Dr. Daniel McGraw – senior minister
Daniel McGraw began as Community 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 and a DMin from Abilene Christian University. 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. They are the parents of two beautiful daughters.
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
Roy 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. Tiffany is an art educator and the director of Artist Tree Studios in West University Place. 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.
Jay Roberts – youth minister
Our Youth Ministry is led by Jay Roberts. Jay has been ministering with and mentoring youth for over twenty years, beginning when he was stationed in Japan as a member of the U.S. Air Force. Jay is passionate about discipleship, and in addition to leading the young people of West U., Jay has been involved in inner-city missions at Impact Church of Christ. Jay Roberts is also the a director of the Nebraska Youth Camp. Outside of organized church ministry, Jay pours into the lives of students as a teacher at Westbury Christian School. Jay joined the staff in 2011.
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.
Christy McDonald – business manager
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 has been a 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 two daughters.
Mark Rue – custodian
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.