Rev. Deanna M. Young, Senior Pastor


I’d like to introduce myself to you.  I am Rev. Deanna M. Young, an ordained Elder in the Texas Annual Conference.  I have been married to Scott for over 42 years and we have 3 adult children and 8 grandchildren:  Scott who lives in Dallas; Cheryl and her husband Jason living in The Woodlands with their 6 children—Christian, Parker, Avery, Liam, Madeline and Greyson; and Victoria  living in Magnolia with her 2 children—Eliza and Olivia.

I have an undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Science in Biology) from Sam Houston State and my Master of Divinity from Perkins, Southern Methodist University. I am a second career pastor and my first career was as a Fitness Professional having owned my own business as well as serving as Fitness Director for the YMCA for many years. God prepared me for ministry through my first career by helping people take care of their physical bodies.  Now I help them take care of themselves spiritually.  One of my favorite Scriptures is Philippians 4.13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  I have learned firsthand that God enables me to “know things I couldn’t possibly know, do things I couldn’t possibly do, and be more than I could possibly be but for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.”

I enjoy preaching, teaching, writing, leading retreats and helping God’s people understand and live into what it means to be “followers of Jesus Christ.” Some of my hobbies include (besides being with my family) painting, gardening, reading, and traveling with my husband.  I served at Christ Church United Methodist as a pastor for over 6 years and was a member before that for 8 years.  I have also served on various committees for the Texas Annual Conference and as well as retreat speaker for churches inside and outside of Texas. 


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hispanic ministersFrank Acosta, Pastor of Hispanic Ministries
Elizabeth Gallardo, Pastor of Youth/Children’s Ministries
We are grateful to know and serve God from a very early age. We are Cubans, born in the city of
Camaguey. We have had the opportunity to work as pastors for 8 years in Cuba and we both have a degree in Theology.  We have been married for 12 years and it has been a blessing to share life together.
We are passionate about teaching, preaching, leadership training and the Wesleyan doctrine through one’s educational process. It is indescribable what God does through Sunday Schools and how an education can guide and establish principles in future adults. We come to Texas because we know that God has something special for this time and place. We pray to be protagonists of what God will do. God bless you so much!
Agradecemos haber conocido a Dios en la adolescencia y poder servirle desde edad temprana. Somos cubanos, nacidos en la ciudad de Camagüey. Hemos tenido la oportunidad de trabajar como pastores por 8 años en Cuba y graduarnos como licenciados en Teología. Hemos estado casados por 12 años y ha sido una bendición compartir la vida juntos. Nos apasiona la enseñanza, la predicación, la preparación de líderes y la doctrina wesleyana en todo el proceso educativo. El trabajo con los niños siempre ha sido una prioridad dentro de nuestro ministerio. Es indescriptible lo que Dios hace a través de las Escuelas Dominicales y cómo una enseñanza puede guiar y establecer principios en ese futuro adulto.
Llegamos a Texas, porque sabemos que Dios tiene algo especial para este tiempo y lugar. Oramos para ser protagonistas de lo que Dios va a hacer. Dios les bendiga mucho!
Jennie Kelly, Treasurer

I am a native Houstonian.  I have two children, Scooter & Diane and 2 grandchildren, Jake and Madison. Steve and I have been married for 14 yrs. I have been a member of Fairbanks United Methodist Church for about 60 years.

I have had my own bookkeeping company for 20 yrs and am also a Texas Real Estate Agent.  We have recently moved back to Houston to be near our family and our church.

Jane Parra, Childcare Provider
Jane joined Fairbanks United Methodist Church in the fall of 2010.  She loves working with children and has worked with children for over 20 years.  Jane has raised 4 of her own children and loves to spoil her 7 grandchildren.  When she is not working, she enjoys gardening and spending time with family.


Marilyn Klander, Administrative Assistant
I am very blessed…I am married to my high school sweetheart, John. Our children and grandchildren are: Daughter Lisa and Timmy and their children, Tristyn and Trypp. Son Johnny Jr and his children, Aubrey, Ashlynn and Ainsley. I love hanging out with my family, whether it be at soccer games, school functions or just having dinner at the house.