Rev. Dan Harrington, Lead Pastor
Rev. Dan Harrington came to Colonial Hills UMC in the summer of 2021 after serving 4 1/2 years as the senior pastor at Gruene UMC. Pastor Dan has been in ministry since 2005, when he served as youth director at FUMC in Sequin while attending Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Since his ordination, he has served at UMCs in Buda, Manchaca, San Saba, and in San Antonio at Northern Hills.
Dan’s path to ministry goes like this: He grew up in Winston Salem, North Carolina, graduated from Appalachian State University in 1997 and then “chased the dream of being a singer- songwriter all the way to Austin, Texas.” In the spring of 2005, a musician friend sponsored Dan on a Walk to Emmaus retreat. Although Dan had grown up in the church and watched his grandfather serve as a UM pastor, “the retreat really rekindled a fire in my heart and reconnected me to my roots,” he said. “I found myself by a river praying, ‘Here I am Lord! What do you want me to do?” Within a few weeks, he was offered the chance to serve as Director of Youth Ministries at FUMC in Seguin. He was about to start the job when he met his future wife, Maria, at a coffee shop in San Marcos. That fall he entered seminary and married Maria in January 2007.
Pastor Dan and Maria, are raising three children: Lyla, Jonah and Jesse (and not to be forgotten, their Maltipoo, Ringo).
Rev. Germaine Mathis, Associate Pastor
Rev. Germaine Mathis is a New Orleans native; the third daughter of Ethel and the late Maxwell Tropez; a sister of twins; a mother of two adult children, Lanston and Alaina; and the wife of Lawrence Mathis. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University in New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Germaine worked thirty years as a Registered Nurse, predominantly in home care, starting as a field nurse and then promoted to Nurse Supervisor, progressing to Director of Performance Improvement.
Rev. Mathis began Seminary while still employed as Director of the Home Health Agency. She graduated from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, with honors and a Master of Divinity. Following commissioning in the Louisiana Annual Conference, Germaine was appointed to her home church, Cornerstone United Methodist in New Orleans.
Germaine and her husband, Lawrence, traveled to San Antonio because of the mandatory evacuation due to Hurricane Katrina. She was then appointed to extension ministries at Windcrest United Methodist Church, subsequently serving there with 4 other pastors for 3 years. In 2009, Germaine was appointed to Ernest T. Dixon United Methodist Church, from where she retired 9 years later in December of 2017.
Rev. Germaine states, “God is doing a new thing in my life and has opened the doors of Colonial Hills UMC and I am boldly walking in. It will be my honor to be in ministry with Pastor Polly, the staff and members of CHUMC.” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Evans, Director of Music and Worship
A Central Florida native, Matt began the study of guitar shortly after his fifth birthday and performed his first solo concert at the age of ten. A Stetson University alumni, Matt completed his bachelor's degree under the tutelage of internationally respected guitarist Dr. Stephen Robinson. Matt has had the honor of studying with Cuba's Manuel Barrueco, William Kanengiser of the grammy winning LAGQ, and GFA winner Johannes Möller. As a pedagogue, Matt began teaching professionally at the age of sixteen as the youngest teacher ever serving on the faculty at Stetson University’s Community School of the Arts. A COLFA award winner for his research in music pedagogy, Matt recently completed his Master's of Music at the University of Texas at San Antonio under the direction of Dr. Matthew Dunne. Mr. Evans currently serves as the as the Director of Music at Colonial Hills United Methodist Church in San Antonio, Tx. as well as theExecutive Director of the Hill Country Youth Orchestra in Kerrville, Tx. Email: email@example.com
Marcia Hildebrand, Director of Family Ministries
Marcia has been a member of Colonial Hills United Methodist Church since 1991 and part of the ministry staff since 2005. She met her husband, Jarold, in a Sunday school class. They were married here in our church and now have three adult daughters. Marcia’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, and she was commissioned a Parish Christian Educator by the Southwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2008. She enjoys jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles, collects Fontanini nativity, and likes to play fantasy football. She likes trying new things, and she has a blog at msmarcia.com. But little else matters to her as much as helping children know God. She wants children to discover the joy of worship, to experience the love of a church family, and to hold in their hearts the truths that God loves them, God listens to them, and God will always be with them.
Isabella Lopez, Director of Youth Ministries
Isabella has loved youth ministry since the moment she began participating during her teen years. When she was 15, she attended a Mid-Winter Youth Retreat at Mt. Wesley and felt God calling her to make youth ministry a part of her life's work. She is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry through Grand Canyon University. When asked about her new opportunity to serve as Youth Director for CHUMC, Isabella responded by saying: "I am looking forward to expanding the relationships I have created with the students over the past few years, as well as creating new relationships with future youth and adult leaders. I am excited to find creative ways to continue offering fun and safe youth zoom hangouts and more during this crazy pandemic time - and I am awaiting the day we can come together and be in fellowship with each other in person!"
Chris Stowe, Church Administrator
Chris and her husband, John, met when they were in high school band together. They raised three boys: Matt (married to Heather), and Mike, living in Okla. City, and Christopher, currently attending UTSA. Chris was employed as a substitute teacher in all grades levels for various public school districts in Texas and Okla. while raising her boys. She has previous experience working at First UMC in Sinton, TX and also at East Sedalia Baptist Church in Sedalia, MO, in office management and publications as well as the financial and bookkeeping areas. Her most recent employment was as an office manager for an engineering company and the Jim Wells County surveyor's office, working on legal descriptions, bookkeeping, and working with the county commissioners on road paving projects. Her dream job is working for a church, and she is very thankful and happy to be a part of the CHUMC family!
Gus Lopez, Facilities Coordinator
Gus Lopez was born and raised in San Antonio. He and his wife Irene have been married for over twenty years, and are parents to their beautiful daughter, Isabella. Gus has been an active member of Colonial Hills UMC for over 15 years, volunteering with various committees such as the Youth Council, the Outreach team, Board of Trustees, and in the AV booth on Sunday mornings. Professionally, Gus has worn many hats including computer operations with Frost Bank, data entry and analysis with SWRI on Johnston Island, and as an AVP with Wells Fargo. For the last 7 years, Gus has run two successful companies: a carpet and air duct cleaning franchise, and an independent dryer vent cleaning service. With all this experience, especially serving and leading the Board of Trustees, the natural progression has led Gus to take on the role of Facilities Coordinator for Colonial Hills UMC, a blessing for which he is grateful. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lou Grubbs, Receptionist
Joining the CHUMC staff as the Receptionist is a wonderful job for me. I am a native Texan born in San Antonio. I have an Associate’s Degree in Computer Programming from San Antonio College. I retired after working in a Civil Service career for thirty three years in the computer field. My main stations of work was 2 years part time at Brooks AFB, 26 years at Kelly AFB, San Antonio, Texas and 6 years at Scott AFB in Belleville IL. I have a great love for dogs and rescued from shelters two Chihuahuas Lilly (9) and Dottie (4). My brothers’ family has Sunday lunches every week, and I spend time with my nephew on Thursday evenings. I run the Monday night games on the first Monday of the month for CHUMC. Come by the office and say Hello. Email: Lou@chumc.org
Mitzi Kelly, Church & CDC Bookkeeper
Mitzi joined the CHUMC family in 2015 and is a contract bookkeeper for several different establishments, after having been in the financial field for most of her working career. Mitzi is also the author of the Silver Sleuths mystery series which was released in June of 2010, and her newest book series, Texas Grit, debuted with "Hammer, Nails, and Happily Ever After" in July 2020. Email: email@example.com