MEET OUR STAFF

Ralph Mann

-Senior Pastor
 
Born and raised in Texas, I have over 30 years of pastoral ministry experience. I am married to Verna, and we have five children, but only two are now living at home – Rebekah and Bethany. We are also blessed with five grandchildren. Verna holds a Master’s degree in English, and has taught both high school and college English. She currently is teaching freshman English at Smithson Valley High School. My passion in ministry is Evangelism and Preaching. I hold a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Methodist University. My primary duties are preaching and directing the vision and focus of BUMC. I have a desire for people to serve the Lord in wherever God is calling them. I am a consultant and coach for the Healthy Church Initiative of the Rio Texas Conference UMC; helping churches have a clear vision and vitality for ministry. Prior to entering ministry, I spent 8 1/2 years in the Air Force as a Korean Linguist. I am proud to be an Eagle Scout, and was a chaplain at the 2010 Boy Scout National Jamboree. I enjoy camping, riding motorcycles, and flying airplanes (I am also a certified flight instructor). Even though I have an adventuresome spirit, I still enjoy a quiet day of soaking in God’s creation with a book under a tree, or a casual conversation with a friend.
 

Barbara Aziz

-Associate Pastor
 
I love serving as your Associate Pastor! I was born and raised in a large and loud Czech Catholic family in El Campo, Texas. I moved to San Marcos in 1986 to attend and also graduate from Southwest Texas State University. I am married to Karim, who works for Texas Parks and Wildlife in San Marcos as a cartographer, mapping Texas rivers and streams. We have three grown sons and two beautiful daughters-in-law who all live in Austin. We also have a beautiful grandson, Owen, who rules our world. He’s definitely “my happy place!” I received my Master of Divinity from Austin Seminary in 2006. Prior to my appointment to BUMC, I served churches in Luling, Bishop and Kyle. I believe that when both laity and clergy are empowered to use their God-given gifts, then Christ becomes more alive for all. I have a passion for preaching and teaching. I believe that God’s grace and love is offered to ALL people and that it is our job to make sure everyone feels welcome in God’s church and in life in general. I enjoy laughing, sharing food and playing cards and games with family and friends. Give me and book and a river any day! Mostly, I relish my role as Grandma and look forward to spending my Thursday (my Sabbath), with Owen each week! Come and visit our amazing church at BUMC!
 

Ruben Saenz III

-Associate Pastor
 

I serve as one of our Associate Pastors and I’m also over our youth and young families. Originally from the Rio Grande Valley, I attended TLU and UTSA to play football. Shortly after my playing career I served in college ministry which eventually led me here to BUMC as the Youth Director where I  started Aftershock Youth Ministries. In 2015 I left to plant a church in the Rio Grande Valley. After the closure of that project, in the fall of 2016 I returned to BUMC. I am now entering my 7th year of full-time ministry. I am married to my beautiful wife Christina, and we have two sons, Ruben IV and Malakai James.

 

Hannah Hedgpeth

-Director of Programs and Outreach
 
I am excited to be the Director of Programs and Outreach here at BUMC. Since becoming a member here in 2001, I have seen an amazing children’s ministry grow and am blessed to be a part of that. I have a wonderful husband, Darrell, and three beautiful girls; Shelby, Emma and Avery. Like many families we are busy with school and activities but we keep God as the main focus in our family. In our children’s program, our children are fully immersed in Bible stories and how to apply the Bible and God’s grace to their daily lives. Children will experience a loving atmosphere and fellowship with other Jesus followers in our Sunday school program. As for our outreach programs, we are called to get out of our building and to be the hands and feet of Christ.  BUMC goes where God calls us – whether that is feeding children in our community, the homeless in San Antonio or loving on others in Peru – BUMC is a great place to be and to serve!
 

Steve Angle

-Director of Music & Worship Arts
 
Born in Georgia, raised in LA (Lower Alabama), I have loved music since I was old enough to sit in my Mama’s lap and help her play piano.  I received my Bachelors Degree in Music from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama in 1975, and my Masters Degree in Choral Music (Conducting) from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in San Marcos, Texas.  I have served as music and youth minister in United Methodist churches for over 34 years.  I love to play piano, guitar and sing.  I write and arrange music and enjoy a wide variety of styles and types of music.  I have always especially loved choral music, and would like to play more racquetball (my favorite pastime).  I love gizmos, like: Pocket PCs, Computers, Sound Equipment, Television, etc.  More than anything, though, I love serving Christ in whatever capacity possible.  Though I do not do Youth Ministry per se anymore, I still love kids and just love being involved with the wonderful people in the community of Christ.
 

Tamra Christiansen

-Children’s Ministry Assistant
 
I am first a child of God and blessed to be!  I was born in Midland, Texas and have been a member of BUMC since 1984.  I serve at BUMC as the Children’s Ministry Assistant, which means I coordinate the nursery and run the 4:12 Kids program on Wednesday nights. (this program started at the beginning of 2018).   I also do what Hannah tells me to do, hee, hee!  I am a wife to Corey Christiansen with our two sweet boys, Collin and Caleb.  I also run Little Explorers at Champions Cheer-leading, a gymnastics-based program geared toward 2-5 year olds.  Annnnnd, I have personal trained and taught all forms of aerobics since 2003.  In other words, I LOVE children and exercising! I am so excited for this program to grow and bring Christ’s light into the hearts of both the kids and their families!

Tiffany Gibbons

-Child’s Morning Out Director (Preschool Director)
 
I was born and raised in San Diego, CA and have lived in the Texas Hill Country since 2005. I graduated from Salem State University in Massachusetts with a teaching degree and a degree in American Studies. My passion is education and I feel very blessed to be a part of BUMC’s Child’s Morning Out Program. I began teaching at CMO in 2011 and became director in 2012. I have two children, Tyler and Madison, who have had the privilege of attending CMO. My husband Tim and I have been married since 2005. We enjoy spending time with family, anything outdoors, and traveling.
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Vicki Harwell

-Church Administrator
 

I feel blessed every single day that I get to spend time doing ministry with the wonderful people of BUMC.  My husband’s name is Fred and we have five wonderful children and seven grandchildren.  Living in the Texas Hill Country fulfills a lifelong dream. As my husband says, “The Hill Country is God’s gift to Texas”.  We enjoy long drives down the back roads to take in the tranquil scenery and visit the small town antique and “junk” stores. It is my pleasure to serve our Lord and Savior by serving the BUMC congregation.  Please do not hesitate to come visit me or call me if there is anything I can do for you.

 

Linda Reynolds

-Administrative Assistant
 

I have been blessed to be a part of the BUMC staff as Administrative Assistant since 2006. I help with contributions, attendance, membership records, finances and small ministries. Don, my husband for over 40 years is anxiously awaiting retirement from the band and music business. We have 2 adult children, Clint & Emily, and 4 wonderful grandchildren. We moved to Canyon Lake in 2004 and absolutely love it here. I love traveling and quality time with my family.

 

Guy Davis

-Custodian
 
I came to BUMC in 2003 as the drummer for our Praise Band, of which I am still a member.  Not long later, I became our weekday custodian and handyman.  But those who know me,  call me “Mr. Guy”.  If you meet me in the hall, I will always have time for a prayer, a story or a testimony.  I am married to my wife of 28 years, Carolyn and we are both very much in love with this church.
 

Kathy Rodriguez

-Administrative Assistant
 
I am the newest member of the BUMC staff.  From day one I have felt like part of the family!  I am honored to be part of this amazing team.  I have been married to a wonderful man, David for 22 years and we have three beautiful kids (Daniel 28, Caroline 20 and Q 17 years old) as well as two Grand-puppies… no human Grand-kids yet.  We attend Bulverde Baptist Church. Our family is heavily involved in dog rescue. I have a background in customer service, marketing, building & maintaining websites and leading youth groups. God got me very well-rounded for my placement here at BUMC because I am admin to Ruben our Youth Pastor, and will be handling a lot of the marketing for the church. I love it here and can’t wait to meet you in the office!