Women's Ministries



Rev. Elizabeth Acosta

Rev. Ely Acosta is a pastor with sixteen years of experience in ministry. His pastoral work began in Cuba where she had the opportunity to lead in three Methodist Churches. Later, moving to Texas, he served as a Hispanic church planter in the Fairbanks, Houston area. Today she is currently serving Conroe's First United Methodist Church as pastor of the Hispanic community.

We will teach you how to prepare women's events that respond to the needs of the context that takes place. Providing useful tools for any woman in any context and of any age and culture.

Carolee Brink

My name is Carolee Brink, and I have been the Director of Christian Education at Lufkin First United Methodist Church for 17 years.

My areas of ministry are Women, Adults, and Senior Adults. I think with my many years of experience, I could be beneficial in helping others with problem solving and new ideas.

Stacie Hawkins

I have been involved in women's ministries for the past 20 years. I have leadership experience in women's ministries on every level of the church, and it has allowed me the opportunity to understand firsthand the challenges faced by women in our local congregations. I look forward to providing necessary guidance and support for women of the Texas Annual Conference.

Current roles: Local - Finance Team, United Methodist Women, Communion Stewardess, New Membership Team.  Conference - Board of Pensions, Delegate to General Conference 2020. General Church - Wespath Benefits and Investments, Black Methodists for Church Renewal

Dr. Judy Lanier

Judy is a 1979 graduate of Texas A&M University with a BBA in Accounting. She received her CPA certification and worked in the field of finance and accounting for over twenty years before going home to spend more time with her family.

Judy has a heart to teach women the Word and that has been her focus for over two decades. In 2009, Judy felt God call her to learn more, to attend Seminary. In 2014 she received her Master of Arts in Christian Education with an Emphasis in Women’s Ministry and in 2019 received her DEdMin (Doctor of Educational Ministry-Women’s Cohort) from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Judy’s teachings and writings are filled with sincerity and warmth. She feels called by God to teach the love of Christ as He commanded in the first and second “greatest commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40). It is through her maturity and experiences that God infuses her with compassion and love for the women of this world, along with the message, “You are worthy.”

Yetel Castaneda-Ramirez

My name is Yetel Castaneda-Ramírez, I have a BA degree in Software Engineering, and I have experience in web design and social media management. I served as a pastor in the Methodist Church in Cuba for 8 years, and currently as a pastor's wife I help my husband in our local Church. I am currently in the process to obtain my license as a local pastor. I am married to a wonderful man, Roig Calzadilla and we have a beautiful son, Isaac Calzadilla.

In the area of women's ministry, I organize events, preach, and reach out to the women in the communities. I have given workshops at women's events in my local Church and in other churches.

Mindy Standlee

Mindy has a background in psychology and has worked in ministry for over 15 years. She is passionate about helping people feel connected in the church. She loves helping people find an area to serve and plug into. She feels strongly about partnering thelocal church and families together to grow a child’s spirituality. She loves to help children understand and relate to scripture at their level.

Her experience includes leading and growing a mid-week program for the church and community for 80+ elementary aged children and a weekly worship service for children aged Kinder-5th grade. She has developed and trained multiple strong volunteer bases for Sunday morning, Mid-Week, VBS, special events and Confirmation at multiple churches. She has experience in nursery protocols and best practices along with developing and leading Confirmation classes and preteen groups.

Mindy has led dozens of bible studies for women over the years.  This includes small groups in her home, intergenerational studies, prayer groups for moms and women’s retreats.