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!

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.

Randi Lanum

2020 Summer Intern

Randi is from Huffman, TX where she lives with her roommate and her dog Winnie. She has plans to attend college and major in youth ministry and follow the call that God has given her. Randi has worked in childcare and ministry since 2017 and is blessed to have the opportunity to serve here at Lakewood United Methodist Church for the summer.

Andres Flores

2020 Summer Intern

Andres Flores is a Senior studying Communication at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His foray into student ministry work began as a student, and in the 3 years since graduating high school, he has served on various summertime and school year student ministry teams. He is currently engaged to his girlfriend, Jackie, and he is super excited to be in the Houston area and serving the community of Lakewood United Methodist Church.