MEET THE STAFF

 
 

 

Dr. Bill La Barr
Senior Pastor

 
William Eugene (Bill) La Barr was born in Clovis, New Mexico. He graduated from Bentonville (AR) High School in 1968. A second career minister, Bill followed the call to ministry after an almost 20-year career in retail.
Dr. La Barr was appointed Senior Pastor of Plymouth Park United Methodist Church in June 2005 and has faithfully served the congregation since.
 

Dr. Rusty Hedges
Associate Pastor

 
Dr. Rusty Hedges first served as associate pastor at Plymouth Park UMC from 1992 to 1995, then rejoined in August 2014 as a part-time associate for pastoral care after having retired from 35 years of service as an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church.

Mikael Lindström

Director of Music Ministry

 
Mikael is the Director of Music Ministries at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church in Irving. He began working in the greater Church at the First Presbyterian Church in Kilgore, TX, in the choir, when he was a freshman in college. As a junior at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University-San Marcos), he served as interim choir director at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Marcos.
 

Audrua Malvaez

Director of Adult Ministry

audrua@ppumc.org

Audrua is a Houston native and a life-long Methodist. After serving in Youth Ministry for 9 years, she moved into Adult Ministry at Plymouth Park in 2017. Audrua has a Bachelors in Middle School English Education from the University of Houston and a Professional Certification in Youth Ministry from Perkins School of Theology and the Texas Annual Conference. She is currently in process to become a Licensed Local Pastor in the UMC.
 

Jack Payne

Director of Youth Ministry

 
Jack Payne grew up in the UMC in Glen Rose, TX. After completing his Bachelors at McMurry University in Abilene, he received his Master of Theological Studies at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Jack is PPUMC’s first celebrity employee – September 18th is Jack Payne Day in his home town.
 

Caitlin Snoddy

Assistant Director of Youth Ministry

 
Caitlin is a junior at the University of Texas Arlington where she is working on a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance. Also a member of our Choral Staff Singers, Caitlin works with the teens and parents at PPUMC alongside Jack Payne.
 

Krista Bailey

Director of Children’s Ministry

P3 Worship Leader

Krista Bailey is a long-time member of PPUMC and has served as the P3 Worship leader for over 12 years. Her new title as Childrens Director gives her an outlet for her colorful creativity and discipleship skills. Krista is loving mother to four, wife to Kevin, and a former lead singer of the country band, Maiden Texas.
 

Carol Jones
Business Manager

cjones@ppumc.org

Kathy Bongfeldt
Office Manager

kathy@ppumc.org

Krista Bailey
Worship Leader

kbailey@ppumc.org

Ken Surley Organist

kensurley@aol.com
 
Ken Surley holds a degree in Organ Performance and Choral Music Education from Baylor University where he studied with Dr. Joyce Jones. His service playing experience ranges from a one-room country church with no electricity to playing for Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. He has served as Choir Director and/or Organist in Methodist, Lutheran, Catholic, and Baptist churches.