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 13 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!

Carrie Bruns

Assistant Director of Student Ministries

Carrie is a former teacher and coach in Cy-Fair ISD, teaching at both the middle school and high school levels. She is married to Chris, a member of the chamber ensemble and New Song worship team, and has been an active member at Lakewood UMC since 2016. Carrie was a volunteer with our students for a while before the Lord called her to be a part of the Student Ministry staff.

Mistye Diaz


Mistye joined the Lakewood staff in 2017 and splits her time between our front office and Student Ministries. She 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.