Recent Staff Changes

Thu, June 11, 2020

There have been several changes in our ministry staff recently that I want to share with you:

Ken Lair, who has served as our Finance Director for the past few years, has recently retired. He & wife, Theresa, have moved to their new home on Houston County Lake. Both have been long time members at Friendswood and active in life and ministry here. Ken had served in numerous leadership positions before joining our staff as Finance Director. Debbie and I have been blessed to have the Lairs as our neighbors for the past fourteen years. I was honored to have officiated at both of their children’s weddings. Ken and Theresa have been a true blessing to us here at Friendswood Methodist, and pray God’s continued blessing as they begin a new chapter in their lives.

We welcome Suzanne Vachon, who joined our staff this April as the Finance Director. Suzanne is a CPA with a background in audit and forensic accounting. She earned her B.A. at Rice University and her Master in Professional Accounting at The University of Texas. Suzanne is married with two daughters. Prior to joining our office staff, she worked as the registrar for Bright Beginnings. Suzanne is thankful for the opportunity to serve our church and looks forward to growing in faith with you.

Julie Regian, who serves as our Pastoral Care and Sr. Adult Ministry Assistant is also moving. She and her husband Scott are moving to Kingsland, just west of Marble Falls where they will be closer to some of their daughters and, most importantly, their grandsons! The Regians also have been long-time members here and actively involved in the life and ministry of the church before Julie joined our church staff seven years ago.

Julie writes: “I feel blessed to have been a part of such an incredible staff here at Friendswood. Scott and I moved to Friendswood 30 years ago when I was pregnant with our 2nd child. This was the first church we visited and felt no need to visit anywhere else. We have raised all of our girls here and feel with all our hearts that this church body is our family. Over those years, I have been involved in numerous ministries. The biggest one, of course, is being part of the Celebrate worship team for over 20 years. Words cannot describe how much the relationships that have developed over this time mean not only to me, but to Scott and all of our girls. God definitely has had us in the right place for raising our family and growing in our relationship with Him.

We will miss Julie and Scott, but also pray God’s blessing on them as they step into what God has in store in the next chapter of their lives.

Tracy Beazley will assume Julie’s responsibilities as our Pastoral Care Assistant for the time being. Tracy is already on staff as the Adult Ministries Assistant. She will be working with me and the other pastors to help manage our pastoral care for the church.

Lastly, I want to welcome Zeb Lunz to the ministry staff team as a new Communications Assistant. Zeb will work with our Communications Director, Chris Leslie, as a video production specialist as we continue our online worship presence, in addition, to our in-person worship in the sanctuary on Sundays.

Now that our streaming capability has been upgraded and we are regularly broadcasting our services, we need a dedicated person to help oversee the video production of both live and recorded services.  Zeb is a recent graduate of The University of Houston Clear Lake in Communications specializing in studio production. Zeb joins the team officially this week as we prepare for Sunday together and online.

I am grateful for the faithful service Ken and Julie gave over the years to the life and ministry of Friendswood Methodist and wish them and their families all God’s best as they settle in their new communities.

And, I am grateful for Tracy who will help us continue our pastoral care during this season of transition. I welcome our new staff members, Suzanne and Zeb, to our ministry team and look forward to the Lord using their gifts to strengthen our church.

Grace and peace,
Jim Bass