U. M. ARMY – Texas Conference is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with offices in College Station, Texas and Tyler, Texas. U. M. ARMY (United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission by Youth) began in 1979 with a youth mission trip to Athens, Texas, where youth groups from several Houston churches gathered to provide home repair assistance to people in need.
Today this organization has grown to more than 30 separate missions throughout East and Southeast Texas and Louisiana with over 3,500 youth and adult volunteers annually. Our mission is two-fold; serving people in need, and providing young people an opportunity to mature in their faith-walk and life skills through Christian service.
Our mission is accomplished every summer when thousands of youth and adult volunteers sacrifice a week of their vacation to join God’s ARMY. Using a local Methodist church as a base where they gather to have their meals, sleep in classrooms, and worship in the Sanctuary. Participants spend each day of the week providing free home repairs for low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners in the surrounding area.
U.M. ARMY continues to Re-imagine Mission and Ministry during the COVID-19 Pandemic! This summer we had incredible mission experiences in local communities that engaged youth, young adults, adult…
U.M.ARMYlocal mission experiences will be taking place throughout the Fall. Many of you are already familiar with U.M.ARMYand have been a part of their mission trips in the past. Now, leaders of the…
U.M. ARMY Re-imagined! The U.M. ARMY Staff and Board Members have been working for quite a while to ensure that you will still have a mission opportunity this summer. We believe God is still calling…
Youth Advisory Board
U.M. ARMY is blessed to have youth participate from all over the Texas Annual Conference – from Texarkana to Galveston and Jasper to College Station. Because of this participation, we want to hear from these youth to find out how we can make U.M. ARMY better!
The goal of the Youth Advisory Board is to provide a youth perspective on the U.M. ARMY programming material presented from year to year in an effort to improve the quality of the product being put forward; to help U.M. ARMY – Texas Conference, and by extension U.M. ARMY National, find ways to appeal to a broader spectrum of participants, both now and in the future.
But, the word “board” is a bit deceiving. There is no group that meets throughout the year and discusses different topics. The only meeting would happen once, after the camp season, and would be between the youth, their youth worker or parent, and a member of the U.M. ARMY – Texas Conference Board of Directors or Staff.
|Patrick Foster||Vice President|
|Todd Harris||National Representative|
|Roland Huysman||National Representative|
|Jeff Reinhart||National Representative|
|Rev Sadie Brink|
|Rev Mak Percival|
|Rev Clint Wyllie|
|Geoffrey Schroyer||Past President|
|Brian Smith (Ex-Officio)||Executive Director (Staff)|
|Jack Matthews (Ex-Officio)||Regional Director (Staff)|
|Jennifer Vastardis||Business Manager (Staff)|