Staff

Pastor Kyland Dobbins

Pastor Kyland Dobbins

About Kyland

Kyland is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from the magnet program at O. D. Wyatt High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Prairie View A&M University (Panther Pride!). Prior to entering the ministry, Kyland gained experience in various areas such as science (microbiology), education, counseling and entrepreneurship. He has been an active volunteer in various local churches for most of his life, which had much to do with his discernment to pursue ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church.

During the last several years Kyland has served as minister to Young Adults, and director of Pastoral Care at McMillan UMC; appointed as Student Local Pastor at Dennis Chapel UMC in Groesbeck, TX; appointed as Associate Pastor at Meadowbrook UMC; and currently appointed as the Coordinator for Mission Experience with the Central Texas Conference Service Center. He is a graduate of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, with a Master of Divinity degree and concentrations in Urban Ministry and African-American Church Studies. He is the recipient of two awards: the Karis Stahl Fadely Award given for exhibiting a commitment to Jesus Christ and the mission of the church, responsibility and good management of time; and the Robert Weatherford Prize for Preaching, given for excellence in preaching based on content, form, and delivery.

Within the Central Texas Conference of the UMC, Kyland has served on the Campus Ministry Taskforce and the Centennial Celebration Steering Committee. Within the community, Kyland has served on the Site Based Decision Committees (SBDC) for Meadowbrook Elementary and East Fort Worth Montessori Academy, as well as on the 2015 Vision/Strategic Planning Team for Tarrant County College District. He is also active with Tarrant Area Community of Churches and Allied Communities of Tarrant County. Kyland is also a member of the NAACP and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Kyland is the proud parent of three daughters, Mlé, Milan and Laila. (editors note: if you are ever facing downtown Fort Worth and suddenly see a dazzling beam of light, that would be the light emanating from the smile on Kyland’s face whenever he speaks of his children.)

Kyland loves people. In fact he believes that people are the best resource for life, while God is the Source of life. To no surprise his favorite biblical scriptures are Matthew 22:36-40 and Luke 4:18-19. If you are ever blessed with the opportunity to share the same space as Kyland, be sure to grab the chance to get to know him better…you’ll be glad you did and most likely find yourself suddenly more eager to get about the business of living a more missional experience of God’s love.

Full Name
 Kyland Dobbins

Position/Title at SSUMC
Senior Pastor

What is your favorite scripture verse?
Matthew 22:34-40

What keeps you working and worshiping at St. Stephen UMC?
Umm...do I really need to answer this one?

One thing you like most about St. Stephen UMC.
The people and their willingness to accept all people.

What is your favorite aspect of ministry?
Pastoring and getting to know the people.

Who are some of your heros?
 My parents, Nehemiah (from the Bible), Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., X-Men/Women 

How did you and your spouse meet? 
At Footaction in the Parks Mall in Arlington, TX. She was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen and couldn't let her leave without approaching her.

Tell us about your children and grandchildren.
I have 3 princesses who I lift up onto my shoulder nearly every night after they have bathed and I sing: Here comes the princess! Then I throw them high into the air and catch them before their feet touch the ground. It's the best thing ever...for them and me!

And my girls, Ananda (7), Milan (5), and Laila (2) are my inspirations and motivations!

Worst job you've ever held? Why?
Envelope stuffer. Two words will describe why--paper cuts!

Any favorite movies or books?
 Favorite book: " A Wrinkle In Time" by Madeline L'Engle
Favorite movie: The Matrix Trilogy; The Bourne Identity Trilogy; Ocean's Eleven Trilogy...I like trilogies for some reason. Maybe it's because I'm a Trinitarian (get it?)

What is your educational history? 
*B.S. in Biology/Chemistry - Prairie View A&M University
*30 hours of Teacher Certification Coursework - Univ. North Texas and Texas Wesleyan Univ
*M. Div. (double concentrations in Urban Church & African American Church Studies) - Perkins
School of Theology at SMU
*Doctorate of Ministry is in sight - Wesley Theological Seminary in Wash., D.C.

Are you a good student? Why or why not?
Yes. Because my mom told me so and I made the Dean's List at least once...haha!

What kind of music/media do you have on your iPod?
Jazz, Rap/Hip Hop, Taize music, Alternative, Gospel, Contemporary Gospel, New Age, R&B/Soul, and Electronic (Sorry, no Country yet!)

Other media: sermons by favorite preachers, speeches by great people, and TED Talk lectures

What is your favorite TV show as a child?
The Cosby Show
The Dukes of Hazard

Have you ever had an embarrassing moment? Please share!
Yes, every Sunday! I get embarrassed because I mess up all the time. I don't get hung up on it anymore because I know God specializes in cleaning up my mess ups. Thank you, Lord!

One thing that I am not sure I want anyone to know.....
 Ummm...well...wouldn't you like to know...haha!

Office Administrator Susan Hoar

Office Administrator Susan Hoar

About Susan

Susan is our always-smiling, always-happy Office Administrator at St. Stephen.  When you call or come by the church, she will probably be the first person you talk with.  Susan is married with three beautiful children.

 

Children's Ministry Director Ruby Westbrook

Children's Ministry Director Ruby Westbrook

About Ruby

Full Name 
Ruby Westrbook

Position Title at SSUMC
Children's Ministry Director

What is your favorite scripture verse?
"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1" .

What keeps you working and worshiping at St. Stephen UMC?
One specific aspect that drew my attention at St. Stephen UMC was the continuous welcome the congregation gives. You are always greeted and leave with a feeling of belonging.

One thing you like most about St. Stephen UMC.
I really enjoy the fellowship opportunities that St. Stephen has.

What areas do you cover as a part of the staff at St. Stephen UMC?
I am the Children's Ministry Director for St. Stephen UMC.

What exactly do you do at St. Stephen UMC?
I oversee the children's ministry, while equipping the people of St. Stephen with ways to be involved, growing their spiritual devotion to God. My goal is to know God and make Him known by leading, teaching and guiding the children and parents at St. Stephen UMC to be devoted followers of God.

What is your favorite aspect of ministry?
Watching people grow in their spiritual faith is a blessing to be a part of. It is one of the most rewarding aspects of ministry.

When did you know you wanted to serve God by going into ministry?
I truly believe we are ALL working in God's ministry in some way or fashion. I've been called to church ministry and it has been most apparent in children's ministry. When I started volunteering in children's ministry 15 years ago I was made aware of my spiritual gifts of leading and teaching but most importantly I was made aware that I have a passion for equipping and helping others do the same.

Tell us a little about your family.
We are a little family with a BIG range. Brandon and I were brought together 10 years ago and have seen the works of God in our lives in ways we can barely explain. Brandon has accompanied me in the upbringing of my two children Jade and Jonas. In 2009, the LORD blessed us with hearts to be solely dedicated to HIM, marriage, a new home and our very own daughter, Hazel. It is amazing to look into our pasts and see how God has harmonized us, all completely different, to a close family that leans on each other.

Any spiritual gifts we should know about?
It is a blessing to recognize my gifts. It took quite a bit of praying, patience and learning to even understand what some of my gifts meant. As I keep growing, so do my gifts. My spiritual gifts are administration, giving, mercy/compassion, faith, discernment, pastoring, servant leadership, craftsmanship/artisan, and encouragement.

Tell us about your children and grandchildren?
Jade is my oldest and at 19, I guess technically not a youngin' any longer. Jonas is my only son; he is a 14 year old freshman. And Hazel is our "baby." She is 5 years old; or as she would say, 5 and a half years old.

What’s your quirkiest characteristic?
Boldness and a "wild child".

Are you a good student? Why or why not?
I am a good student, I wouldn't have it any other way. I LOVE learning and can't wait to have time to get some college under my belt.

What kind of music/media do you have on your iPod?
What's an iPod? Zero; I enjoy music but do not have time to enjoy listening to music.

Who's your favorite Biblical character?
Paul, he has such an incredible story. He is definitely someone I look up to.

What’s your favorite toy? Why?
Dolls! I have dolls, buy dolls, collect dolls, adore dolls and cannot wait to one day make dolls!

One thing I’m not sure that I want anyone to know is...
I've come a LONG way...and still have a LONG way to go.

Youth Directors James and Rachel Deines

Youth Directors James and Rachel Deines

About James and Rachel

Full Name
James and Rachel Deines (Husband and Wife Team)

Position Title at SSUMC
Youth Directors

What is your favorite scripture verse?
"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4"

What keeps you working and worshiping at St. Stephen UMC?
Rachel has been a member of SSUMC since she her Grandfather started bringing her at age 7. Rachel started bringing James along and a couple of years ago James became a member. This is our home and our family.

One thing you like most about St. Stephen UMC.
The friendliness and helpfulness of the congregation

What exactly do you do at St. Stephen UMC?
We are the youth directors for grades 6-12. We teach Sunday School and Youth on Sunday nights. .

What is your favorite aspect of ministry?
Teaching our future leaders the word of God.

When did you know you wanted to serve God by going into ministry?
I truly believe we are ALL working in God's ministry in some way or fashion. I've been called to church ministry and it has been most apparent in children's ministry. When I started volunteering in children's ministry 15 years ago I was made aware of my spiritual gifts of leading and teaching but most importantly I was made aware that I have a passion for equipping and helping others do the same.

Tell us a little about your family.
James had a very hard childhood. He has always had a passion to help youth find their way. When the position opened, he looked at his wife and said, God is calling me to this ministry.

Any spiritual gifts we should know about?
It is a blessing to recognize my gifts. It took quite a bit of praying, patience and learning to even understand what some of my gifts meant. As I keep growing, so do my gifts. My spiritual gifts are administration, giving, mercy/compassion, faith, discernment, pastoring, servant leadership, craftsmanship/artisan, and encouragement.

Tell us a little about your family
We are the proud parents to our daughter Haley, son Jameson, and our heavenly son Liam.

How did you two meet?
We met while working at Arlington Memorial hospital.

Organist Marjorie Pike

Organist Marjorie Pike

About Marjorie

Full Name
Marjorie Pike

Position Title at SSUMC
Organist

What is your favorite scripture verse?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
(I am a Whosoever)

What keeps you working and worshiping at St. Stephen UMC?
SSUMC is my family.

One thing you like most about St. Stephen UMC.
Friendly and caring. The choir and the Pastor.

What exactly do you do at St. Stephen UMC?
I play the organ for morning worship. I sing with the children in Sunday School and I work with the Little Youth.

What is your favorite aspect of ministry?
Children and Music

When did you know you wanted to serve God by going into ministry?
Years ago as a teenager.

Tell us a little about your family.
Raised in a Christian home. I spent all of my school years in Grand Prairie. I got married in 1958 and have four precious children as well as 8 delightful grandchildren and 5 adorable great grandchildren. Sad to say that I'm a widow. I worked in Special Ed for AISD for over 30 years.

Who are some of your heroes?
Jesus
Charles Cox
Clifton Howard
My Husband

Any spiritual gifts we should know about?
Mercy

What was your nickname growing up?
Marj or Margie

How did you and your spouse meet?
We met in church! In the College and Career Sunday School Class.

Tell us about your children and grandchildren.
Denise is my first born. She plans to relocate to California soon. She gave me two grandchildren, Michael and Nikki. Larry (J.L.) who lives in Saginaw has two children by his first wife, , Christina and Jimmy Pike who are 1/2 Japanese. He then married Jamie who had a daughter Kailey Adams and then they gave me my sweet Chelsea. (He works for American Airlines). My 3rd child, Ronny, lives in Houston and he gave me Brendan and Danielle. (He works for United). Brad is my youngest. He and his wife have two dogs and two cats. They live in S. Arlington. Brad works for the government. I also have 5 great-grandchildren: Laila and Mila live in California and Dakota (7), Avery (2 1/2), and Addalynn (10 1/2 mos.) live with me at the moment.

What’s your quirkiest characteristic?
I may be obsessive about the color purple.- Some have called me 'psychotic'

Any favorite movies or books?
A Man Called Peter
Terms of Endearment

Are there any pets in your household?
I have the cutest little dog. She is a ʺChorkieʺ and her name is Kiki. She's 4 1/2 years old and jealous of the baby!

What is your favorite TV show as a child?
I liked a variety of shows. I was 14 before we got a tv. I enjoyed Liberace

Have you ever had an embarrassing moment? Please share!
I can't share this one...

What’s your favorite toy? Why?
As a child- my baby dolls.
As a teenager- my baby brother.
As an 'old(er)' woman- my cell phone.

So, what gets on your nerves?
People who brag. High pitched squealing of children.

You have a unique hobby. What is it?
I collect owls (not live ones).

One thing I’m not sure that I want anyone to know is...
I owned a '79 TransAm Firebird. It was red and I raced it as a teenager. It was in the early 80's. I won!