Our Staff

Bandera MC Staff and Leadership

The staff and leadership here at BMC is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at info@banderaumc.org.

  • Karen Horan

    Senior Pastor

    email Pastor Karen here

    Rev. Karen Horan is currently the Director of Creating / Vitalizing Congregations and Developing Leaders of the Rio Texas Conference.  Her work includes planting new congregations and Fresh Expressions of church, vitalizing existing congregations, developing lay and clergy leaders, and works with Bishop Schnase and the District Superintendents on the appointive cabinet.  Prior to this appointment, Karen was the founding pastor of Gruene UMC in New Braunfels, TX.  She served there for the first 11 years of that plant and grew the congregation to over 700 in weekly attendance. She is a guest preacher, retreat leader and new church planting coach.  She was a teacher prior to ministry teaching English and Dance in High School and Middle school.  Karen has missed local church ministry and is excited about being in Bandera.  She is married to her husband, Bill (37 years this August), and they have two married adult children and two grandsons with one more on the way! 

  • Cheryl Young

    Office & Facilities Administrator

    email Cheryl here

    I am so excited to serve as the Office and Facilities Administrator here at Bandera Methodist Church. I am in my 29th year and have enjoyed every minute of it. I have been in the corporate world before this serving as Executive Secretary for the Vice-president at Concord Oil Company and Sales Secretary at Holt Machinery Company. I have a wonderful husband (Bob) and 2 amazing daughters (Shannon & Jennifer) that I am so proud of. We have also welcomed our first grandson Hudson Michael Starnes.  I am looking forward to another great year working in this capacity. If you need anything please do not hesitate to contact me.

  • Michael Rodriguez

    Director of Student Ministries

    email Michael here

    Michael has worked in Ministry for over 13 years. Starting out in Worship Leading and College Groups, he turned his focus towards Youth Ministry in 2015. He was bi-vocational his first 8 years of ministry and has served as a Worship Leader/Full Time Youth Director since 2018. He met his wife Samantha while worship leading in San Antonio and they have 5 children together. Michael has a Passion for leading youth to form their own relationship with Christ and to be willing to share that relationship with everyone they encounter!

  • Tiffanie Deal

    Children's Ministry Director

    email Tiffanie  here

    Tiffanie has worked closely with children for many years! Her experience goes far beyond her career as she and her husband, David,  have 4 children of their own! Her family has called the Hill Country their home for the past 14 years. She has attended our church for some time now and is excited to serve as our Children’s Director as she leads our young and curious minds towards Jesus!

  • Rev. Dr. Dennis Thompson

    Pastor Emeritus

    email Rev Dennis here

    Dennis and his wife, Chela, have been long time members of our church and community. Dennis has served in congregations throughout several states and locations and served as Senior Pastor of Bandera UMC from 1995-2002.