Deer Park United Methodist Church has a rich history as part of the community of Deer Park. The Methodists began meeting together in the post office in the late 1930s. The Methodist church was officially organized in 1940, a year when the census counted 100 people within the city population. The original church building was constructed in 1946, and by 1958, a building committee was organized to plan the next phase of development.
In 1962, a new sanctuary opened on Fourth Street, closely followed by a new two-story education building in 1966. The Fourth Street location became cramped, and on July 16, 1989, ground was broken on the current sanctuary building. The first worship service in the new building on Thirteenth Street was in July 1990. This transition marked the fiftieth anniversary of DPUMC. The Memory Chapel located within the main building holds the pulpit, pews, and three stained glass windows from the Fourth Street sanctuary.
In 2001, the Family Life Center opened to accommodate the growing youth program and Methodist Weekday School. By 2004, the casual worship service was meeting in this building on Sunday mornings at 8:30 am.
In 2015, DPUMC paid off $1 million of debt that it has been carrying since the construction of the new building. This was accomplished by the church in just over three years. It is a huge feat that speaks to the faithfulness of the church and of the hope for its future.
DPUMC church history prepared for 70th Anniversary Celebration in 2010.
Meet Our Staff
Rev. Kate WalkerSenior Pastor
Pastor Kate joined Deer Park UMC in July of 2017. Originally from Louisana, she moved to Texas in 2010 to take a job as a Youth Pastor. She was ordained in 2016 and comes to DPUMC from Chapelwood UMC in Lake Jackson. In her free time, she enjoys reading, games, and is learning to crochet. Kate and her husband, Patrick Williams, married in 2011 and they have a cat, Chloe; who is also called the furry princess. (for good reason)
Allison JohnsonDirector of Children's Ministries
Allison grew up in the Methodist church. Her grandparents moved to Houston in the early 1930’s and were lifelong members of First UMC Downtown. Her parents were married in that church, and she and her sister were both baptized there. Allison worked for the Mother’s Day Out program at Friendswood UMC before signing on as the part-time assistant in Children’s Ministries, where she served for 10 years. She participated in the Emmaus walk in March 2014, which she describes as a “life-changing experience of God’s love and grace.” She joined the DPUMC team in January 2017. Allison lives in Friendswood with her two sons, Hays (25) and Roger (19), as well as their three dogs, Minnie, Drake, and Skadi.
Russ AllenDirector of Youth Ministries
Russ has been a part of Deer Park United Methodist Church for over twenty years. He is married to Nancy, who has been a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. They have a son, Zach, who has been an active member of DPUMC all of his life and is now attending The University of Texas. Russ began working as DPUMC Youth Director in July 2016. He shares in the mission of the church by working with youth – Forming Fully Devoted Followers of Jesus.
Kay CoburnDirector of Methodist Weekday School
Kay started the Mother’s Day Out program for the church in 1981. The program has since grown, and Kay has transitioned to be the full-time director of the Methodist Weekday School. She is married to Shane, and they have two adult children – Chris and Trisha. They also have three grandchildren.
Kim KoubaDirector of Cross-Over After School Program
Kim joined the staff in 2014. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with specializations in Reading and Kindergarten from Stephen F. Austin State University. Kim was in the classroom for 26 years, teaching students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Kim is married to Kent and has two adult children – Brittany and Corey. Their father is the late Dr. Michael Reel. She also has two stepdaughters – Candice and Kristina.
Barry TallyDirector of Music Ministries
Barry has been the Director of Music at DPUMC since 1982. He is also the Executive Director of Fine Arts for Deer Park Independent School District and has been the Choral Director at Deer Park High School since 1981. Barry is recognized as a choral composer and arranger with arrangements and composition published by Alliance Music and the Hal Leonard Corporation. Barry was one of the authors for a choral textbook entitled Experiencing Choral Music, which is currently being used in schools throughout the country. Barry is married to Debbie, and they have two sons – Scott and Tyler.
Susan GreerBusiness Manager
Susan Greer joined the staff in June 2013 as the Administrative Assistant. In November 2014, Susan became the Business Manager. She is married to Mitchell, and they have two adult children – Caitlin and Matthew. Susan enjoys ballroom and country dancing in her spare time.