• Rev. mark j. goins

    lead pastor

    With over twenty years of  ministry in the Louisiana conference, Rev. Mark Goins has served churches all over the state. After graduating from Duke Divinity school, Mark served at FUMC Bossier City as Associate Pastor, Pastor at FUMC in Welsh/Hayes, and FUMC in Winnfield before moving to Gonzales. Mark’s passion for ministry is to see people experience the love of Jesus Christ and have their lives transformed by his grace.

    Mark was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up as a member of Noel Memorial United Methodist Church. The United Methodist church shaped every area of his life, from Sunday School, vacation bible schools, children’s choirs, church camps, district and conference youth events, mission trips and graduating from Centenary College with a Bachelors degree in Business with a minor in Economics and Computer  Science. 

    The best part of his life is his wife of sixteen years Allison Langley Goins, a Registered  Nurse, who grew up in Moss Bluff United Methodist Church. She enjoys playing in her flowerbeds, reading, and the beach. Mark and Allison have three children: Wesley who loves soccer, video games, and Reece’s Peanut butter cups; Amy grace who loves volleyball, face timing friends, and Jelly Bellies; and Addie who loves dance, cheer, and  sour straws. 

    When not chauffeuring kids around, Mark likes to spend time with his wife, travel, duck  and deer hunting, fishing, golf, New Orleans Saints, Duke Basketball, LSU Football and Baseball, exercise, and trying to find the best BBQ ribs.

  • Marie Havelka-Phillips

    director of youth ministries

    Marie has 3 beautiful daughters Bailey, Sydney, and Harper with her husband, Matt. She joined Christ United Methodist Church in 2015 and has been active in the contemporary worship, nursery, and children's program. Marie grew up in the United Methodist Church in McAllen, Texas, where she took on an active leadership role as a youth. Marie was involved in the UMY, district youth, and other activities. In the years since her youth involvement, she worked professionally for AT&T call center, was the lead teller for a credit union, and most recently served as a the Dealer Developmental Sales Manager.

    Marie brings with her a relational skill to meet the youth where they are and to help guide them through the struggles they face in today’s world. The youth who were part of the selection team have already grown attached to her and look forward to the times they have together learning from her Christ-inspired lessons.


    director of children & families ministries

    Michelle began her position as Director of Children and Family Ministries in September 2017. She is the mother of two daughters, Alyson and Madelyn. Michelle brings a lot of experience in Children's Ministry with her, as she has previously served at First United Methodist Church in Pineville and St. Luke's United Methodist in Shreveport. She enjoys spending time with her daughters, and feels that it is a privilege to teach children about the love of God. 

  • ROnnie Crawford

    Director of Music

    Ronnie has been active in church music since his teen years. While he was a member of Morningside UMC, he was the choir director for children, youth, and adults. During that time, he was privately taught choral conducting and vocal pedagogy by Ken Dooley, his mentor in church music, for a period of twelve years. After coming to Christ UMC in 1972, Ronnie became active in the music program, serving as children and youth choir director, and now serves as Chancel choir director. In his words, “I love music. Church music is my passion!” Ronnie attended Centenary College and Chouinard Art Institute. He and his wife, Peggy, have two daughters and two grandchildren. 


    Church Administrators

    Ethel Haughton and Jennifer Quick are co-administrators at Christ UMC since 2016. Together they coordinate the office administrative functions to ensure that things run as smoothly as possible. Ethel is formerly a teacher and school principal, and Jennifer has previously worked in medical administrative settings.  



    BIO coming soon! 

  • Chris ALLEN

    Contemporary Worship Leader

    BIO coming soon!

  • Jackie Tatum

    Financial Treasurer

    Jackie Tatum is married to Mike Tatum and is the mother of two wonderful daughters. She also has an assortment of pets. Jackie attends Christ United Methodist Church because she enjoys working and volunteering with people that truly care for others in their community and show the love of Jesus through their actions.

  • Elaine Stripling

    Financial SecretarY

  • James Hill

    Church Custodian

    James has been the custodian at Christ UMC for 40 years. He is the source of a world of knowledge about our church history. James's dedication to our church family and his willingness to serve is an inspiring example for all of us here at CUMC.