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 a talented and kind young woman, raised in Springfield, Missouri, on a healthy diet of church, piano lessons, Disney movies, and the Beatles. Her dad has strummed the guitar in a number of bands over the years, and can take the blame for the abundant musical talent and appreciation in both daughters. Julia’s mom sits on the board of the city’s symphony, representing the local hospital where she is an administrator. Both parents are also active in the local Presbyterian church, where Julia spent her Sundays before moving to Davis in 2017.

Accompanying Julia is Miles, her fiancé and high school sweetheart. Miles originally hails from Davis, but moved to Julia’s neighborhood at a young age. More than ten years later, they met in high school, and fell in love during their senior year. Four years later, on the day of her college graduation, he proposed. They’ll be married this November.

Julia brings a host of qualities, talents, and experiences to bear at our piano and organ. Her maternal grandmother directed a church choir from the piano bench for years, and Julia steps easily into one shoe or the other whenever she can. Before kindergarten, she started formal piano lessons and sang in the children’s choir at her church. As a teenager, she was directing the same choir, and accompanying nearly every stage musical and vocal ensemble at her high school. Now, with a music degree, and with the love of music still in her veins and in her heart, she plays for us every Sunday.

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 Staff Secretary to the 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