The OLUMC One Board is a form of congregational governance. It consists of 9 lay members, serving three-year staggered terms, who hold various responsibilities including staffing, trustees, finance, ministry, and more.
The extended One Board is made up of all clergy appointed to Oak Lawn UMC as well as representatives from each of our partner ministries.
During these meetings, a variety of church business is covered and all are welcome to attend to understand the inner life of the church. You can join with the link below, we ask that you keep your mic muted until we're open for questions.
Convener of One Board / Staff Parish Relations Working Committee / Class of 2023
Steve have been a member of OLUMC for four years along with his wife Marsha. He has been part of the OLUMC board leadership team for three years in Staff-Parish Relations/Moderator, and Trustee Moderator roles.
Professionally, he is a career coach and executive coach for a global talent management company.
Moderator of Staff Parish Relations / Staff Parish Relations Working Committee/ Class of 2022
Alexis (better known as "Lexi") is a Business Development Specialist for a genetic testing lab that specializes in pathogenic testing and women’s health. She fills her personal time by making meaningful connections with others, enjoying delicious food made by Le (her incredible wife), playing the cello, dancing, gardening (at least trying to), cuddling with her dog while watching something that is sure to make her laugh or cry, learning, praying, and serving with love. She is an Enneagram 2 if that means something to you!
She looks forward to being your Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee (SPPRC) Chair and wants people to know she is always here to talk and receive feedback with an open mind and heart.
Moderator of Finance / Finance Working Committee / Class of 2023
March and his wife, Sheila, have attended OLUMC for just under 3 years. They were drawn to OLUMC due to its inclusiveness, diversity and outreach programs that focus on needs not being met in our community.
A retired Software Engineer with Verizon, March also spent a great part of his life in service industries. He and Shelia have 6 adult children,16 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.
Lay Leader / Class of 2022
Ryan Wager became a Certified Lay Servant in 2019 and is training to become a Certified Lay Minister. A New York native, he is a lifelong United Methodist who moved to Texas in 2013 (after a small stint in OKC). He lives in the Oak Lawn neighborhood, loves the Texas climate, enjoys cooking, reading and traveling. Ryan has worked at AT&T since 1996.
In 2021, it will be important for Oak Lawn UMC to continue to advocate for inclusion and justice for everyone who is a part of our congregation and community – inclusive of and in support of all people regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, or situation in life.
Moderator of Trustees / Trustees Working Committee / Class of 2021
This will be Deborah's third year serving on our One Board! Shehas been attending Oak Lawn UMC since November of 2017 and officially joined in early 2018.
During the week, Deborah is an educator, having worked with K-5 students for the past 27 years. She enjoys reading, walking, and spending time with her wonderful family.
General Member / Trustees Working Committee / Class of 2021
Bill has been attending OLUMC for 4 years now, having grown up in the Methodist church. During woking hours, Bill is a Decision Scientist, providing analytic support for aerospace and transportation companies.
As of last year, Bill is also a new parent, so that is now the main focus of his existence -- or so it seems! Taking care of Lucas, 11 pets, one James, and an occasional Eric is plentry!
General Member / Finance Working Committee / Class of 2022
Andy is Vice-President and Learning Experience Development Team Manager for Texas Capital Bank. He has received the Volunteer of the Year Award at Texas Capital for the last two years. This is his second year on our One Board!
In addition to OLUMC, Andy volunteers at the Resource Center Community Health Clinic (9 Years), the AT&T Performing Arts Center (6 years), Make a Wish Foundation (5 years), and the Dallas Titans (9 years), a local softball team where he has coordinated raising over $120,000 to give back to the community.
Kelsey Maxwell Acosta
General Member / Staff Parish Relations Working Committee / Class of 2023
Kelsey grew up in DFW and moved back to Dallas in 2018 after living in Houston for six years, where she was working on her PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from MD Anderson. She now works remotely as a Clinical Scientist for oncology clinical trials. You can find her working at coffee shops in the neighborhood after this pandemic is over!
She married her husband, Matt, in April 2019 and they have a brindle mix named Ruben. In her free time, she enjoys singing and playing violin with the church choir, reading, playing D&D, and trying new restaurants.
Treasurer / Finance Working Committee / Class of 2021
In his 9-5, Jim works as a Healthcare IT Consultant. He has been a member at Oak Lawn UMC for 3 years.
In addition to One Board, Jim has served as the co-chair (with wife, Cathy Bryan) of the Overnight Warming Shelter Team and is a member of the OLUMC Choir.
Executive One Board
Finance Working Committee
Staff Parish Relations Working Committee
Trustees Working Committee
Key to Notes Above
(*) Senior Pastor and Lay Leader attend all working committee meetings as ex-officio members
(**) Director, Finance & Operations attends Finance and Trustee working committee meetings