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Rev. Jason Adams
Rev. Dr. Robert Ortiz
Modern Worship Teaching Pastor
Rev. Jason Adams is an elder in the Rio Texas Conference. He was ordained in 1997. The year 2022 marks his 25th year of ministry. He has served churches in San Angelo, San Antonio, San Benito, Corpus Christi, New Braunfels, and now at Alamo Heights.
Jason is passionate about connecting people to the love of God in Jesus Christ. He began preaching at the age of 14 and enjoys leading, shepherding, and serving with God’s people.
Jason and Kalenda married in 2000 and have three children, Jacob 20, Grayson 18, and Abi 16. Of course, we can’t leave out their four-legged fur baby, Revvy.
Jason enjoys spending time with his family, reading historical fiction, and following all sports, especially the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, and our San Antonio Spurs.
A verse Jason tries to live by is Philippians 4: 6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Robert Ortiz is an ordained elder in the Rio Texas Conference and serves AHUMC as the teaching pastor in our Modern Worship. He has been on staff at AHUMC since July 1, 2012. His missional focus is to share the love and compassion of Jesus with everyone.
Robert earned a BA in Sociology from UTSA, Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. His doctoral project focused on Church collaboration. He has served churches in Del Rio, San Antonio, and Kingsville, Texas. He also serves as a member of Metro Mission Board and is on the board of San Antonio Campus Ministry.
Robert is married to Diane, a first-grade teacher with NISD, and they have five adult children and one granddaughter. He is a passionate Spurs fan and loves his hometown of San Antonio.
Rev. Donna Strieb
Prayer & Spiritual Formation Pastor
Rev. Janet Weatherston
Missions and Outreach Pastor
Donna Strieb is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church and has served on the staff of AHUMC since October 1, 1980 in various capacities with children, youth, and adults. Prior to that time, she served at Aldersgate UMC, The Federated Church in Ayers, MA, and at First Presbyterian Church and First Christian Church both in Huntsville, TX. Growing up in this church from the age of 2 when her family moved to San Antonio, Donna is a graduate of Trinity University with a BA in Christian Education and did graduate work at Perkins School of Theology. She is experienced in Christian Education with children, youth, and adults but her passions are spiritual formation, prayer, worship, the Academy for Spiritual Formation, and leading our monthly Taizé Services. Since 2000, Donna has served as Pastor of Prayer and Spiritual Nurture, and although retired in 2017 after 49 years of ministry, she continues to work part-time here at AHUMC. Donna loves music, ballroom dancing, creating altar settings, traveling, reading, theater, and making Shutterfly books. She is married to John since 1969 and they have one son, Lawrence, who lives in Austin. They have one son, Lawrence, who is married to Katherine, and one grandson, Grayson.
Janet is thrilled to be part of the ministry at AHUMC. She and Nicholas, her husband, raised their two daughters in this community of faith. Janet spent twenty-two years as a kindergarten teacher, teaching in Alamo Height ISD and concluding her career at San Antonio Academy in 2013. During those years, Janet actively volunteered in many ministries throughout the church, found a passion for prayer and service to others, and received her call to pastoral ministry.
Janet is a licensed local pastor who was appointed to AHUMC in 2013 as an associate pastor to the Asbury Campus on San Pedro Ave. Her energy for mission and outreach increased as she engaged with the Asbury community, making friends and sharing the Gospel of Jesus. In 2017, Janet was appointed as the senior pastor of Resurrection UMC in San Antonio, where she and others continued to love God and their neighbors. In 2019, Janet was appointed to the Las Misiones District Office as the Pastoral Liaison working with the District Superintendent. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master's in Educational Leadership and Mid-Management. Janet is currently undertaking coursework at SMU Perkins School of Theology.
Janet enjoys spending time with family and friends, oil painting, reading, and being outdoors. She desires to share the love of Jesus Christ with others. She would love to meet with you and hear where God is calling you.
Rev. Ryan Jacobson
Congregational Care Pastor
Rev. Dr. Darrell Smith
Discipleship and Communications Pastor
Ryan Jacobson is husband to Kylea and father to Oliver. He joined the AHUMC staff as Director of Missions and Outreach in 2010, after spending two years of volunteer service with Riverside Community Church. In 2018, he became one of our Associate Pastors, still overseeing Missions. In July of 2020, Ryan become the Pastor of Congregational Care. In this new position for the church, Ryan will be developing our systems of care and encouraging our congregation to be involved in “watching over one another in love” as Wesley phrased it. Ryan has a very deep passion for the historical and cultural context of the Bible and loves to explore the implications that context has on our life of faith in today’s world. He graduated from Texas State University with a B.S. in Mathematics. He is currently attending Fuller Theological Seminary, expecting to graduate with an M. Div. in 2022. Ryan and his family love to spend time with friends and family in the outdoors and around the table.
Darrell Smith is a teacher, writer, and theologian. He has served the AHUMC community in some form or fashion since 1999. That service has led Darrell to homeless shelters, recovery groups, and refugee ghettos as well as universities, churches, and prisons. He has supported relief efforts in Central and South America and worked with such organizations as Renovaré, Apprentice, and Kairos Prison Ministry. Darrell attended the Perkins School of Theology, Wayland Baptist University, the Robert Webber Institute for Worship Studies, and Texas A&M University and holds degrees in English, Speech Communication, Christian Ministry, and Worship Studies. Darrell is married to Stacy, and they have three children.
Rev. Chris Estus
Rev. Chris Estus has served at AHUMC since 2011 as a teacher, worship leader, musician and recovery group leader. He has been in recovery for over 20 years and is called to bring people in recovery & followers of Jesus into conversation with each other. He and his wife Pat founded the Pioneer Group in 2001 and are active in the San Antonio recovery community. He is a graduate of the State University of NY–Oswego with degrees in Economics and Political Science. In his free time, Chris likes to hike.
Nona Schwab is the Director of Music and Worship Arts. She has been a part of the Music & Worship Staff at Alamo Heights UMC since 2001. She moved into the Director role in October 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Music from UTSA. She has completed her Orff Level 1, trained with Randy McChesney from Education Through Music, and been a clinician for choirs in Texas and New Mexico. Before joining the staff at AHUMC she taught Middle School choir in North East ISD. While teaching she volunteered at AHUMC in the music ministry by singing in the choir and helping with the children and youth choirs. Nona enjoys the broad spectrum of variety that her job entails. She gets to share her love of music with all generations and mentor and guide young people in the growth of their faith through music, worship, play, and community. Nona enjoys a good adventure, movies, reading, spending time with friends, and tending to her dog and two cats.
Although A.J. is recognized as the drummer with the CLC Worship Team, he has served in musical direction for our community for the last 17 years. In addition to leading the CLC Worship Team, A.J. is a professional drummer and percussionist who feels called to bring excellence to music and the arts in and around the community. He and his wife Kristin have two sons—Aaron and Nicholas.
Olivia is no stranger to working in the church. Growing up in San Antonio, she was always in the churches where her father led worship. Whether helping him with his work duties, participating in classes, or sitting in on a sermon, she was involved from the start. When it came time for her to branch off into her own endeavors, she once again landed in the church—this time at AHUMC. Olivia began helping us with our livestream efforts in 2020 and has since moved into assisting the pastors and worship leaders as the Liturgical Coordinator. Olivia also serves as the Vice President and Historian for Sam's Covers, a local nonprofit, and attends the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Mary Lou Russell
Organist & Pianist
Music and Worship Assistant
Mary Lou loves sharing music with this wonderful, appreciative congregation of souls. She became a member and began as organist in March 2000. She was a full-time faculty member of the Music Department at San Antonio College beginning in 1971 and retired Professor Emeritus in 2013.
Mary Lou has been on staff as organist/pianist in Baptist churches since she was 13. She toured on weekends with gospel singer Cynthia Clawson for 3 years when their children were in school together, and has accompanied countless vocal/instrumental recitals and musicals throughout the years. She won a 2012-2013 Globe Award for Best Musical Direction.
Since she retired from teaching, she enjoys taking classes here at AHUMC and volunteering at the Lunch Bunch providing musical entertainment. Being a dancer at heart, she has taken up tap dancing at Third Coast Rhythm Project. Mary Lou has two granddaughters, two children, two exes, and a cat.
Ashley Person is a former teacher, turned stay-at-home Mom. She started working in the Music Ministry office in the Fall of 2014, after spending a lot of time here bringing her kids to choir and ringing in the handbell choir. She spends most of her time volunteering here at AHUMC and her kids' schools. Ashley's favorite part of working here at AHUMC is the sense of community.
Music and Worship Assistant
Children's Music Coordinator
Sarah Carol moved to Texas from Missouri in 1977. After her retirement, she transitioned to an assistant for the Music Ministry. In her free time, she loves painting still life and figurative studies.
Angela has been a volunteer and contracted staff member for the Music and Worship Ministry for 17 years. Currently, she serves as our Coordinator of the Sunday Sound Children's Music Program. Angela is the Music Specialist at Hidden Forest Elementary School in NEISD. She has taught music for 24 years in NEISD and Concordia Lutheran School. Angela holds a Bachelor's and two Master's degrees from The University of Texas at San Antonio and is currently working on her Doctorate at Boston University. She is a certified K-12 Music Teacher, Orff-Schulwerk teacher trainer, and was named Hidden Forest Teacher of the Year in 2018. She loves sharing musical experiences with children and, when not making music, enjoys quilting, reading, and traveling with her husband, Don!
Music and Worship Projects Coordinator
Vanessa Woodworth calls Washington State home but has lived in San Antonio since 2017. A former stay-at-home parent, she is taking on the Music and Worship Projects Coordinator role, helping the music department explore ways to involve the children and youth in the local community through music and the arts. Prior to this position, she regularly volunteered around AHUMC, worked as an administrative assistant for the Children’s Ministry, and could be seen singing in the choir. Vanessa studied theatre arts and creative writing at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, WA. Her love of music and the arts started with childhood piano lessons and family karaoke nights, followed by singing in church and the high school choir. In college, Vanessa sang with groups like the Seattle Women’s Chorus and Olympia Choral Society, and she used her piano skills as the accompanist for local churches. She also has fun memories of writing her own songs and putting on concerts. While those days are long gone, she is so grateful that AHUMC gives her a place to continue pursuing her love of music. She and her husband Craig joined the Sanctuary Choir on their first military tour in San Antonio (2012-2015). Finding a loving community convinced them this was the place to settle and raise their kids after leaving the military. They have two kids named Annie and James, along with a pet dog and pet toad. Vanessa enjoys reading, gardening, traveling, playing board games, and long walks with the dog in her free time.
Children's Ministry Director
Weekday School Director
Gina Beal has been the Director of Children’s Ministries since 2002. Her love of working with children began at the age of 16 when she started volunteering in the church nursery at 1st UMC in Pasadena, Texas where she grew up. Fun fact: she taught her 2 yr old brother how to read when she was just 6 years old. Gina has an MA in Humanities and loves working with children of all ages, but especially babies. She has been on 2 mission trips to Burundi and can’t wait to go back and see how much the children there have grown. Gina has been married to her husband, Greg, for 30 years and has 3 young adult sons, Cameron, Mackie & Cooper. She loves to cook, loves to travel, and especially loves road trips with her family.
Sarah Jernigan is the Director of AHUMC Weekday School. Sarah has been teaching young children since she was 16 years old and started teaching Sunday School at her church. Sarah has been in early childhood education for over 20 years after graduating from Texas A&M University with a BS in Education. Sarah is a member of AHUMC and volunteers with Children's Ministry, Student Ministry, New Zion Choir, Children's Choir, and Vacation Bible School. Sarah and her husband Michael have four children Makayla, Allison, Gavin, and Harper. Sarah enjoys baking, reading books, scuba diving, and camping with her family.
Children's Ministry Associate Director
Jill S. Martinez
Weekday School Associate Director
Shawn joined the AHUMC staff after relocating to the San Antonio area from middle Tennessee. With bachelor's and master's degrees in education from the University of Tennessee, she has spent over fifteen years as a public school educator teaching grades K-3 as well as serving as a middle school instructional coach. Her favorite memories of fellowship and worship in the UMC were always as her kids gre - from leading children's choirs to Vacation Bible School to the mission trips with youth choir. She is excited about the opportunity to share God's love with the AHUMC Kids! She and her husband, Craig, have four children ranging from middle school through college. Shawn loves bargain hunting, the beach, and ALL things Disney!
Jill S. Martinez is the Assistant Director of AHUMC Weekday School. Jill had been assisting in the Pre-K class at the Weekday School and before that, she was the Director of Children’s Ministries at her church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, here in San Antonio.
Jill moved around as a child, but spent most of her years in Brandon, MS. After college, she started working in the banking industry, which moved her to Memphis, TN. While living in Memphis she met her husband, Michael. In 1998, they moved to San Antonio, which is Michael’s hometown. Together they have a blended family of three. Michael’s son, also named Michael, and their two daughters, Haley & Abi.
After having her daughters, Jill took the time to be a stay-at-home mom. She was very involved at her kids' schools and their church, having served on all PTOs at Alamo Heights schools, and her church vestry. She is currently finishing up her 6 years on the Alamo Heights School Foundation Board.
Jill loves working out at Orangetheory, listening to live music, and watching documentaries.
Children's Ministry Assistant
Clara was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas with her mom, dad, an older brother named Andrew, and a dog named Harry. She attended and graduated from Concordia University in Austin, Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Religious Education and a specialization in Children’s Ministry. Her passions in ministry include working with kids, youth, and families. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books, spending time with friends and family, and trying new coffee shops.
Kathey Adams began serving as a Licensed Local Pastor in the Rio Texas Annual Conference in 2014, but her ministry did not start there. Kathey has been in youth and family ministry for over 25 years. She is passionate about Christ, wrestling with scripture, and has a heart for sharing God's love with those around her. Kathey is called to work alongside youth and the marginalized.
Kathey has three children Heather 35, Sunny 24 and Javier 17. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking the scenic route (backroads) everywhere she goes, working on classic ford trucks, and Texas High School football-six and eleven man.
Laura Peel is a former middle school teacher who has worked in the Student Ministry Dept as an Admin Assistant since 2005. A lifelong Texan and Methodist, she joined AHUMC in 2002 with her husband Brad and their children Katherine and Andrew. Laura is a proud University of Texas at Austin graduate who enjoys volunteering with various organizations, traveling, reading, movies, and spending time with family and friends.
Youth Ministry Associate Director
In December 2020, Gabriel Muñoz graduated with his bachelor's in fine arts from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He has extensive experience working within the church. One example is Project Transformation, where Gabriel first saw parts of AHUMC's Youth Ministry. He's now glad to be an active part of the ministry so that he can work to inspire growth within the youth at AHUMC.
Operations Associate Director
Valerie has a BBA in Finance from Texas Tech University. Prior to her ministry at the church, Valerie spent many years working in the banking industry as a Commercial Credit Operations Manager and Human Resources Manager. When her children were small, Valerie took a break from banking to raise her two daughters, CJ and Shelby. God opened the door for her to work part time at the AHUMC Weekday School and, later, Children’s Ministry. Valerie is married to Chip, and they are grateful to call AHUMC their church family. Valerie enjoys singing in the sanctuary choir, playing hand bells and serving on Emmaus teams.
Growing up as a military child, Renee is grateful that her family always found a church home and that those church homes offered opportunities for Bible study, missions, and service. She received her accounting degree from Miami University in Ohio and her MBA from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. When she moved to Texas after marrying her husband Jim, they joined AHUMC. While she did work in a couple of corporations, most of her professional career was in large-firm public accounting. In 2000, Renee joined AHUMC staff to support the prayer ministry, then the learning ministries until 2017. She also worked on a federal political campaign and a small membership not-for-profit. She loves talking about her dogs.
Sarah has been practicing graphic design and all things creative for the past six years. With her recent move to San Antonio by way of Los Angeles in 2020, she is excited to join the AHUMC community. Sarah has spent most of her life in the Foothills of the Smoky Mountains and around Knoxville, Tennessee, where she graduated from the other UT. (Go Vols!) Sarah loves to play board games, go to concerts, thrift shop, play frisbee, and be outdoors with her terrier pup, Samson.
Adam Crowell has been in the world of media production for over 20 years. Adam is a native Texan and grew up in the Round Rock/Austin area. He has worked in the church world for over 20 years in various leadership and support roles. His other work experience varies from Fedex delivery to working in a custom t-shirt shop.
Adam has been married to his beautiful wife Faye since 2010 and together they have one son, Benjamin. As a family they enjoy silly games and walking/scootering around their neighborhood. Adam has a love for comics and photography.
Nance Haney has been a member of AHUMC since 1973 and has served as the wedding coordinator since 1995. In this position she has had the opportunity to participate in over 800 weddings. She is married to Ben Haney and together they have two daughters a son in law and two precious grandchildren. Serving as wedding coordinator brings much joy and she considers it a privilege and a blessing.
Leah Jayne started working at AHUMC in 2005 and feels blessed on a daily basis by the people who grace this campus. She was married to her husband, Mike, in the AHUMC Chapel on Broadway in 1982, and her children attended the Weekday School and VBS while growing up nearby. Her grandchildren are continuing the tradition by being involved on this campus.
Digital Content Coordinator
Sonia Serna Gonzalez, RN
Cristian Ortiz, a proud San Antonio native, has always had a passion for storytelling. During his childhood, that passion manifested itself through an obsessive love for music, literature, movies, and everything in between. So, come college time, he decided to further study stories by pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). During his time at UNI, he also began creating his own stories through work involving videography, social media marketing, and journalism. Since graduating, Cristian has continued to pursue storytelling through work involving the many aspects of content creation. He is now happy to be doing that kind of work at AHUMC, where he can utilize his passions and talents to spread love throughout a city that he’s honored to call his home.
Sonia is a registered nurse. She joined Methodist Healthcare Ministries in 2019. She loves working as a Wesley Nurse because she gets to meet new people all the time. Sonia loves talking to people and enjoys listening to their life stories. She sees each person as a child of God, unique with many talents, gifts, and the potential to do amazing things.
She considers her job God’s ministry and often tells people she has the best job in the world. Sonia is enthusiastic about serving people and helping them find ways to better themselves.
As a Wesley Nurse, she uses a holistic approach (body, mind, spirit) to help each client. Some of the free services she provides include health education, referral assistance, advocacy, and prayer.
Sonia and her husband Richard married in 1998 and have one daughter, Lauren. Sonia and Richard have served as associate pastors at El Salvador Assembly of God church for over twenty years.
She enjoys crafting, sewing, gardening, and inventing things.
One of her favorite bible verses is Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
Kresta and her husband, Tom, have two daughters and have been at AHUMC since their eldest daughter was a baby. Throughout her time with the church, Kresta has volunteered in many of the church's ministries since joining. These include the Children's Ministry, VBS, and Youth Ministry. She is also part of a women's Bible study on campus and the New Covenant Sunday School class. She is excited to step into the role of Hospitality Coordinator because greeting and seeing familiar faces on Sunday mornings is something that she loves and feels natural to her. She and Tom also love playing golf together in their spare time.
Kacey joined the AHUMC Facilities team in January of 2019. For 10 years in her early career, she found her joy in managing sports stadiums and arenas, including Texas A&M University’s Blue Bell Park and Kyle Field, as well as the AT&T Center, here in San Antonio.
She went to middle and high school in Sugar Land, Texas. Her younger years were spent in Midland, TX and Sumatra, Indonesia, where her father managed oil production facilities for Texaco and Chevron.
Kacey, an Aggie, married her husband, David in 2018. They have one son, Brooks, who is fortunate to be loved on and taught by the wonderful teachers at the AHUMC Weekday School.
Kacey says that her spirit is being nurtured in such amazing ways by the people on the staff and in the congregation and she will be forever grateful for the impact this has on her life.
Gabriel, who goes by “Gabe,” was born in McAllen, TX and spent summers when he was growing up at his family ranch in Mexico.
He has been with AHUMC since 2001. As Custodial Supervisor, Gabe handles the day-to-day coordination of campus upkeep, set-ups, scheduling the custodial team and keeping custodial supplies stocked.
Gabe and his wife, Stephanie, have three children, Skye, Gabriel Jr., and Mia. He enjoys live music and BBQ.
The best piece of advice Gabe has ever received was from a co-worker who told him, “ You’re rich. You just don’t know it yet.”
Gabe says the most inspiring part of his job is working with people and seeing how coming to the church fills them with peace.
Rick has called San Antonio home since he was born and has been serving as a custodian at the church since 2001.
While often behind the scenes, he ensures the campus is ready to welcome guests by setting up rooms as well as general upkeep of the building and property.
He is the oldest of three younger siblings, two brothers and a sister.
Rick loves playing golf, hunting and is a fan of the Houston Astros and Dallas Cowboys. His all-time favorite athlete is Hall of Fame golfer, Lee Trevino.
Working at the church, Rick has built many relationships with staff and congregants over the years and considers them family. He looks forward to Sundays when he can see everyone and catch up.
One of Rick’s fondest memories at the church is when staff got together to enjoy a pick-up basketball game every Tuesday in the Christian Life Center.
Sonia began working with AHUMC as a custodian in the Fall of 2021 and has been working in the AHUMC family since 2011, cleaning the Asbury campus.
She also works as an usher at the AT&T Center. She loves meeting new people there every shift and getting to be a part of the experience.
Sonia grew up in Los Angeles and was a nurses aide at hospitals for 20+ years there.
She moved to Colorado Springs before landing in San Antonio in 2003.
She is a mother to daughter KaTisha and son Joshua and loves spending time with grandsons Semaj and Zion. Together, they bowl and ride electric scooters and bikes. Seafood is Sonia’s favorite food and she loves the movies Drumline and The Temptations.
Sonia enjoys the people at AHUMC and how positivity and humanity come through the words of the people at this church.
On their days off, Sonia and her friend cook for and feed the homeless in Downtown San Antonio.
Enemencio “Enrique” Guzman started working as the church’s only maintenance technician in the summer of 2021. He is originally from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico and moved to Texas when he was 14. He has called San Antonio home for over 40 years.
Prior to coming to work for the church, he had a 40 year career in the restaurant industry. Recently, he managed the restaurant at the Menger Hotel and worked as a server in the Tower of the Americas Charthouse Restaurant.
Enrique married his wife, Monica, in 1997 and they have three children: Noel, Veronika and Kristina.
Enrique loves music and plays the guitar in his free time. He is also learning to play the trumpet.
He enjoys camping, fishing, sports and the outdoors.
Enrique really enjoys helping people. If you talk to his neighbors, he takes care of the pesky home maintenance issues for them and even helps if their kids need a ride to school. We’ve heard that, if you ever want to go to the beach, he is the ultimate host for beach outings.
Parish Julian was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His hobbies include bike riding and playing the drums and bass.