STAFF DIRECTORY

LAURA DRANE

MIDDLE SCHOOL MINISTRY DIRECTOR

Laura Drane has been married to her husband, David, for 26 years. They have 14-year-old boy/girl twins named Cooper & Brooklyn. She is a 1997 graduate from Schreiner University Nursing Program. Prior to the twins being born, she worked in the nursing field for over 10 years. She was then lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom while they were little.


They have been active members at KFUMC since 2002 volunteering in various capacities. She has also served on staff as the Nursery Coordinator and Children’s Ministry/Preteen Ministry Program Coordinator for the past 4 1/2 years.



She is excited to begin working with the youth as the Middle School Ministry Director. She looks forward to building relationships, playing crazy games, hearing about their hopes & hurts, and helping train them in truth. She truly appreciates the opportunity to be in relational ministry, serving alongside the middle school students to help shape their worldview and how they see Jesus. 


830.257.0810

laura.drane@kfumc.org

CHERYL FEUGE

FINANCE/HUMAN RESOURCES SECRETARY/SAFE GATHERINGS

Cheryl graduated from Tivy HIgh School and pursued a banking career graduating with an American Institute of Banking degree. She has worked ion the financial field for 40 plus years and the human resource field for 10 years. She lived in Montana for 7 years and Alaska for 14 years. She is married and has two married children, one as an elementary school teacher and one as an Alaska Wildlife Trooper.


She sings in the traditional church choir and plays the handbells. She enjoys gardening, playing piano, making handmade cards and traveling when possible.


She is glad to be a part of KFUMC and excited to see the church grow in ways that helps our whole community and beyond. 


830.257.0815

cheryl.feuge@kfumc.org

HALEY MONTOYA

DIRECTOR OF TRADITIONAL WORSHIP

Haley Montoya is excited to join the KFUMC staff as the director of traditional worship. She has had the honor of working in the music ministry at KFUMC as a soloist, choir member, Jubilee band leader, and contemporary worship volunteer since January 2018. Haley has spent most of her adult life performing as a soloist in different communities and venues from church to the main stage. She has also taught private voice lessons since 2003 and has recently been an adjunct instructor of voice at Schreiner University. Haley and her husband Ben have two children: Elias (8) and Isla (4). Ben is a professor of History at Schreiner University and is also the drummer for the Jubilee band. Elias is a book and video game enthusiast and Isla likes to keep everyone in line. They have a great love for KFUMC and its people and are thrilled to have found a church they can sincerely call home.


830.257.0807

haley.montoya@kfumc.org

MONICA O'DONNELL

FAITH & FRIENDS MINISTRY/COVENANT DISCIPLESHIP

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 attends The University of Texas in Austin, and Ava Lea is 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

BETH PALMER

OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Beth Palmer is the Outreach Director at the Kerrville First United Methodist Church and Light on the Hill at Mount Wesley. As Outreach Director, Beth’s main role is that of a connector. She links people to hope and needs to resources. Beth recruits and engages unpaid servants (volunteers), organizes projects and events, provides education and training, mobilizes resources, collaborates and networks with other nonprofits, and writes, implements and manages grants.
Beth loves Jesus and feels privileged to get to share the love of Christ with others. Beth is a life-long learner and has a desire to continuously grow and improve. She sees failure as a learning opportunity and not the end to a dream. Beth is a motivator. She uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed. Beth will be the first to tell you that she is blessed to be a small part of a great team of staff and unpaid servants that work so hard, with such joy, they inspire her every single day!
Beth graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in kinesiology in 1984. She taught and coached in Ingram ISD for 16 years prior to becoming the Youth Director at KFUMC in the summer of 2000. In 2013, she stepped into the role of Outreach Director at KFUMC and in the fall of 2018, she became the director of Light on the Hill, as well.
Beth and her husband Grant have been married 38 years and have two awesome sons, one amazing daughter, two incredible daughters-in- law, an absolutely delightful granddaughter and a fabulous grandson!

GRANT PALMER

DIRECTOR OF RECREATIONAL MINISTRIES

Grant Palmer has just completed his first year as the Recreation Director at Kerrville First United Church (KFUMC) and at Light on the Hill at Mount Wesley (LOTH). As the Recreation Director, Grant’s main responsibility is to provide recreational opportunities for adults. Some of these opportunities have included pickleball, volleyball (sand & indoor), open gym basketball, and trivia game nights at KFUMC. The activities offered at LOTH have been weightlifting, low ropes challenge course, swimming, hiking the trails, and organizing a 2.5 mile Fun Run for the annual Harvest Festival.

Grant’s ministry encourages building relationships with others while exercising and having fun. Grant is a passionate coach and a great encourager!

Grant graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in health and physical education at Texas A&M University in 1980. He taught and coached for 40 years in Kerrville ISD and has positively influenced thousands of young people. While coaching at Tivy High School, he was a Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s (FCA) sponsor for 22 years and in 2009, he was named FCA Coach of the Year for South Texas.

Grant has been married to his wife, Beth, for 38 years and have 3 grown children: Ty, Colton, and Jillian and 2 grandchildren, Hayden and Braxton.


830.257.0805

grant.palmer@kfumc.org

HEATHER ROBERTS

FAMILY LIFE MINISTRIES DIRECTOR

Heather Roberts provides additional staff support and direction for our Family Life Ministry. Heather is originally from San Antonio where she served in the church at a young adult and taught Theater Arts for elementary through high school for several years while raising her large family.


Heather has been married to her husband Gary since 1992, they have 7 children, 6 living boys and 1 in heaven. She spent 12 years as the Director of the Drama Ministry for Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church until a crisis led her to focus on the family and homeschool her children for an addition 12 years.


More recently she pursued her associates in Biblical Studies at Kings Bible Institute in 2018. She moved to Kerrville in 2020 became a member of KFUMC and is now focusing on our Family. She has a heart after God and helping all ages step into Ministry using their spiritual gifts to serve the body of Christ as well as teaching children the word of God.


This year Heather will be introducing a new Sunday School program, expanding the Children’s Church Worship Service, directing both Fall and Spring Ignite Musicals, coordinating the Fall Family Camp, preparing the Family Christmas Services along with offering our first Family VBS next Summer.


heather.roberts@kfumc.org

830.257.0803

KENDRA THOMAS

DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRIES

Kendra is thrilled to be a part of the KFUMC team as the Director of Youth Ministries. She has loved volunteering with the Forge Youth Group and is excited for all that the program can be! In 2019 she and her husband Spencer returned from the mission field in Costa Rica. He started as the Contemporary Worship Leader & Director of Young Adult Ministries while she stayed home with their newborn baby boy, Forrest. Tractor enthusiast and lego engineer, Forrest keeps them on their toes.


After graduation from Lubbock Christian University with a BA in Youth and Family Ministry Kendra spent four years as Youth Ministry Coordinator at Bandera UMC. Shortly after getting married in 2015 she moved with her husband to Costa Rica and taught 7th grade and preschool bible classes as well as led small groups with her husband for students in the secondary at Colegio Metodista.


The KFUMC family is special and their family loves being part of this amazing community!


830.257.0810

kendra.thomas@kfumc.org

ADDITIONAL NUMBERS

FOOD RELIEF

830.315.6104

FRONT DESK VOLUNTEER

830.257.0802

CHILDREN'S ARK

830.257.0825