I come all the way from South Africa, and like many of you, I came from a “unchurched” family. After starting in youth ministry in South Africa, I was invited to study in the United States in 1988 to complete my Master’s Degree in Divinity at the Fuller Theological Seminary in California. I was ordained an elder in 1994. I served two United Methodist Churches in California in the Pacific Conference, and in 1996 I moved to Texas. After serving in Pasadena and South Houston, I was appointed to a church in Pearland where I served for ten years.
I’m excited in having been appointed to Caldwell First United Methodist Church, and look forward to serving this great community. I am married to Terri Calder and have a married adult stepson and his wife, Ryan and Ashley. Terri and I are the proud Oupa and Ouma of three grandsons’, Allister, Ezra, and Rory. Outside of the Kingdom, my hobbies include traveling, racing, giant mining equipment and of course Boss 302 Mustangs. I hope you find my messages relevant and inspiring.
I was born in Ft. Worth, TX and have three brothers, two older and one younger. I have two children, Angela and Kristopher they are both married and have giving me two beautiful grandsons Josh and Thomas. I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Ashford University in 2009. I enjoy reading and spending time with my friends and family.
What a blessing to join Caldwell FUMC staff as Children’s Ministry Director! I hail from Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Bryan, Texas in 1985. My children learned to polka at the Kolache Festival and now my grands enjoy at day in Caldwell each September, too. I have two g rown daughters that live in Austin, TX, and two incredibly perfect grands, Mia (age 6) and Jacob (age 3). I have served children for many years through Big Brothers/Big Sister, Brazos Valley CASA, and Children’s Ministry at Aldersgate UMC in College Station.
I am excited to join with the families, staff and congregation of Caldwell FUMC to help children grown in their faith, by teaching that Jesus loves them and wants to be their best friend. I am #8 of 10 kids and enjoy long telephone catch ups with my family, reading, travel, and college football (Go Buckeyes!)!
Jesse is a 2018 home-school graduate. She moved from Dallas to Caldwell in 2003 with her family and calls Caldwell her home. Jesse began piano lessons at age 12. She studied for four years under Mr. John Weems, one of the most outstanding pre-collegiate piano teacher’s in the nation, before entering the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music to study under his wife, Mrs. Nancy Weems. Mrs. Weems having retired, she is currently completing her Bachelor of Music degree under the tutelage of American classical pianist, Dr. Andrew Staupe. Aside from performing classical music, Jesse loves playing hymns, bird watching, cross-stitching, and reading.
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