Who We Are

The staff at Gruene United Methodist Church would like to personally welcome you! Each one of us is committed to carrying out the mission for Gruene UMC – “Come…  be you, be loved, be filled.  Go…be joy, be hope, be love.  Be His!”  We look forward to getting to know each of you as we all grow in our walk with Jesus together.


karenhoranKaren Horan, Pastor

How do you tell someone about you in a bio? I like doing things like cartwheels, eating ice cream, holding babies, loving on older people in Alzheimer’s units, preaching and coaching / counseling others, and generally I love talking to people about God.  Who am I?  I’m a pastor, a wife (my husband, Bill is really cool if you haven’t met  him.  We’ve been married a long time…since 1986!), and a mom of two (Tyler and Ashley are both pretty much grown and living on their own…not sure how they got so old!).  How did I get here? God called me into ministry after 10 years of teaching High School / Middle School and 3 years of Christian Education.  I attended Perkins School of Theology at SMU, and when I finished there, God (and First UMC New Braunfels) called for Gruene UMC to be planted.  Since then, I’ve been part of so many amazing things here at the church and even in other parts of the world, like Rwanda and Nicaragua!   God did all that…I just got to come along for the ride and I am so very grateful!  God is so good!!

brockgillmanBrock Gillman, Associate Pastor


Stephanie DeVault, Children’s Director 


Brandi Carnes, Nursery Director


Rebecca Goossens, Gruene Tree Learning Center Director 


Tiarra Evans,Youth Director