Rev. John Elford

Senior Pastor

johnelfordwebRev. John Elford has served as the Senior Pastor at St. John’s UMC in Corpus Christi, John Wesley UMC in Victoria and as Associate Pastor and Director of Music at First UMC in San Angelo. He has also served as a classroom teacher in San Angelo and McAllen, Texas. He was born April 11, 1956 in Toronto, Canada. He is married to Rev. Linda Seaman Elford, who currently serves as the Pastor at Crestview UMC in Austin and attended UUMC years ago. The Elfords have two children – Chris and Lauren.

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Rev. Lisa Blaylock

Associate Pastor

lisablaylockwebBefore arriving at UUMC, Rev. Lisa Blaylock served churches in Garfield and Denton. She brings a wealth of experience in pastoral and congregational care, adult education and worship planning. As Associate Pastor at UUMC, Lisa’s responsibilities include adult education and teaching, worship leadership, occasional preaching, and pastoral care. Lisa holds an Masters in Divinity from Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology and a BA in psychology from New Mexico State University. Lisa and her husband, Jeff, have two adult children.

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Rev. Richard Strait

Pastor for Senior Ministries & Congregational Care

richardstraitwebRev. Richard Strait brings more than 30 years of ministry experience to UUMC following his work at churches across Texas and Wisconsin, where he served as chairman of the Wisconsin Conference Board of Ordained Ministry from 2008 to 2012. Prior to ministry, Richard had a long career in collegiate housing management. He holds an Masters in Divinity from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest and a BA in psychology from Hanover College. Richard and his wife, Renee, have four children and five grandchildren.

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Rev. Heather Green

Youth Ministry Director and Justice Associate

heatherleewebHeather Green grew up in Boerne in the Texas Hill Country. She studied at Schreiner University, where she played NCAA basketball and earned a degree in exercise science. In 2011, she earned a Masters in Divinity at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and went on to serve as a Spiritual Advisor for a drug and alcohol rehab facility. She is married to Shelton Green, owner and founder of Good and Fair Clothing.

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