LEADERSHIP & CHURCH STAFF

Rev. Kimberly Burke

Senior Pastor

Kimberly is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and has received her MDiv. from SMU/Perkins School of Theology. She has served churches in San Marcos, Buda, Boerne, and Canyon Lake. She is married to Danny Burke and they have 5 children and 4 grandchildren.
 
Prior to entering the ministry in 2001, Kimberly was employed by the Hays Caldwell Women’s Center and served as the director of the Rape Crisis Center. It was during this time, that Kimberly founded Roxanne’s House, a children’s advocacy center in San Marcos, Tx. Kimberly has taken her passion for serving the least, the last, and the lost into the ministry. She loves serving in the mission field both in the local community and abroad with long and lasting ministries in Uganda, Guatemala, and Juarez Mexico.
 
Kimberly is involved in Celebrate Recovery, Stephen Ministry, Emmaus, and serves on the Hill Country District Committee on Ordained Ministry, Hill Country Missions Committee, the Rio Texas Conference Administrative Review Committee, and the Rio Texas Conference Personnel Committee. Her focal scripture verse for ministry comes from the prayer that Jesus prayed, “That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

Rev. Lori Balensiefen

Executive Pastor

Lori is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church and studied at United Theological Seminary and Perkins School of Theology. She is married to Dale and they have four amazing sons. Lori and Dale began attending FUMC Boerne when they moved to town in 1995 and have been members here ever since.  
 
Lori works within our church to oversee the church’s operations and lead and direct the staff. She also teaches, preaches, and is a spiritual director for those seeking to grow more aware of God’s presence and God’s action in their lives.  Lori serves as a Stephen Leader in our Stephen Ministry program which provides spiritual care and friendship for those going through difficult seasons of life. In addition, she also serves as the clergy leader for Celebrate Recovery, a Christian 12 step recovery program for those seeking to work through their hurts, habits, and addictions.  
 
Beyond the local church, Lori serves on the Hill Country District Committee on Ordained Ministry, the Rio Texas Conference Trusted Coalition, and Rio Texas Uniting People's Vision Team. Her passion is creating safe places for people to encounter and grow in God. In her free time, Lori enjoying reading, writing poetry and short stories, and spending time with her family.

Rev. Rachel Latimer

Associate Pastor

Rachel has been a life-long United Methodist. She was baptized at Klein UMC in Spring, Texas, and was confirmed at FUMC Edna. She joined the praise band when she was 14 years old and developed her passion for worship while learning to sing, play guitar, bass guitar, and even drums! While music and worship have always been a great passion for Rachel, she also has a passion for justice and missions, and the goal of her ministry is to be a bridge between a hurting world and a healing church.
 
Rachel attended Texas Lutheran University, earning a BS in Kinesiology and a minor in Theology. She knew that she would always be an active member of the UMC but did not discern her call to ministry until March of 2016 during a church-planting conference. That day, she withdrew herself from her graduate program and began the ordination process. She received her Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, in 2021.
 
Rachel and her husband, Jacob, were “youth group sweethearts”. They met at FUMC Edna and were married there in 2013. Jacob is a Fiber Technician for Bandera Electric Cooperative and serves on the AV team as well as the praise team. Rachel and Jacob have four children: the twins- Jackson and Isaiah, Jacob, and Olivia Grace. 

Rev. Austin Mertz

Associate Pastor

Austin is a licensed local pastor in the United Methodist Church. He discerned his calling into ministry while in college at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2016. While in college, Austin spent most of his free time serving in the Southwest Texas Conference of UMC youth ministry, as well as his local church’s youth and college ministries. He also served as a youth ministry intern at FUMC Boerne in summer 2014, where he met his wife, Amy.
 
Austin and Amy were married in 2015 and lived in Corpus Christi until Austin graduated college. In the same time frame, Amy worked at the Women’s Shelter of South Texas where she learned more about her passion of helping victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse.
 
Austin’s passion in ministry is to help people grow in the knowledge and love of God and others. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, hands-on projects like gardening and tinkering with things, and spending time with his friends and family.

Program Staff

Karen Andrews-Rice

Director of Music and Worship

Debby Heitzke

Organist/Accompanist

Vaeda Corso

Associate Youth Minister

Janet O'Day

Director of Senior Adult Ministries

Support Staff

Jeanan Wallace

Business Manager

Marcia Mattick

Accounting Assistant

Anna Nieto

Valerie Rogler

Nursery Coordinator
Front Desk Administrator/ Communications

Darrell Kendig

Facilities Manager
Vince Weaver
Assistant Facilities Manager

Trish Weaver

Hospitality Coordinator

Claudele Leveille

Hospitality Staff