Meet Our Staff

  • Amy Amodio

    Facility  Management Director

    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

  • Rhonda Aulick

    Assistant to the Pastors

  • Todd Burrer

    Director of Instrumental Music

  • Hector Castelltort

    Coordinator of Worship and Discipleship

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  • Misty Celli

    Membership Coordinator

    Katie Willard, our Children's Ministries Director at Lakewood United Methodist Church has spent more than 15 years working in private and public education serving students, parents, and teachers in and beyond the classroom. She received her Degree in Elementary Education from Texas State University in 2005 and completed her Masters in Educational Leadership in 2017 from Stephen F. Austin State University. She and her husband, Nick, became members of Lakewood United Methodist Church in 2006 and have served in the New Song service ever since. They have 4 children: Elijah, Gideon, Eliana, and Gracelyn, who are active in the Children and Youth Ministries and love to serve as a family where and when they can. Katie is excited to bring her knowledge of preschool and elementary aged students combined with her passion for building faith-filled families to LUMC in this new role where she can lead the Children’s Ministry toward growth and service in Christ.

  • Betty Christian

    Community Life Coordinator

  • Jessica Edwards

    Student Ministries

    Administrative Assistant

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  • Dani Gathright

    Children's Choir Director

    of Creekside Carolers

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  • Greg Gathright

    Director of Choral Arts

    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.

  • Jill Guettler

    Assistant Director of Children's Ministries & Nursery Coordinator

    Carrie Bruns is a former teacher in Cy-Fair ISD. She spent 6 years teaching 8th grade at Arnold Middle School, and 3 years at Cy-Creek High School teaching English II and coaching Freshman Volleyball. She is married to Chris Bruns, a member of the LUCE ensemble and New Song worship team, and has been an active member at Lakewood UMC for two and a half years. Carrie and Chris enjoy attending 20s/30s table groups, events, and Bible Studies. Carrie has been volunteering with our youth for several months, and has listened to the Lord’s calling to begin her involvement in Student Ministry. Carrie is also an avid reader and loves spending time with family and friends.

  • Erik Henson

    Director of Contemporary

    Arts & Media

    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.

  • Kris Ramos

    Director of  LUMC Child Development Program

    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.  

  • Emilio Rodriguez

    Church Sexton

    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

  • Susan Shipman

    Children's Choir Coordinator

    We want to welcome Misty Celli to LUMC staff as our Church Receptionist! Misty joins Lakewood UMC with several years of sales, marketing, and office manager experience. Misty and her husband, along with their two children, have been active in the church for over 4 years.

  • Pastor Clay Smallwood

    Director of Student Ministries

    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.

  • Mary Beth Trahan

    Director of  Communications

    Mistye joined our staff in 2017 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.

  • Frans van Dyk

    Assistant Director of Student Ministries

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  • Judy Walker


    Mary Beth Trahan serves on the Lakewood UMC staff as Communications Assistant and brings over 15 years of communication, sales, print and graphic design experience. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor's degree in Communications. Mary Beth is a member of LUMC, she is married to John, and they have three children and 2 pets.

  • Krista Wall

    Coordinator of Finance & Business

    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.

  • Katie Willard

    Children's Ministries Director

    Please welcome Amy Amodio, our new Facilities Coordinator. Amy will be working closely with trustees and staff as she manages the Lakewood campus. Amy is a native of the Cypress area. She graduated from Texas Tech University and then moved to New York City, Memphis, TN, and Dallas, TX. She is married to Stephen, and together they have two children, Natalie who is 15 and a freshman at Cy-Fair HS, Nathan who is almost 13 and in 7th grade at Hamilton Middle School and two dogs, Harvey and Stella. 

  • Nick Willard

    Director of Live Streaming

    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 has been commissioned as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church and will be ordained in 2020. Clay serves as our Director of Student Ministries. He 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!