Rev. Trevor Kennedy
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.
Director of Kids Ministries
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.”
Director of Worship Arts
Originally from Dallas, Austin started leading worship at the church his family attended, starting at age 14. Since then, he has been hooked on worship and the amazing things that God produces in people and their communities. Austin also attended the University of Texas for an undergrad in Communications and had the opportunity to help lead worship with multiple churches in the Austin area.
Whether in a band, in a duet, or on his own, his first two years of college was guiding communities in worship 4 nights a week. Eventually, Austin was completely burned out and had almost failed out of college due to stress. Despite that, he took a summer working in youth ministry and rediscovered his love for God and music, and it led Austin to refocus his efforts on whatever specific place God called him towards.
Austin was called towards leading worship for 3 years at St. Luke UMC just outside of downtown Austin, where he learned a ton about what it meant for music and ministry to be integrated fully into a community and a context. In the middle of that, God called him to pursue full-time music
Director of Student Ministries
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 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!