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Meet Our Staff



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 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


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


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.



Music & Arts


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 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



Sandi Keesee


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





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
United Methodist Women

210.494.3455 Ext. 1230


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 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


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 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


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 Doucette

Nursery Supervisor

Michelle is a contact person for:
Coker Nursery

210.494.3455 Ext. 1245




Becky Kirbo

Director of Finance and Administration

Becky is a contact person for:
Finance Committee
Memorials Committee

210.494.3455 Ext. 1222


Wendy Roten

Human Resources Assistant

Wendy is a contact person for:
Human Resources

210.494.3455 Ext. 1235


Laura Pettit

Scheduler and Campus Coordinator

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

210.494.3455 ext. 1273


Barbara Keeper

Assistant to Senior Pastor/Membership/Care Coordinator

Barbara is a staff person for:
Pastoral Administration

210.494.3455 ext. 1225


Zow Martinez

Director of Audio/Visual Media

Zow is a staff person for:

210.494.3455 Ext. 1243


Early Learning Center


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 Condel

Coker Early Learning Center Assistant Director

Michelle is a contact person for:
Coker Early Learning Center

210.494.3455 Ext. 1249




David Barnes

Maintenance Supervisor

David is a contact person for:
Responsible for Campus Maintenance
Oversee Maintenance Staff
Contractor coordination
Code compliance

210.494.3455 Ext. 1240


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 Valdez

Weekend Custodian

Ernest is a staff person for:
Custodial duties
Event setups