OUR STAFF


  • Todd Burrer is the Director of Instrumental Music at Lakewood UMC. Todd is a native Houstonian and Graduate of TCU. He is also a former band director as well as a trombone and euphonium player. If anyone would like to be a part of the Chamber Ensemble, please contact Todd at tburrer@mac.com

  • Betty and her husband, Tommy, have been members of Lakewood UMC since 1979. Betty has been a dedicated staff member for over 25 years, serving as Youth Director as well as her current position as Community Life and Neighborhood Ministries Coordinator. She loves to help plan events for the students and teachers at Matzke Elementary (a CFISD elementary school we partner with) and mentor a fifth grade student there. Betty manages the LakeWorld Fair Trade Store inside of our church, and loves to promote the purchase of Fair Trade items when possible. She also enjoys serving the homeless and planning church wide events. She and Tommy have two children, Jason & Jeni, as well as twin grandchildren, Taylor and Tyler. They will be blessed with a new grandson, Jaxson Gregory in March.

  • mistye diaz

    office assistant

    Mistye is new to our staff and brings several years of experience in sales and marketing, along with being a previous preschool teacher. She graduated from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Psychology. Mistye and her husband, Rod, have 2 children in high school who are active in Student Ministries.

  • holly eubanks

    RECEPTIonist

    Holly joined the Lakewood UMC staff in 2016 and brings several years of experience in marketing, sales, operations and management. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She and her family are members of Lakewood, with two boys in our children's programming.  




  • Greg Gathright is a native of Harlingen, Texas. Greg has been a lifelong Methodist, even when serving churches in other denominations. After graduating from Sam Houston State University in 1976, Greg was the Huntsville High School Choir director for two years before moving to Windham School district, where he served for 24 years as a band director, supervisor, and principal. He served as a bivocational music director at First Christian Church of Huntsville for 20 years, then at Elkins Lake Baptist as organist and handbell director. Greg then moved to the Woodlands United Methodist Church as an associate director before coming to Lakewood UMC. Greg is married to Dani, and they have three grown sons, and four grandchildren.

  • Jennifer Gros serves as our Director of Communications, responsible for the internal and external communication for Lakewood UMC. This includes promoting our ministries and programs, advertising, public relations, printed media, website, social media and more. She graduated from the University of Louisiana with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications. Jennifer brings to Lakewood UMC over 20 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and communications industry. She is married to Scott, and they have three children involved in Student Ministries.

  • jill guettler

    Nursery Coordinator

    Jill serves on the Lakewood UMC staff as Nursery Coordinator. She was raised in the Methodist Church, and she and her family have been members at LUMC since 2011. Jill is a native Houstonian and graduated from the University of Houston at Clear Lake with a bachelors in Education. Jill has experience teaching children from the ages of 2 to 5th Grade. She currently teaches the Young 2’s at Lakewood Little People. Jill and her husband, Steve, have three boys, Matt, Ian and Jon. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and attending sporting events for her children.

  • Erik Henson serves as the Director of Contemporary Arts and Media at Lakewood UMC. Erik is a graduate of the University of Houston, and has also completed studies in Jazz at the University of North Texas in Denton. He is married to Patty Henson, who is also on staff at Lakewood UMC, and they have 4 young boys who are very active in our children's and youth programs

  • Patty henson

    coordinator of worship and discipleship

    Patty Henson serves as Coordinator of Worship and Discipleship. Patty grew up in Klein, Texas. She met her husband, Erik, in the Klein High School Orchestra, and they continue to use their musicianship as part of their ministry. Together they are raising their 4 boys, and love getting to serve at Lakewood UMC. Patty taught in Klein, Cy-Fair, and at Rosehill Christian school. She then spent some time at home raising little ones before finding her way to the Coordinator of Worship and Discipleship position here at Lakewood. 

  • PEggy Launikitis

    Assistant Director of children's ministries

    Peggy Launikitis serves as Assistant Director of Children Ministries. She joined our staff in 2011, after having volunteered in this ministry for 7 years. She helped to establish & operate summer camps here at LUMC, teaching 4 year old Sunday School, and helping with VBS. After volunteering for 2 years in the UPWARD Basketball program, she became the League Director for our church in 2012. When not serving at church, she enjoys spending time with her family, taking care of animals, and gardening.

  • CHAD MCELVEEN

    interim DIRECTOR OF STUDENT MINISTRIES

    Chad McElveen serves Lakewood as our Interim Director of Student Ministries. Chad has been in youth ministry for nearly ten years, and is currently in the process of being certified in youth ministry by the United Methodist Church. He grew up in the Methodist church in Lufkin, and is married to Sable, his best friend since 7th grade. Chad graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University as a theatre major, but felt God calling him into ministry with students.

  • Amy joined our staff in 2014. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas and attended the University of Houston. She is the wife of Steven and mom of four amazing, beautiful daughters. She has been an active volunteer with the youth since her oldest started attending the program in 2007. She focuses mainly on our incoming 6th graders in the fall and heads up our Confirmation class in the spring. She's a huge fan of reading, reality tv, 90s hip hop and road trips. She's also maybe just a teeny tiny bit obsessed with football.

     




  • Kris Ramos

    director of lumc child development program

    Kris Ramos is the Director of Lakewood Little People, the Child Development Program of LUMC. Kris was a classroom teacher for 7 years in the Aldine and Cy-Fair school districts before becoming a school administrator in 2001. She joined the staff at Lakewood Little People as a teacher in 2007 and has served as the assistant director in recent years. She has a B.S. from Indiana State University and a M.Ed. from Sam Houston State. Kris and her husband Mike are active members at Lakewood UMC and are the parents to two teenage girls.

  • EMILIO Rodriguez

    Church Sexton




  • Susan Shipman

    Children's Choir Coordinator

    Susan serves Lakewood as a seasoned elementary, special education, music and outdoor science educator, working in both private and public schools in Germany, Saudi Arabia, Illinois and Texas. Her students have performed in a variety of venues ranging from grade school musicals to community concerts, from choral festivals to Lakewood's own Music Arts & Drama Camp every July. Susan serves as a group leader in Bible Study Fellowship's NW Houston chapter, volunteers in Lakewood's Gathering Place, and instructs beginning adult ESL through another local ministry. She and her talented accompanist husband, Steven, participate in the Chancel Choir and Chamber Ensemble. They have two adult children and one precious grandson.

  • Judy Walker

    Organist

    Judy has been organist/pianist at Lakewood since 2002. Prior to Lakewood, she was church organist/pianist for Cypress UMC and Park Place Baptist. Judy has a Bachelors Degree from Carson Newman University in Church Music. She has additional studies in Music Therapy. Judy works as a Houston realtor and property manager. She breeds and shows dogs. She has three children and two grandchildren.  

  • Krista Wall serves LUMC as our Coordinator of Finance and Business. She brings over 25 years of experience in finance and business to Lakewood. She graduated from Baylor University with a major in Finance and minor in Accounting. She and her husband, Chris, grew up in Northwest Houston and have been blessed with 4 boys, Cody, Jamie, Ryan and Timothy. Krista enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis and golf and watching her boy’s sporting events.

  • Nicholas Willard, our Production Assistant to the Director of Contemporary Arts and Media, assists in coordination the New Song service. He is also the coordinator of the visual aspect of our audio/visual team and works to integrate relevant digital elements into our Sunday morning services.

  • Mingo is currently serving in her seventh year as Director of Children’s Ministry. Before coming on staff, she volunteered as a Sunday School teacher with our children. She is a certified (K-6) elementary school teacher, and has a second certification in Chapter 1/Title1 Reading. After leaving the public school system, Mingo spent years conducting teacher trainings and educational in-services throughout the country. Her goal in Children’s Ministry is to help each child begin to develop a personal relationship with God. This relationship begins with a strong foundation and knowledge of scripture. She has developed and implemented educational goals and a scope and sequence into the Children’s Ministry to ensure our children grow in their faith. When not working with our children, Mingo enjoys time with her family, husband Robert and son John Robert.