Floral heights Leadership

The staff and lay leadership here at Floral Heights UMC is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for the people of our church and our community. They are constantly working to "do church better," by becoming completely focused on our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. If you have any questions for any of our staff or volunteer leaders, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at fhumc@wf.net.

  • reverend don yeager

    Senior Pastor

    Rev. Don Yeager returned to Floral Heights UMC in 2016 to be our senior pastor after having served here in 1982-84 as associate pastor/youth minister.  He loves to connect people of all ages with the Good News of God's love in Jesus Christ.  Don is married to Suzanne and they have three adult children, Lauren, Ryan, and Austin.  He likes to walk, ride his bike, and play golf for fun.

  • LAURIE BALES

    office manager

    Laurie came to Floral Heights to be our Office Manager in October 2001. Since then, she's become absolutely essential to our church functioning at its best as she handles all administrative duties. Laurie has a  21 year old son, Zach. In her spare time, she enjoys walking for exercise and binge watching Netflix shows. Laurie loves working at the church, as she's developed many special lifelong friendships here.

  • Brooks Cain

    Director of Outreach and hospitality

    Brooks and her husband Chris, raised their three daughters, Katie, Sydney and Abbie here at Floral Heights UMC, where she served in numerous volunteer leadership positions in children and youth ministries through the years. Now, Brooks' specialty at church is the Thursday @ the Heights outreach program that provides meals and tutoring to at-risk children, as well as the Wednesday dinner program. She is a team player and steps up wherever she's needed. 

  • hope hernandez

    Mother's Day Out Director

    Hope is our Director of Mother's Day Out. She has been employed at Floral Heights UMC since 1983 and has served as Nursery Director in the past, too. It's not uncommon for adults to come visit her at Mother's Day Out and reminisce about childhoods spent in the Floral Heights nursery with Hope. She loves children and they love her, too. She is married to Ernie and is a mother and grandmother. 

  • KAREN LAMBERTH

    Worship Leader AND SENIOR ADULT PROGRAM DIRECTOR

    Karen Lamberth has served as choir/program director at Floral Heights since 1997.  Prior to that, she served as Chancel Choir/Music Director in a part-time role while teaching elementary music in the Iowa Park ISD. Karen is married to John and they have 2 grown children and a beautiful granddaughter named Winnie. Hebrews 13: 15-16 is the mantra by which Karen strives to live life.

  • Bob montgomery

    Business manager

    As Business Manager, Bob manages all accounting and finance functions for the church. He's responsible for the confidentiality of member contributions and manages the annual budget. Bob and his wife, Eve, are also members of Floral Heights and are active in various church ministries.

  • jessie smith

    Director of Family Ministries

    Jessie and her husband Brandon have 2 spunky kids, Parker and Porter, who keep life busy and fun!  When the family is not on the soccer field, they enjoy camping and other outdoor activities.  As the Director of Family Ministries, Jessie has the privilege of coordinating special children’s events, all church events and weekly ministries for children.  She also directs SEEK Camp, a week long summer camp for children with special needs, which is sponsored by the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  If you have any questions about Family Ministries, please contact Jessie at jsmithfhumc@gmail.com.

  • Gary  Tahmahkera

    Assistant to the pastor

    Gary is truly our jack-of-all-trades. He serves in worship as an assistant pastor, preaching occasionally, teaching Bible Studies and regularly leading prayers. He handles a good deal of building maintenance needs as well, because he's so handy. Gary and his wife Barbara have also served as youth leaders on various trips around the country. And finally, this past year, Gary has enjoyed apprenticing under Brooks as the lead "dessert maker" at the Wednesday dinner. 

  • Chiemi Watanabe

    Music Director and organist

    Chiemi has served as organist and music director at Floral Heights since 1997. She directs our hand bell choir and is our regular choir accompanist, as well. Chiemi has studied at Juilliard and the Manattan School of Music, and has presented concerts all over the world. She travels regularly to perform with her husband, Kiyo. When not following musical pursuits, Chiemi enjoys photography and is a faithful practitioner of yoga.