Connections Ministries

MAILING ADDRESS:
10010 Anderson Mill Road
Austin, TX 78750
OFFICE HOURS:
Mon-Thu, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
PHONE: 512-258-6017
FAX: 512-331-8843
Emergency After Hrs (Fri-Sun):  512-924-3212
CONTACT US:  You may contact most of our staff by calling the church office, by email, or by using our online Contact Form
PRAYER REQUEST:  You may submit prayer requests using the online Prayer Request Form
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Director Connections Ministries
Cecilia Barrentine
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Phone:512-258-6017 x 231
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Cecilia Barrentine has been in a leadership role on the staff of Bethany United Methodist Church since December 1997. Currently she serves as the Director of Connections Ministries as well as the primary staff contact for the Primetimers/ Older Adult Ministries. As Director of Connections Ministries, she works with the Connections Ministries team, offering support in a number of roles. She co-facilitates the “My Gifts and Passions workshop” four times a year along with lay facilitators; she serves Sundays in the Connection Corner as one of Bethany’s Connection Consultants; she oversees, along with the Connections Ministries Team Leader, the ministries teams outreach to new members in the Connection Celebration, implementing the use of Ministry connectors and serving opportunity follow up. Her team is responsible for establishing and implementing a church-wide service commitment plan, inviting the whole church into renewing their membership vows to uphold the church with their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. She leads the Sunday morning Welcome Orientation class twice a month and offers leadership support at Connection Celebrations throughout the year. Connections Ministries will launch in Fall 2017 a new one hour Sunday morning workshop designed to reveal to people how God has equipped them and called them to serve – “Jump Start to Serving”. Cecilia will facilitate this workshop two times a month. For more than 18 years, Cecilia has been the primary staff contact for the Primetimers/ Older Adult Ministries. She supports Primetimers leaders with her presence, her encouragement, her spiritual guidance and her research into new ways to engage Older Adults. Primetimers enjoy monthly outings, concerts, movies, plays, games, small groups and Sunday School classes, meals and fellowship. Cecilia also participates on the planning team for the annual Adult Spiritual Retreat, created and supported by older adults. Cecilia is married to long-time Bethany member, Mel Barrentine, and lives in Buda, where both offer support to extended family and family businesses. Her passions include reading, ongoing learning, helping people reach their full potential in Christ, the Methodist church and older adults.
 
 
Director of Inviting Ministries
Jill Johnson
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Phone:512-258-6017 x 229
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Jill M. Johnson has been working at Bethany UMC since 2012 in part-time roles, and full-time as Director of Inviting Ministries since September 2013. She oversees welcoming, spiritual engagement, outreach and fellowship ministries. She oversees the Alpha Course and other spiritual formation opportunities. Jill is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, and worked in a variety of nonprofit roles in political advocacy and communications before joining the ministry team at Bethany. She and her husband Jimmy married in 1991, and have been active at Bethany UMC since 2000. Their son Jake and daughter Josie grew up at Bethany and have benefited from the community, discipleship and support they’ve received from this Body of Christ. Jill enjoys writing, walking, gardening, reading and laying on the couch in her spare time.
 
 
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