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 one granddaughter.  Wade received his Masters of Divinity from Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, KY, and his doctorate from Duke University in Durham, NC.

Ryan Jenson

Associate Pastor/Youth Director
Ryan has been on staff at FUMC since 2017, following two previous appointments in San Marcos.  His wife, Missy, is also a pastor in Goliad, and they are the proud parents of two Methodist minions, Addison and Jacob.  Ryan received his Masters of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL before returning to Texas to begin his ministry.

Will Durham

Contemporary Worship Leader
Will grew up in Victoria, and has been a part of the First United Methodist Church family all of his life. He earned a degree in Philosophy from Texas State University in 2005. Will began leading worship for the Ignite service in 2014. He is married to his love, Caiti, and they have 2 children, Caleb and Isaac

Keith Cox

Associate Music Director
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.

Andy Jett

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.

Brooke Mercer

Director of Children's Ministries
Born and raised in Dallas, Brooke met her husband of 26 years, Mike, while attending Baylor University.
After earning a degree in Child and Family Studies, she moved to Victoria in 1994. Brooke and Mike  joined FUMC Victoria as members in 1997 and all three of their children, Campbell, Hank and Scarlett, were raised by their church family. Brooke began serving as the Director of Children’s Ministries in 2011.

Heather Linville

Business Manager
Heather graduated from UH-Victoria with a degree in Business Management.  She lives in Cuero with her two sons, Carter and Cooper and also has a daughter, Kayla who is attending Dell Medical School in Austin.

Rebecca Thornbury

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 (578-2701) or email her:

Liz Parker

Nursery Coordinator
Liz grew up at FUMC and has been very active singing in the Ignite praise band, serving on committees, and was a teacher/aide at MDS until she and her husband, Derrick, welcomed their son, Jack. She loves to work with children inside and outside of the nursery.

Harlan Green

Harlan is the man everyone depends on to keep everything running smooth.

Jennifer Burris

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
Methodist Health Care
Kathy has a heart of gold and is always ready to help those in need of prescription assistance. She has been instrumental in starting a monthly free clinic.

Cameo Mead

Methodist Healthcare Ministries Community Counselor Cameo Mead, MA, LPC, EMDR Certified.
Cameo sees problems as walls that keep people from living a full life with the reward of happiness. Counseling is about having someone helping you find a way through a problem with courage and fortitude.