Photo of Dr. Karen S. Dorris
Dr. Karen S. Dorris

Senior Pastor

I have been at FUMC since June, 2011, and I love Beaumont and this congregation.  As senior pastor, I have responsibilities for preaching, worship planning, guiding the church in fulfilling the mission God calls us to fulfill, and administrative tasks of staff supervision.  I love people and helping people discover how much God loves each of them.  I’m married to Sparks and mom to a daughter and son-in-law, Laurel and Michael Ellisor, and a son, Matthew Dorris.  Our dog’s name is Gus and he considers me “mom” too, since I am the one who fills his bowl every day!  In my spare time, I love jogging, biking, refinishing furniture, and needlepoint.  I have many favorite scripture passages, but one that always brings a smile to my face is, “With God, all things are possible.”

Photo of Rev. Ben Burnside
Rev. Ben Burnside

Associate Pastor

It is my pleasure to serve as an associate pastor here at First UMC Beaumont.  I grew up in Baytown and following seminary, I have moved to Beaumont in June 2012.  I feel called to spread the Gospel through preaching and teaching, and to support this church and its congregation.  I’m excited to see the things God is doing here!  In my spare time, I enjoy reading, watching movies, and biking.

Photo of Sabrina Jeanise
Sabrina Jeanise

Director of Communications and Finance

“For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans for good and not for evil, to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11. Many years ago the Lord whispered this scripture into my soul and it is one that I hold on to and believe Him for. I am so grateful that it was in His plans for me to become part of the family here at First United Methodist. It is an honor to work with the staff and church members alike and I look forward to many years of serving as your financial secretary and communications specialist. On a personal note, I have lived in Bridge City for 20 years and attend First Assembly of God there. I am blessed to be the mother of two wonderful sons, Andrew and Wayne. I enjoy listening to music, reading and attending the symphony.

Photo of Gladys O’Brien
Gladys O’Brien
Office and Properties Administrator

Office and Properties Administrator

The best part of my job at FUMC is the interaction I have with the wonderful members and visitors that come into our facility. I take your suggestions about the building and the office and try to make everything work smoothly behind the scenes. If you’re thinking about visiting our church, you’ve made a great decision. Come check us out. You’ll be glad you did!!

Photo of Jana Windle
Jana Windle
Youth Director

Youth Director

My name is Jana Windle.  I was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM.  I moved to Beaumont 20 years ago.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor.  I have been working with the youth for over 10 years.  I started out as a volunteer, and then I was given the opportunity to be the Director of Youth Ministries. Working with the youth brings great joy to my life.

Photo of Phyllis Beaumont
Phyllis Beaumont
Director of Church Involvement

Director of Church Involvement

I have been on staff at FUMC for the past 8 years, since my retirement from Beaumont Independent School District, where I taught Kindergarten for 19 years.  I am a part-time employee, which allows plenty of time for me to visit my three married children and thoroughly spoil my four grandchildren.  For the past 35 years, I have made FUMC my home.  It is a great place to worship each Sunday, to make new friends that will last a lifetime and find a place to be in service for our Lord.

Photo of Janie Greenway
Janie Greenway


God has blessed me with the opportunity to play fine instruments, glory in our beautiful sanctuary and work with a wonderful, sensitive Director (Renee Kloes) to make music with a talented choir. I have had the privilege of being organist for FUMC for 15 years. I am an ordained United Methodist minister on Honorable Location, and have been “located” at FUMC since 1984. My husband Walter and I have three adult children and four grandchildren, ages 21 to 6 months. Renee is the 16th choral director I have either sung for or played for or both, and Karen and W. C. are the 27th and 28th pastors I have worked with. We have a wonderful, caring church family, inspiring worship services, and great fellowship. Come and see!

Photo of Sharon Oliver
Sharon Oliver

Director, Children’s Ministries

Children are amazing, and we should affirm them and celebrate with them as they make a “joyful noise” in God’s house. As a teenager, I was a helper with the “little ones” in church, and was awed by how resourceful, yet vulnerable they could be. Seeking answers, minds and hearts open to possibilities. I am daily reminded of how much adults can learn from them! “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ ” Matthew 19:14

Photo of Renee Kloes
Renee Kloes
Director, Chancel Choir

Director, Chancel Choir


Photo of Betty Shine
Betty Shine

Director of the Fine Arts Academy

Photo of Hillary Gray
Hillary Gray

Worship Leader / Handbell Director

Photo of Arthur Batchan
Arthur Batchan
Executive Chef & West Wing Maintenance
Photo of Ken Rhine
Ken Rhine
Property Maintenance

Property Maintenance

Media Center

Media Center
New to our website, our Media Center is the place to find links to all our photo galleries, videos and sermons.