Church Leadership

Meet Our Staff

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“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that He considered me faithful, appointing me to His service.” 1 Timothy 1:12

Rev. Stella Burkhalter

Rev. Stella Burkhalter has served churches in the Austin area for the past ten years.  Pastor Stella grew up in Laredo, Texas where she was raised in the Catholic Church and spent her teen years in the Assembly of God Church before finding her way to the United Methodist Church in a college, a background which has given her a rich understanding of the many ways we reach out to God and God reaches out to us. Stella is a graduate of The University of Texas and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She is married to Hunter and has two adult children, Wyatt and Emery. She writes blogs and posts videos at


Alissa Villarreal

Alissa Villarreal is the Children and Youth Minister and Office Administrator. She, grew up in the United Methodist Church in the Corpus Christi area.  She moved to San Marcos in 2001 where she attended and graduated from Texas State University-San Marcos.  She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Jason Villarreal for 10 years and they have two daughters, Brooklyn (8) and Peyton (3).  The Villarreal’s have attended Kyle United Methodist Church for over 5 years now where Alissa has taught Sunday School, served on the Family Ministries committee and helped out with VBS for the past 2 years. Alissa enjoys working with children and looks forward to serving the children and youth of our congregation, helping them to grow in their faith and love for God.

Jeana Martin

Rev. Jeana Martin serves as the ministry consultant at Kyle UMC where her primary responsibility is music ministry. Pastor Jeana has served in ministry for 18 years; she was the youth minister at St. Luke UMC, San Angelo, and Dripping Springs UMC. In addition to her work at Kyle UMC, she is also a Licensed Professional Counselor, spiritual director and retreat leader with Pilgrims on a Journey. She is a graduate of Angelo State University, the Seminary of the Southwest and Princeton Theological Seminary. She has hosted exchange students and has a German daughter named Svantje and a French daughter named Justine. She is the proud parent of a miniature schnauzer named Zoe and she fosters schnauzers through the Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston. Pastor Jeana loves the labyrinth (teaching and facilitating), pilgrimages, yoga, hiking and is currently writing a book about her pilgrim experiences in Chartres, France. You can connect with her at 





The Church Council

Purpose – The church council shall provide for planning and implementing a program of nurture, outreach, witness, and resources in the local church. It shall also provide for the administration of its organization and temporal life. It shall envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate the mission and ministry of the church. The church council shall be amenable to and function as the administrative agency of the charge conference.
¶ 252. The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church

Our church council is dedicated to supporting the church by prayer, presence, gifts, service and witness through their membership in and/or leadership of different church committees. Our church uses a Single Board Governance Model, which are smaller committees with more authority to make quick decisions after discussion (either in meetings or emails). This streamlined model allows the council to focus more on the overall mission of the church.

Church Council Positions

The Council consists of officers including but is not limited to the following:

  • Council Chairperson
    • Jean Bahney
  • Secretary
    • Kim Royal
  • Lay Leader
    • Joann Runkle
  • United Methodist Women President
    • Lynne Kyle
  • Finance Chairperson
    • Jessi Mojica
  • Trustees Chairperson
    • Paul Mojica
  • Trustees Members
    • Terry Bahney
    • Carol Calloway
    • Christie Meyer 
    • Mike Sprute
    • Carlos Porras
  • Annual Church Conference Delegate
    • Terry Runkle
    • Joann Runkle (alternate)
  • Young Adult Representative
    • Krystyn Jensen
  • Youth Representative
    • Marlee Claes
  • Pastor
    • Stella Burkhalter
  • Prayer Ministry
    • Natha Caldwell
  • Staff Parish Relations Chairperson
    • Nancy Davidson
  • SPRC members
    • Lynette Barker 
    • Ed Winn
    • Laura Porras
  • Congregational Care
    • Lynne Kyle
  • Missions Team
    • Tom & Natalie Simcoe,
    • Shannon & Jon Taylor

Terry and Joann Runkle, Co-Lay Leaders

Terry and Joanne RunkleTerry and Joanne have been members of Kyle United Methodist church for over 10 years and have served on a variety of committees  before accepting the position of co-lay leaders. You can find Terry and Joanne in the choir most Sunday mornings after they get the communion elements together for the day’s services. Or, if you’re lucky, you can spot Terry mowing the church lawn early in the morning.