Rev. Beth Evers
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 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 Youth Ministries and Contemporary Worship
Austin native Joseph Brandley grew up in San Jose 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 Youth Ministries.
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 the daughter of a Methodist minister, Erin developed a unique love for the United Methodist Church at a very young age. Erin was shaped by her experiences in the church, from listening to her mom talk about committee meetings, to hearing about the amazing work done on youth mission trips and later participating in those mission trips, and to volunteering with CCYM (Conference Committee on Youth Ministries). Erin is deeply committed to helping churches grow in their ministry with God through organization and structure in the church office. She is also passionate for helping transform lives through youth ministry. Erin graduated from Texas Women’s University with her Bachelor’s degree in General Studies in 2011. She loves spending time with Beau, her husband, their new baby boy, and their three crazy dogs!
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.
Since high school, Iris has served as a church organist in many different churches across several denominations. She holds master’s degrees from SMU in church music and TCU in organ performance as well as a nursing degree. When not on the organ bench, she continues to work as a full time nurse besides also being mom to daughter Margaret, walking her four dogs, Victorian houses and being at home with Margaret and husband Ted. She says, “I feel really blessed to be able to have a job that blesses me in return, especially within this very appreciative and and warm-hearted congregation.”
Director of Child Development Center
Barbara Abair has been the Director of our Child Development Center since 2013. Barbara is passionate about providing the best experience for the children and families of our CDC. She is an enthusiastic leader and has even been known to put on bunny ears to make sure the children have a great time at the Easter Egg Hunt.