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Meet Our Staff

Clergy

  Adam

Adam Knight

Senior Pastor

Adam is the Senior Pastor at Coker United Methodist Church. He is passionate about the Wesleyan movement, its theology and focus on evangelism, discipleship, and mission and he tries to lead Coker in that same tradition. Adam has served churches in Lubbock, Houston, and San Antonio and he is the founding pastor of Christ Fellowship: A United Methodist Church in San Antonio. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Texas Tech University, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and he writes for The Church Planter Collective of Seedbed Publishing. He is married to Brittney and they are the parents of Rylan (7) and Laurel (4).

In addition to pastoral care, leadership development and preaching Pastor Adam oversees the overall vision of the church and its ministry.

210-494-3455 ext. 1242

 
  Damon

Damon Relder

Associate Pastor

Damon Relder has a bachelor's (UT Austin) and a master's degree (UT Dallas) in molecular biology studying viral DNA. He taught high school biology here in San Antonio at John Jay High School from 1984-1992 before attending Austin Presbyterian Theological School, graduating in 1994.

Damon has served churches in Bertram, Goliad, Harlingen and Corpus Christi before coming to Coker UMC in 2009. He married Susan in 1985, and they have two daughters, Crystal and Autumn and one grand-daughter, Samantha.

Pastor Damon enjoys small group ministry, education at all levels (children-adult), spiritual enrichment, and healing services. His outside interests include golf, woodwork, and theoretical physics.

Pastor Damon participates in preaching and hospital visitation as well as overseeing all education ministries from the Coker Early Learning Center through children's, youth and adult ministries.

210.494.3455 Ext. 1226

 
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David Blanco

Associate Pastor

Pastor David is in his first year as associate pastor at Coker. He has been married to Irma for 19 years and they have four children together — Aimee 18, David Jr. 16, Daniel 14, and Ashlee 12. Aimee enjoys music and plays the drums and guitar; David Jr. enjoys sports and plays football; Daniel is passionate about gymnastics; and Ashlee is in the band and sports.

Pastor David was ordained an elder in 2005. Prior to entering the ministry, he spent a few years as an elementary teacher. He graduated from the University of Texas - Pan American with a BA majoring in Spanish and minoring in English. He went on to attend and graduate from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. Pastor David has served churches in the Kentucky Conference, Lubbock, Dallas, Albuquerque, NM, and Edinburg, TX.

Pastor David enjoys barbecuing and spending quality time with the family. He also enjoys watching sports, especially football and soccer, and playing tennis and table tennis.

Pastor David is involved in mission ministries and evangelism, pastoral care and visitation, leading group Bible studies, and he oversees the audio-visual operations at Coker.

210.494.3455 Ext. 1224

 
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Gene Roe

Minister of Resource Development

Rev. Gene Roe is in his second year as Minister of Resource Development at Coker. He received his BBA in 1981 from Texas State University and his Masters of Science in Financial Services from The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA, in 2009. Shortly thereafter he attained the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation. He attended seminary at Perkins and Asbury Theological Seminaries. His call to ministry is to help the church spread the good news of Jesus Christ by positively impacting God’s Kingdom through Stewardship. Gene has been married to his wife, Tami, for 29 years and they have two daughters, Catherine (24) and Melanie (21). They have been members at Coker since 1992. He co-founded Planto Roe Financial Services in 1994 and remains a principal of the firm. Rev. Gene enjoys hunting, golf, and Texas State football.

Rev. Gene is the clergy liaison for Stewardship, the Coker Endowment, Capital Campaigns, and Memorials.

210-838-2168

 

Music & Arts

  Mark

Dr. Mark Humphrey

Director of Music Ministries and Worship Arts

Mark is a contact person for:
Worship Music Arts
Chancel Choir
Contemporary Praise Band
Opportunity Orchestra
Festival Bells
The Arts at Coker Events

210-494-3455 ext.1239

 
  Valerie

Valerie Thompson

Organist/Children's and Youth Choir Director

Valerie is a contact person for:
Sanctuary organist
Chapel organist
Agape choir
Accompanist for choirs and vocal/instrumental soloists
Wedding and funeral organist/pianist
Children's choir
Youth choir

210.494.3455

 
  Sandi

Sandi Keesee

Pianist

Sandi is a contact person for:
Chapel pianist
Accompanist for choirs/soloists
Accompanist for Children's and Youth Choirs
Wedding/funeral pianist

210.494.3455

 

Programs

  Gail

Gail Hatcher

Director of Adult Education and Fellowship

Gail is a contact person for:
Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday School Council
Senior Adult Council
Adult Education
Divorce Care
Food Service and Special Events
Scouts
United Methodist Women

210.494.3455 Ext. 1230

 
  Sonia

Sonia Cavazos

Wesley Nurse

Sonia is a staff person for:
Referral assistance
Blood pressure screenings
Glucose screening
Food pantry assistance
Nutrition/weight management education

210.494.3455 ext. 1261

 
  Amy

Amy Booth

Director of Student Ministries

Amy is a contact person for:
Youth Ministries
Student Events
Youth Mission
Student Sunday School

210.494.3455 Ext. 1270

 
  brendanburge

Brendan Burge

Associate Director of Student Ministries

Brendan is a contact person for:
Student Ministries
Student Events
Youth Band
Youth Missions

210.494.3455 Ext. 1272

 
  Cheryl

Cheryl Kendall

Director of Children's Ministries

Cheryl is a contact person for:
Children's Sunday School
Children's Weekday Programs
Children's Ministry Team
Children's Bible studies

210.494.3455 Ext. 1227

 
  wendypearson

Wendy Pearson

Assistant Director of Children's Ministries

Wendy is a staff person for:
Support for Children's Ministries

210-494-3455 Ext. 1259

 
  Michelle

Michelle Doucette

Nursery Supervisor

Michelle is a contact person for:
Coker Nursery

210.494.3455 Ext. 1245

 

Administration

  Becky

Becky Kirbo

Director of Finance and Administration

Becky is a contact person for:
Accounting
Receipts
Disbursements
Payroll
Finance Committee
Memorials Committee
Property/Liability
Administration

210.494.3455 Ext. 1222

 
  Donna

Donna Emery

Membership Coordinator and Pastoral Support

Donna is a contact person for:
Membership Records
Congregational Care and Concerns
Baptisms
Requests of Pastors

210.494.3455 Ext. 1232

 
  Wendy

Wendy Roten

Human Resources Assistant

Wendy is a contact person for:
Human Resources

210.494.3455 Ext. 1235

 
  Lisa

Lisa Ellington

Director of Communications

Lisa is a contact person for:
Communications
Print/Digital Media
Courier/Connection Editor
Social Media
Web Site/App Content/Management
Marketing/Advertising

210.494.3455 Ext. 1260

 
  LauraPettit

Laura Pettit

Scheduler and Campus Coordinator

Laura is a staff person for:
Event/Meeting Scheduling
Room Reservation

210.494.3455 ext. 1273

 
  BarbaraKeeper

Barbara Keeper

Administrative Asssistant to Senior Pastor

Barbara is a staff person for:
Pastoral Administration

210.494.3455 ext. 1225

 
  Zow

Zow Martinez

Director of Audio/Visual Media

Zow is a staff person for:
Audio
Video

210.494.3455 Ext. 1243

 

Early Learning Center

  Melanie

Melanie Rutkoski

Coker Early Learning Center Director

Melanie is the contact person for:
Licensed Day Care facility with theme based curriculum.

210.494.3455 Ext. 1249

 
  Michele

Michele Condel

Coker Early Learning Center Assistant Director

Michelle is a contact person for:
Coker Early Learning Center

210.494.3455 Ext. 1249

 

Maintenance

  David

David Barnes

Maintenance Supervisor

David is a contact person for:
Responsible for Campus Maintenance
Oversee Maintenance Staff
Contractor coordination
Inspections
Safety
Security
Inventory
Groundskeeping
Code compliance

210.494.3455 Ext. 1240

 
  Robert

Robert Quiñones

Custodial Supervisor

Robert is a contact person for:

Event Setups
Maintain and order inventory of janitorial supplies
Emergency Cleanups
Schedule and oversee janitorial staff

210.494.3455 Ext. 1228

 
  Ernest

Ernest Valdez

Weekend Custodian

Ernest is a staff person for:
Custodial duties
Event setups
Maintenance

210.494.3455