Young Adult Ministries
Eddie is a life-long United Methodist and has served at all levels of our connection. Eddie has served as District Lay Leader, General & Jurisdictional Conference delegate for 2012, 2016, 2019, & 2020. In addition, he served as Executive Secretary for the Division on Ministry with Young People for the 2012-2016 quadrennium, attended the Global Young People’s Convocation in 2014 in the Philippines, and led the South-Central Jurisdictional Delegation to South Africa 2018. From 2015-2021 Eddie served as the Director of Youth & Young Adults of the Texas Conference. Currently, he is Director of Student Ministries for Wildwood UMC, Executive Director of the South-Central Jurisdiction, and Methodist youth Ministry Alliance. In addition, he serves on the non-profit boards of Bee Harmony, Institute for Local Church Growth, and the Lydia Patterson Institute. Eddie lives with his wife, Emily, and their three children in Klein, Texas. When he is not serving the Kingdom, he enjoys the outdoors, traveling, investing in young people, and driving his children to their next activity.
Eddie has been actively involved in young adult ministry for over 20 years. He has been a part of campus ministries and the executive team of the division responsible for young adults at the global level of The United Methodist Church. As the previous Director of Youth and Young Adults for the Texas Conference, he is equipped to partner with all iterations of ministries for young adults. Eddie has been a part of multiple retreats and conferences for young adults and led a young adult pilgrimage to England, tracing the historical roots of Methodism.
My name is Steven Fisher, and I was born in Liverpool, England. I have lived in Houston since 2011. I have been the Family Ministries Director at St. Stephen’s UMC since April 2018. St. Stephen’s is a smaller mid-sized congregation in northwest Houston. Under my tenure, we have been able to significantly grow our youth ministry, expand our offerings to our children’s ministry, and increase community engagement throughout our Family Ministries. Outside of work, I have been married to my wife, Christie for ten years. We have a two-year-old and one more on the way.
Our young adults make up a good proportion of our Family Ministry volunteer team and include those who were formerly youth at the church. We have set up a scholarship fund for neighborhood young adults to support them in college and continually offer them support throughout the year.
Julie has worked in youth ministry and children’s ministry for over 10 years. She is a certified ministry coach, a certified lay servant, the spouse of a pastor, and the mom to three great kids. She speaks at events and camps for teens, leads trainings, and guides people to becoming incredible leaders.
Whether you are launching a new ministry or revitalizing a seasoned one, Julie can guide you in making a customized youth ministry for your church. Hiring a youth minister is hard and Julie can help you find, hire, and train a great one. Additionally, Julie is skilled at volunteer recruitment and training, program design, coaching of youth ministers, and increasing congregational involvement. Julie will make sure you are empowered to have a successful youth ministry in your own unique context.
Rev. Eric Pugh
Eric is a native Ohioan, who grew up in Central Ohio, attended The Ohio State University earning a BS in Biological Sciences. Eric served 8 years in Parks and Recreation Management in Ohio and Texas, prior to answering his call to ministry. Eric has been in full-time ministry with the United Methodist Church since 2005, serving in Youth, Young Adult, Family, Missions. Currently he serves as the Executive Pastor for John Wesley UMC in Houston, Tx. Eric is an ordained Deacon in the UMC, with an MTS from SMU - Perkins School of Theology. He is currently working toward a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching, from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, in Chicago. Eric has been married for 21 years and has 3 teenage daughters. Eric is an outdoor and travel enthusiast. He is passionate about helping others discover their God given gifts, answer their unique call to ministry and achieve their goals. Eric is an excellent communicator, with great interpersonal skills which allow him to lead in small and large group settings.
Eric has more than 5 years of full-time leadership with Young Adult ministry at the local church level. In addition to this, Eric has served as mentor to countless former students as they progressed from student ministry into active adults in their congregations. Eric actively engages young adults to participate in the life of the church at the local, district and conference levels. Eric has served as an advocate for young people to fill leadership roles in the church and their communities.
Rev. Brandy Stevens
Hello! My name is Brandy Stevens, I’m from a small-town in Southeast Texas. I graduated from Lamar University, Beaumont and continued my education of studies for a Master of Divinity degree at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. I love introducing people to Jesus and seeing lives changed by the grace and mercy of God. I have served as a Children’s and Youth Director at First United Methodist Church, Nederland and I currently serve as Pastor at Fairwood United Methodist Church, Tyler.
Throughout the past twenty years I have served in children and family ministries. I can assist in setting up new or refreshed vibrant children, youth, and family ministries. I am also familiar with licensed weekday school ministries. I absolutely love making Jesus known to young children, while fostering an environment that is fun and soaked in the Spirit!
Rev. Clint Wyllie
I am an Associate Pastor (LLP) at Kingwood UMC where I have served since 2012. I have recently transitioned my role to work as the Missions Pastor but served as the Youth Pastor here for 9 years (Large Church Ministry with Multiple Staff and Volunteers). Prior to KUMC, I served as the youth director at Livingston UMC from 2008-2012 (Midsized church with only volunteer support).
Livingston UMC: Church of 300-400 worship attendance and student ministry that experience 400% growth in 4 years from 25-115, but the growth was unsustainable with the size of congregation and primarily outsider youth attendance. Learned a lot from that beautiful church and incredible people who loved me and gave me space learn, grow, take risks, and fail forward.
In Kingwood I had the opportunity to lead a student ministry staff of 4 and hire 4 additional interns every summer. Over the 9 years here we have a more sustainable 10% growth of students and volunteers. I learned the importance of clear communication and expectations when leading and the importance of interpersonal relationships in collaborative ministry. We ran confirmation programs between 25 and 50 students and retreats up to 200 students. Each of these positions added ministry tools to my belt that have shaped my passions and specialties.