mitchell boone | pastor
i was first appointed to white rock umc july of 2012 as an associate pastor. i became the pastor july of 2014. my passion is to help our church reimagine its place within one of the coolest areas of dallas. i am excited about the incredible opportunity our church has to reconnect to our community by living out the gospel.
contact mitchell if you:
-want to grab coffee and talk
-are interested in transforming east dallas
-are curious about exploring your faith in a modern world
-are in need of prayer and conversation
-want to become a member of our congregation
day-to-day: you'll find mitchell working on his sermons, making pastoral care calls, learning to balance tradition with the future, and trying to figure out how to reboot the church's network so he can print.
mitchell spends time searching for the next breaking bad tv series with his wife, eli vanoort. he loves cooking, listening to his vinyls, walking his dog, and trying to convince everyone that he is not a hipster.
rebecca garrett pace | director of worship
i came to white rock umc because i’m excited about learning and teaching, about weaving music and arts into sunday worship, and about living beyond the walls of the church in the broader community.
contact rebecca if you:
-want to get involved in the music and worship life of the church
(like joining choirs, playing an instrument, or assisting with visual arts ministries)
-have ideas for musical or artistic ways to engage with the neighborhood
-want to grab lunch or tea and talk
day-to-day: you'll find rebecca designing and enlivening weekly worship services; leading chancel choir, folk band, and children’s worship arts; sorting through closets of candles, fabric, and hymnals; and sending way too many emails.
when rebecca’s not at church, she spends time with her husband, jeff, and her two step-children; she also learns new instruments (currently: ukulele) and watches star trek. she likes the color orange, drumming, biking, and reading madeleine l’engle books.
neil moseley | director of community engagement
i came to white rock umc to experiment with new ways of doing church. i wanted to try and reconnect a church with its neighbors, to see if an old church building could discover new life by really being open to the needs of its neighborhood.
contact neil if you:
-want to take a tour of the wrumc spaces
-are looking for volunteer opportunities
-are interested in bringing your programs to the neighborhood @ white rock umc
-are a teacher @ alex sanger elementary & need supplies
day-to-day: you'll find neil meeting with folks in the neighborhood to figure out how the church can be of service. he moves lots of tables & chairs, and is always cleaning out closets & cupboards. he loves to teach, especially on the old testament.
neil spends most of his time with his wife, rev. elizabeth moseley, & their three kiddos, nathaniel, evangeline, and josephine. neil likes to hike, bike, and collect old baseball cards & 1st edition books.
kam de leon | director of operations
i came to white rock umc after 14 years of classroom teaching to redirect my time and talents toward building community and strengthening neighborhood relationships. i am inspired by the work this quirky east dallas church is doing and am proud to be part of this staff and congregation.
contact kam if you:
-need to book a space at white rock umc (including wedding inquiries)
-would like to promote a community event to the area
-have questions about neighborhood schools, organizations, or ways to be involved here at white rock umc
day-to-day: you'll find kam juggling her work here at church, her teaching courses, and her archives internship at smu; scheduling the building; and utilizing her library degree to organize the office and tame the chaos that comes with a busy community.
when she's not at work, kam spends much of her time with her wife and two boys and volunteering in casa linda and alex sanger elementary. she loves sewing, baking, gardening, and tending to her chickens, bunnies, cats, and dogs.
becky stillwell | director of children's ministries
my goals at white rock umc are to let our children know that God loves them and to show them ways to love and serve others. i love seeing how they grow and learn about God's love for them and for the whole world!
contact becky if:
-you have a child that would like to be more involved with children's programs
-you would like to volunteer your time or gifts for vbs, fall festival, easter egg hunt, etc.
day to day: becky spends most days planning for weekly children's activities, and creating amazing opportunities out of the simplest of supplies.
becky and her husband ron have three grown children, one son-in-law, and two grandsons. she loves spending time with her grandsons; they keep her motivated to continue to provide quality programming for the children at white rock umc and the community.
jason redick | interim director of youth ministry
i am serving as the interim director of youth ministry because i have always enjoyed journeying with young people to learn about and grow closer to God. i am most passionate about helping young people find a faith that is meaningful, relevant, and can stand whatever trials and tribulations they may currently be facing or may face in the near future.
contact jason if you:
-want to engage and support our youth program (with presence or dollars)
-would like to provide a snack supper for sunday night youth programming
-would like to show off your favorite east dallas dining spot
day-to-day: jason works for TCADP (texas coalition to abolish the death penalty) and seeks justice and hope for some of the community's most forgotten. around white rock umc, he works to create and imagine new ways to teach and connect with youth, finds strategic opportunities to help white rock umc become an intergenerational church, and tries to stay up-to-date with the latest fads of young people.
jason loves the texas rangers (and tries to watch every game), roasting and brewing his own craft coffee, starting a vinyl collection (especially funk and soul music), and spending time with his large family of 4 brothers and 2 sisters.
faron vassen | accompanist
i came to white rock umc because i want to enhance the meaningfulness of worship through the art of music, and i want to get to know the community of east dallas.
contact faron if you:
-also own a dachshund
-want to talk about opera
-are seeking music education outside of white rock umc
-have questions about something he played in worship
day-to-day: you'll find faron teaching piano both privately and at smu, accompanying various ensembles and operas, and responding to rebecca's many emails and texts.
faron plays piano and organ and is the owner of a fantastic dachshund named ethel.
he spends his free time doing photography and cooking.
stephanie staton | perkins intern
i came to white rock umc excited to learn about the community and to witness to the goodness of God in the world. i am passionate about advocating for the voiceless and working toward reconciliation, especially in the areas of refugees and immigration. i am excited about the opportunity to be a part of the creative work white rock umc is up to in east dallas.
contact stephanie if you:
-want to grab coffee and talk
-need prayer or someone to listen
-have a great book recommendation
-want to talk about human rights and refugees
day-to-day: you'll find stephanie asking questions, working with the missional wisdom foundation & wrumc, building relationships, and learning about the rhythms and needs of east dallas.
stephanie spends her time singing with her husband conrad, playing at parks with their dogs, traveling, reading in coffee shops, learning arabic, doing krav maga, and mentoring a refugee family.