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Rev. Trevor Kennedy

Rev. Trevor Kennedy

Senior Pastor

tkennedy@goodnewsumc.org

Trevor joined Good News in July 2018 as senior pastor after previously serving at White’s Chapel as a Path1 intern (church planting) and Pastor for Young Adults. As a Path1 Intern, Kennedy learned side by side from co-pastors, Drs. John McKellar and Todd Renner, how to lead a faith community that seeks to reach the next person for Christ. 

A native of Texas, Trevor attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas for his undergraduate work in Religion, focusing on Islam and Christianity, and then, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, receiving his Masters of Divinity in May 2017. 

Kennedy and his wife Danielle have been married for seven years with a little one who joined the family in September 2018. In his spare time, he enjoys college football (Go Notre Dame Fighting Irish!) and reading.

Lisa Grant

Lisa Grant

Director of Kids Ministries

lgrant@goodnewsumc.org
Lisa is passionate about sharing God’s love and grace with children and families, and she feels called to help every child know they are loved by God and to experience how amazing a relationship with Jesus can be.  Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (International Business, Spanish), and also earned her Child Development Associate degree while teaching preschool.

Lisa and her husband Julian are parents to Nick, Melody, Jordan, Jared, Carter, and Caleb.  Lisa began training and volunteering in children’s ministries when her kids were little, and began serving as a Children’s Director in 2002 before coming to Good News. “My kids were my first children’s ministry, and I am so blessed to serve my family as well as our incredible kids and families here at Good News and in our community and beyond!  God’s love knows no bounds–everything we do in our ministries is to help kids and families connect with our awesome God and with each other.”

Anna Shipley

Anna Shipley

Interim Director of Worship Arts

ashipley@goodnewsumc.org

Anna is a senior Communication and Leadership major at the University of Texas at Austin and a candidate for ministry out of the North Texas Conference seeking ordination as a deacon. She first experienced her call to ministry in the 7th grade and has been on the journey of answering that call ever since. This has entailed ministry positions with youth, camping and retreat ministry, missions, and worship music. When it comes to leading worship Anna is passionate about empowering others to share their spiritual gifts for music and connecting worship musicians to be in community with one another. Anna currently leads worship in her position at Good News, as the worship director at the Texas Wesley, and as the manager and pianist for the young adult worship band “Woven Worship.” In addition to being a contemporary worship musician, Anna is a classically trained harpist with orchestral and event gigging experience. As she finishes her time at the University of Texas Anna is excited to continue discerning her call to ministry while serving the Good News and Texas Wesley communities.

Josh Tidmore

Josh Tidmore

Director of Student Ministries

jtidmore@goodnewsumc.org

Josh Tidmore has been living in Leander since he was 11 years old. He is married to Gabriela “Tomi” and their children are Kayden, Ella, and CharliRae. Since 2011, Josh has been a youth volunteer, a Youth Spiritual Formation Leader, and a Primary Worship Leader for Rockbridge Church (Lighthouse Student Ministry). Due to his credentials and his dedication to youth ministries, Good News UMC added Josh to their team as the Director of Youth Ministries.

In 2011, Josh felt a call to youth ministry when he volunteered on a youth mission trip. What he witnessed on that trip amazed him! “Being able to encourage that transformation, witness that transformation, and then empower the youth to go out and be the light in the lives of others after they were transformed by God, is beyond a privilege. It’s downright awesome! Because seeing them being transformed changed my life!” He realized that the youth have the power to change the trajectory of somebody’s whole existence (children, youth & adults) through authentic repentance and living for God in all areas of their life. “…it forever changed me, my direction, and my heart and my purpose! So why am I passionate about youth ministry? They have the ability to change the world!”

Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson

Executive Director

jwatson@goodnewsumc.org

Jessica first experienced a call to ministry when she was in college at Texas A&M. She studied Recreation, Parks, & Tourism with the hope to one day start a faith-based summer camp for underprivileged youth. After college, she moved to Abilene with her husband and began working at McMurry University where she was first introduced to the Methodist tradition and Wesleyan theology. She decided to take the next step in her calling by attending seminary at Logsdon Seminary, where she graduated with a Master of Divinity.

Jessica is passionate about helping people to see and believe in their incredible worth as children of God. She has served churches in various capacities including youth ministry, college ministry, first impressions, and discipleship. After spending a few years in the corporate world focusing on leadership development and company culture, Jessica is excited to get back into full-time ministry!

She and her husband Kyle have been married for ten years. They have an adventurous and joyful daughter named Maggie and a pug named Agent Frank. They are extremely grateful to be a part of the Good News family!