Your Lakewood UMC Staff

Rev. Dr. Gayle Landis

Senior Pastor

Gayle was first appointed to Lakewood in 2009. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Ashland University in Ohio, Master of Divinity Degree in 1999 from Perkins School of Theology, and Doctor of Ministry Degree from SMU in 2010. Her passions for ministry include worship, teaching, and working with people on their own discipleship journeys.

Sheila Richards

Office Administrator

John Gill

Organist and Choir Director

John was born and raised in Dallas, graduating in the charter class of Lakehill Preparatory School in 1974. After studying piano (and accordion, in an effort to become more popular) through his formative years, he attended and graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis in organ performance and church music. He has been organist, and then organist/choir director at Lakewood for almost ten years, after having served in a similar position at Grace United Methodist church in Dallas for eleven years.

Joan O'Brien

Nursery Staff Leader

Eloise Murphy

Bookkeeping & Accounting

Kathy Nations


Lakewood UMC is delighted to welcome Kathy Nations as our intern from Perkins School of Theology! Kathy is a lifelong Methodist and Texan. She is in her third year of the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program at SMU Perkins School of Theology and a declared candidate for ordination. At Lakewood UMC, she is serving a nine-month internship in covenant with this church represented by a Lay Teaching Committee, mentor pastor Rev. Dr. Gayle Landis, and SMU Perkins through faculty advisor Dr.