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  • Michael Baughman is the Community Curator and founding pastor for Union. The editor for Flipping Church (2016), Mike is eager to encounter and support those on the innovative edge of church, non-profit and civic engagement. He has served as author, editor and developer for a long list of curricula through Sparkhouse Press and Cokesbury. Mike learned a lot about basketball while attending Duke University and then earned a couple of pretentious diplomas from Princeton Theological Seminary (they’re both in Latin and hang in his garage). A third-generation Methodist minister and church planter, Mike married a sixth-generation Methodist minister, Rachel.

  • Jennifer Chickering grew up in Massachusetts and Maryland and graduated from Hood College in 2009 with a B.A. in Sociology. She worked as a missionary for the UMC in Oklahoma before getting her Masters in Divinity from Perkins School of Theology. She was commissioned as a Deacon in the North Texas Conference in June 2018 and currently serves at First UMC Henrietta.

  • Kenny Dickson was born and raised as a PK in Dallas, and served 24 years as lead or associate pastor in a variety of church settings and sizes in each of the NTC Districts. He received Bachelor degrees in Film and Business and an MBA from SMU, as well as an MDiv. from the Duke Divinity School. For the last two years Kenny has been appointed to the NTC extension ministry, Cross Roads Faith and Film. Through Cross Roads Kenny works to highlight films that reflect theologically on life and faith. During the COVID-19 shutdown he leads Zoom discussions using his own curricula to examine faith and theology presented in films and TV.

  • Andrew Fiser works with the Center for Missional Outreach team to help churches and leaders across The North Texas Conference as they develop efforts to love their neighbors through ministries of justice, compassion and anti-racism. Andrew attended Hendrix College and Vanderbilt Divinity School for his Master of Divinity degree. He served with Edgehill UMC in Nashville, TN as three-year Intern, then Co-Pastor, leading the congregation to re-engage its changing neighborhood. Andrew served the Rio Texas Conference as a Church Planting Strategist. Prior to joining the CMO staff, Andrew served as the Director of Site Church and Community Development for Project Transformation – North Texas.

  • Sandy Heard is a provisional Elder in The United Methodist Church. She holds degrees from University of Texas Dallas, Kansas State University and Perkins School of Theology. A second-career minister, Sandy incorporates her Human Resources Management background into her role at First UMC Rockwall with responsibilities in HR Administration, Connecting Ministries, Adult Disciple Education, Pastoral Care and Proclamation of the Word. Sandy has a passion for sharing the Gospel with incarcerated people and has been preaching in prisons for 8 years. Married to James for 20 years, they are the proud parents of high schoolers Morgan and Jonah.

  • Marcus Jones is a native of Dallas, and proud alum of Huston-Tillotson University. He has a B.A. in Business Management and a Master of Divinity in Black Church Studies from Perkins School of Theology at SMU. Marcus is a published writer, his most recent book is titled "Christ the Yard: A Guide to Christian Living and Ministry on the College Campus." His intense writing catalog contains articles relating to Church, pop culture, Christianity, religion and hip-hop. His focus is helping people see the healthy balance between religious and secular engagement in hip-hop and arts. An avid reader, and when Marcus is not reading books, he is writing for his blog, The Informed Scholar. While all of these things are great, there is nothing he is prouder of than being a father to his two sons, and a dedicated and faithful husband to his wife.

  • Danielle Kim was born in South Korea and immigrated to the United States when she was 14. She was raised in Deer Park, Texas, and went to UT Dallas to study Biology. She began her journey towards ordained ministry when she was attending First Korean UMC in Richardson right across from the campus. After college, Danielle served as a secondary science educator at inner city schools before pursuing a M. Div. degree at Perkins School of Theology. While in seminary, she served two local United Methodist Churches in Bryan/College Station. Danielle’s husband, David, is pursuing his M.Div. degree at Perkins. She is currently serving as Associate Minister of Adult Discipleship at Custer Road UMC.

  • Andy Lewis is a native of Plano, Texas. He holds degrees from the University of Texas and Perkins School of Theology. With a concentration in premedical studies, Andy focused on medicine as a career, however, as a college senior he discerned God calling him to bring healing, not to bodies, but to souls. Andy is an ordained Elder in the North Texas Conference and, before beginning his current roles July 1, 2017, was senior pastor of First UMC Lewisville. Over the years, a consistent theme in Andy's ministry has been his commitment to ministries of justice and compassion. He and his wife, Sondra, celebrated 26 years of marriage in June, and together they have three children. In his free time, he enjoys running, reading and following sports.

  • S Dianna Masters served the first part of her career as a teacher, Secondary School Principal, Coordinator of Mathematics and K-12 Mathematics Director. She graduated from Texas Christian University with a BS in Science, earned a Master of Public School Administration from Texas A&M and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. S Dianna is an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and has served small, medium and large churches in urban and suburban areas in Glendale (Calif.), Los Angeles and Dallas. She has also served as a Director for the General Board of Global Ministries and the Women’s Division of the UMC. S Dianna has a passion for teaching and preaching the Word of God which includes leading Disciple Bible Studies in the Western and South Central Jurisdictions of the UMC. She loves the Lord with all her heart, soul and mind.

  • Kim Meyers knows American Sign Language and graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a B.S. in Deaf Education and Language Development. She graduated from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology with a Masters in Ministry and Faith Develop and Christian Education. Kim was Ordained in the United Methodist Church and is currently serving at St. Andrew UMC. She has helped the church restructure to create a Family Ministry Model.

  • Carol Montgomery is a Senior Area Representative for the North Texas Conference. With over 25 years’ experience partnering with congregations, families, individuals and organizations Carol enjoys serving others in the areas of empowerment, advocacy and discipleship. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, she has served the NTC in congregational and campus ministries. Carol holds her License in Professional Counseling (LPC). Beyond her role as a ministry partner, Carol enjoys facilitating the Holy Conversations visioning process and resourcing pastors and congregations in areas of finance, leadership and innovation. She holds a B.A in Journalism from Oklahoma State University, earned a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University and a M. Div. from Perkins School of Theology. She is mother to two amazing adult daughters and a long-time resident of Dallas.

  • Don Renshaw was born in Fort Worth, and graduated from Paschal High School in 1951 before joinging the Army. He graduated from Texas Wesleyan in 1957. In 1960, Don was ordained an Elder in the Central Texas Conference the same year that he graduated from Perkins. He served in CTC congregations until 1972 when he transferred to the North Texas Conference. In the NTC he served at Ridgewood Park UMC, First UMC Sulphur Springs, First UMC Plano and Spring Valley UMC before retiring.

  • Caesar Rentie is the Vice President of Pastoral Care for Methodist Health System. Caesar received a Master of Theological Studies from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in 1997 and currently serves as a local pastor for the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communications from Oklahoma University. While at OU, Caesar played football for the Sooners. During that time, the Sooners won four Big Eight Conference titles and one national championship. Caesar was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 7th round and played offensive tackle under head coach Mike Ditka. In 1991 he was the first-round draft pick for the New York New Jersey Knights in the World League of American Football. After his football career, Caesar accepted his call into ministry.

  • Owen Ross is the Director for the Center for Church Development for the the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Owen leads the conference's work in planting, transforming and planting congregations in the North Texas area. Previously, he served as the founding pastor Christ's Foundry United Methodist Mission (La Fundición de Cristo) in Dallas. He is married and has two sons.

  • James Woods is a bi-vocational pastor in his eighth year of service at First UMC McKinney. His duties include presiding over the weekly Communion service each Wednesday, as well as various teaching and pastoral assignments. Spiritual formation is James’s central area of focus, founding the Center for Transformative Prayer at First McKinney as a way of helping the faithful develop a contemplative approach to their walk. With a DMin from Perkins, James serves as an adjunct faculty member for SMU’s Certification in Spiritual Direction program.

  • Jessica Wright serves as associate pastor at First UMC Allen. She is responsible for coordinating missions and community advocacy opportunities as well as mentoring and empowering young adults. Jessica became a Christian through a hamburger (and an amazing community) at a Wesley Foundation. She believes sharing food and our stories can help all of us become rooted in the greatest story of all – God’s great love for us in Jesus Christ.

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