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Reverend Lisa Straus – Senior Pastor
Lisa is a newcomer to Buda UMC. Her first Sunday was July 1, 2018. Before serving at BUMC, Lisa was the Associate Pastor of Westlake UMC and the United Parish of Brookline. She graduated from Smith College and worked as a Latin Teacher for 9 years. She received her Master’s of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and her Master’s of Theological Studies from Boston University. Lisa and her husband Jim have two children, Jessup and Zephyr, who are both in college. When Lisa is not busy with church, she enjoys running, reading, walking the dog, and cooking with Jim. Jim and Lisa also like to travel and have new adventures together. They recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with a trip to Alaska where they saw caribou, moose, bear, humpback whales, sea lions, seals, otters, and dolphins!

TerryGrad063-(ZF-3331-14744-1-063) - CopyTerry Foley

Business Administrator
Terry has served as Buda UMC’s Business Administrator since August 2005. Terry and her husband Brian have been married since 1990 and have two young adult sons, Nolan and Brogan. She has an Associate of Arts degree and is a recent graduate of St. Edward’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership. She is a member of the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS) and was certified in the summer of 2008 as a Professional Church Secretary with the General Council on Finance and Administration. She enjoys driving her vintage VW Beetle “Betsy”, drinking coffee, practicing yoga, reading and loves rubber stamp art and scrapbooking.

Christal Borchelt White

Children’s Ministry Director

Christal Borchelt White graduated from the University of Maryland in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology concentrating on family studies and demographics. She and her husband have been married since 2003, and have three wonderful sons. She has a devout love for God and growing his community of believers. And she believes strongly that growing and teaching children the path to God in their youth is the best way to secure a strong lifelong faith and love for God and God’s goodness. She is currently studying for her Masters of Divinity at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.



Jo Johnson


Jo has played organ and piano for Buda UMC since 1999.


Morris Nelms

Praise Band Leader
Morris Nelms, pianist and vocalist, grew up in Frederick, OK, discovered Jazz at Cameron University in Lawton, OK, and was instantly hooked.
Morris completed a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Oklahoma in 1978 and a Master’s degree in Composition at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX in 2000. From 1978-1980 Stephen Fulton, Rich Thompson, Lynn Seaton and Morris Nelms were the members of a jazz group in Norman, OK called Oleo.
Currently, he teaches at Texas State University. He has taught and played Jazz for 30 + years. He was the faculty pianist at the Clark Terry International Institute of Jazz Studies from 1994-97. He has taught Introduction to the Fine Arts, Aural Learning, Improvisation / Combo performance, Big Band Performance, Jazz History, Jazz Appreciation, Jazz Piano, and Jazz Guitar.

Nathan Nagir

Choir Director
Nathan is a musician regarded for his diverse musical interests, engaging artistry and passionate enthusiasm for the choral art. He is from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean.
There, he was in demand as a conductor, accompanist, vocalist and educator. Having worked with many children, youth and adult choirs, he has led many of them to success in competitions throughout the island. His choir, Harmonies Aloud, has performed several times for the Prime Minister at the Diplomatic Centre and Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago for state functions.

Nathan holds a Certificate in Music and a BA in Music with honors from the University of the West Indies. He moved to San Marcos in January of 2017 where he is pursuing a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Texas State University.