Pastor and Staff

Pastor

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 Discipleship and Missions

Chad Ewing

Chad is from a small town in West Texas, but he’s been loving life in the metroplex since moving here a few years ago for school. He graduated from McMurry University in 2011, and he spent his time after that exploring his call to ministry through jobs in youth ministry and healthcare. Chad recently graduated from Brite Divinity School with a Masters of Divinity. He is passionate about crafting meaningful worship experiences and helping the church organize for social justice.


Director of Student Ministries and Contemporary Worship

Joseph Brandley

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

Virginia Solis (Cain)

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 Music  – Heritage Worship

Chris Wilson

Chris has a wide range of musical experience, including performing many diverse musical styles, teaching at several age levels, directing church choirs, teaching private voice lessons, and playing a variety of instruments. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor’s in Music Education in 2005. Chris started serving in church music ministry at an early age. He is currently the Traditional Music Director at UMC and the Choir Director at McLean Middle School in Fort Worth ISD. Chris is a sought out choir clinician and judge. Chris loves spending time with his wonderful wife, Heather, and their three children Nevaeha, Nathaniel, and Noelle.


Director of Child Development Center

Edwina Young

Edwina was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas and is very proud to call herself a true Texan. After receiving her bachelors from McMurry University, Edwina obtained a Master’s degree in criminal justice from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. Edwina has been in the childcare field for almost 10 years and has also served as a daycare licensing inspector for the state of Texas. Building relationships and making connections with people is something that Edwina enjoys doing because it makes her happy. Edwina is passionate about caring for people and she believes that her true calling is to serve children.


Business Administrator

Vickie Chamness

Vickie grew up in Fort Worth and graduated from Paschal High School then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of North Texas. She has served in the capacities of Bussiness Administrator and Finance Associate at two other United Methodist Churches in the Central Texas Conference. Vickie’s husband, Joe, is a United Methodist Pastor at Edgepark UMC here in Fort Worth and her father-in-law, Gene, is a retired United Methodist Pastor in the Central Texas Conference as well. Methodism has a long history in Vickie’s family! She has two children and five grandchildren. Spending time with family and friends and traveling are two things at the top of Vickie’s list of favorite activities!


Ministry Assistant

Haley Dierke

Haley is from Red Oak, Texas where she lived before moving to Fort Worth with her husband, Samuel in 2019. Haley is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University. After graduation, she is interested in pursuing a Master’s of Theological studies. Haley is passionate about people, relationships, and community. She intends to further study the healing powers of community and relationship through the lens of Christianity and hopes to fight against the oppression and marginalization of others. Haley and Samuel happily live with their dog, Penny, one cat named, Poe and another cat named, Ginger. They hope to move and explore the wonders outside of Texas before permanently settling roots down.


Accompanist – Heritage Worship

Jimmy Benecasa

Before moving to Fort Worth in 2019, Jimmy served in Wichita Falls, Texas as an organist at First Baptist Church as a pianist at New Hope Presbyterian Church. Jimmy has been a facility member at both Midwestern State University and Missouri State University as a choir accompanist, piano and theory teacher, and a freelance composer. He has dedicated himself to the art of piano performance with numerous appearances on stages throughout the country and overseas. Aside from the piano, Jimmy enjoys composing and recording works of his own, with nine albums to date and a number of film scores. Jimmy’s love for church music is prevalent in much of his original music and playing style. When not at the keyboard, Jimmy enjoys spending time with his wife, Katrina, and their two dogs.