Rev. Kerry Smith - Pastor
Kerry Smith was born in Houston and attended Trinity University majoring in Religion. She taught English in Japan with the JET Program and then attended Perkins School of Theology at SMU. After receiving her Masters in Divinity, Kerry was the pastor for three churches in Basildon, England from 2001-2002 and as a Senior Pastor at Krum UMC for the four years following. Kerry served as Executive Pastor at Oak Lawn UMC before being appointed to Greenland Hills in 2013.
Kerry has a passion for people and enjoys hearing how God is at work in people’s lives. Having grown up in the church she values the family and the community that is found in a church home. Growing up, church was a safe place for Kerry, a place where she was loved and accepted. Kerry hopes that all people who come through the doors of Greenland Hills are able to experience that same feeling of welcome, acceptance and love that helped her to experience and know God’s love for herself. Kerry loves being a pastor and feels blessed that God has called her to walk alongside people as they journey in faith.
Kerry is married to Lee and they have two children, Madeleine and Everett, and a dog Lilly. Kerry enjoys walking and has walked for the last five years in the Komen 3-day for the Cure with her mom. Kerry is active in her children's PTA at Moss Haven Elementary and enjoys her book club.
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Kristi Hassell - Minister of Music & Worship Arts
Kristi came to Greenland Hills as Minister of Music in August of 2012. She brings many years of experience directing choirs, liturgical dance, theater, and handbells. In addition to directing our adult, children, and handbell choirs, Kristi leads congregational song, employing many musical styles including jazz, contemporary, classical and global. Kristi holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education, United Methodist Certification in Church Music, and in May 2016 earned her Master of Sacred Music, summa cum laude at Perkins School of Theology at SMU. Kristi lives in Red Oak with her husband and daughter, and she enjoys gardening, reading, knitting, painting and drawing, and crafting.
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Robert Edwards - Accompanist
Robert studied piano with Louise Bianchi at Southern Methodist University before completing a degree in Piano Pedagogy at University of North Texas under Jack Roberts. He went on to earn his Masters in Piano Performance at UNT under Adam Wodnicki. He has performed as featured soloist with several local orchestras as well as played numerous solo recitals. Alongside his concert schedule he teaches piano from his home in the Kessler Park neighborhood of Dallas. Robert also works with special education students at Grand Prairie ISD during the school year. “I am pleased and truly honored to be able to play a part in leading worship in this gracious, God-seeking community.”
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Kristin Mallory - Children & Youth Minister
Kristin was born and raised in San Diego, California, and then came to Dallas to attend Southern Methodist University for college where she received her B.A. in Psychology and a M.S. in Family Studies. She worked in youth ministry after college for four years in the Lakewood area. During this time, Kristin gained tremendous experience working with children and teenagers, as well as families. Kristin also worked with children in the foster care system for five years.
Kristin loves the Greenland Hills family! She has been a member of the church for many years with her wife Connie and their children Paxton, Emerson and August. She loves working with the families and children of the church and her hope is that they can walk through life together and all grow in their love for God.
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Meg Richardson-McCann - Director, Greenland Hills Preschool
Meg joined the Greenland Hills staff in 2011 and is the founding director of the preschool. Meg brings with her over 15 years of experience in Christian education, early childhood education, & program development. She has directed children, youth, adult, and childcare ministries and has previously served at other Dallas area non-profits and churches. She has also implemented many local community ministries and directed music/arts camps. On a regional level, for many years Meg served as director and was on the administrative/design team for children and youth camps and retreats for Red River Presbytery and has served on the planning committee for ministry leadership conferences for Grace Presbytery. Meg studied health science education at the University of Arkansas and also holds a childcare administrators credential, a childcare director license, and a certification in nonprofit management.
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Trish Major - Administrative Assistant
Trish comes to Greenland Hills with a background in communications and social justice. After graduating from Colorado College with a degree in English, she has worked as a special features writer for the Dallas Times Herald, a stay-at-home mom, a secretary at a different United Methodist church and, most recently, as Communications Director for the Dallas Peace Center. Trish is thankful that she is able to continue working in a dynamic environment that actively works and advocates for peace and justice.
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Amber Oxley - Intern
Amber Oxley is a 2nd year student at Perkins School of Theology. She lives in intentional community with two other women in the Lakewood Heights neighborhood. Amber found a place of worship at GHUMC after moving to Dallas from SW Louisiana for school. She looks forward to serving with you over the next several months! In her undergrad she received degrees in Sociology and Philosophy at McNeese State University, in preparation for ordained eldership in the United Methodist Church, where she is a certified candidate. Amber paints, bikes, studies feminist-sacramental theology and plays table-top games for entertainment and spiritual nourishment. Amber’s first Sunday at Greenland Hills will be August 20.
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