Ministers & Staff

Daniel McGraw – senior minister

The McGraw family

Daniel McGraw began as Community Life Minister at West University in the summer of 2012. He became the Senior Pulpit Minister in Jan.  2015 after the retirement of Dr. Calvin Warpula. Daniel originally fell in love with Jesus while growing up in Memphis, TN. He attended Harding University (BA in Psychology, BA in Vocational Ministry), and attained an MDiv from Harding School of Theology. Daniel previously worked as a minister/preaching apprentice with the Highland Church of Christ (Memphis, TN), Campus Minister with Southside Church of Christ (Lawrence, Kansas), and a missionary apprentice with the Iglesia de Cristo de Caballito (Buenos Aires, Argentina.) Daniel met his beautiful wife, Megan, at Memphis Workcamp in 2006, and they were married in 2009.

Daniel loves being outdoors. He is a history fanatic, a Civil War reenactor, and a biliophile. He also enjoys a great cup of coffee or an Argentine maté, long conversations with friends, and curling up with a good book. He is passionate about the worship of his Creator, and wants others to draw into a deeper relationship with God.

Roy Rhodes – community minister

The Rhodes familyRoy joined West U. in May 2015 with his wife, Tiffany, and their son, Micah. In August 2015 their daughter Miriam was born. Roy graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2009 with a BA in English, and he received his Masters of Divinity from Abilene Christian University in 2015. While in graduate school, Roy served as a ministry intern at Johnson Street Church of Christ in San Angelo, TX. Roy and Tiffany have also been involved in foreign missions; they served as apprentice missionaries in Chemnitz, Germany from 2009-2012.

Roy’s responsibilities include facilitating adult Bible classes, our Small Groups ministry, and helping people find a home here at West U. He also works alongside our deacons and ministry leaders in coordinating various projects and events, in order that the church might faithfully bear the good news of Jesus in our surrounding communities. His passion is for helping people come into the light of God’s grace and redemptive mercy.

The Rhodes family loves the zoo and enjoys spending time together outside. In addition to being an accomplished quilter, Tiffany writes and has published three children’s books. Roy’s hobbies and interests include running, reading science fiction, and talking about God over coffee. Roy is also an amateur historian, and has been known to bore people with the obscurities of church history.


Reni Burns – director of footsteps

Reni Burns

Reni Burns is the director of our Footsteps program. Prior to stepping into the director’s position, she taught in the classroom for 8 years. Reni grew up in West University Place, attended West U Elementary, Pershing and Lamar High School. She went on to attend HCC and Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. Reni is an active volunteer for Mark Twain PTO, Houston Livestock Show and West University Girls Softball. She has four wonderful daughters and a very supportive husband. Reni grew up attendingWest U Church of Christ. She was baptized in 1980 at West U Church. She and her “high school sweetheart”, Corby Burns, were married at West U Church in1994. After living in the U.K. for three years, Reni, Corby and her first daughter, Allie, returned to live in Houston. She and her family are currently members atWest U Church of Christ were they serve and worship. Reni’s hobbies include camping with her family, spending time with friends, shuttling her children to various activities, cooking and maintaining their home.

Christy McDonald – business manager

Christy McDonald

Christy McDonald is our business manager. She has been a part of the West University congregation since 2000 and has served in many roles. Christy has taught Sunday School and been active with Footsteps, our Mother’s Day Out program, our Children’s Ministry and served as church secretary for four years. Christy is originally from Michigan and moved to Texas in September of 1993 for college. She and her husband Ryan met at work in Corpus Christi, Texas, in January of 1994 and later married in January of 2003. In June of 2005 they welcomed their first child, Abagail, and Lily in 2010. They moved to Houston to attend school and follow Ryan’s career in August of 1998. They have been members of the congregation at West University since May of 2000. Christy loves to travel and does whenever she gets the chance. She likes to read and is rediscovering the outdoors with her daughters.


Jay Roberts – youth minister

Jay Roberts

Jay Roberts serves as our youth minister. Jay joined the staff in 2011. We are grateful for him committing to serve our teenagers.










Mark Rue – custodian

Mark Rue

Mark Rue is the church custodian. Mark is a native Houstonian who grew up in the West U. congregation. He graduated from Bellaire High School and attended North Harris Community College for a brief time until he began employment with Compaq Computers. His work for Compaq was primarily as a computer technician in constructing servers and other equipment. He also drove a school bus for about two years for a private bus company. As a young man Mark joined the Boy Scouts and achieved the rare rank of Eagle Scout in 1994, something that is attained by less than 4% of Boy Scouts. As a teenager he worked as a volunteer at the V.A. Hospital. He was baptized in May of 1998 at West U. and now works maintaining our facilities. With Footsteps and other activities around the church building, Mark’s job is never-ending in preparing for the next event. We appreciate his work and efforts very much. Mark’s father is one of the church deacons.


Susan Parker – secretary

Susan Parker serves as our church secretary and ministry assistant. Susan is a graduate of Sam Houston State University, and has served as a business professional in various industries, before offering her gifts to West U. in 2017. Susan brings a wealth of experience and a heart for people to our church ministry. And she has a passion for art and creativity.