Front Desk Hours
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: By Appointment only
Please note that staff members are present in the building during some hours other than those listed. We recommend that you contact us ahead of time and schedule an appointment with the staff member you would like to see.
Before coming to Oak Lawn as our Senior Pastor, Rachel served for 10 years at University Park UMC. She is passionate about discipleship, social justice, and hospitality for those on the margins. A graduate of Texas Wesleyan University and Drew Theological Seminary, Rachel edited the CEB Women’s Study Bible and has contributed to a long list of curricula for Sparkhouse Press (including the resources we use at OLUMC!). Rachel is a certified Birkman coach who loves strengthening church staffs and lay leadership to improve their mutual understanding and ability to work well with each other. Her husband, Rev. Mike Baughman, is also a United Methodist minister. They live in the Dallas area with their four children, Griffin 16, Bekah 14, Sylvia 10, and Thomas 8.
Rev. Gregg Alan Smith
Director of Outreach
(214) 521-5197 ext. 121
Rev. Smith came to OLUMC after years of living, in his words, “the self-created catastrophe of my so-called life.” On his first visit to the campus, he encountered his “spiritual grandma,” longtime volunteer June Worsham, who made a disciple for Jesus Christ…simply by welcoming the stranger. Pastor Gregg oversees our outreach ministries and directs the OLUMC Community Outreach Center. He is best friends with our official church dog, LanceBingo.
Rev. Ben Anderson David Hensley, OSL
Rev. Ben A. David Hensley is a Deacon in the North Texas Annual Conference. His passion lies in worship, and how worship is a verb that people “do” rather than a place or time in which people “are in.” He believes Christian Discipleship is a journey with many entry points–if you are curious about finding yours, he would love to speak with you! He has two undergraduate degrees: one in Theatre and the other in Music. He also has a Masters degree in Sacred Music from Perkins School of Theology. Ben mostly sings, and is the most comfortable singing jazz, classical, or theatrical repertoire. He also plays guitar and loves drumming. Ben lives in North Dallas with his wife, Rev. Becky David Hensley, and their two cats, Neo and Thunderbob. Find him on Twitter: @bahensley
or on Facebook: facebook.com/bahensley
. Ben blogs at sacramentaleffort.blogspot.com
Heather L. Gottas
Director Family Ministries and Office Administration
(214) 521-5197 ext. 125
Heather has worked in youth, camping, and discipleship ministries for almost 20 years. A native Californian, Heather, and her son Noah moved to Texas in 2008 and never looked back. As a certified candidate for ordination as a deacon in The United Methodist Church, Heather is passionate about standing at the threshold of the church, between the building and the community. She has always felt it is imperative that the young disciples of the church learn strong discipleship habits in their formative years, so they can lean on them throughout their lives. Her favorite things include camping, music, karaoke, crafts, and baking. Heather has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Ashford University, a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at SMU, and is currently working on a Master of Theology in Human Sexuality and the Church at SMU as well.
Cori Berg has worked in the field of early childhood education for nearly 20 years as a teacher, administrator, and teacher trainer. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and Television Arts at Valparaiso University, her Master’s Degree in Art and Theology from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, and continued on for doctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley. She turned to early childhood education after working as an artist-in-residence at a Reggio Emilia preschool in Berkeley. She continued her education in both early childhood and elementary education at Cal State Hayward and received her administrative credential from Camp Fire USA in Fort Worth, Texas. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Texas State Licensed Child Care Association, the Children’s Music Network, and the Texas Association for Infant Mental Health. She has worked in faith-based private preschool, public preschool, and private elementary schools. Cori’s professional interests include training teachers on research-based child development and guidance practices, supporting the needs of parents with young children, children’s worship, and the incorporation of the arts in emerging literacy and math.
Haley received her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Texas Woman’s University, with extended training in early childhood administration. She has worked in a variety of preschool settings including corporate preschool, after school programs , and faith- based preschool programs. Haley’s interests include program planning, parent resources and support, organization of staff training, and early childhood assessment.