Rusty Teeter – Director

Rusty for websiteRusty has been the director of the Wesley since 1998. He is an ordained minister in the Rio Texas Annual Conference. Rusty grew up on a farm in the small West Texas town of Lockney. He graduated from McMurry University in 1991 and received his Masters of Divinity in 1998 from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Rusty has been married to his wife Cheryl since 1993 and has a son, Stephen. Email Rusty


Ann Lawton – Associate Director

Ann Lawton is the new associate director for the Texas Wesley and she considers this a “dream job!”  Ann received her Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  She moved here from Raleigh, NC, where she served as a discipleship pastor at Sunrise UMC, focusing on helping people to apprehend God’s love, come to faith and grow deeper roots in Christ.  In Raleigh, she also taught in the Intensive English Program for NC State University, where she enjoyed working with students from around the world. For eighteen years, she served with Pioneers in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where she focused on teaching God’s word and helping Thai women grow in knowledge, faith and love for God.  Ann’s children are Bri (23) who is a recent grad of Vanderbilt and now a teacher, and Zachary (20), who is a junior at NC State University.  In her free time, Ann enjoys playing tennis, gardening, reading, eating out and going to the theatre. Email Ann

Michael McDonald – Business Manager

michaelMichael McDonald has been our Business Manager since 2001. He handles all the money stuff and keeps us all on track. Michael graduated from UT in ’89 and got his MBA from St. Edwards. He enjoys cooking, camping and kayaking, but most of all he enjoys spending time with his wife and son. Email Michael


Chris McCormick-Director of Development

Chris McCormickChris McCormick started his college career at The University of Texas a long time ago and now he’s back.  In the years in between, he has worked as a charitable fund raiser for a number of United Methodist churches and agencies, most recently The Upper Room daily devotional magazine.  His job is telling people about Texas Wesley and inviting them to make gifts to help financially support the ministry.  His wife, Joyce, is the senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Elgin, Texas.  Besides spending time with Joyce, he enjoys playing his guitar, singing, and cooking. Email Chris

Andrea Martinez – Intern

Andrea will be interning for the 2017-2018 academic year. She staffs the Connect council, leads a women’s discipleship group, organizes service activities, and helps lead the social justice small group. Andrea is from Brownsville, Texas and loves her mom, dad, brother, sisters, and dog very much. She graduated from UT majoring in English and minoring in Biology, hoping to one day combine her liberal arts background with a career in medicine. She plans to pursue a master’s degree before applying to medical school. Andrea loves the Wesley community, and looks forward to serving it alongside her good friend/roommate, Sarah. Andrea enjoys early morning walks, meeting with people for coffee and pancakes, reading anything from Jane Austen to James Baldwin, and of course, the Bible. Andrea would also like people to know she is available to talk about experiences of trauma, abuse, or eating disorders with anyone who would like a listening ear or someone in their corner. Email Andrea

Sarah Patlan – Intern

Sarah will be serving as an intern alongside her close friend and partner-in-crime, Andrea, for the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters. She leads a women’s discipleship group and a year-long Bible study, and she helps plan weekly events and retreats. She graduated from UT with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and in Religious Studies. Sarah loves puns, viral videos featuring cute animals, and both making music and listening to music with friends. Dislikes getting her sleeves wet while washing her hands. It’s a pet peeve.
Sarah is currently applying to seminaries to pursue a Masters in Divinity and Masters in Social Work after her time at the Wesley comes to an end. Until then, she is enjoying every minute of serving and being a part of this wonderful community! Email Sarah

Austin Taylor  – PR Student Assistant

austinAustin is the person that keeps the ship that is the Wesley from sinking. Between PR, social media, university relations, webmastering, and his other duties, Austin enables and empowers the other staff to do their jobs without fear of having to succumb to mundane office work.  Additionally, he serves in the position of office clown and provides valuable comedic relief to the office whenever necessary (and sometimes unnecessary). Email Austin.