Staff

Pastor Brandon

Rev. Brandon Austin is a graduate of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (Master of Divinity, 1990) and transferred from the Tennessee Conference to the California-Nevada Conference at the invitation of Bishop Melvin Talbert in June 1990. Since arriving he has served as pastor in Carmel, Lake County, Sacramento, Hayward, Manteca, Modesto, and now Davis UMC. Before coming to California, he served a four-congregation church circuit in rural Tennessee for one year, served 5 years as a youth director for various churches throughout college and seminary, and grew up in a United Methodist Church, where his mother was the church secretary for 12 years – she remains a lifelong member of the United Methodist Women.

His professional training includes studies at Martin Methodist College in Pulask, TN (A.A.), a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology (1985) from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, AL, a Master of Divinity Degree (1990), ordination into the Order of Elders of the UMC in California-Nevada Conference (1997), an M.A. in Clinical Psychology (2008), and he is currently completing his dissertation for a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy. D.). He has training as a Victim-Witness Assistance in the area of Domestic Violence, a Spiritual Director (individual and group), a Labyrinth Facilitator, a Conflict Mediator, a Clergy/Church Transition Facilitator, and as an Interim Pastor.

For fun he likes to hike in Yosemite Valley, play guitar, sing, and teach salsa dancing.

Andrew Hudson

Music Director
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After graduating from UCD in 2013 with a BA in Music Theory/Composition, Andrew served for two years as music director at Loomis United Methodist Church while he sorted out his career goals.  He then enrolled at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and graduated in 2017 with an MM degree in choral conducting. He returned to Davis, worked at Davis Community Church in summer 2017, and was hired as Music Director at DUMC in October. He also works as substitute teacher in Davis public schools (half time), artistic director for Davis Children’s Chorale (part time), and choir director for a before-school program for children in grades 3 to 6. In his spare time Andrew sings with the Vocal Art Ensemble and the UCD Early Music Ensemble.

Andrew has another passion and skill besides music – – origami.  He has published dozens of designs in origami magazines and anthologies, has co-authored two books, and has exhibited and taught at origami conferences around the U.S. and in Singapore, Colombia, and other countries.  He frequently teaches at the monthly meetings of the Davis Origami Group. Many church members gratefully possess innovative and colorful creations by Andrew. 

Julia Butler

Pianist

Julia is the Music Coordinator and Director of Children’s Ministries at DUMC. She holds a Bachelor of Music with a focus in Piano from Missouri State University. Julia grew up in Springfield, Missouri where music, church, and piano were her bread and butter. She began formal piano lessons at age 5 and was trained in the Suzuki method until she graduated high school. Growing up, she sang in the children’s choir, youth choir, and the auditioned Camerata ensemble at First & Calvary Presbyterian Church. As the Music Ministries Intern at F&C, she directed children’s choirs and was responsible for weekly lesson planning for preschool Bible class. She studied organ, piano, and voice in college, accompanied many different musical and vocal ensembles, and graduated in Spring of 2017.

Julia and her high school sweetheart turned husband Miles moved from Missouri to California in the fall of 2017, and now live in South Davis with their dear cat. She loves to read, spend time with her friends and family, explore beautiful California with her husband, and make music whenever she can. Julia believes that music in a church is not a performance, but rather about glorifying God with a joyful noise!

Megan Houpt

Worship Arts Ministry
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Megan developed a lifelong passion for church music and drama at her home church in Schenectady, NY where she sang in the children’s and adult choirs, played in the bell choir and performed with the Dramatic Players. Additional choir experience in high school included the District Youth Chorale and Madrigals. Her BA is in Theatre Arts and English Literature from Emmanuel College, Boston.

 

Chris Vincenti

Office Manager
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Chris Vincenti is the Office Manager and Assistant Treasurer. He is a New Jersey native who moved to California to pursue a career as a musician. Chris plays trombone in ensembles throughout the Bay Area and Central Valley, performing with groups as varied as the Stockton Symphony and the McAvoy-O’Hara Mortuary Band. 

When not running the church office or performing, Chris resides in Davis. He enjoys puttering around the house, baking bread and gardening. He also is very happy to work in a place to which he can ride his bike daily, since most of his music work is located far, far away.

Youth Ministry Coordinator

Coordinator of Children's Programs

Davis UMC Ministries and Officers

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Click here to download a contact list of our ministry chairs and staff members

Committee or Ministry Presiding Officer(s) E-mail contact
Children’s Ministry    Julia Butler juliabutler@davisumc.org
Church Council    Sue Woods srwoods@comcast.net
Finance    Joe Archer archer@cal.net
Grace Garden    Cid Barcellos cidbarcellos@sbcglobal.net
Prayer Shawl    Zora Fowler fowler.zora@gmail.com
Service & Justice    Marge Matoba margematoba@gmail.com
   Susan Padgett sdpadgett@sbcglobal.net
Staff/Parish Relations    Dori Marshall dori.marshall@gmail.com
Stephen Ministry    Caroline Chantry

(Dr. Chantry can be reached at 530-848-6817 as well)

drcjchantry@gmail.com
   Judith McKibben jcmckibben@yahoo.com
Trustees    Dick Dowell dick@dicknjudy.com
Worship    Joyce Smuda cequoia@sbcglobal.net
Prayer Chain Judith McKibben jcmckibben@yahoo.com