Church Leadership

“Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.”

John 12:26 

First United Methodist Church – Nominations Report

For service beginning or continuing on January 1, 2021.
Updated on January 11, 2021

To learn about the various church committees and their role in serving the church, read our FUMC Committees summary.


Administrative Board Officers


Chair: Cindy Walter
Vice Chair: Brandon Crisp
Secretary: Merry Rightmer
Treasurer: Mark Hamre




Executive Team (ex officio members of Ad. Board)


Cindy Walter (Chair)
Brandon Crisp (Vice Chair)
Pete Meeker (Past Chair)
Whitney Thurman (SPRC)
Judy Kostura (Finance)
To Be Elected (Trustee)
Rev. Taylor Fuerst (Senior Pastor)
Dave Ballbach (Director of Operations)




Coordinating Team (ex officio members of Ad. Board)


Board of Trustees Chair: To Be Elected
Staff-Parish Relations Committee Chair: Whitney Thurman
Finance Chair: Judy Kostura
Youth Ministry Chair: Leslie Ivey
Children’s Ministry Chair: Erin Scarth
Adult Discipleship Chair: Pete Meeker
Communications/Marketing: Anthony Gutierrez
Congregational Care Chair: Judy Breckbill
Connections Chair: *
Mercy and Justice Chair: Terri Purdy
Worship Chair: To Be Elected
Reconciling Ministry Chairs: Davis Covin
UMW President: Patricia Kenrick
Pastors/Program Staff: Rev. Taylor Fuerst, Rev. Cathy Stone, Dave Ballbach, Lara Greene, Devon Bailey, Mary Heckmann, Emily Buchanan




Administrative Board


The Administrative Board is empowered to elect to office any vacancies in this report or that may occur in the course of the year.


Board Officers
Chair: Cindy Walter
Vice Chair: Brandon Crisp
Treasurer: Mark Hamre
Secretary: Merry Rightmer
Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Rev. Cathy Stone

Committee Chairs
Judy Breckbill
Whitney Thurman
Anthony Gutierrez
Davis Covin
Patricia Kenrick
Erin Scarth
Terri Purdy
Leslie Ivey
Chair of Trustees To Be Elected
Judy Kostura
Brandon Crisp
Pete Meeker

Staff (Ex-Officio, Voice, No Vote)
Dave Ballbach
Emily Buchanan
Scott Davis
Brad King
Daviss King
Lara Greene
Trevor Harper
Mary Heckmann
Marcia Houston
Gina Harper
Mark Steves
Devon Bailey




Members at Large


Class of 2021
Craig Blome
Robbie Ausley
Lynn Bunton
Peyton Casey
Stan Casey
Doug Chambers
Michael Render
Rebecca Yohe

Class of 2022
Noble Doss
Chris Story
Lucius Bunton
Katie Kaighin
Stephen Billiot
Mary John Coats
Anna Holland
Anthony Holland

Class of 2023
Haley Mills
Danielle Thoma
Dave Tovar
Karen Janes
Adam Wooderson
Dixie Houston
Jennifer Bevel
Monica Choi
Scott Wilder
Charlotte Lyerly
Brooks Schuelke, District Lay Leader




Appointed Clergy 


Senior Pastor – Taylor Fuerst
Associate Pastor – Cathy Stone
Associate Pastor – Brad King
All other FUMC Staff (ex-officio with voice, but no vote)




Staff-Parish Relations Committee


Chair: Whitney Thurman; Staff: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Ex-Officio: Cindy Walter, Administrative Board Chair/Representative; Sandy Wilder, Annual Conference Delegate
Staff: Rev. Taylor Fuerst


Penny Appleby
Carl McClendon
Whitney Thurman*
Kathy Billiot
Mary Kathryn Kane
Stan Casey
Jon George
Alan Stephens
Becky Strandwitz




Annual Conference Delegates 


(2 for FUMC, plus 4 District Delegates)
Alternates: Sandy Wilder, Meme Drumwright


Sharon Doss
Cindy Walter
Lauren Perry
Mike Etie
Janet Duke
Ransom Duke
Daviss King




Finance Team


Chair: Judy Kostura
Staff: Dave Ballbach (Staff), Rev. Taylor Fuerst (Staff)
Ex-Officio voting: Cindy Walter, Administrative Board; Mark Hamre, Treasurer; Stewardship Chair; and representatives from SPRC, Trustees & Annual Conference Delegate


Jan Ashmos
Pam Steves
Dick Young
Carrie Conner
Tim Deithloff
Tony Kenrick
Kevin Waggoner
Lisa Pittman
Judy Kostura*




Board of Trustees


(at least 3 women required)
Chair: To Be Elected
Staff: Dave Ballbach, Mark Steves


Bergan Casey
Robbie Cripe
Barrett Criscoe
Haley Rose
Tucker Thurman
Jen Gius
Alison Binford
Tom Strandwitz
Catherine Waggoner




First United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, Inc
Board of Directors


Members at Large
Jamie Aguirre (2021)
Cecily Wright (2021)
Mark Wilson (2022)
Glenn Karisch (2022)
Jim Kaighin* (2023)
Lisa Owens (2023)

Administrative Board Chair
Finance Chair: Judy Kostura
Board of Trustees Chair: To Be Elected
Church Treasurer: Mark Hamre
Senior Pastor: Rev. Taylor Fuerst


Committee on Nominations & Leadership Development


Chair: Rev. Taylor Fuerst


Jim Dow
Lindsay Liggett
Chip Morris
Will Binford
Melanie Rush
Jane Bowen
Kaycee Crisp
Curt Shaw
Davis Covin




Adult Discipleship Team


Chair:  Pete Meeker
Staff: Emily Buchanan


Deborah Wilder
Ellis Pittman
Curt Ashmos
Lucius Bunton
Curt Shaw
Amy Wink




Children Ministries Team


Co-Chairs: Erin Scarth
Staff: Lara Greene, Chloe Conner


Tegra Swogger
Liz Kilday
Dustin Goss
Leslie Story
Meredith Wooderson
Cassie Gresham
Haley Rose




Youth Ministries Team


Chair: Leslie Ivey
Staff: Devon Bailey


Sarah Austin
Melanie Greene
Mark Steves
Adele Boerner (HS)
Molly Drazic
Heather Schuelke
Rebecca Yohe
Monica Choi
Tim Deschner
Caroline Greene (HS)
Peyton Ivey (HS)
Christie Wilson
Elisabeth Carrell




Mercy and Justice Team


Chair: Terri Purdy
Staff: Rev. Cathy Stone
District Mission Board Member: Terri Purdy


Davis Covin
Lisa Hildebrand
Daviss King
Shirley Derryberry
Ann Teich
Sally Watkins
Howard Hartman
Caroline Jones
Keely Nugent
Randy Teich




Mercy and Justice Work Group Leaders:


Green Team – Caroline Jones
LGBTQ Ministries – Lisa Hildebrand
Homelessness – Randy & Ann Teich
At the Well – Judy Chambers




Connections Team


Chair: To Be Elected; Staff: Trevor Harper


Sharon Doss
Davis Covin
Ben Patterson
Rick Ortiz
Alice Parrish
Robbie Cripe
Laura Velez


Communications /Marketing


Chair: Anthony Gutierrez; Staff: Katie Mefferd


Keefe Boerner Laura Lee Daigle
Tony Gius
Tegra Swogger




Congregational Care Team


Chair: Judy Breckbill; Staff: Brad King
Staff: Dr. Brad King


Silver Link Ministry Team
Drive a Senior-West Austin
Hospital Visitation Team
Knit Wits Ministry
Comfort and Joy Ministry
Chair-Taylor Rush
Chair-Tom Ausley
Co-Chair-Jan Ashmos, Co-Chair-Amy Hurt
Chair-Carol Dickerson
Co-Chair-Virginia McCarroll, Co-Chair-Debbie Rippetoe




United Methodist Women


President-Patricia Kenrick
Vice President -Patricia Kenrick
Secretary- Becky Ratliff
Treasurer -Caroline Jones
Nominations -Emily George
At-large -Carrie Conner




The Administrative Board is empowered to elect to office any vacancies in this report or that may occur in the course of the year.
*With the Connections Team in flux during COVID, the Nominations Team decided not to appoint a chair at this time.




FUM Preschool 2020-2021 Advisory Board


Katie Kaighin (Chair)
Carly Criscoe (Treasurer)
Tegra Swogger
Ann Venno
Kristen Thurman
Samia Broadaway


Ex-Officio Members:
FUMC Dir. Of Operations
FUMC Dir. Of Finance
FUMC Dir. Of Children’s Ministries
FUMP Director
Erin Edge (FUMP Teacher)
FUMC Finance Committee Rep
FUMC Trustees Rep