Some of our folks sharing about their Journey . . .
Below are people who you will see quite a bit of around The Journey United Methodist Church. Whether they serve a lot of “face time” in front of the congregation or are simply involved in many activities, we can almost guarantee that you’ll run into these men and women.
Pastor Kyle Toomire
Pastor Kyle was born and raised in Odessa, TX. He received his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He began his ministry almost twenty years ago when he began working with youth. After several years on staff at FUMC Austin, he attended seminary at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he graduated with a Masters of Divinity.
Not long after, he was ordained an Elder into the Southwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church (now the Rio Texas Conference.) His wife, Rachael, is the Assistant Director of the Texas Wesley Foundation. They have been blessed with two amazing sons - Elias and Micah. Their boys keep them on their toes and serve to remind them everyday of how good and awesome our God truly is!
Josh Adams - Worship Leader
I began playing the guitar and leading worship after I gave my life to the Lord when I was in high school. I volunteered with the youth group and young adults at my home church in Lexington, Kentucky and was a student leader with Campus Crusade for Christ in college. I met my wife, Morgan, while working at Weddington UMC in Weddington, North Carolina. We got married in 2010 and since then we have partnered in ministry together.
I am passionate about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe it is through a saving relationship with Christ that we are redeemed, restored and sanctified. As leaders in the church we have the most important task of proclaiming Christ and leading others to build the Kingdom of God. Worship is not simply singing songs or listening to a sermon. Worship is ascribing to God the glory that He deserves. It is a way of life: the way I spend my money, use my time, love my enemies, treat the poor; the words I speak with my tongue, the thoughts I have in my mind, and much more.
I love seeing people worship God passionately through the creative arts. I love leading teams of staff and volunteers in figuring out how to utilize our talents and resources in the most effective way. I love using the Bible as well as modern media elements to tell the story of Jesus Christ in fresh and meaningful ways in worship services.
Cody Logan - Youth Director and Ministry Assistant
Cody hails from Humble, TX. He graduated from The University of Texas and is finishing his Seminary degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He works primarily with youth, but can also be found making connections with newcomers, helping get more small groups and Bible studies started and listening to the many words of wisdom from Pastor Kyle.
He enjoys surfing, spending quality time with his dog and combing his long locks of beautiful hair.
Marcus Jones - Director of Children and Youth Ministry
Marcus Jones is a native of Dallas, Texas. He moved to Austin in 2002 to complete a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Marketing from Huston-Tillotson University. Marcus recently completed his Masters of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
He has actively served in youth ministry for over 8 years, most recently as the youth pastor at Simpson UMC in Austin. His passion for children and youth is driven by the inquisitiveness of children and the courageous curiosity of teens and young adults. Although he thoroughly enjoys spending time with youth and children, his greatest joy is spending time with his wife Tiffany and their two sons, Jalen (9) and Ian (1). Marcus sees himself as a bridge: Helping people get from one side of their spiritual journey to the next as they cross his path.