Staff & Volunteer Personnel

Pastor ~ Gideon Watson

 Gideon graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Education degree in 1973. Gideon then pursued a career in education, where he remained until his retirement from Hardin ISD after 33 years. Gideon answered the call to ministry and received his Local Pastor's License in 1983. In 1989, he received his Certification to Preach from Course of Study through Perkins School of Theology located on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Gideon has 33 years experience in ministry, having served at Magnolia Springs UMC, Batson UMC, and Hardin UMC. 

Youth Director ~ Amber Lawson

 Amber has served as Youth Director for our church since 2008. She has a contagious excitement for the youth of our church and a genuine desire to lead them to Christ. Amber currently serves on staff at Magnolia Place Nursing Home as Dietary Manager and Chef (and is an awesome cook). 

Church Secretary ~ Kim Vassar

 Kim is a phenomenal asset to our staff. She coordinates all communication and duties for our staff and meetings, then picks up the slack everywhere else!  She is always eager to help and will greet you with a smile! 

Choir Director ~ Carolyn Watson

 Carolyn serves the church in countless ways, some of which include being the pastor's wife and choir director. She also leads the Worship Committee and most auxiliary activities. Carolyn is also a published author in the Christian genre, having devotionals in The Upper Room and a children's book, The Smell of Love

Laura Yarbrough

Laura is our Bus Ministry Coordinator, insuring maintenance and protocol for our church bus to safely transport its passengers. She also serves as Liturgist during worship service, and conducts the Children's Sermon each Sunday. Laura is the voice of our automated call system and sender of our email updates. She continually volunteers for numerous duties, responsibilities, and activities.  

Emily Cook

Emily is a talented piano player who faithfully offers her gift to the church. She is a wonderful addition to our worship service.