First United Methodist Church New Braunfels



Jason Adams – Senior Pastor

Jason Adams has been the Senior Pastor of our church since 2012. He has lived in Texas since he was a child. The church has always been a part of his life. At the age of 14 he heard God calling him to pastoral ministry after participating in a youth led worship service. Reverand Adams has a B.A. in Religion from McMurry University in Abilene and a Masters in Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He is married to Kalenda and has three children (Jacob, Grayson, and Abigail).

Theresa Booth – Associate Pastor

I have been a pastor for four years and in that time I have been appointed to a 2-point charge in deep south Texas, Freer UMC and Bruni UMC. Before being appointed there I was a chaplain at Baylor hospital in downtown Dallas for 2 years. I graduated from Perkins School of Theology at SMU in 2011. I received my bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist in San Antonio in 2007. I have worked in the local church for several years before going to seminary. I have been a children’s director, nursery director and a youth director. Being a youth director helped form my passion formission and being the hands and feet of Christ to ALL of God’s creation. My parents are retired and live in South Georgia and my middle brother lives in San Antonio with his wife and son. My oldest brother passed away several years ago. We grew up in the Air Force and lived in the Philippines 2 different times. My babies are the 4 legged kind. Mozart, my cat is almost 2 and my rescued dog, Baxter is 8 years, we think. I enjoy the outdoors, flea markets, movies and spending time with family and friends. The Bible stories that hold a special place in my faith journey are blind Bartimaeus and the paralytic and his friends. As we journey together you will learn why these stories hold a special place in my soul.

Patrick Melton – Youth Director & Local Pastor

Patrick Melton was born in 1970 in black clay of the Mississippi Delta. He grew up attending public school in Cleveland, MS living a few miles outside of any town surrounded by soybean and rice fields where he fell in love with the outdoors. After joining the National Guard, transferring to the Texas National Guard and moving to Texas, he meet and fell in love with a beautiful young lady by the name of Stephanie Hastings and they were married in 1995. Together they have two children Anna and Ben. Anna is attending college at Texas State University seeking a degree in English. Benjamin attends Canyon Lake High School, the same school at which his mother is employed as the State Testing Coordinator. In 2009, Patrick FINALLY accepted God’s call on his life into ministry and began attending seminary at SMU Perkins School of Theology. He finished his classes in January of 2015 and will begin his internship with us in the Fall. Stephanie and Patrick have dedicated their lives and their marriage to serving God in whatever capacity God directs them. Family and relationships are their primary focus, but both love a good meal when enjoying the former. Their hobbies include volatile card games, time spent on any beach, reading, trying to stay in shape and loving their neighbors.

Harold Sassman – Pastor Emeritus

I joined the staff of our church in 2002 as a part-time Associate Pastor. Before my partial retirement I served churches in Lampasas, Veribest, Austin, Schulenburg, Kingsville, Pearsall, Kerrville, and San Antonio. My last appointment before New Braunfels was District Superintendent of the San Antonio District. My family consists of my wife, Nancy, children, David, LeeAnn, and Terri, plus grandchildren, Lilly, Noah, and Braden and son-in-law Brad Hartman. Nancy retired in 2008 from school teaching. We love Canyon Lake where we live, New Braunfels where we work, and FUMC where we serve.

Tyana McKinley-Director of Nursery Ministries

Kalenda Adams – Director of Children’s Education

Karen Andrews – Adult Ministries Coordinator

Karen served on the education staff of churches in Longview and then San Antonio beginning in 1996. She received her Christian Education certification from Perkins School of Theology in 1999. She joined the First UMC staff as Director of Adult Ministries in March of 2008.Karen grew up in New Braunfels, active in this very congregation. She graduated from New Braunfels High School, received her BS in Special Education from Southwest Texas State University and MA in Speech Pathology from UT El Paso. She practiced speech pathology for approximately 15 years in public schools and private practice before God’s invitation into Christian Education ministry.Karen and her husband, Mike, have been married since 1978. They enjoy working in their home and yard, traveling together, and eating “too much good food!” They are proud parents of daughter, Monica who lives and works in San Antonio. Son, Cory, preceded them to the glories of heaven.It is an honor to serve God and the people of New Braunfels, and it is a joy to work with the pastors and staff of First UMC.

Janna Hochwender – Office Administrator

Susan Weinand – Financial Coordinator

Susan Weinand has been the Financial Coordinator of our church since Spring 2009. Susan is a graduate of Texas A&M University, class of ’78. She is married to Len and has two children, Trey and Christine. Apart from church work, Susan’s’ interests include, bowling, playing bridge, traveling, and spending time with friends.

Bill McGuire – Director of Music

Bill is a retired band director of 32 years. He has a master’s degree from NTSU. He has been a church Music Director for about 14 years, and he plays clarinet in the Comal Community Band, the New Braunfels Village Brass Band, the Boerne Concert Band, and the Heart of Texas Concert Band in San Antonio. He teaches in Schertz ISD one day a week doing clarinet master classes. Bill’s wife, Carolyn, is the pastor of Gaddis Methodist Church in Comfort, Texas. They have two sons. Chris and Kathy live in Parker, Co. with their two boys: Cole and Miller. Stephen and RaLynn live in San Antonio, TX. With their two girls: KaLy and Bryn. Bill enjoys music, gardening, sports, reading, and definitely playing with his grandchildren!

Kat Cochrane
Director of Visual Arts and Social Media

Michelle Truchsess – Wesley Nurse

I have lived in the New Braunfels area for the last 25 years, having graduated from New Braunfels High School in 1995 and continuing on to obtain my Registered Nurse Degree with Baptist School of Health Professions. My background as a nurse has been focused in a critical care setting with some work in the oncology and home health fields. I am also the mother of three children, ages 4, 11 and 15. I maintain a great deal of pride for, and am very passionate about, the New Braunfels community. I vow to uphold the mission of Methodist Healthcare Ministries, “Serving Humanity to Honor God.” I am blessed with this opportunity and I look forward to serving your congregation and our community as the new Wesley Nurse.

Gwen Gabriel – Church Pianist

Travis Davis – Accompanist

Pedro Aleman – Custodian

Joyce Smith – Custodian

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Regular Sunday Schedule:
8:30 am - Traditional Worship
9:45 am - Contemporary Worship
9:45 am - Sunday School
11:00 am - Traditional Worship
11:00 am - Sunday School

Office Hours:
M-F 8 am to 4 pm (Lunch 12-1)

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