Lay Leadership

Introducing the One Board Members and Ad Hoc Committees for 2020!

If you’d like to know more about the positions our leaders hold, and what they’re responsible for at Oak Lawn UMC, please check out our position descriptions document here.


One Board Members


John Horany

Convener of One Board

In his day job, John is an attorney, representing folks who have been injured in accidents or mishaps due to the fault or neglect of others.

He has been a member of Oak Lawn UMC for 12 years. Previously he has served as Trustees Chair and President of the United Methodist Men. He is currently also a member of the choir.

This year, John is… “Looking forward to resuming worship in our beautiful, historic sanctuary, which has been restored and prepared for the next century of ministry and anticipating the new changes on our campus as our church moves forward, with clear 2020-vision for our ministries in 2020 and beyond!!”


Steve Franks

Trustees and Staff Parish Relations Moderator

By day, Steve is a career coach for a global talent development company: Career Development, Executive Coaching.

He has been a member of Oak Lawn UMC for 4.5 years. Previously Steve served as a greeter, usher, member of SPRC for 3 years (one of which as chair). He is also currently a member of North Central Conference Metro District Superintendency Committee which functions as the Metro District’s SPRC.

This year, Steve is most excited to … “Continue to partner with the staff and clergy in serving our mission field!”


Jim May

Finance Moderator

In his 9-5, Jim works as a Healthcare IT Consultant.

He has been a member at Oak Lawn UMC for 2 years. Jim has served as the co-chair (with wife, Cathy Bryan) of the Overnight Warming Shelter Team and contributed to the 3rd floor design team.

For 2020, Jim is most looking forward to…”Returning to the restored sanctuary and the opening of the 3rd floor. It will also be exciting to see what services OLUMC offers through the Health and Wellness Hub. Additionally, it will be good to get the financial health of OLUMC stabilized in its operating expenses.”


Ryan Wager

Lay Leader

Monday through Friday, Ryan is an Associate Director at AT&T where he leads a team of project managers that specialize in Process and System Automation. He’s been with AT&T for 25 years!

Ryan has been a member of Oak Lawn UMC since June 2019. Currently, Ryan serves with the Hospitality Team as a Greeter – Usher – & doer of many things in service (that’s why he’s always moving around!) He also became a certified lay servant in November 2019.

Here’s what Ryan has to say about this year: “2020 is a transformative year for us! Our campus improvements will enable us to grow our ministry and serve the Oak Lawn community in new ways!”


Deborah Austell

General Member

During the week, Deborah is in her 25th year of teaching second grade at a small, private preparatory school for Pre-K through Sixth grade. She also contributes to curriculum development and their after school and summer programs.

Deborah has been attending Oak Lawn since November of 2017 and officially joined in early 2018. She served as a member of the One Board for 2019 and acted as Secretary for Trustees. She has also enjoyed co-chairing the Trans-Clothing Swaps for 3 years in a row and looks forward to the next one!

Heading deeper into 2020, Deborah says: “There are so many things to be excited about this year. I eagerly await worshiping again in our beautiful sanctuary and cannot wait to see the third and first floor plans and the vision for those spaces come to life. But even if all of those exciting things weren’t happening, I most look forward to worshiping each week with my church family and seeing love in action each week.”


Bill Alston

General Member

During working hours, Bill is a Decision Scientist, Lead Consultant at Tata Consultancy Services. He takes the data collected in the manufacturing process and works with a team to use it to develop models which improve the product or service provided to the customer.

Bill has been a member of Oak Lawn UMC for 2.5 years. He has served previously as head of the GO committee and is very active with our Sunday evening community meal. He’s also involved in outreach programs like the Free-man house which ultimately help OLUMC with its impact in the community!

Bill is most excited this year about…”All of the changes to the facilities. They should attract more activities to this corner. Hopefully they will make OLUMC a brighter light to the community.”


Andy Jones

General Member

During the day, Andy works for Texas Capital Bank as Vice President and Manager of the Learning Experience Development Team.

Andy been a United Methodist all his life, but has been at Oak Lawn United Methodist for over ten years. This is Andy’s first leadership position at Oak Lawn UMC and we are just THRILLED to have him!

Andy is excited this year for, “…working with this great Board and serving my church and my community.”


Lexi Reing

General Member

From 8:00am - 5:00pm, Lexi is a a Business Development Specialist for a Genetic Testing Lab that specializes in Women’s Health. She educates offices on the importance of preventative health care and serve as a resource to providers, staff members, and patients.

She became a member of Oak Lawn UMC in March 2019 but has been attending since September 2018! Lexi has served on the communication committee, the warming shelter, and Dallas Responds and she is currently involved with member outreach, is a General Member of the One Board, and is on the Nominations and Leadership Development Committee.

This year Lexi is, “…excited to see the sanctuary restored so we can do a big launch to open our doors to even more members!”