Staff & Leadership

  • REV. kathryn strempke

    senior pastor

    Pastor Kathryn Strempke graduated from Austin College in Sherman and holds a permanent teaching certificate in Texas. She graduated from Perkins School of Theology to become a minister in the United Methodist Church. Pastor Strempke served in 7 churches before taking over the senior pastor position for First United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, TX. Her pastorates included Westbury-on-Trym British Methodist Church, St. Andrew UMC in Albuquerque, NM and most recently Wylie UMC.

    Her hobbies include traveling and a love for photography. Pastor Strempke is a self-professed TV and movie nerd who prefers “Star Wars” and "Doctor Who” to Academy Award winners. She also considers herself to be an UMCOR fanatic. 

    Reverend Kathryn has been married for 30 years to Kevin Strempke. He is currently serving as the pastor at First United Methodist Church in DeSoto, TX. 

  • Rev. Griselda Montalban

    pastora de comunidad cristiana multicultiral

  • Travis Burdett

    minister of ignite worship

    A 2004 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Travis holds a Bachelors in Business Administration. In May 2009, the Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University awarded Travis a Masters of Divinity. Both degrees have served him well as he leads the contemporary service, Ignite Worship, after leading youth ministries for 6 years (Ennis First UMC, Rockwall First UMC, and Wylie UMC) and as Senior Service Advocate and Service Analyst with Farmers Insurance.

    Travis has also served as Associate Director of the TCU Wesley Foundation, written curriculum for local ministries, created discipleship programs, mentored students and created fundraising opportunities. 

    Travis and his wife, Niki, are parents of two beautiful children.

  • Jayme Jones

    Director of children and youth ministries

  • Naulene Pittman

    Director of music | Pastor's Secretary

    Naulene is responsible for guiding the music ministry in the church. She plans the special presentations and oversees the music programs and their leaders. As Pastor’s secretary, she handles correspondence, coordinating weddings, helps with funerals as well as taking care of daily office duties. When relaxing, Naulene enjoys activities with her six grandchildren and watching the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns play football.  

  • chris jacobson-chism

    worship leader @ Ignite Worship

  • rita cleghorn

    financial secretary

  • rick cleghorn


  • eric shirey


  • Niki Burdett

    webmaster | Social Media coordinator