Our Staff

Bandera UMC Staff and Leadership

The staff and leadership here at BUMC is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at info@banderaumc.org.

  • Kyle Toomire

    Senior Pastor

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    Kyle Toomire was born and raised in Odessa, TX. After graduating from Permian High School, he received his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin. While there, Kyle became actively involved in the Wesley Foundation where he met his future wife – it would only take him seven years to seal the deal. (Rachael knew early on that they were meant to be, but Kyle is sometimes slow on the upkeep!) Kyle began his ministry over twenty years ago when he began working with youth at First United Methodist Church of Austin, TX. While on staff there for over a decade, he organized and led countless mission trips, led worship in the Chapel and also launched a contemporary worship service. After several years on staff at FUMC Austin, he attended seminary at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he graduated with a Masters of Divinity. 

    Late in 2007, the United Methodist Church decided that the Kyle/Buda area was the perfect place to offer a new church and they appointed Kyle to begin this new venture. That is where Kyle and his family have been serving for the past ten years. And now, he looks forward to what else God has in store. His wife, Rachael, served for 11 years as a campus minister at the Texas Wesley Foundation before moving to Bandera. Her primary role was discipling young women. Kyle and Rachael have been blessed with two amazing sons – Elias (12yrs) and Micah (9yrs). The boys love sports, iPads, and going camping in their RV – among MANY other things. Their sons keep them on their toes and serve to remind them everyday of how good and awesome our God truly is! The Toomire family is looking forward to even more new adventures in Bandera, Texas! They are thankful for the warm welcome they received and can’t wait to meet more of the great people in the Cowboy Capital of the World!
  • Cheryl Young

    Office & Facilities Administrator

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    I am so excited to serve as the Office and Facilities Administrator here at Bandera United Methodist Church. I am in my 29th year and have enjoyed every minute of it. I have been in the corporate world before this serving as Executive Secretary for the Vice-president at Concord Oil Company and Sales Secretary at Holt Machinery Company. I have a wonderful husband (Bob) and 2 amazing daughters (Shannon & Jennifer) that I am so proud of. We have also welcomed our first grandson Hudson Michael Starnes.  I am looking forward to another great year working in this capacity. If you need anything please do not hesitate to contact me.

  • Bonnie Bevers

    Director of Student Ministries

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    Bonnie Bevers has been the Director of Student Ministries at Bandera United Methodist Church since August of 2015. Before coming to BUMC, Bonnie worked with youth programs at United Methodist Churches in Austin, Texas and Charleston, West Virginia. Prior to youth ministry Bonnie, worked for the WV Division of Justice, where she worked with, trained, and supervised Law Enforcement officers. She also has experience working with abused children, having worked with the Children’s Advocacy Centers in both Texas and West Virginia. Bonnie received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McMurry University in Abilene, TX, and holds a double Master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is currently pursuing her Certification in Youth Ministry from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. In her free time Bonnie enjoys reading, music, and sports. She also has a passion for traveling. While in college she studied at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, and has had a love of exploring and experiencing new cultures ever since.  

  • Shawn Morrison

    Wednesday Night - Kids for Christ Director

    Shawn has held a number of different positions at BUMC throughout the years.  You can find her teaching Sunday School, leading Children's Time during worship and serving on several ministry teams.  Her primary focus during the week is overseeing our growing outreach to children in our area - Kids For Christ which meets every Wednesday and welcomes all elementary school aged children to come and play games and learn about Christ.

  • Marc Laine

    Music Ministries Director

    Marc has been a part of our church for several years now and during that time he has sung in the choir, played hand bells, and graced us with his talents in many different ways.  More recently, he has stepped up to lead music for both services, direct the choir and hand bells, and recruit more musicians for Sundays and special services.