Staff

Adam White

Adam has been working at Grace since August 2014, when he served as an intern for a year. After completing his Masters of Divinity at Perkins School of Theology at SMU in May 2015, he has continued on staff at Grace where he now serves as the Minister of Discipleship. Adam leads the young adult ministry at Grace. Out of this ministry he helped formed Y’ALL (Young Adult Learning Lunches). Y’ALL meets bi-monthly, where young adults gather together and discuss certain topics over potluck lunches. He also forms and helps lead in organizing and leading annual membership classes and Sunday school classes. Finally, Adam co-leads a multi-United Methodist Church Taize service. The Taize service occurs once a month on every third Sunday evening, rotating between Grace UMC, Oak Lawn UMC, Greenland Hills UMC, and White Rock UMC.

Other than serving at Grace UMC, Adam also works for the Missional Wisdom Foundation as one of two Priors who assist, along with the Abbot, nurturing the new monastic communities of the Epworth Project. Adam is also pursuing ordination as a Deacon within the North Texas Conference of the UMC. He enjoys biking, playing soccer, and is looking forward to being married to his amazing fiancé, Blair, in May 2016.

Y’ALL (Young Adult Learning Lunches) Facebook Group

Monthly Taize Service’s Facebook Page

Adam’s Cell: (817) 939-3149

Adam’s Email: agwhite@smu.edu

Les Chandler

Les recently completed his Master of Arts in Ministry from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. In graduate studies, Les pursued an emphasis in urban ministry and certification in Pastoral Care and becomes the first person to step into the role of Minister of Congregational Care at Grace. Les served as a pastor for sixteen years in Churches of Christ. His faith journey began in the United Methodist Church as a child and young teen.

Les and his spouse, Bert Casanova came to Grace in 2006 where acceptance and healing love greeted them through the family of Christ at Grace. He is proud to serve at Grace where diversity is celebrated through the commonality of inclusive love for all. Les shares his life story through the avenues of Sunday school classes, on panel discussions, and events centered on LGBTQ inclusivity. He also serves on the Reconciling Ministry Board of the North Texas Conference.

Les can be reached at lesccare@graceumcdallas.org

Reverend Judith Reedy

Rev. Judith Reedy is Grace’s second female Senior Pastor. Judith received her Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in 1998. She has been in church ministry for more than 30 years, the first seventeen as a youth minister working with youth as a missional extension of the church. She has continued her missional work in Africa, teaching about AIDS and working with Ganta United Methodist Schools in Liberia. Judith is also active at the district and conference level of the United Methodist Church, where she serves as Conference Secretary, member of the District Board of Church Location and Building, and as mentor for candidates for the ordained ministry.

You can contact Judith at: pastor@graceumcdallas.org

Christina Cavener

Christina Cavener is the Minister of Education and Programs. She began working at Grace in 2009 as the Youth Director and now oversees the education, spiritual formation, and fellowship opportunities for children, youth, and adults.  As an undergraduate, she worked with college students at the Denton Wesley Foundation and served as the Assistant Youth Director at First UMC, Rockwall. For ten months, she lived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo volunteering as a teacher and orphanage worker where she helped a child receive prosthetic legs and provided orphans’ basic needs through donations. In May 2011, Christina graduated from SMU Perkins School of Theology with a Master of Theological Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Currently, Christina serves as Chair of the Reconciling Ministries Board for the North Texas Conference. She served as Chair of the Global Ministries Board for three years. She is a trained TWU and SMU Ally to the LGBTIQA community and a trained Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Outreach Advocate.

You can contact Christina at christina@graceumcdallas.org

Michael Manes

Michael Manes is the choir director/organist for Grace United Methodist Church. He also heads the fine arts department of Greenhill School in Dallas, Texas, where he oversees art, music, drama, speech, debate, and a private music and dance studio. In his 36 years at Greenhill, Michael has taught music to students of all ages, from first graders to high school choir members, has directed the annual spring musical, and has organized Greenhill Singers concert trips to destinations across the country and in Canada.
In addition to serving as a choral director and organist for a variety of churches in Dallas and Fort Worth, Michael served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971, where he was musical director for base theatrical productions and stage crew for the Bob Hope Christmas tour, and choral director and chaplain’s assistant for touring and chapel choirs.
Michael received his Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, from Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma, and his Master of Church Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

You can contact Michael at michael@graceumcdallas.org