Pastor Mark Porterfield & Family – I was born in Victoria, Texas and baptized at First United Methodist in Victoria. My family moved to Corpus Christi in the early 60’s where I was confirmed at First United Methodist Church. Years later I was recommended as a candidate for the Ordained Ministry.

I attended UT Austin and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering and worked a short time for the Texas Highway Dept. before attending Perkins School of Theology. I began my Pastoral Ministry as an Associate Pastor at Westlake United Methodist and went on to Manchaca United Methodist, both in Austin. Buda United Methodist became the Porterfield’s home for 14 years. First United Methodist in Portland, Texas was our next home followed by First United Methodist in Port Lavaca, Texas. And now I’m happy to say we are “planting seeds” at Canyon Lake United Methodist Church.

My wife, Margot, is a native San Antonio girl with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management. She worked in HRM until our second child was born. While in Buda she worked for the local paper. During our time in Port Lavaca, Margot worked in HRM for Mid-Coast Family Services.

Margot and I are the proud parents of two young women. Maxwell, has graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a masters in Vocal Performance and has been performing in musicals in various cities while making her home in New York. Magdalene is in her second year in grad school in Dallas, studying Speech Language Pathology. Both are caring and generous people who have a heart for the gospels. Even though they are away at school they remain active in churches in their area.

The theme verse for my ministry is; John 10:10, “Jesus came that we might have life and have it in Abundance.” That Abundance comes as we grow more and more into what God created us to be, through Jesus Christ.

Joe Batchelor, Director Of Music Ministries – After spending the first eight years of my life in Seattle, Washington, our family moved to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands, which I still consider my home. Although I was not raised in a very Christian or religious home, my mom did believe in God. I am so thankful that in junior high school God sent on outreach ministry to our neighborhood. They had a church bus that picked up kids to take them “over the mountain” to the other side of the island to I attend church. It was at Ko’olau Baptist Church in Kane’ohe, Hawaii, where I first heard the gospel of Christ and I received Christ as my Savior. The church had a strong youth program and a small Christian school, which I attended. After high school, I went to Bob Jones University, a Christian university in Greenville, SC, where I completed my B.A. in English.  In addition to majoring in English, I studied piano and hymn-playing at Bob Jones, and then went to Pensacola Christian College, where I studied choral conducting and music theory.  I completed a Master of Education degree at Cedarville University and served for 20 years as a secondary school teacher and principal in Christian schools in Hawaii, Wisconsin, Florida, and Ohio.

While teaching in Hawaii in 1994, I met my wife Julianne, who was also a school teacher who came from the mainland to assume a teaching position in Hawaii. Since Juli was a proficient pianist with a heart for church music, and I was the music minister at my church, God used music to draw Julianne and I together. We were married in 1996.  Our wedding was filled with music, including the hymn, “To God Be the Glory,” which became a theme of our life together.

Julianne and I have seven children who have grown up in music ministries all their lives. Our first daughter Camille was born in 1997. She is a proficient flutist and singer, currently in college studying early childhood music education.  Joe, Jr. plays many instruments, including bass viol, trumpet, tuba, drums, guitar and bass. He attended Clark State College in Ohio for his first year, while working at Costco, and aspires to have a career in the U.S. military. Olivia sings and plays the cello. She is a rising home-schooled senior.  David plays the drums and is a member of the Civil Air Patrol. Both David and Olivia stay busy with home-schooling and working at the local Chik-Fil-A. Sara Grace, Daniel, and Joanna have all been in violin lessons and children’s choirs. They are home-schoolers who love to swim in neighborhood pool to escape the Texas heat.

In addition to Christian school education, I have served in church music for the past three decades. I was a full-time music minister at Heritage Baptist Church in Prattville, Alabama, and a bi-vocational music minister at East Dayton Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio, for six years prior to moving to Texas.  In 2014, I changed careers and began an internship to become a civilian Acquisition Program Manager for the U.S. Air Force. After graduating from that program, I transferred to the Defense Health Agency (DHA) at Fort Sam Houston. I currently work in San Antonio, where I am an IT Project Manager in software acquisitions for the DHA.  I am excited for the opportunity to join with Canyon Lake UMC as the director of the Chancel Choir and Bell Choir at Canyon Lake. I look forward to many musical adventures as we worship through music each week.

Juli Anne Batchelor, Accompanist – I was born Juli Anne Isaacs in Klinchloe, Michigan, where my dad was stationed in the U.S. Air Force. As an Air Force family, we moved from Michigan to Florida to the Philippines, where my brother Paul was born.  My dad’s career led him to Rickenbacker Air Force Base in Central Ohio where I spent the majority of my growing up years. I started piano lessons at five years old. My mom prayed with me at the first lesson that I would grow up with a love for playing for God and if I could play nothing else, I could play hymns for church. Evidently God heard that prayer because of all the music I have played, church music has always been my passion. I attended Northside Christian School in the Columbus, Ohio, where my mom was a school teacher. Our family went to Greencastle Bible Church, where I started playing for church at age 11 and was named the church pianist at age 12 when the church pianist stepped down. God used that to further turn my heart to church music.  I also played for school choir and had many opportunities to further expand my piano skills. God used them all to prepare me for my life as church musician. After graduating high school, I went to Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, where I majored in Piano Pedagogy.

After I completed my Bachelor of Music degree in 1993, I was offered a job at the Hanalani Schools in Mililani, Hawaii. They were looking for a kindergarten and early childhood music teacher. Since I had always wanted to go to Hawaii and I love working with children, I was thrilled that God gave me the opportunity to work there. After praying about it, I accepted the job and moved to Hawaii to begin my teaching career.  In Hawaii, my roommate Karen introduced me to Joe Batchelor at Ko’olau Baptist Church.  Since we had a lot in common, we became friends, and then one day out of the blue, Joe asked me out.  We spent about a year dating in beautiful Hawaii, before Joe asked me to marry him. We were married in 1996.

I had always wanted to have a big family, so I was thrilled when God gave us Camille, followed every other year or so by my precious seven babies.  I also felt led to homeschool my kids and wanted to give them great musical training. I got the wonderful opportunity to continue my education in early childhood music by attending training for the Musikgarten and the Suzuki teaching method, and I became certified in both. I love working with my kids using the same techniques I apply in my private, group and studio lessons.  Since I grew up in a Christian home with parents who are wonderful, devoted believers, I grew up in a church, and we served together. I am excited to continue that heritage of serving God with my family and the church family at Canyon Lake United Methodist Church.

Tricia Mathis, RN Wesley Nurse – Tricia Mathis RN, grew up in Ozona TX. and has been a resident of Canyon Lake since 1992. She graduated in 1994 from St. Philips College of Nursing in San Antonio. Over the last 20 years her nursing experience has been in New Braunfels and San Antonio. As your Wesley Nurse, Tricia focuses on serving the individual, her congregation and area communities by promoting health, wellness and disease prevention through education, support and encouragement. She provides blood pressure and blood sugar screening, diabetic counseling, medical and nutritional education, fitness for all ages and a listening ear. If you have general questions regarding personal health issues or need assistance navigating your way around the health care system, do not hesitate to give her a call.   Serving Humanity to Honor God”

Kendra Murphy, Preschool/Mother’s Day Out Director –  I have a passion for working with young children and believe that it is my calling to teach them.  I desire to educate the children of our community about God’s love, engage them in experiences that will foster exploration about His early creations, and encourage them to use their unique gifts to serve His purpose.

I was born in Corpus Christi and grew up in the Bulverde/Spring Branch area.  In 2000, I moved to Canyon Lake with my husband and we began raising our two wild and wonderful boys.  My youngest son attended the Methodist Day School in 2009, and I recall my fondness for the program and appreciation for the many benefits that he would receive.  The school also allowed me to be able to continue my education and earn my Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University.  Life has come full circle, and now I am blessed to be the Director of such a passionate program!

I believe preschool can provide children with a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning, and it sets them up for a positive experience about school.  I look forward to helping children discover and learn about the world around them.  I am available Mondays and Wednesdays for appointments and visits, and I would love to show you what our program has to offer.

Tammy Marroquin, Executive Assistant/Office Manager – Previous to her hiring she served fifteen consecutive years as the elected District Clerk in a small west Texas community.  She worked for Fisher County for over 17 years before deciding to move to the beautiful Texas hill country. During her professional career she has also been employed as a chief deputy clerk for tax assessor, administrative assistant to a school district, a legal assistant and has even spent time working as a banker teller. During this time she has accumulated many hours of continuing education pertaining to these administrative positions.

Growing up as the daughter of a preacher Tammy has always been an active church member, but never in her wildest dreams imagined that this association would lead her to CLUMC. God truly has a plan for us all!

When Tammy’s not working she enjoys spending time with her best friend and husband Chris, as well as their family; son Andrew and wife Mara, daughter Sara and husband Andy, daughter Madison and husband Nathaniel, and five grandchildren, Aiden, Aubrey, Ella Kate, Hunter, and Audrey Faith. Tammy’s family brings so much joy and happiness to her life that she revels in every chance she gets to spend with them. She loves rag quilting, traveling, reading, listening to her son in laws band, and spending time at the lake.

Tammy is extremely excited to be a part of CLUMC, and looks forward to her future as a productive member of the staff.  She treasures the fellowship that she shares daily with like minded Christian followers, and she appreciates the value of great friendships!

Katherine Reed, Youth Director – comes from Flower Mound, Texas where her parents and two brothers still live.  She received her call into youth ministry when she was a senior in High School. Throughout her college years at Texas State University, she served as a summer youth intern, assistant children’s director and displayed strong leadership in Christian Camp atmospheres.

Katherine is very excited about her adventures into Youth Ministry. As part of the Center for Youth Ministry Training (CYMT) program she was appointed in June 2016 to Canyon Lake UMC for 3 years as Director of Children/Youth Ministry. And Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary is in the near future for her.

Katherine believes, “Youth ministry is the spiritual growth, development and guidance of adolescent church members… The ministry should engage youth in the life of the church and help them discover who Christ is and what it means to follow Him. The spiritual guide/leader should be intentional in meeting students where they are in their faith.”  Katherine is very creative with her photography and enjoys outside adventures like; kayaking, tubing and hiking. Having a passion for kids and youth, she looks forward to starting her Youth ministry at CLUMC.

Barry Bynum, Praise Director – hails originally from Central Texas, but has spent much of his life in ‘traveling’ ministry and living in other places, along with his wife Kristi and son Jack.     The call of God came to him at a young age to be involved in Christian music. This led to working in music evangelism, touring and recording as a CCM artist in Europe and the USA, Leading worship music – and for 6 years – living in Northern Ireland.

More recently Barry has been serving leading music for ‘church plant’ outreach projects, student-driven worship bands, and as an interim worship director in churches around Central Texas. He was on staff as Head of Worship Music for Hill Country Church, San Marcos from 1999 – 2013. Along the way he has continued to be involved in several ongoing para-church ministries, as well as being producer of several albums over the years.

In expressing his passion for worship expression in the church, Barry says, “I always get enthusiastic when I think of what God is doing (or will be building) in His followers, and when I think of a local body increasing in the flow of the Holy Spirit, and love for Christ. Music plays a big part in helping people express their love for Jesus and I just love that! My desire is for a worship gathering to be an ‘all-over-the-room’ 360 degree, giving of ourselves to God, not just something that is happening in the front that people watch. The folks I have met from Canyon Lake UMC are warm and kind, so I am excited to get more involved with what the Lord is doing here”