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Staff

Pastor

Dare Stevens

dare@elmwoodwestumc.com
I'm a theologian (church nerd) learning good lessons from my wife, four children, and three dogs. I have been a pastor in the United Methodist Church since 2002 after my wife and I graduated from New Mexico State University and then headed to Wesley Theological Seminary where I completed my Master of Divinity degree and was then ordained an Elder in in the UMC by the Bishop of the New Mexico Annual Conference. I have served in several United Methodist Churches both as an Associate Pastor, Wesley Foundation (College Ministry) Director and as Lead Pastor. I pray that you will join with me, my wife, my children, and our congregational family in becoming better disciples of Jesus Christ.

Secretary

Diane Tunmire

diane@elmwoodwestumc.com
I have been a member of Elmwood West for 6 years but have attend church here for more than 10 years. I found Elmwood West when I was looking for church that felt like family. Elmwood West was exactly the church that I needed.

I taught elementary school for 35 years and after I retired, I came to work at Elmwood West as church secretary. Last September I became the chairman of the Elmwood West Food Booth at the West Texas Fair and Rodeo. I also chair the committee that hold the Barbeque and Bunco Fundraiser each February.

I keep very busy with work at the church but also find time to keep myself involved in education. I work at Mathnasium tutoring children.

Director of Music

Geoffrey Driggers

geoffrey@elmwoodwestumc.com
I am the Music Minister at Elmwood West United Methodist Church in Abilene, Texas. I am also a Recording Engineer in the Abilene Christian University Music Department. I am the product of the Texas music system, having gone to primary and secondary school in the Dallas area at Sachae High School and will graduate from Abilene Christian University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. I received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and made the Texas 5A All-State Band while attending Sachse High School, and received the Texas Association of Music Schools’ distinguished Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship for best college freshman audition in the state of Texas. I was also in the College Band Director National Association’s Intercollegiate Honor Band in 2015. At ACU, I am the principal or lead trombone in the Wind Ensemble, ACU Orchestra, Abilene Civic Orchestra, Jazz Band, Big Purple Marching Band, and Basketball Pep Band. I have performed in numerous settings, from the pit orchestra of the musicals White Christmas, Mary Poppins, and Man of La Mancha, and the opera Hansel and Gretel, to the stage with pop groups like The Temptations. Professional organizations include TMEA and ATPE."

Director of Family Ministry and Youth

Melissa Stevenson

Associate Director of Youth Ministry

Jen Stephenson

Financial Officer

Peggy Jackson

Sound and Technology

Amber Reese

Building Maintenance

Billy Howard

Lay Leader

James Potter