Jason Teague has been a pastor in the United Methodist Church since 2001. He has served churches in Cherokee, Valley Spring, Goliad, and Comfort. He received his B.A. in Communications / Public Relations from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas and his Masters of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. Jason is married to Jana and they have three children Sheaffer, Seth, and Claire, as well as three cats and a dog.
Rev. Trudy Sparks Paul
Trudy Sparks Paul was appointed to Asbury United Methodist Church during the Annual Conference of 2002. She continues to attend Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Her main focus and ministry at Asbury is Pastoral Care. She received training in Pastoral Care at Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial Trauma Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was a student and Chaplain from 1998 until 2001 at Christus Sphon. Her ministry includes visitation to hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living and the homebound. She is a Stephen Leader and, along with two other leaders, trains and supervises the Stephen Ministers at Asbury.
Director of Family Ministries
Beth Gray was born and raised in Orange, Texas and moved to Portland,Texas her sophmore year of high school. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Baylor University in 1980. She then attended South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas and graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1983. She served as the Clerk of the Court for the Thirteenth Supreme Judicial District of Texas for six years. Beth joined the Asbury staff in October 1999. Her mission is to help kids know Jesus Christ and help them grow in Him. Beth is married to George, and they have two children, Angela and Christina.
Worship Leader / Director of Music Ministries
Essence Johnson-Chicoine was born in Los Angeles, California, raised in Texas, and attended the University of Texas at San Antonio for music. She moved to New Mexico, where she was married and raised a family and continued her degree in music at the University of New Mexico. She has now accepted God's call to return to Texas to use her gifts and talents as Asbury Church's Worship Leader and Director of Music Ministries. Essence brings with her a lifetime of experience in all types of music ranging from opera to gospel to contemporary Christian music. She is excited to be back home in Texas with her husband Randy and children.
Melissa Leija, Director of Asbury Creative Learning Center
Melinda was born and raised in Texas and has lived in Corpus Christi since 1992. After attending a conference in 2005, she felt a calling from Christ to pursue a degree in Ministry. She attended Howard Payne University, focusing on youth ministry, and received her Associates in Ministry in 2007. That same year she was blessed with her daughter Brookelyn. She first joined the Asbury staff in 2002 as a Latchkey teacher for Asbury Creative Learning Center. After spending many years focusing on her family and raising her daughter, we are pleased to have her return to Asbury as the Business Administrator.
Candis was born and raised in San Antonio and after a short stay in Washington State and Duncanville, TX, she has been in Corpus Christi for the last 8 years. She is married and has 1 daughter, 2 step daughters, and 3 granddaughters. Raised in a Lutheran church, Christ has always been in her life. She spent several years working for a law firm in Corpus Christi and has spent the last year and half taking care of her family. We are pleased to have her as our Administrative Assistant.
Director of Youth Ministries
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