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Lay Servant Leaders

Jerry Bertelsen - Lay Servant Leader

Chair - Pastor Parish Relations Committee (PPRC), NOMAD Liaison

"I started attending First UMC Brackettville out of habit. I've always been a Methodist. My parents were Methodists, so when we came to Brackettville, we came to the Methodist church.

I found so much more! I found people who accepted me for who I am, shortcomings and all. I found a family who allowed me to laugh and to cry with them. This is home. This is family and that's what I like about it."

Diana Garza - Lay Servant Leader

BIble Study Teacher

Diana loves the Word of God. She loves to dive deeply into the Word, to roll up her sleves and wrestle with it, and to help others in their journey of discovery also. Watch for her next study. You'll come away with new insight and new wonders to ponder.

Ana Vega Martinez - Lay Servant Leader

Good Samaritan/Benevolence Chair, H. O. P. E. Outreach Exec. Director

"I love First UMC Brackettville because our membership is a family and it is a missionary church. A smile is received by anyone that walks through the doors. The music is awesome and welcoming.l Our pastor's sermons provide solutions and understanding to our everyday problems. Our congregation has supported the mission work for H.O.P.E. Outreach with the same enthusiasm that they tackle any project put before them."

Robert Martinez - Lay Servant Leader

Volunteer H. O. P. E. Projects Coordinator

"The Gospel teaching of Mathew 25, is especially close to my heart; feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and imprisoned...for what you have done for the least of these, you have done for me. In short, we are to love our neighbors in real and tangible ways.

When we were deciding on a name for our outreach ministry, H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Excel) became the obvious choice. It was the look on the faces of the people we serve, that inspired our name."

David Lee Murray - Lay Servant Leader

Church Council Chair, Music Ministry

"You won't hear the negative around here. We believe in uplifting the people around us - affirming others. You'll hear the positive.

I love that the people here genuinely care about others - we're like a family that always has our arms open to receive the next person who walks through our doors. When I walk in the doors of this church - I feel the love, the affirmation, the acceptance - and when I leave, I feel loved by God almighty. I feel so much better about me than when I arrived.

It's a special place here. I call it the biggest little church in all of Texas!"

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