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

    email Pastor Kyle here

    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 (15yrs) and Micah (12yrs). 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 has loved life in the Cowboy Capital and is looking forward to even more adventures in Bandera! They are so excited to see what else God has in store for this beautiful town and amazing church community!
  • Cheryl Young

    Office & Facilities Administrator

    email Cheryl here

    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.

  • Michael Rodriguez

    Director of Student Ministries

    email Michael here

    Michael and his family - Samantha, Michael (Jr.), Luke, Rosalie (Rosie), Gwendolyn (Gwendy) This beautiful family has a heart for worship and serving through God's Church and we are blessed to have them on our team.

  • Rachael Toomire

    Children's Ministry Director

    email Rachael here

    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. Prior to this, Rachael worked with children and youth in numerous ways - as a Gymnastics Coach, as a volunteer, and as a full time youth director for many years. She has a passion for leading young people to know how much God loves them and helping them draw closer to becoming the amazing people God has called them to be.

  • 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.

  • Rev. Dr. Dennis Thompson

    Pastor Emeritus

    email Rev Dennis here

    Dennis and his wife, Chela, have been long time members of our church and community. Dennis has served in congregations throughout several states and locations and served as Senior Pastor of Bandera UMC from 1995-2002.