Meet Our Staff
“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. Stella Burkhalter
Rev. Stella Burkhalter has served churches in the Austin area for the past eight years. Most recently she was Senior Pastor at Covenant United Methodist Church. 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.
Jenny Sandoval, Music Ministry Director
Jenny Sandoval (BA English/Music) – is a certified teacher in Texas and spent 6 years in the public school classroom where she taught Choir/General Music at schools in San Marcos and Kyle, Texas. Jenny has taught music privately for the last 15 years teaching voice, piano, clarinet, guitar, bass guitar, and composition.
She has a passion for music. She is not only an experienced private and choral teacher, but also an avid singer/songwriter and has recorded two CDs. When Jenny is not at church doing music ministry activities, or in private lessons, you can find her playing with her beautiful triplet girls, making pumpkin pie for her son, playing dolls with her eldest daughter or having coffee with her best friend, her mom.
Alissa Villarreal, Children’s and Youth Ministry Director and Office Administrator
Alissa Villarreal, 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.
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:
Terry and Joann Runkle, Co-Lay Leaders
Terry 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.