• REV. DAVID E. PAYNE

    SENIOR PASTOR

    David became the Sr. Pastor of KFUMC in July of 2017. He attended Asbury Theological Seminary and has also pastored at Los Fresnos UMC, Bee Creek UMC (a church he helped to start), and Harlingen FUMC. David is married to Lori (a Special Education teacher),  and they have two daughters, Sydney (married to Taylor Chamness) and Haley. He also has a brand new granddaughter named Denver Mae.

    David enjoys golf, downhill skiing, and enjoying the outdoors. David and Lori have three "fur babies:" Sparkle and Stella.


    "I'm still amazed that God has given someone like me the privilege of being a pastor," says David. "If he is willing to offer me grace, hope, love, and joy then I'm going to do my best to offer the same to others. I'm willing to try anything and everything... go anywhere and everywhere... at anytime and every time to make sure that anyone and everyone knows how much they are loved by Jesus!"


    david.payne@kfumc.org

    830.777.7789  

  • Pastor Spencer Thomas

    Associate Pastor


  • Monica O'Donnell

    Assistant to the senior  PASTOR

    Monica, a former teacher for 19 years, was called into ministry in 2018. Since then, she has graduated from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She is a certified candidate for the Rio Texas Conference. Her next goal is to be commissioned as a Deacon Minister in 2023, and then move on to ordination in the United Methodist Church. 


    She married her college sweetheart, Brion O'Donnell, in 1999. They have two daughters, Ella (18 years) and Ava Lea (14 years). Ella is going to The University of Texas in the fall, and Ava Lea will be a freshmen at Tivy High School. 


    Monica's passion is working with the marginalized, poor, oppressed, and neglected. She feels called to be the bridge between her church and community. 


    Monica wears quite a few hats. She facilitates Covenant Discipleship Groups on Wednesday nights, writes the weekly newsletter, updates the website, creates digital media and advertising material, and assists in worship. Her favorite thing to do is to walk up and down Methodist Encampment on Mondays, praying with people while they wait for their free groceries in the drive-thru food pantry line. Though she is not officially clergy yet, those folks think of her as their pastor. In the fall, she will lead dinner church, called "The Table" on Sunday nights at Light on the Hill at Mt. Wesley.


    830.257.0803

    monica.odonnell@kfumc.org