Main Contact Info

Address: 
5200 Willowbend Blvd
Houston, Texas 77096-5298

Office Phone: 
713-723-0175

Day School: 
713-723-0191

Fax: 
713-723-0205

Alphabetical Directory (by first name)

Our Staff

Danny YangRev. Danny Yang

Senior Pastor

Danny grew up on the west side of Houston (Alief) and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He worked as a semiconductor engineer before following a call into full-time ministry. He received a Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Danny has ministered in a variety of contexts: Asian-American youth, college campus, young adults, poverty advocacy, and adult faith formation. He currently serves on the Board for the Texas Youth Academy and on the Clergy Recruitment Committee for the Texas Annual Conference. These experiences have taught Danny the importance of following Jesus with an awareness of one's culture and identity. He loves learning and teaching the Bible so that all might discover the unique ways God has created each of us to serve in the world.

Danny met his wife Susan in middle school orchestra and they have been married since 2000. Susan works as a benefits consultant, and they welcomed their daughter Ellie home in 2015.

My favorite podcasts are... 99% Invisible, Radiolab, On Being, The Moth, Tiny Desk Concerts

Email Danny at danny@westburyumc.org

Rev. DeAndre Johnson

Rev. R. DeAndre Johnson

Associate Pastor, Music and Worship

Hailing from Shreveport, DeAndre received his bachelor of music in sacred music degree from Centenary College of Louisiana and master of sacred music degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. He has worked in various churches in both Louisiana and Texas. As an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church, DeAndre is passionate about facilitating meaningful worship experiences that are intentionally cross-cultural, calling the church into a deeper commitment to reconciliation. He is frequently invited to lead worship in various settings, offer consultations for churches and teach courses in worship leadership. DeAndre has served as worship coordinator for the Texas Annual Conference, worship leader for the 2013 General Board of Higher Education & Ministry (GBHEM) Exploration in Denver, music coordinator for the 2016 General Conference in Portland, and music coordinator for the 2016 World Methodist Conference in Houston. He has also served as chorus master for the Houston Ebony Opera Guild.

He and his wife (Kelsey) followed God’s leading to come to Westbury UMC, relocating their family from Bryan-College Station to Houston in early 2011. Together, they delight in their children, Natalie and Henry, and often take road trips to visit family. 

Email DeAndre at deandre1@westburyumc.org

Hannah TerryRev. Hannah Terry

Associate Pastor, FAM (Fondren Apartment Ministry)

Born and raised in upstate New York, Hannah received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Roberts Wesleyan College and Master of Divinity degree from Duke University. She holds certification in Forming Missional Communities from The Academy for Missional Wisdom. As an ordained deacon, she serves alongside the church and the world as friend, neighbor, and visionary. Hannah discerned with the people of Westbury UMC that southwest Houston needs trust-building and holy friendships for the purpose of personal wholeness, communal healing, and systemic change through love of God and neighbor. She lives in FAM's intentional Christian community and builds bridges to cultivate communities of prayer and action among refugees, immigrants, and local Houstonians. She currently serves as Chair of the Social Principles Implementation in Ministry Committee for the Texas Annual Conference. Hannah loves to cook and share the table with family and friends. She and her dog Grace enjoy exploring Houston and making trips to Lake Livingston.  

My favorite time of day is... coffee time.

Email Hannah at hannah@westburyumc.org

Steve Ewing

Steve Ewing

Business and Facilities Manager

Bio coming soon!

My favorite time of day is... Saturday evening, just as the sun starts to set and the air cools. Particularly if our kids are in town, for that means the barbeque pit is going, ribs, burgers or fajitas are on the grill, and a bunch of their friends will be over. It does not get much better for us.

My favorite music to listen to while alone is... classic rock and roll from the '60s: Chicago, 3 Dog Night, Four Tops, Sam and Dave... or opera.

Email Steve at steve1@westburyumc.org

Hillary PeeteHillary Peete

Director of Children's Ministries / Connections Coordinator

Hillary was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from Agnes Scott College and Candler School of Theology with a Master of Divinity. She met her husband, Brandon, while in seminary. He is an Episcopal priest serving at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. They have a son, Felix. The Peete family loves checking out new restaurants, and they spend most evenings taking their rambunctious dogs for a walk.

The best adventure I’ve ever had was... taking a last minute, midnight train from Sofia, Buglaria to the Black Sea for a week on the beach.

My favorite time of day is... when Felix, my son, wakes up. When I walk into his room to get him, he has this huge smile on his face and laughs. My second favorite time of day is at night when he's finally sound asleep!

Email Hillary at hillary1@westburyumc.org

Josh LemonsJosh Lemons

Director of Youth Ministries

Josh was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. Sensing a call to ministry both within his community and from God, he studied Youth Ministry and Biblical Literature at Indiana Wesleyan University. After graduating in 2008, he married his high school sweetheart, Jennifer, and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where he served as the director of student ministries at Westwood UMC for three years. Josh and Jennifer moved to Houston in 2011 for her job as a genetic counselor where for the past two years he has worked at REI (Recreational Equipment Incorporated) as a bicycle technician and Sarang Korean Presbyterian Church as the director of student ministries. In 2012, he began his coursework in a Master's of Divinity program from Fuller Theological Seminary and accepted a call to serve in the ministry at Westbury in 2013.

Josh enjoys anything outside, particularly: camping, biking and hiking. He is passionate about youth and their families coming to know God more fully.

My favorite meal is… shrimp fajitas.

My dream vacation would be… to travel around the Mediterranean: Egypt, Israel, Greece, Italy and Spain would be essential destinations! 

Email Josh at josh1@westburyumc.org

Cindy ParkerCindy Parker

Ministry Associate

Cindy graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree
in dance. She has been dancing since the age of 4 and loves anything dealing with the
arts, especially Broadway musicals. She grew up in Palestine, Texas with her mom (whom she considers her favorite person). She has two dogs, Oliver and Elphaba (her name is from the musical Wicked). At Westbury UMC, she has not only found an amazing group of people to work with, but as a church, she has found grace, friendship and a multitude of blessings.

My favorite meal... would have to be pizza. I can eat it hot or cold, for breakfast or dinner.

My dream vacation would be... traveling the world and visiting every continent. I love learning about people, their cultures and what they believe in.

Email Cindy at cindy1@westburyumc.org

Karina Praxedes BarnettKarina Praxedes Barnett

Music Associate

Born and raised in Natal, Brazil, Karina moved to the United States in 2004 to pursue her Doctorate in Collaborative Piano at the University of Houston, completed in 2009. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor of Music in Piano from Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB) and her Master of Musical Arts from Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Karina has extensive training in chamber music and accompanying and also uses her sight-reading skills as a part-time collaborative pianist at The University of Houston. She plays and performs recitals with different instrumentalists and voice students. Karina also teaches piano privately and keeps a full piano studio of elementary-age kids.

Other than her passion to make music with various groups, Karina likes to collect coffee mugs from different countries and enjoys cooking and trying new recipes, never letting a month go without baking her famous Brazilian carrot cake. The biggest blessing of all is sharing life with her husband, Brian, and raising their two precious boys, Benjamin and Thomas. They like to chill out on Saturdays and enjoy escaping from Houston heat in the summer to visit family in Brazil.

Email Karina at karina1@westburyumc.org

Kristy ElmoreKristy Elmore

Director of Holy Friendships, FAM (Fondren Apartment Ministry)

Kristy was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and moved to Houston, TX, when she was 6 months old! Growing up on the west side of Houston, she and her family attended Memorial Drive United Methodist Church. She later attended and graduated from Houston Baptist University with a B.B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing.

Kristy began her career in community ministry at the Christian Community Service Center in 1998. Working with their job ministry, she made friends with people who had immigrated to the United States from all over the world and who loved and celebrated the goodness of our country. Through this experience, Kristy developed a passion to experience God in new ways and to be in relationship with and learn from people of different cultures. Several mission trips later, Kristy was led to work with Memorial Drive United Methodist Church where she directed International mission work and local outreach efforts until 2012.

Kristy married her husband, Hugh, in 2009 and they have two sons, Thomas and Townes. Kristy enjoys contemplative prayer, running and sharing meals with friends. The Elmore family cherishes simple, unplanned time together, and they love visiting farmers markets, fly fishing, hiking, camping and most recently, floating on lazy rivers!

Bucket list includes... traveling the United States in an Airstream trailer, introducing my family to Guatemala, visiting Detroit, Michigan, attending a Cubs game, spending a week on retreat at St. Andrew's Abbey

Greatest memory from my youth... Long conversations with family around the dinner table.

Email Kristy at kristy@westburyumc.org

Susan Edge

Susan Edge

Day School Director

Many people don’t know that Susan grew up in Houston, specifically, Westbury. She attended Johnston Jr. High and also Westbury High School, then graduated from University of Houston with a degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education. Susan’s parents live right down the street from Westbury UMC! She has two children, Brian Edge and Emily Edge Fenlon. Brian and his wife, Becca, have given her the joy of being “Nana” to her precious granddaughters, Cameron and Charlotte.

How did Susan discover Westbury Methodist? Her daughter attended Mother’s Day Out as a 3-year-old, and she fell in love with the school as a parent. Susan was very excited to have had the opportunity to teach Kindergarten at Westbury for 19 memorable years, and she has served as Director of the Day School since September 2008. She feels blessed to be part of the Westbury Methodist family.

I'm passionate about... the wonder of childhood.

Something important in my office is... my scrapbook that was lovingly made for me, highlighting my 19 years as Kindergarten teacher at the Day School. I also love having children’s artwork in my office, and of course, pictures of my family!

Email Susan at susan1@westburyumc.org

Karen Ewing

Karen Ewing

Day School Assistant Director and Mother's Day Out Director

Karen grew up in Iowa and received her B.A. and M.A. in Spanish from the University of Iowa. She moved to Texas after graduation and taught high school Spanish in a small town near San Antonio. Karen met her husband, Steve, in San Antonio, and they were married in the Little Church of La Villita. After his work transfer to San Francisco, where they lived for two years, the couple moved to Houston. Their two daughters attended Westbury Methodist Day School, where Karen started working part-time 22 years ago. Over the years Karen’s job has changed from part-time Spanish teacher, Kindergarten assistant, and office assistant to her current position as the Assistant Director of the Day School and Director of MDO. Her older daughter, Rebecca, lives in Chicago with her husband Michael and their son Miles, while her younger daughter, Courtney, teaches 2nd grade in Austin. Karen’s husband is self-employed. In her spare time, Karen enjoys reading, gardening and scrapbooking.

A movie I could watch over and over is... Field of Dreams because I am from Iowa and I love baseball.

Something important on my desk is... a picture of my family.

Email Karen at karen1@westburyumc.org

Aundre White

Aundré White

Nursery Supervisor

Aundré was born in Boston, Massachusetts. While on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She was on active duty during the war in Vietnam, Desert Shield, and Desert Storm. After serving 23 years, she moved to Houston, received an Associate Degree in Early Childhood from Houston Community College. She began working at Westbury United Methodist Day School in 1996 as a lead teacher of two-year-olds. Prior to becoming the Childcare Supervisor for the church, she has also served as the director of two other childcare programs offered by the Day School. She has two grown children and two grandchildren. “My time at Westbury has been very rewarding. It truly takes a village to raise a child and that is what Westbury has allowed me to do. It has helped me to guide children through love and God’s guidance.”

Jayson BrownJayson Brown

Safety Staff

Jayson Brown is a life-long member of Westbury UMC. He was baptized and confirmed at Westbury where he learned to love and serve the Lord by participating in the various activities offered to the youth of the church. Jayson’s abilities to empathize with and discern the needs of others have led him to his vocation of security at Westbury UMC and The Covenant House, a residential facility for at-risk youth. Jayson’s love for God and His Holy Word compelled him to take classes at The College of Biblical Studies and he constantly marvels at the universal tenets set forth in the Bible which are totally applicable to our lives today. He attends the University of Phoenix where he is majoring in business management. Jayson and his wife Tiesha are the thankful and proud parents of twins, Teagan and Tzion.

I want people to remember me as... a fun person to be around, outgoing, and loving.

My most spiritual moment was... experiencing child development from embryo to birth. Seeing the awesomeness of God. Having to lean hard on the healing power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ when my wife became extremely ill during pregnancy, then seeing her pull through daily getting her strength back carrying a set of twins at the same time was an incredible work of God. Amen.