Meet our Staff …

Debbie Lyons, Pastor …

Rev. Debbie Lyons has been honored to serve Caddo Mills United Methodist Church since July, 2010, having served previously as an Associate Pastor at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, TX.  She earned her undergraduate degree, a BA in Psychology from the University of Dayton, and after being appointed as a local licensed Pastor in May, 2006, she completed her studies at Perkins School of Theology at SMU in August 2013 .  She serves on the North Texas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, the East District Building & Land Committee, she is a certified Stephen Minister, certified Crown Financial Ministry Leader, a certified ALPHA trainer, certified Emergency Response Team member, and certified North Texas Conference Small Church Initiative Leader. She was awarded the prestigious Harry Denman Award for Evangelism in 2017 and she is passionate about the Walk to Emmaus  because as she says, “It’s a spiritual life changer!”  Pastor Debbie has also led 4 pilgrimages to the HOLY LANDS and brings that rich experience to her preaching and teaching. 

Debbie has a fabulous relationship with her daughters, Lexie (who lives & works in Fayetteville, AR.) and Lyssa who manages a children’s developmental gym in Dallas. Her grandson, Braxton,  calls her GiGi and sBaptismhe has embraced grand parenting fully!  She has lots of energy, an extremely positive attitude about life, and a zeal for connecting people with Christ!  

Debbie absolutely LOVES Caddo Mills and currently serves as a Founding Board Member of the Caddo Mills Education Foundation.   She held several offices on the Chamber of Commerce, serving as President for 2 years, and was a founding member of the Caddo Mills Lions Club. She truly enjoys living in a small town and thinks the people here are amazingly friendly!  She is not surprised when people question the ordination of women and welcomes questions about it. If you have questions, please listen to the sermon she preached addressing some of those scriptures. 
AND NOW, we wish Pastor Debbie the BEST as she follows the call of the Spirit to serve at First UMC WInnsboro, and welcome you to:

 

Cathy Partridge, Pastor …

One thing you will quickly learn about Cathy is that she is passionate about her faith, leading others in their faith journey, her family, and the community.  Cathy will be joining Caddo Mills United Methodist Church as the pastor in November, after having served as the lead pastor for over two years at Christ United Methodist Church in Princeton, which was a new church start.  Prior to Princeton, Cathy served for six years at First United Methodist Church in Frisco as an Associate Pastor and then Executive Associate Pastor; and two years prior to that at First United Methodist Church Royse City as an Associate Pastor.  Yes, you can see that she has been in ministry with various responsibilities and contexts for over ten years. 

She describes herself as a “people person” and is passionate about missions and ministries that impact the way people live, learn, 

lead and love.  Therefore, the opportunity to meet you  is, well “super exciting” in her words.

Cathy is a Texas native who grew up in Royse City and graduated from high school there. Her college career is long and diverse, having attended courses at Texas A&M Commerce, Whatcom Community College, and Liberty University. Cathy 
completed her Course of Study classes at Perkins School of Theology in July 2014. Though she isn’t carrying around textbooks anymore, she continues to learn and grow both mentally and spiritually.

Outside of the walls of the Church, Cathy has served for a long time in the Dallas Emmaus Community in addition to serving on the leadership team for the Clergy Women of the North Texas Conference, Chair of the Fellowship of Local Pastors, on the Board of Ordained Ministry and on Disaster Response teams.  She truly believes the connection between the local church​ and the broader mission field is intertwined and life giving.

Cathy and her husband Brad have two sons, Mitch Murray and Lance Partridge, and one precious grandson, Isaac. They also have a beautiful and loving fur baby, Annie, a rescued Goldendoodle.  Cathy and Brad are both very active, enjoying long walks, bike riding, golfing, and just about anything else that keeps them on the move.

​Alongside you, Cathy look forward to loving and caring for the people of Caddo Mills through teaching, preaching, missions, and ministry.

Brandy Davis, Children and Family Minister …davis

Brandy Davis is extremely  excited to be the Children’s and Family Minister for Caddo Mills United Methodist Church!  She has been married for 11 years to Jason and they are the proud parents of a very lovable 7 year old son named Logan and they have lived in Caddo Mills for 3 years.  Their home is complete with four adorable dogs!
 
Brandy taught at Mesquite and Royce City schools, working with children impacted by disabilities for 12 years, and she also has experience doing behavior therapy.  Teaching children has always and continues to be a passion of Brandy’s and in the last year, her passion for teaching has grown to include the teaching of our Heavenly Father.  Watch for her at Kids Beach Club, your kid’s events and, of course, Sunday mornings and whenever there are activities with kids!  Brandy says: “I have been on an interesting journey in my own faith and am humbled that God has called me to teach children about Him.  I’m looking forward to growing our children’s ministry and can’t wait to get started!”
 
Brenda Williams, YOUTH and Family Minister …
 
Brenda and her husband Joel have been married for 30 years and been blessed with 8 children and 10 grandchildren. Brenda has been serving the youth in Caddo Mills for over 20 years in MANY different areas: coaching soccer and softball, Team Mom and Room Mom many times over, and as Cub Scout and Girl Scout leaders. Brenda also works as a hair stylist in Caddo Mills at Brenda’s Hair Factory.
 
Brenda has always enjoyed working with children and is very thankful that God has blessed her with so many opportunities to do so! She considers it an honor and a blessing to lead our C.R.E.W (Christians Ready, Equipped & Willing) YOUTH GROUP in a fun filled environment that teaches God’s unconditional love and amazing grace!
 

Jackie PayneJackie Payne, Musician

A native Oklahoman, Jackie is a retired first and second grade teacher as well as a life-long professional musician. A former choir director, organist, and church musician, she is now in full time music ministry presenting programs and events in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas and she directs our Sunday music,  contemporary AND traditional, on Sundays.  She is an active member of the Emmaus, Kairos Outside, and Chrysalis communities of the Greater Dallas Area and attends First United Methodist Church of Allen.  A composer, singer, songwriter, and poet, she enjoys her grandchildren, horses, and performing her original music.  She and her husband live near Princeton.