What is One Board?

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.

Upcoming Meeting

March 26th at 3:00 PM

This is an open meeting

Meet our One Board!


Kathy Jones

Convener One Board / Class of 2025


She is a lovely person, always looking to make everyone feel at home. 
She volunteers in different ministries here at Oak Lawn, such as; community meals, clothing closet, Dallas responds, and Trans Clothing Swap, to mention a few. 
We are so blessed by her presence and service.


Taylor Tompkins  

Lay Leader / Membership Committee/ Inclement Weather Shelter / Class of 2025

Meet our wonderful Lay Leader. She writes and edits articles about the economy as Investopedia's Economics Editor for News. Has nearly a decade of experience as a reporter and editor covering business and finance. Work has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and academic journals.

Taylor has worked for more than a decade as a journalist covering business, finance, and the economy. She  has served as a Reporter and Content Curator at CreditCards.com where she wrote and managed content about personal finance. She worked as a reporter and assistant managing editor at the Dallas Business Journal. Her work has appeared online and in print at outlets such as American City Business Journals, Yahoo Finance, CreditCards.com, and the San Antonio Express-News.


Christine Cannistraci

Moderator of Finance / Finance Working Committee / Class of 2022

 Christine Cannistraci


Gretchen Toler-Debus

Moderator Staff Parish Relations Working Committee / Lay Member Annual Conference / Class 2024



Scott Larson

Moderator of Trustees / Trustees Working Committee  

Scott helps resolve conflicts in legal venues throughout Texas, including state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings. He has prosecuted and defended against construction claims in state and federal court and arbitration tribunals, representing owners, developers, and contractors. since he joined Oak Lawn we have witnessed his gifts and compassion for the unsheltered neighbors and migrant community we serve. he is also a member of the choir. 


Ellie Lopez-Rodriguez

General Member / Trustees Working Committee / Class of 2023

Her current occupation is Administrative Assistant helping her father in the family business. The family owns a small electric company, where day to day, they coordinate and thrive on making the company great. Whether it is typing invoices, doing payroll, attending meetings, or ordering material, Ellie put her effort into delivering an excellent service. Overall achieving customer satisfaction is our most outstanding achievement.

What excites her the most serving in as a voting member in the One Board is to have the opportunity to be a helping hand. She said, "To help as much as possible with all my heart and all my love for God!


Esther Orozco

General Member / Finance Working Committee / Class of 2024

Esther is a Gracia Viva member who is active in ministries. She loves soccer and is very passionate about children. She is married to Betty Ortega for 39 years. lives in Terrell Texas loves movies, and loves to read about quantic physics. 


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. 


Thomas McMillan

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

Executive One Board

  • Senior Pastor, Rev. Rachel Griffin*
  • Convener, One Board, Kathy Jones
  • Lay Leader, Taylor Tompkins
  • Moderator of Finance/Treasurer, Andy Jones
  • Moderator of Staff Parish Relations (SPRC), Gretchen Toler-Debus
  • Moderator of Trustees, Scott Larson


  • Kelsey Acosta Maxwell (2023)
  • Esther Orozco (2024)


Finance Working Committee          

  • Stephanie Ledyard (2023)        
  • Christine Cannistraci (2024)
  • Jim May (2024)   

Staff Parish Relations Working Committee

  • Gretchen Toler Debus (2024)
  • Alexis Reichman
  • Kathy Jones (2025)

Trustees Working Committee

  • Scott Larson 
  • Ellie Lopez
  • Cliff Bohaker

Extended One Board Members

  • Ministry Team - Clergy & Lay Servants / Speakers
  • Director, Finance & Operations -Cliff Bohaker (Recording, Financial & Trustee Secretary) **
  • Associate Pastor, Worship Arts & Connections - Pastor Isabel Marquez 
  • Lead Pastor, Gracia Viva - Pastor Isabel Marquez
  • Deacon - Rev. Justin Hancock
  • Affiliate Member - Rev. Chuck Aaron
  • Lay Members of Annual Conference - John Horany & Gretchen Toler-Debus
  • District At Large Members - Kathy Jones  & Sylvia Baughman (Youth Representative)
  • Union Board At-Large (Lay Leader) Richard Shehulski

Partner Organizations

Gracia Viva 

  • Ellie Lopez
  • Esther Orozco  
  • Pastor Isabel Marquez


  • Richard Shehulski
  • Le Tang     
  • Pastor Ryan Wager

Key to Notes Above

(*) Senior Pastor and Lay Leader attend all working committee meetings as ex-officio members

(**) Director, Finance & Operations attend Finance and Trustee working committee meetings

Other Committees Elected by the Charge Conference

Membership Committee

  • Gretchen Toler-Debus
  • Kathy Jones
  • Ryan Wager (Clergy & Secretary)


  • Gretchen Toler-Debus (2023)
  • Kelsey Acosta Maxwell (2023)
  • Denise Lee (2024)
  • Taylor Tompkins (2024)
  • Lexi Reichman (2025)
  • The Rev. Rachel Griffin (Convener)