The Team

Pastors & Staff

Meet the team.

Wade Powell

Senior Pastor
Wade was appointed to First United Methodist Church in July 2019 after serving churches in San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country.  Wade and his wife, Cindy, have three children and and two grandchildren.  Wade received his Masters of Divinity from Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, KY, and his doctorate from Duke University in Durham, NC.

Amanda Banda

Associate Pastor
Amanda was appointed at FUMC Victoria in July 2021, after serving as Associate Pastor at Valley Praise in the Rio Grande Valley. Amanda’s husband George is also very involved in ministry, often using his giftedness to serve in the areas of A/V Production and Technology.
Amanda and George were both raised in Harlingen, Texas and are blessed with three beautiful children.
Previously a high school teacher, Amanda recognized her call to ministry and in 2020 completed Local Pastor Licensing School in the Rio Texas Conference.
Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Leadership and is currently a student at Asbury Theological Seminary, working towards a Master of Divinity Degree.
If you'd like to connect with Amanda feel free to contact her at the email listed below.

Keith Cox

Director of Music
Originally from Kountze, Texas, Keith came to the Victoria area and joined the congregation of FUMC in 2010, and later joined the staff as Associate Music Director in 2019.  He attended Texas A&M University where he studied accounting, management information systems, and music. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, and holds the Service Playing Certification with that organization. Prior to FUMC, he served as organist/music director at Zion Lutheran Church in Mission Valley, Texas. Outside of his time at FUMC, Keith works as a CPA, serving clients in the Victoria Crossroad area.

Dale Moose

IGNITE Music Director
Dale is a Victoria native that has been active in the music scene in South Texas since the early 90’s. He spent his teen years and early 20’s attending Northside Baptist Chuch. He was eager to use his musical skills in ministry, so he found his way to Parkway Church where he began playing keyboard and piano. He served at Parkway as a volunteer from 1998 to 2008. He then accepted a part-time position in the music ministry at LifePointe Fellowship until 2014 when he returned to Parkway Church to continue volunteering until late 2023.
Outside of church, he is an electrician at Inteplast Group in Lolita and has played with many local bands throughout the decades. He loves to cook and his specialties are steaks and queso. He is insanely hilarious, at least in his own head, as he is the one writing this bio.



Director of Youth Ministry
Andy has been involved in bi-vocational Youth ministry off and on for the past 14 years. He has served in ministry with his wife of 11 years, Ashley, who currently works for Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity. They have been involved with First United Methodist Church of Victoria since 2016. Apart from his role at FUMC, Andy currently works in the oil and gas industry.


Director of Children's Ministry
Liz grew up at FUMC and has been very active singing in the Ignite praise band, serving on committees, and teaching Music at Methodist Day School. She spends all of her free time with her son Jack, daughter Olivia and loves to work with children.

Heather Linville

Business Manager
Heather has been with FUMC since 2015.  She graduated from UH-Victoria with a degree in Business Management.  She grew up in Victoria but now lives in Cuero (GO GOBBLERS!)  Heather has three children - Kayla, Carter and Cooper.   She enjoys spending time with her family, working and volunteering at the church and lots and lots of coffee.

Rebecca Thornbury

Administrative Assistant
Rebecca's title is Administrative Assistant.  She likes to think of herself as everyone's assistant.  Keeping everyone informed is her No. 1 job goal.  Please call her at the church (361-578-2701) or email her:


Day School Director
Jennifer was born and raised in Victoria.  She graduated from UH-V with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies.  Jennifer taught in the public school system for 4 years before joining our teaching staff at MDS.  She taught kindergarten for 4 years before accepting the director’s position in 2009

Kathy Frels

Wesley Nurse
Kathy graduated with a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center and has been employed with Methodist Healthcare Ministries in San Antonio for twenty years. The Wesley Nurse program is focused on the least served and this church offers a Free Clinic monthly with Texas A&M residency Program. She is married to Dr. John Frels and they have one daughter, Dr. Leslie Frels and husband Dr. Peter Kaldis.