Pastors & Ministry Staff

ADAM THORNTON – SR PASTOR

Adam’s journey at Dripping Springs United Methodist church is an interesting one. Adam was appointed to Dripping Springs United Methodist church as Senior Pastor in the spring of 2017 after spending the previous eleven years at the church serving as Associate Pastor, and Youth Director. Sensing a call to ordained ministry in 2010, he entered the process for ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church. In 2015, Adam finished two graduate degrees while serving as a licensed local pastor at DSUMC. He received his Master of Divinity, or M.Div., from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and his Master of Theology, or M.Th., from Austin Graduate School of Theology. He was commissioned in June of 2015 as a probationary elder in the United Methodist Church and was ordained in 2017.

Relishing the opportunity to preach and teach, it is Adam’s great joy to open the scriptures to God’s people and lead them into deeper relationship with Christ.

When he isn’t involved in ministry, Adam enjoys spending time with his wife of 21 years, Melanie, and his two children, Lauren and Michael

 
Contact Adam at pastor@dsumc.org
40BRANDON “SHOOK” – DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY LIFE/YOUTH
Most often referred to as just, “SHOOK”, Brandon Shook was born and raised in Corpus Christi, TX (Calallen) and after having lived all over the state, moved to Dripping Springs in 2012. Shook has been married to his wife Krista since 2007, and they have two girls. Shook has been in student ministry/college ministry for over 10 years, loving every “light bulb” Christ moment that happens in someone’s life. Whether it be through a line of scripture or out serving on a mission trip, Shook is passionate about teaching and coaching students and their families in the ways of Christ-like living and discipleship.
 
Shook’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, baseball, football, photography, reading and listening to different types of music.
 
Contact Brandon at bshook@dsumc.org
39VICKI RECTOR – ADULT FAITH FORMATION DIRECTOR
Vicki has been attending DSUMC since September of 2001. She and her husband Steve, have lived in Dripping Springs since 1996 when they moved from the Dallas area. She is the proud “Nana” of seven grandchildren. She loves the Hill Country and all of it’s outdoor activities. Her favorite way to pass the time, is in her garden and one of her favorite quotes is posted at the entrance, “To plant a garden is to have hope, and believe in the future”
 
She is involved in many of the women’s ministries of the church. Serving others is very important in her faith walk. She also enjoys being part of the planning of major events as well as the ongoing programs that cross many generations of the church body.
 
Contact Vicki at vrector@dsumc.org
41CHERI HELDSTAB – CHILDRENS FAITH FORMATION DIRECTOR
Cheri has a heart and passion for children and families both personally and professionally. Cheri has a BS in Special Education, is a commissioned Parish Christian Educator, is about to complete the Two Year Academy of Spiritual Formation along with her certification in Spiritual Formation. She has been working in Children’s & Family ministry for over 15 years in United Methodist churches in both Texas and Missouri including at Buda UMC & The Journey UMC.
 
Personally, Cheri is wife to Curtis and mom to Alex (17), Mackenzie (17), and Katy (14). The Heldstab family is very active in Scouting both Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts. They love to spend time outdoors especially traveling & doing high adventure activities. When inside, Cheri loves reading, playing board games, and being creative through lots of mediums.
 
Cheri feels her ministry to children and families can be summed up best by Deuteronomy 6:4-9 as God calls us to know & love Him every day and to teach our children about Him in every part of our lives.
 
Contact Cheri at cheldstab@dsumc.org
43ADAM MILLER – MUSIC MINISTRIES DIRECTOR
Adam is a third-generation professional musician who has performed for numerous orchestras and wind ensembles, both as a contracted performer as well as section principal. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Performance from McMurry University in Abilene, TX and has performed in several tours across the United States and in Italy. He has also performed with the Hardin-Simmons University orchestra, as well as the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, and is currently the residing Principal Percussionist with the Starlight Symphony Orchestra. He is also a published composer of instrumental and choral music, and enjoys releasing new pieces each year.
 
Adam is a second-generation Music Director for the Methodist Church, having followed in the footsteps of his father, Rev. Dr. Russell Miller. In late 2015, Adam felt the call to the music ministry and was welcomed to the Dripping Springs UMC in early 2016.
 
In addition to his time spent in music, Adam enjoys spending time with his wife, Stacia, and their son Branson.
 
Contact Adam at amiller@dsumc.org
MARY FERNANDEZ – PATHWAYS SCHOOL DIRECTOR

Mrs. Fernandez moved to the Dripping Springs area in 2014 where she initially began teaching at Pathways as the music and movement teacher. Mary has a BA from Oglethorpe University and MS from University of North Texas, both in Early Childhood Education. She also has 14 years of experience as a classroom teacher and program director at Parish Episcopal School (3yrs-12th) in Dallas. Needless to say, she enjoys and has a passion for teaching preschool children and believes they deserve to be loved wholeheartedly, nurtured spiritually, challenged appropriately, and taken seriously in their school experience! In addition to serving the school, parents, children, staff and community as the Director of Pathways, she also serves as Pathways Music and Movement teacher part-time. “My heart and soul has always been filled with music and movement (mostly dance), and I can’t imagine my life without it. So if you hear or see me singing or ballet dancing around town, you won’t be surprised!” In addition to her professional experience, she is also wife to my husband, Jan (of 20 years), and mom to 3 awesome kids: Isabel, Evan, and Lily.

Contact Mary at mfernandez@dsumc.org

AMY ROEDL – WESLEY NURSE
Amy Roedl, RN is the Wesley Nurse here at DSUMC. Wesley Nurses work in partnership with other individuals and organizations committed to a health care outreach mission. The partnership of church, nurse, and community is the core of our holistic program, and allows them to serve the least served through education, health promotion, and facilitation of resources. Amy assists individuals and communities in achieving improved health and wellness through self-empowerment and access to health care resource information. Her goal is to establish a standard of excellence in faith-based community nursing.
 
“As a Wesley Nurse, I have the responsibility to help people along on their journey to wellness by looking at these circumstances and guiding them to ways through which they can move the barriers between them and soundness. My toolkit includes community partnerships, presence, knowledge of nutrition and anatomy, experience navigating the healthcare system, a Wesley Nurse fund, prayer, and most importantly, the body of Christ infused with the Spirit of God.”
 
Contact Amy at ARoedl@mhm.org 
46CARA MULLEN – CHURCH ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Cara was born and raised in the Dallas area and lived there until her family moved to Dripping Springs in 1995. They love the Hill Country and feel blessed to be here. Prior to moving to Drippin’ Cara was a high school Business teacher for 10 years. In 1997 she started working for DSUMC as a part time secretary. In 1999 she accepted the position that she currently enjoys as Church Administrator.
 
Cara and her husband, Harold have been married for over 35 years. They have three married children and one grandchild (so far).
 
“Working for the church has been a real blessing for me and has helped me answer my call to ministry by using the skills and talents that the Lord has blessed upon me. God has truly blessed us beyond measure and His Grace and Love upholds our family.”
 
Contact Cara at cmullen@dsumc.org
47KRISTA SHOOK – COMMUNICATION DIRECTOR
Krista joined that staff at DSUMC in 2015 with a background primarily in sales/marketing and higher education. She received her BA from West Texas A&M University and then went on to complete a Masters degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina in 2006. She also teaches college level courses in communication & technology, and loves working behind the scenes to help others achieve their goals.
 
Krista handles marketing, social media, and the website for DSUMC, and works with all the pastors and staff on internal and external communication. She also helps maintain guest follow up and A/V support for our worship services.
 
Originally from the Texas Panhandle, Krista and her family moved to Dripping Springs in 2012 after her husband, Brandon “Shook”, accepted the Youth Director position here at DSUMC. They have two daughters, and they love living here and being part of the DSUMC church family.
 
Contact Krista at kshook@dsumc.org
48RANDY VOORHEIS – FACILITIES MANAGER
Before being guided to the position as the Facilities Manager at DSUMC, Randy wore many hats. He worked in the Airline Industry as an Airline Mechanic, followed by a position as a Manufacturing Engineer in the semiconductor industry. Before accepting his current position with the Methodist Church, he was a builder/remodeler. Randy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology from Texas State. He was raised in Maryland until the age of 16, then spent a short period in Mississippi and Colorado before moving to East Texas in 1980. Randy has resided in Texas since then.
 

Randy and his wife, Terry, have been married for over 35 years. They moved to the Dripping Springs area in 1990 and quickly fell in love with this great community. They have a son, Kevin, who grew up in the Dripping Springs School system and graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a Masters degree in Finance. Kevin is currently working with his mother as a local Dripping Springs Realtor.

 
Contact Randy at rvoorheis@dsumc.org