Pastor Clay Smallwood

Director of Student Ministries

Clay and his wife moved after almost 8 years at University UMC in San Antonio so he could join the staff at Lakewood UMC in March of 2018. Clay has 12 years of experience in student ministry and is a graduate of Texas State University and has a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary. Clay is a commissioned Deacon in the United Methodist Church and will be an ordained Deacon in 2020. Clay is passionate about student ministry and helping adolescents and their families to become disciples of Jesus and grow in holiness so that they can change the world!

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 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 Parker

Student Ministries Assistant

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 may be just a teeny tiny bit obsessed with football.

Mallory melton

summer 2018 student ministry intern

Mallory is spending her second summer with us as a Student Ministry intern. She is originally from New Boston, TX. She attends the University of Arkansas where she is studying English, with a minor in Political Science. She plays the clarinet in the Razorback Marching Band and is a member of Tau Beta Sigma, the band service sorority. She enjoys reading (for fun), watching reality TV, and listening and talking about Taylor Swift.

Jacob Herm

Summer 2018 Student ministry intern

Jacob grew up in Evansville, Indiana, and is currently studying at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky where he is majoring in Youth Ministry. He is a member of the Asbury Tumbling Team, a ministry team that uses their skills in gymnastics to share the love of Jesus within schools and communities. In his free time, Jacob enjoys playing video games, working with his hands, hiking, and studying history.