groups and more for over 15 years. He has the ability to tailor teambuilding to the groups needs and desired outcomes.

Rev. Dr. Aleze M. Fulbright

Rev. Dr. Aleze M. Fulbright is an ordained elder in who is a person of conviction with a personal mission statement to Encourage, Equip, and Empower all people to live on purpose and live out their God-givenness, with her underlying values of Faith, Fire, Focus, and Fruit. Dr. Aleze approaches coaching (as an ICF Associate Certified Coach) as a conversation partner, ready to ask the hard questions, explore new possibilities, and hold persons accountable for their discoveries to yield fruitful outcomes.

Staff Development is one of the most important aspects of ministry, as without a cohesive team, it makes it more difficult to fulfill the vision and accomplish the mission. Staff Development for me takes on a coaching approach to identify what is the most faithful outcome for the time we will share and begin integrating tools and resources that will bring about healthier communication, conflict resolution strategies, and how to build a covenant to celebrate each other’s gifts but also hold one another accountable.

Rev. Dr. Daniel T. 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. Bryan Harkness

Bryan Harkness is the pastor at FUMC Chandler where he has served for seven years. Prior to serving at Chandler, he served for four years as the pastor at Woodville UMC and for five years as an associate at Klein UMC. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience serving in small town churches. 

Prior to becoming a pastor, Bryan had 10 years of working in staff development in other NPO's. He is familiar with creating job descriptions, staff accountability and empowerment. He can also help clergy/staff learn how to avoid being a micro-manager. 


Rev. David Lindwall

I graduated from the University of Georgia in 1982 followed by 15 years with Shell Chemical, most recently as a product Manager in London. In 1999 I answered the call to pastoral ministry and attended Asbury Theological Seminary. Since graduation I served as solo pastor at Falvey Memorial, associate pastor at Longview First, and have been serving as Senior Pastor in Montgomery since 2010. My wife Stephanie and I have four adult children who all live in the Houston area. 

I can serve the church in staff development by coaching staff through development so they can be sustained as high functioning members of the ministry team 

Josh Pulver

As the son of a United Methodist Pastor, I have spent my entire life in ministry. Even while working for Oklahoma State University, I was active in my local congregation as well as the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference. In 2011, I started my fulltime ministry at Egan Camp & Retreat Center in Oklahoma and served there until moving to Lakeview in 2019. In one way or another, my adult life has revolved around ministry through hospitality, event planning, and fundraising. I am excited to work with you to help strengthen The Kingdom of God.

Creating a strong working team is crucial for any ministry.  Everyone has a different method to building and managing their teams, but it takes intentional effort to build a successful working group.  How do you manage a team that you didn’t create?  It can be extremely difficult.  Building trust and making sure that the staff members can work together is imperative.  Through experience and resources, I am excited to help point you in the right direction.  Our resources at Lakeview will also help in team building if you so desire. 

Rev. Dr. Steve Stutz

The Rev. Dr. Steve Stutz is an ordained Lutheran minister who has served rural/small town congregations in west Texas, as well suburban/inner city congregations in the metro Houston area. He has worked extensively with clergy and congregations of the Texas Annual Conference in a wide variety of consulting roles since 2014. He is a certified church consultant through the Society for Church Consulting and teaches at the Houston Graduate School of Theology.

Dr. Stutz is trained to assist congregations with forming effective leaders, to include staff development, church council training and support, and planning. This may include a “360 Assessment” to allow pastoral leaders to gain valuable feedback through an assessment taken by their team members and supervisors, peers, and those they serve regarding their ministry.

Team Building Workshops (i.e., Enneagram/DiSC, Conflict Management, Trust Building, other specific issues facing the local congregation, etc.), Church Council workshops that clarify roles and expectations, long range/strategic planning as well as working through topical issues facing leaders in the moment are all possible areas for development.

Rev. Dr. Richard ‘Dick’ L. White

Richard White served 44 years as an elder under appointment in the Texas Annual Conference before retiring July 1, 2021.  During his career, he served primarily in the Houston area as the senior pastor of several mid to large size congregations.  Prior to his final appointment as the lead pastor of Katy First UMC, he served six years as the District Superintendent of the Southeast District of the Texas Annual Conference. Richard earned his Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.  He is married to Letica who is a psychotherapist in the Katy area. They have three daughters and three grandchildren.

Pastors are lifelong learners.  Some things can be learned by reading a book or attending a seminar but integrating what is learned into the practice of ministry is best done with a clergy mentor or coach.  As a clergy mentor, I have 44 years of pastoral experience leading churches.  I served eight years as a member of the conference board of ministry and mentored many candidates as they discerned their call and readiness for ordained or local pastor ministry. During my time as a District Superintendent, I supervised 50 pastors in the Southeast District, some of whom had tricky ministry challenges. I am familiar with Family Systems Theory and have taught seminars on the Enneagram, which is a helpful tool for personal and professional growth. I have a collaborative leadership style, and I am energized by working with pastors in ways that encourage, guide, and support them in their work of ministry.

Rev. Lawrence Young

Currently serving as Sr. Pastor of Klein UMC – Texas Conf. Additional Senior Pastor appointments include Warren Memorial UMC; Cascade UMC; Jones Memorial UMC; Abundant Life UMC – (new church start), District Superintendent of the Central South District. He received his Master of Divinity of Gammon Seminary @ ITC.

Rev. Young is the founding pastor of a successful new church start (30 yrs. Old), has served in several multi-staff churches and has experience as a District Superintendent.