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

Want to know more about the faces you see each Sunday preaching from the pulpit and leading other parts of the worship services at Kyle United Methodist Church?

Whether it’s leading Sunday worship in the sanctuary, or helping you find the right Sunday School class to attend, or the right room for your child, or simply welcoming you to the church for your first visit, KUMC’s staff is a dedicated group.

They’re here to help you feel welcome. And they also happen to be a lot of fun. Learn more about them — where they come from, what they love to do, or even what they love most about working here.

Rev. Darlene Boaz, Pastor

Pastor Darlene BoazDarlene grew up in the Roman Catholic Church, later becoming a United Methodist.She received her undergraduate degree from St. Edward’s University and Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Prior to becoming a pastor, Darlene served in the Air Force as a Communications Maintenance Technician, both as active duty and reserves, retiring in 1996. Darlene loves traveling and has had the opportunity to live and visit many fascinating countries. These adventures shaped who she is, opening her heart and mind to people from all backgrounds and cultures. Darlene enjoys teaching and facilitating small groups. She is passionate about spiritual and discipleship formation, as well as serving in the community as The Church seeks those who do not yet have a relationship with God. She has experience in ministries with women, children, and youth; adult education; mission and outreach; and social justice. Darlene is married and has two sons and seven grandchildren.


Danton Bankay, Music Ministry Director

Danton Bankay, Music Ministry DirectorDanton has been a member of staff at Kyle UMC since 2010 (?) and will celebrate his 38th year in Music Ministry this summer! He has worked as a Church musician in Trinidad, New York City and now Texas and has traveled extensively across the United States, Europe and the Caribbean as a worship designer, consultant and musician, working with several Boards and Agencies of the United Methodist Church. In May this year, Danton will graduate from Texas State University with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music. He has studied piano with Dr. Sylvia Eversole (NY) and voice with Dr. Oliver Worthington (TX)..


Tanya Spain, Office Administrator

Tanya SpainTanya is married with two daughters: Madelyn and Kennedy. She’s lived in Kyle for 11 years but is originally from Houston.

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 includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Council Chairperson
  • Lay Leader
  • Staff-Parish Relations Committee Chairperson
  • Finance Committee Chairperson
  • Board of Trustees Chairperson
  • Annual Church Conference Delegate
  • United Methodist Men and/or United Methodist Women president
  • Young Adult Representative
  • United Methodist Youth Representative
  • Pastor(s)

Jennifer Johnson, Council Chairperson

Jennifer not only serves as the council chairperson, but also runs the a/v equipment for the traditional services on Sunday Morning, and plays drums and sings in the praise band during the contemporary service. Previous to serving as chair, she served as the council secretary for two years, taking meticulous notes of every meeting she attended. She also serves as the Process Coach for the Reconciling Team within KUMC, advocating inclusion of all congregants, no matter the difference in sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, faith history, economic status, marital status, and/or physical and mental ability.


Terry and Joanne 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.