Beth is originally from a small town in Illinois, but always knew she was a city girl at heart. She has been in ministry since 2001 when she and her husband served a church together. It was there they began their journey as Texans. Beth loved her time at Northern Illinois University and even reigned for a brief moment as the Homecoming Queen, but couldn’t bring herself to wear the crown. She studied for her MDiv at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas. She and her husband, Todd, have three kids and they love to travel whenever they can. Beth’s passion for ministry is to help people experience the reality of God’s love for them – just the way they are. She believes University has the unique ability to serve our diverse and transforming neighborhood in powerful ways. Beth has served at University since 2012.
Director of Missions and Outreach
Sam grew up in a small town in central Maine. After his family moved to San Antonio when he was in high school, he wandered up to Fort Worth to attend TCU (Go Frogs!) and enjoyed living in the Fort Worth area so much that he never left. After graduating from TCU, Sam earned his law degree from SMU Dedman School of Law and practiced tax and corporate law at a firm in downtown Fort Worth. In 2016, he left his legal career to follow a call to full-time ministry and is currently studying at Brite Divinity School for his Masters of Divinity. In his spare time, Sam enjoys spending time with his wife, Berkeley, and their two dogs, Major and Zeus.
As a child, Chatty moved quite often with her Air Force family. They finally landed in San Antonio, where she graduated from high school. She then attended Southwestern University in Georgetown and Scarritt Graduate School in Nashville, TN. She is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church and has served churches in South Texas for longer than you can believe. In her spare time, Chatty also became a certified teacher and school librarian, and currently serves an elementary school in the Birdville ISD. She has two great daughters and is super excited about the new relationship University UMC has with Clarke Elementary through the Academy 4 mentoring program.
Director of Student Ministries and Contemporary Worship
Austin native Joseph Brandley grew up in San Jose, California, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hope International University in Orange County (Go Royals!). The classically trained pianist also dabbles in guitar and armchair economics, and will staunchly defend the honor of In-n-Out cheeseburgers versus other inferior fast food. He is passionate about joining in the creation of more and better worshippers. After joining University as the Director of Contemporary Worship, Joseph happily accepted the additional position as the Director of Student Ministries.
Director of Children’s Ministries
A proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2013, Virginia is a lifelong United Methodist from Dallas who decided to move across the metroplex to pursue studies in ministry after her plans to be a zookeeper fell through. Virginia loves singing loudly to Disney and 90’s music, working on puzzles, playing Scrabble and other board games, reading, bowling, and may accept love offerings of coffee. She is excited to make new friends of all ages and looking forward to empowering all of God’s beloved children to care the way God cares by using all of our hearts, minds, strength, and souls.
Director of Child Development Center
My name is Angela Johnson, I am the Director at the CDC. I was blessed with this opportunity to join the staff in September 2018. I have worked in the childcare field now for 24 years and I have been a licensed Director for the past 14 years. This is more than a job to me and I feel God has called me to work with children in this position. I also have 3 wonderful children of my own, Kolton (22), Dakota (19) and my daughter Calysa (16).
I am a strong Christian and attend church regularly. Jesus is my Lord and savior and I love him with all my heart. In God’s word it says, Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6. I feel that giving our children a strong biblical foundation will set them up to succeed in their lives. I am truly blessed to be the Director at University United Methodist Child Development Center.
Director of Traditional Music
Bridgette Griffin is the Director of Music for the traditional service. She and her husband David are retired and live on the East side of Fort Worth. She is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University and Texas A&M at Commerce. She taught in the Texas Public School System for 34 years, twelve of which were in the field of music and choral directing. For many years she also directed children’s and adult choirs in her church. She has been on University staff since October 2010. In her free time, Bridgette quilts, reads, and spends time with her grandchildren.