Rev. Kate Walker

Senior Pastor

Pastor Kate joined Deer Park UMC in July of 2017.  Originally from Louisana, Kate moved to Texas in 2010 to take a job as a Youth Pastor.  She was ordained in 2016 and comes to DPUMC from Chapelwood UMC in Lake Jackson.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, games, and is learning to crochet.  Kate and her husband, Patrick Williams, married in 2011.

Rev. Lauren Kruse

Associate Pastor

Lauren joined Deer Park UMC as Associate Pastor in July of 2020.  Before that she was a student and worked for the church part time as an Administrative Assistant since 2018.

Joel Coulter

Director of Family Ministries

Joel joined our church staff in 2018. 

Barry Talley

Director of Music Ministries

Barry has been the Director of Music at DPUMC since 1982. He is also the Executive Director of Fine Arts for Deer Park Independent School District and has been the Choral Director at Deer Park High School since 1981. Barry is recognized as a choral composer and arranger with arrangements and composition published by Alliance Music and the Hal Leonard Corporation. Barry was one of the authors for a choral textbook entitled Experiencing Choral Music, which is currently being used in schools throughout the country. Barry is married to Debbie, and they have two sons – Scott and Tyler.

Kay Coburn

Director - Methodist Weekday School

Kay started the Mother’s Day Out program for the church in 1981. The program has since grown, and Kay has transitioned to be the full-time director of the Methodist Weekday School. She is married to Shane, and they have two adult children – Chris and Trisha. They also have four grandchildren.

Kim Kouba

Director of CrossOver After School Program

Kim Kouba serves as the director of the CrossOver After School Program.  She earned her BS in Elementary Education with Specializations in Reading and Kindergarten from Stephen F Austin State University. She has spent over 20 years teaching students in kindergarten through 6th grade. When the director’s position came open, she jumped at the opportunity to continue working with children in this capacity.

Tracy Womack

Director of Communications​

Tracy has been with Deer Park UMC since 2012.

Craig Jacobs

Business Manager


Craig is an accountant and a graduate of the University of Houston.  He has an extensive background in accounting, payroll, and human resources.  He has also owned several small businesses, one of which was in the landscaping industry for more than 30 years.  He is passionate about plants, trees, shrubs, and all things landscaping, especially design and growing his own vegetables aeroponically (without soil).  He is not a resident of Deer Park, but absolutely loves the small town feel he gets here!