Jeff Powers came to us from First United Methodist Church in Teague, Texas where he served for six years. Prior to Teague, he served churches in Lake Jackson, Baytown, and Pittsburg. He has been in pastoral ministry for more than 14 years. He graduated from Brite Divinity School out of TCU with his Master's of Divinity degree. His undergraduate degree in Communications comes from The University of Houston.
Prior to his calling to the pastorate, Powers worked in the newspaper business. He worked at The Houston Chronicle, The Huntsville Item, and The Marshall News Messenger. He was also Publisher of The Observer Newspaper Group serving the Humble-Kingwood-New Caney area.
"I believe that the church should be an exciting, loving place where people encounter Jesus Christ, make new friends and grow as disciples" Powers said. "Westminster is a great setting for that to happen. It is a very loving faith community that has a place for everyone who comes to it."
Jeff and his wife Julie have two children. Christy is a Junior at Texas A&M and John is a Freshman at Sam Houston State.
for Worship, Mission, and Pastoral care
Rev. Suzi Byrd, a native German, joined our team in 2017 and previously served in several multi-cultural churches in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Suzi graduated from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas with a Master’s in Theological Studies in Worship and Sacred Music. Her prior education includes degrees in optometry, vocal performance and vocal pedagogy. Suzi is a sought after clinician for worship, congregational song and the missional church.
Before being called to ministry, Suzi had an extensive career as an opera- and- concert singer performing in the US and Europe. She also taught voice at the University of Texas in Dallas. Suzi believes that in worship we have the opportunity to confess our love for God and one another and as we breathe together and our hearts beat in unison in song, God shapes us to go out into the world to be in mission with God.
Suzi and her two daughters Julia and Isabella enjoy spending time in the outdoors, traveling to Germany, and eating Wiener Schnitzel.
Director of Family Ministries
Kaisi will lead and coordinate staff and volunteers to design and implement age level ministries for all children and youth from nursery through 12th grade. She has more than eleven years of ministry experience with youth and young adults. She also has training as a pastoral counselor, where she has provided support to couples and families. She holds a Master of Divinity Degree and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from McMurry University.
Director of Youth Ministries
John joined the Westminster team in August 2017. Originally from Dallas, John graduated from Baylor University in 2009. He came to Houston in 2013 with the original intention of pursuing a PhD in History. However, he was faced with many obstacles in a very secular department, and realized that his talents would be more useful in ministry. In the Spring of 2015, he began the Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) program at Houston Baptist University, and graduated in December 2017.
John has a real passion for theology and teaching young students solid biblical doctrine. He hopes to pass on his loving for learning Scripture onto his youth.
Prior to joining Westminster’s staff in June 2014, Donna worked in an administrative role at a Presbyterian Church in Abilene, Texas for eight years. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and a M.S. in Human Resources Management from Tarleton State University. Donna’s passion is serving others and is thankful for the opportunity to serve members and staff of the Westminster Church family.
Jackie holds a Bachelor's in Business Marketing and specializes in Digital Marketing. She is currently a member of Lakewood United Methodist Church in Northwest Houston. She and her husband, Aaron, have four children and a dog and reside in Tomball, TX. Jackie enjoys volunteering, all things social media, quality time with friends and family, as well as traveling and cooking. She works part-time Monday - Thursday 9 am-4 pm.
Director of Children's Ministries
Priscilla is a member of Westminster who has been very active in our church. She was on staff as a teacher at Westminster Weekday School and also served as Chair of our Children’s Council. She brings with her a passion to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, a gift for connecting with kids, and great talent for leadership and communication. She works part-time.
Director of Middler's Ministries
Millie holds a Master of Education from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Centenary College of Louisiana. She has extensive staff experience with children, youth and adult ministries. Most recently she was a preschool teacher at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church Weekday School. She brings with her enthusiasm, new ideas, and a “can-do”attitude that will serve her well as she leads this critical mission area of our church. She and her husband, Galen have three grown children. William and his wife, Melissa, live in Houston with their son, Benjamin. Mitchell also lives in Houston. Madeline is a sophomore at Texas A&M. Millie feels incredibly blessed to be a part of a church with such warmth and vitality.
Ben LeClair has performed in operas and concerts in the United States and Europe, has held faculty positions at Chicago State University and Loyola University Chicago, and was formerly the director of choral activities at North Shore United Methodist Church in Canyon Lake, Texas. Ben is married to Jan and together they have two children: Gwen aged 3 and Gus aged 1. The Family is proud to be part of Westminster and is excited to worship and make music for the greater glory of God in this beautiful place.
Interim Choir Director
Director of Westminster Weekday school
Ricardo has been with Westminster just over a year. He is a crucial part of Westminster running smoothly.
Rev. Jeff Powers
Associate Pastor for Worship, Mission, and Pastoral Care
Rev. Suzi Byrd
Director of Family Ministries:
Mrs. Kaisi Cunningham
Director of Children's Ministries:
Mrs. Priscilla VerVoort
Director of Middler's Ministries:
Mrs. Millie Eads
Director of Youth Ministries:
Mr. John Blanchette
Mrs. Donna Yost
Westminster Weekday School
Weekday School Director:
Mrs. Kellie Dietert
Weekday School Administrative Assistant:
Mrs. Susan Haggard