Staff

byron06Rev. Dr. Byron S. Wells has been our full time Pastor since April 1, 1984.
“Regardless of your denominational background, the members and friends of Round Grove United Church UCC welcome you, and invite you to share in any and all of our activities! Our focus is on being a church which welcomes diversity of denominational backgrounds as we seek to manifest a greater unity as followers of Jesus Christ. Because many of our members, friends, and guests come from a wide variety of backgrounds, we encourage each other to continue to grow in our faith and understanding without feeling either the need to reject our past experience or to demand everyone else must accept a specific dogma.   Each of our participants is acknowledged as having the freedom to decide his or her beliefs based on his or her relationship with God.   This freedom and openness allows many families who come from different denominational backgrounds to be a part of the same household of faith as they continue to hold to their personal beliefs. Our unconditional acceptance of one another is shown not only in our friendliness, but also in our support of one another during times of trouble.  I invite you to come and share in our friendly community of accepting love and freedom of belief. There truly is a place for you at Round Grove United Church UCC!”

 

mwells Margaret Wells (BM, NCTM) is the Director of the Round Grove Chancel Voices, Children’s Choirs (3rd-6th graders), and Round Grove Chimers (high school and adult). She has served as Chancel Choir Director since April 1, 1984. Margaret Wells’ music experience includes many years working with children’s choirs and music programs in churches and public school. She is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and maintains an award-winning piano studio in Flower Mound, Texas. As an active member in the Carrollton Music Teacher’s Association, she has served as President and Vice President along with many other positions. Recently elected to the Lewisville Lake Symphony Board of Directors, she is serving as Chair of the Civic Relationship, Grants, and Audience Development Committee. Ms. Wells is a member of the Junior Pianist Guild and serves as Second Vice President. Nationally certified by the Music Teacher’s National Association, Ms. Wells also holds membership in the Dallas Music Teacher’s Association, and Dallas Chapter of Chorister’s Guild. She is listed in Who’s Who of American Women.

 

P3050357Jennifer Wells Clay (BM, MMed) is the Assistant Director of Children’s Choirs, Director of Children’s Choir I (age 3 years – 2nd grade), Accompanist for Children’s Choirs and the Fellowship Assistant. Jennifer Wells Clay brings experience, knowledge, and a love for children to Cherub Singers. She has been teaching music to young children for over ten years at Round Grove Church. Mrs. Clay is the owner of Music Steps, an early childhood music program in Lewisville. Prior to Music Steps, she taught in the University of North Texas Early Childhood Music Program (birth through age four) and the Child Development Lab (ages two through six). Graduating summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Mrs. Clay was the recipient of numerous top music and academic scholarships and awards, including the Undergraduate Award for Achievement and the prestigious Theodore Presser Scholarship. In May 2003, she completed a Master’s of Music Education at the University of North Texas where she was honored with the Music Education Graduate Honors Award. Mrs. Clay has been teaching private piano for over eleven years. She is a member of Carrollton Music Teacher’s Association, Golden Key National Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda (national music honor society), and Phi Kappa Phi (national honor society). Mrs. Clay and her husband, John, have two sons.

 

michaelMichael Chandler (BM, MM, MA) has been the organist and pianist for Round Grove United Church since August 2001. He is currently pursuing the PhD degree in music education at the University of North Texas in Denton. Michael has earned a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he studied piano with Alan Chow, and a Master of Arts degree in music education, with an Orff Schulwerk emphasis, at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. During the 1997-98 academic year, he was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and studied piano in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt. A winner of a number of competition prizes, Michael has performed as a concerto soloist with the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra as well as with the University of Arkansas Chamber Orchestra. In 1999 and 2003, he was a guest performer at the Mendelssohn-Haus Musiksalon in Leipzig, Germany. Michael teaches on the faculty of the Orff Schulwerk certification courses at SMU in Dallas, UST in Minnesota, and for the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. He is an accompanist for the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas and a past president of the North Texas Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA). Michael has also served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees and presents workshops and sessions at local, state, and national levels. He is the author of “Everyday Recorder, Recorder Everyday!” published by Sweet Pipes, Inc. in 2014. Michael’s student ensembles have been featured at the TMEA Clinic/Convention in San Antonio in 2013, 2007, and 2005.

 

karol1Karol Whittaker is the Youth Staff Person. She is responsible for the Youth (7th – 12th grades) program. Karol and her husband, Danny, have three children and have been members of Round Grove for many years. Karol is the Treasurer for the congregation, Vice President of Women’s Fellowship, and a Sunday School teacher.

 

Susan Wilkins has been the part time Administrative Assistant for Round Grove United Church since June 2015 and an active member of the church for many years. Her duties include putting out the weekly Worship Bulletin and monthly Newsletter, contacting weekly volunteers, compiling weekly attendance, taking care of historical information and files, maintaining church records, taking care of sanctuary “housekeeping” after Worship services, and much more. She is a past member of the Board of Christian Education.  She has three children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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