1203 Wirt Road
Houston, Texas 77055
Phone: (713) 686-4328
Fax: (936) 273-0012
The Rev. Nancy Creason has served as a pastor for 25 years, including 14 years as an elder in full connection. As an ordained minister, she considers her duties as a pastor to be her calling and privilege. She is a very outgoing and friendly person and a team player. She considers her sermons to be honest words for thinking people.
Most recently, she served as senior pastor at First UMC Hempstead and Lynn Grove UMC. As pastor in charge of evangelism at Lakewood UMC, there was a substantial membership increase. As pastor in charge of contemporary worship at St. John’s UMC in Richmond, attendance more than doubled. In previous churches her duties also included Bible studies, missions, and pastoral care/counseling along with the other general pastoral responsibilities.
Nancy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Houston / Clear Lake and her Master’s of Divinity degree from Southern Methodist University / Perkins. Nancy husband’s name is Steve and they have a 4 year old son named Cooper.
Lavena Linhart, Director of Music and Fine Arts, has been on staff at Terrace since September 1985. She served as Children’s Choir Director and then in 1987 as Director of Music and Fine Arts. Lavena attended Houston Baptist University and taught K-4th grade music at St. Francis Episcopal Day School for 13 years, retiring in 2010. Over the past 25 years she has produced many children’s musicals in addition to multi-generational shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph, Godspell, Sound of Music, Wizard of Oz, Oliver, Annie, Peter Pan, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Jungle Books, and Aladdin. Her Kidz Theatre Program at Terrace is one of the most successful theater programs in Spring Branch and boasts over 50 boys and girls. They meet every week to learn about theater, music and performance. Lavena has been a member of Terrace since 1985 and mother to Bobby, Brian, Debbie, Kim & Sharon. Her spare time is spent with her grandchildren and children.
Katie Rall, Director of Ministries to Families with Youth, has a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Sam Houston State University. She has always felt called to be a teacher and loves teaching about Jesus. Katie is a native Houstonian, a graduate of Westside High School and a long-time Methodist. Katie brings energy and excitement to our staff and to youth ministry.
Candy Grasty, Director of Senior Adult Ministries, is a lifelong member of Terrace and a third-generation native Houstonian. She has played Handbells since the handbell choir’s inception in 1981, serves as coordinator for the A/V Projection Team, is a member of the Fine Arts Committee, and has appeared in the church’s musical productions for more than 20 years. Her favorite role (so far) has been playing the Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard of Oz”. Candy grew up in Spring Branch and graduated from Rice University with a degree in Economics and Managerial Studies. She has held the professional designation of Certified Financial Planner since 1985. Candy married Chase Grasty at Terrace in 1999. She is stepmom to Jason and Lauren and enjoys visiting her grandbaby Helena and grandbaby Tavi!
Tricia Montalbano, Director of Big, Little School, was baptized here at Terrace and has been actively involved in the life of the church ever since. Daughter of Nancy Bell, the founder of Big, Little School, makes Tricia a second generation director. Tricia worked at Big, Little School for many years during the late eighties and early nineties as an assistant teacher and after-school counselor, before leaving for college. She graduated in 1995 from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration and Long Term Care. Tricia married her husband, Nick, in the winter of 1995. They have been blessed with two wonderful children, Abby & Nicholas, both Big Little graduates. Tricia returned to Big, Little School in 1999 and has been director since 2003. She is dedicated to maintaining and preserving this very special program. Big, Little School provides recognized and awarded high quality Early Childhood Education. Established in 1972, Big, Little School has become a concrete part of the Spring Branch community.