Staff & Leaders

Welcome to Prosper United Methodist Church. Our Leadership and Staff have a heart for ministry and fellowship which beats throughout our outreach programs, discipleship opportunities, and regular church-wide activities. The staff works through these programs to strengthen our relationship with Jesus Christ, and also with each other. We celebrate a rich church history while embracing change and growth along with our thriving community.

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Jason McConnell

SENIOR PASTOR

Pastor Jason is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and has served Prosper UMC since 2013. His experience in ministry has spanned 12 years (10 of those as a pastor) and includes leading both large and small churches, as well as starting up new church communities and fostering their developments. Prior to ministry, Pastor Jason had a career in business consulting but finally answered the call on his life to full-time ministry and stepped away in 2004.

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Andy Nelms

ASSOCIATE PASTOR

Andy has a passion for helping all people understand the great love of God through Jesus Christ. In his nearly 10 years of ministry experience, 9 of those years as a pastor, he has seen this passion come to reality.

He has served in various capacities at churches of different sizes. Before coming to Prosper UMC, Andy served on staff at Acts 2 United Methodist Church, a rapidly growing church planted 20 years ago that now worships around 600 each weekend.

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Joel Eichler

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT MINISTRIES

Joel Eichler Joel was born in Dallas, Texas, but has spent most of his life in the greater Houston area. He was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church and has been involved in the life of a United Methodist church his whole life. Joel got his start in professional youth ministry in 2012, but has been involved with youth ministry as a volunteer since 2008.

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Bree Bakke

DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES

Bree has 10 years of teaching experience and is certified in early childhood through 8th grade. Before coming to Prosper UMC, she was an active volunteer in the children’s ministry serving on a Children’s Team, as a Sunday school teacher, co-director of VBC, and coordinator of Mission Kids. Bree was brought to children’s ministry through her lifelong passion for teaching and a desire to share God’s love with children.

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Kathryn Zetterstrom

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRIES

Kathryn is a native Texan and life-long Methodist. She was born and raised in Big Spring, Texas and attended Texas Tech University where she received both her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education as well as her Master’s degree in Music Performance-Conducting. She taught high school and middle school choir in Lubbock ISD as well as serving for fourteen years as the Director of Music Ministries at St. John’s United Methodist Church.

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Melanie Stewart

DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN’S MUSIC

Melanie was raised in Fayette, Alabama and was involved in church music from a very young age. Melanie earned her Bachelor’s of Music degree in French Horn performance from the University of Alabama and her Master’s in Music Education from Texas Tech University. She has served in both Children’s Ministry and Children’s Music Ministry in churches in Texas and Alabama.

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Marissa Battle

MODERN WORSHIIP LEADER

Marissa graduated from Trinity University in 2018 with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Religion, and is now working in Exhibit Design and Research at Billings Productions. She has been involved with music at First United Methodist Church of Allen for seven years before becoming involved with various worship groups for the past four years in San Antonio.

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Leonard Hayes

ACCOMPIANIST

Pianist Leonard Hayes is pleased to join Prosper United Methodist Church as the church accompanist. Leonard has years of church experience including six years at the Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Appleton, WI among others. Currently, Leonard is the Head of Classical Piano Studies at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX.

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Sharon Boswell

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Sharon Boswell joined Prosper UMC in May 2016 as the Office Administrator. She is married to Evan Boswell and has two sons, Kevin and Tim. She is a graduate of the University of Texas in San Antonio. She worked in Retail Management for 11 years with JCPenney before taking time to stay home to raise her children.

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Misty Standifer

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Misty Standifer joined Propser UMC in January 2018 as an Executive Assistant. She and her husband Jesse have two sons, Alex and Josiah. Originally from Louisiana, she and her family moved to Texas in 2013, settling down in Celina in 2016. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Accounting.

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Antonia Howard

FINANCE MANAGER

Antonia Howard, a woman of faith, relocated her three beautiful children, Antonisha, Tasia, and Ta’Jon from Modesto, CA, to Frisco, TX. She joined the church staff as the Finance Manager in September 2012.

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Sheri Hay

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY ASSISTANT

Sheri Hay grew up in Midland, Texas and is a graduate from Texas Tech University. She is certified in Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood and has 20 years of teaching experience in Pre-K and Kindergarten.

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Mia Gutierrez-Woods

PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Mia Gutierrez-Woods became the director of Prosper United Methodist Preschool (PUMP) in August of 2012. She manages the daily operations of the preschool and is committed to seeing PUMP grow with Prosper UMC.

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Luis Rodriguez

CUSTODIAN

Luis joined the staff at the beginning of 2018 and has brought amazing improvements. Six days a week, he is on the campus cleaning, sprucing, preparing the campus for another day of ministry and work.

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