Ministers and Staff

In The United Methodist Church, we believe that all Christians are ministers by virtue of our baptism. This page shows you which staff members to contact if you need their help and where you will find them day to day--they might surprise you!  Bios appear alphabetically by last name.


Dawn Contreras


 I came to Kavanaugh 13 years ago. Not only am I the administrative assistant at Kavanaugh UMC, but also, I am a teacher at our afterschool program, Kava-kids. I enjoy serving the members of Kavanaugh and the community around us. Although I am not a part of the Kavanaugh congregation (I am an active member at another local church) I consider the people of Kavanaugh my church family. I truly believe that Kavanaugh and the surrounding area is my mission field……What an amazing way to serve the Lord!!


Contact Dawn if you:

-need more information about Kavanaugh UMC

-if you want to find out about using a space at Kavanaugh UMC for an event or meeting (including weddings)

-would like more information about Kavanaugh Kids Day Out or Kava-kids afterschool Program


- if you are in need of prayer….I believe in the power of prayer!! 


You'll find Dawn juggling her work here at church, loving on the families and little ones at Kavanaugh Kids day out or doing homework, artwork and cooking with the kids at Kava-kids.

Dawn and her husband Ken have seven grown children, two sons-in-law, two daughters-in-law and two granddaughters and a new grandbaby on the way. She loves spending time with her grandkids.  When not spending time with their kids and grandkids, Dawn and Ken enjoy remodeling projects, spending time with friends and watching baseball…..Go Rangers!!


James Hamilton


In 2001, James officially joined Kavanaugh UMC. In 2008, he was asked to serve as the Youth Director and gladly accepted the position. He is passionate about helping the youth learn from Christ and strengthen their faith. He also is a believer in “Keeping it Real” and encourages the youth to ask the tough questions as well as how modern society puts so many pressures on them that contradict the lessons from Christ. He and the youth are active in Mission work, and they let their hands prove Christ’s work by traveling all over the US and completing house repairs to those in need.

Contact James if you:

--want to tell him about your youth

--have questions about midweek United Methodist Youth Fellowship

--have questions about the summer mission trip

--have ideas about youth ministry

--want to volunteer to help

--want to know to best places to hunt and fish


You will find James serving our community as a police officer, which he has done for more than 15 years. He says, “In my free time I spend time with my beautiful wife and two amazing children.” They love to camp, fish, and hunt.


Dr. Randall Hooper



I came to Kavanaugh UMC in the fall of 2009 just as I accepted the position as Director of Choirs and Vocal Activities at Texas A&M University-Commerce. I have been serving churches as a Director of Music since my sophomore year in college in 1989. My passion is and has always been to inspire people through good music. We are blessed at Kavanaugh UMC with a congregation that loves music and a commitment to support all of our musical activities.


Contact Randy if you:

-want to sing in the chancel choir or play in the handbell choir

-would like to volunteer to prepare a Wednesday meal for the Celebration Singers

(the children’s choir grades 1st-5th)

-want to grab a diet coke and talk about music in our church, community and at A&M-Commerce



you’ll find randy teaching undergraduate conducting, conducting the University Chorale and Chambers Singers and directing the Vocal Division at A&M-Commerce or at church planning anthems and worship music or rehearsing and having a meal with the Celebration Singers.


When randy is not at church or A&M-Commerce, he is renovating his family’s mid-century ranch home or their latest investment property, enjoying a little time with his wife Elaine and daughters Abigale and Claire or occasionally, in the summer, floating in the pool reading a book. 



Patrick Just


Kavanaugh became his church home in 1987, when the choir director at that time asked him to join the choir.  Since that time, he has served in several different positions in the church.  He was the Youth Director for about 8 years, was the Young Adult Director for 2 years, and has been the Bell Choir Director for the last 10 years.  In 2001, he and his wife Catherine were married in the beautiful sanctuary; and both of their children, Gregory and Nicholas, were baptized here as well.

Contact Pat if you:

-want information how to join the bell choir (or any part of the music program at KUMC)

-are interested in learning to play handbells

-would like to know when the handbells will be a part of the worship service

-want to play racquetball


You'll find Pat working as the Director of Student and Family Services in Rockwall ISD.  Pat and Catherine enjoy watching the boys play soccer, baseball, football and a myriad of other things that 10 and 12 year olds can find to do.  On the rare occasion that nothing is going on, you'll find the Just's at home and hanging out with their 3 dogs and 9 cats.   



John F. Kay


 The Bishop sent me to the people of Greenville in July, 2016.  My passion is to help this part of the Body of Christ reimagine our place in this friendly city.  I’m enthusiastic about the opportunities that we have to share the heart of Christ from the heart of Greenville.

Contact John if you:

-need someone to listen and pray

-are interested in transforming downtown Greenville

-are curious about exploring your faith in a postmodern world

-want to become a member of our congregation

-want to explore how you'd like to serve

-want to learn how virtual reality could serve as a communication technology of The United Methodist faith

-want to talk about Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys


You’ll find John preparing for one of his four adult Bible studies, the confirmation class of youth, or his one adult Sunday School class. You could find him as he makes pastoral care calls, writes his sermons, designs worship services, updates this website and social media, and does the desktop publishing of Kavanaugh’s Circuit Rider monthly newsletter.  You could locate him as he leads the church in the Healthy Church Initiative in order to discover how to best reach out to our neighbors.  You might find him as he works with other leaders of “For the City,” which is a week of mission projects in June when more than 20 Greenville churches will serve others right here.  If you look fast, you might see him as he drives their teen-ager Jonathan in John’s red “hot hatch” every school day to campus. You could find him wondering if his dissertation committee at U.T.D. will accept the latest version of his dissertation about virtual reality and the faith of The United Methodist Church.  He and his wife Nicole enjoy watching Designated Survivor and reruns of various police dramas, such as Blue Bloods, especially when the Reagans pray before eating their Sunday dinner.


Kathy Logan



i came to kavanaugh umc with the desire to share my passion of praising the Lord through music while helping

lead and enhance the congregation’s corporate praise and worship.


Contact Kathy if you:

--want to sit and “gab”, especially while drinking a cup of hot chocolate

--need a person who is a stephen minister to “listen” to you

--need a professional accompanist or keyboard suggestions for those very special

and heartfelt times in your life, i.e., weddings, funerals, etc.



you’ll find kathy working as the receptionist/administrative support in the administration offices of commerce independent school district; “after work” teaching texas a&m university-commerce organ students

the art of playing hymns and worship music; rehearsing with the kavanaugh umc choir;

driving to wylie, texas to give piano lessons to at least seven of her thirteen grandchildren;

being a professional accompanist at the university and/or the public school(s);

or playing piano, organ, harpsichord, or keyboard in other venues as she has opportunity


when kathy’s not at church, working fulltime, or teaching, she enjoys swimming, walking, needlework and quilting, reading, watching all seasons and episodes of older specially-chosen tv programs, and spending time with friends.  but she really sparkles when spending time with her children and grandchildren



Laura Roberts


Her family moved to Greenville in 1977 when she was in 4th grade. Kavanaugh became her church home not long after they arrived in Greenville, and she has been a member ever since then. Kavanaugh holds many fond memories for her as a young child and youth….ski trips, Bible school, Sunday School, Confirmation Class, Youth Handbell Choir, weekly U.M.Y.F. meals and Bible studies. As an adult she was married here, had funeral services for both of her parents, and continues to grow her faith in God’s word.  She writes, “Kavanaugh is HOME for me!”

Contact Laura if you:

--want to know more about Kavanaugh Nursery care needs

--if you need a listening ear or a good laugh to cheer you up

--are in need of a hug or an extra prayer


You will find Laura at Carver Elementary teaching 2nd grade.  With a heart for service to others, this 25-year career Elementary teacher keeps a smiling, positive outlook no matter what the situation.  She loves the children she spoils weekly in the nursery program.  In addition to being a classroom teacher, Laura also holds a Masters in School Counseling and is a certified Texas School Counselor with a willingness to listen to others and show them true compassion.  Laura loves spending time with her nephew Connor and watching him participate in many sports and school activities.  She has a diehard love for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs!!!!!