PASTORS

Rev. Jeff Powers – SENIOR PASTOR
 
Jeff Powers is the Senior Pastor to Christ Church UM. He and his wife Julie come to us from Westminster UMC in Uptown Houston, where they served for almost nine years. Julie is a 7th generation Texan and  teaches Texas History for Fort Bend ISD. Jeff grew up in Houston and received his B.A. in Communications from the University of Houston.
 
Jeff received his M.Div. from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. Jeff has served several pastoral appointments in Texas, including FUMC in Teague, FUMC Lake Jackson, Cedar Bayou UMC in Baytown, and FUMC Pittsburg. He has also served in several leadership roles in the conference in the areas of evangelism and financial stewardship. Prior to ordained ministry, Jeff worked in the newspaper business. He worked at the Houston Chronicle, Huntsville Item, and Marshall News Messenger. He was the Publisher of the Observer Newspaper Group (Humble, Kingwood, and New Caney) before entering the ministry.
 
Julie and Jeff have two children. Daughter Christy lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with her husband Garrett, who is a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Their son John passed away December 2018 at age 26, following a long and courageous struggle with Spinocerebellar Ataxia #17. Julie and Jeff are proud grandparents to Freya Leigh, a beautiful granddaughter who was born in August 2019.
Rev. Melinda Thompson – PASTOR
 
Melinda Thompson is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She graduated from Southern University with a bachelor’s in computer science and the University of Houston – Clear Lake with a master’s in systems engineering.  She spent several years as an engineer in the aerospace industry.  It was during her many years of work in the oil and gas industry in leadership, engineering, and business roles where she received her call to ministry. She graduated with a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 2018. Her passion for ministry entails modeling the love of Christ to humanity so it will in turn transform others to be disciples of Christ.  In addition, Praise and Worship is an essential discipline as she endeavors to be more and more like Christ.  Furthermore, Melinda enjoys spending time with family, reading, and traveling. 

Dr. Ralph du Plessis – Pastor

Dr. Ralph du Plessis comes to us from Waters Church in Norwood Massachusetts. He and his wife Kirstin have two sons – Joel, 18, and Timothy, 16. Kirstin is a Registered Nurse and, in addition to her Bachelor’s degree in nursing holds a Master of Theology from the University of Wales. The du Plessis family originally comes from Vanderbijlpark, South Africa where Ralph served as Senior Pastor of One Way Community Church from March of 2000 to October of 2017.

Dr. Daniel Hannon –Retired | Pastor Emeritus

Dr. Hannon was the founding Pastor of Christ Church United Methodist and provided overall leadership and vision for the staff and congregation for 28 years from 1991-2019. It is impossible to measure the full impact of Dr. Hannon’s ministry in our community. Lives have been changed, families have been helped, broken people healed – and the gospel has been faithfully proclaimed. Pastor Emeritus is an honorary title given to Dr. Hannon out of respect for his faithful ministry. We are grateful to God for all that has been accomplished in Dan’s ministry. We look forward to all that God will do through Dan in his retirement.