(Pictured from left to right) David Rachita, Bency Varghese, Chuck Carlisle, Jim Bass, Carole Young, Randy Russel, Kat Grannemann, Rick Powers, Tanya Holleran, Amy Kennedy-Reynolds (current chair), Ron Hinson. Not pictured; John LaBorde, Kim Brizindine

Our Chair

Amy Kennedy Reynolds currently serves as the Chair for the Friendswood Methodist Board of Stewards.  A native Hoosier, she came to Texas in 1985 to work at the NASA-Johnson Space Center (JSC) as a Presidential Management Intern.  She ended up calling Texas “home”, and has been a career civil servant at JSC for the past 33 years, serving in a variety of leadership roles. She married the love of her life, Eddy, in 1991.  They have two sons, Jay and Chase (ages 23 and 21).

Amy and her family have been members of Friendswood Methodist since 2012, and previously attended Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (GDLC) for 25+ years, where she also served on the Gloria Dei Lutheran Chuirch Board of Directors and participated in the music ministry program. Amy enjoys sharing her faith and gift of singing (she is a member of the Friendwoos Methodist Celebrate Praise Team), spending time with her family, and coaching a Special Olympics equestrian team for Loving Hearts Ranch.  


Board Members

David Rachita, and his wife Laura have been members of Friendswood Methodist since 1995 and as family (Alexis and Joshua) have been involved in a host of activities including the music programs, performing arts programs, youth ministries, bible studies, UM Army, various committees, and scouting.  Professionally, David is a Dean at the University of Houston – Clear Lake.

Bency Varghese is a native New Yorker who moved to Texas in 2009.  Bency and her husband Wesley, have two boys, Elijah and Matthew.  They have been members of Friendswood Methodist since 2013.  Bency has helped with ACTS Camp, Creative Arts Camp, and B1G Camp.  Professionally, Bency is a math teacher at Glenda Dawson High School in Pearland.

Chuck Carlisle, and his wife Danae have been members for about 18 years and have 2 children, raised at Friendswood Methodist.  They have been blessed to host "Taco Night" at their home for the past few years and have been working with our youth group.  Professionally, Chuck is a Program Director in the Fire and Life Safety group at UTMB in Galveston. 

Randy Russel, and his wife Marillyn have been a member of Friendswood Methodist, and a citizen of Friendswood since the mid-1980s where he raised their two children Tara and Colin. Randy leads a small Bible study group which has studied numerous Seedbed programs led by Dr, Sandra Richter, as well as, other subjects. Professionally, he spent his work career employed in the downstream oil and gas industry.

Kat Grannemann, and her husband Nathan and two children William and Lyla are Louisiana natives who became Houston transplants in 2012.  Professionally, Kat is a registered nurse at MD Anderson and loves sharing Christ's compassion to her patients.

Carole Young, and her husband, Matt and two daughters have been members at friendswood Methodist since 2010.  Carol is active in the youth ministry where she has taught Sunday School, been a small group leader, helped with Mudfest, Creative Arts Camp, and Big One camp and helped led UMARMY.  Professionally, Carole is a third grade teacher at Winding Intermediate.

Rick Powers, his wife Lois, and children Jon, Chris and Katie became members of Friendswood Methodist in 2012, thrilled to return to the Houston area after a number of years’ service with the U.S. Department of Justice requiring various moves throughout the country.  Rick is active in the Friendswood Methodist Pastoral Care Team, and also serves communion to those homebound and unable to attend services.

Tanya Holleran and husband have been members of Friendswood since 2012. They are originally from Nashville TN and have 2 children. Tanya has been active in Sunday  school, helping with youth, going to UM Army and is a co-director of the Kids Hope ministry. Tanya has worked in the financial services industry for 30 years.

Kim Brizendine has been married to Jo Beth for 45 years and they have two children, Ben and Rachel. Their pride and joy is their eight grandchildren, aged 2years months to 12 years. Professionally, Kim worked primarily in the petrochemical industry, here in Texas and throughout the Gulf Coast. Since moving to Friendswood in 1986, Kim has prioritized service to his community and his church home.  As Friendswood ISD trustee, Friendswood City Councilman and Mayor, he has worked with others to maintain the exemplary standard of living here.  At Friendswood Methodist, he has served in areas such as finance, facilities, and stewardship. Currently, he and Jo Beth host a weekly Bible study group in their home.