OUR STAFF


  • gayle brothers

    Children's ministries assistant


  • 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.

  • Jackie has lived in Texas for over twenty years, graduating from Tomball High School. She met her husband, Henry, when she was in youth group at Lakewood UMC. They now have three beautiful (and busy) daughters. Jackie has a degree in Technical Writing and Communications from Sam Houston State University, and is currently attending Asbury Theological Seminary, working towards her Masters of Divinity. She served as a volunteer at Lakewood for over ten years before joining the staff in September 2011.

  • 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 and her husband, Scott, are originally from Louisiana and have three wonderful children.

  • jill guettler

    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 leads our children's handbell groups, and they have 4 young boys who are very active in our children's and youth programs

  • 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.

  • Dori McAnulty is our Coordinator for Worship and Discipleship. She enjoys working behind the scenes, and has served in many program administration roles since joining our staff in early 2001. Her current responsibilities include providing support for all Christian education-related aspects of the church, including Sunday School, bible studies and Confirmation; coordinating the various elements related to worship; and overseeing our Safe Sanctuary needs. She served as the treasurer for the Texas Conference U.M. ARMY from 2002-2008, and continues to assist this ministry as a conference trainer. Dori graduated summa cum laude from the University of Houston in 2000 with a BBA in management information systems. She and her husband, John, a long-time LUMC choir member, have been part of LUMC since 1994. Her favorite pastimes are her grandchildren and missions, both here and abroad.

  • CHAD MCELVEEN

    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF STUDENT MINISTRIES

    Chad McElveen serves Lakewood as our Assistant 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.

  • 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.

  • Luis 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






  • 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.