Ministry and Administrative Staff

Bodie Gilbert, Director of Worship and Music Ministries

Bodie’s passion for connecting people of all ages and backgrounds in the experience of worship most clearly defines his ministry to our congregation. With a love for all styles of Christian music, worship services and music ministry events are always crafted with tasteful stylistic diversity, theological understanding, and cultural relevance.  Bodie also serves as President of Houston Chapter of the Choristers Guild and is a frequent artist with the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble, Conspirare.  Besides his work in church music and ministry, Bodie’s interests include enjoying beaches, hiking, snow skiing, and spending quality time with friends and family.  Bodie holds the Bachelor of Music in Church Music and Master of Music in Church Music degrees from Baylor University and the Master of Divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

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E-mail: bgilbert@firstfulshear.org

Rick Chern, Media Director

Rick leads our church’s media and technology ministries as a part-time volunteer. Through the week, Citgo Petroleum Company’s systems are kept sharp with Rick as one of their most valued lead managers. On the weekends, he enjoys his bonding time with his son Jacob, who regularly participates in Special Olympics events. Rick is also known to Houston Chronicle readers in a June 2014 sports article as “side kick” to Jacob who often supports his favorite baseball team by wearing his superman costume to Astros games. From audio to visual, CCB database to systems innovation and maintenance–Rick is our guy and we are truly grateful for his important ministry as he leads our media team.

E-mail: rchern@firstfulshear.org

Amy Messina, Director of Children’s Ministries

Amy Messina holds a B.S. in Education from Liberty University, as well as a Texas teaching certificate (EC-6 Generalist). Early childhood is her passion, and her past work experience reflects this passion. She has over thirteen years of experience working with young children in different capacities, including teaching kindergarten, preschool, early childhood music/fitness, and elementary music. Additionally, she has been a professional nanny/home-school teacher for two different families, including one with special needs. Before teaching and nannying, Amy worked numerous years in a church nursery, as well as in YMCA summer camps. She is a trained musician (piano and voice), and she loves to incorporate music into the general classroom. Amy is well-versed in developmentally-appropriate practices and activities, and her classroom and teaching reflects this knowledge. Furthermore, she is known for her calm, nurturing, musical, and extremely patient personality. She has a natural gift of relating to, teaching, and encouraging young children, and it is her passion. When Amy is away from the church, she enjoys spending time with her loving husband and two young children. Amy is passionate about sharing the love of Christ with children each week and considers it a blessing to be part of such a vital ministry at First United Methodist Church of Fulshear.

E-mail: amessina@firstfulshear.org

Jessica Clack, Director of Youth and Student Ministries

Jessi Clack has been a resident of Fulshear since she was in elementary school and grew up in our church serving in a number of leadership roles. A recent graduate, Jessi holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in French from the University of Texas at Austin. While she loves all aspects of the Church, her particular passion is outreach and service; and she plans to engage the youth in many missions projects.

E-mail: jclack@firstfulshear.org

Janis Hill, Director of Administration

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Our devoted Administrative Assistant, Janis, has been a resident of the Fulshear area for twenty-seven years, attended our church for twenty-six years, and worked for the church for seventeen years. If you want to know something about the church, asking Janis is a pretty good idea. Also, if you want to know something about Elvis Presley, Janis probably has the answer. Not only does Janis love her job at the church, but she enjoys it too! Over the years, she says her job has made her stronger in all aspects of her life and has shown her she can do a lot more than she thought she could.
Janis is blessed with a family of three daughters, two of which are twins and four grandchildren. She, her husband and mother live in Simonton.

E-mail: jhill@firstfulshear.org

Tiffany Gurasco, Ministries Coordinator

Tiffany’s passion lies in the ability to minister to others both locally and around the world.  She finds true happiness in making a difference in the lives of others.  Tiffany serves the congregation as Ministry Coordinator as she leads the Friends of Fulshear food pantry, mission outreach both locally and abroad, and assists with facilitating our church’s Christian education  discipleship ministries.  Tiffany enjoys traveling and scuba diving with her husband Joe and chasing her very active toddler Mathis.

E-mail: tgurasco@firstfulshear.org

Viola Ring, Director of Early Learning Center

Bio coming soon.

Dr. Kingchi Au, Pianist/Organist

Kingchi Au holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of Houston Moores School of Music. At the Moores School of Music, she received a music merit scholarship and was a teaching fellow for undergraduate piano students. Her awards include: the Pi Kappa Lambda award from the National Music Honor Society in the United States; the Certificate of Distinction in Pianoforte Performance from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in the UK; and the Distinctive Licentiate Performer in Pianoforte from Trinity College in the UK.

Kingchi is an experienced music instructor with a background that includes teaching positions at colleges in the Houston area since the year 2000, committee service for music teachers associations since 2001, and positions as director and instructor at summer piano camps since 2006. She has worked with students of all ages, at different levels, and from diverse backgrounds. Her students have won top awards in competitions, with some of them earning gold medals in music theory and piano playing examinations. Many have graduated with music degrees from universities and are pursuing a career in music, while others simply continue to enrich their lives with the joy of playing the piano.

She has also established herself as a performer. Over the years, she has been invited to present solo programs at public concerts, educational institutions, and music organizations and has co-organized and given piano duo fund-raising concerts. She appears frequently in performances with instrumentalists, vocalists, choirs, and new music ensembles.