Meet the staff at CHUMC. While we strongly believe in the ministry of all believers, we have some gifted full- and part-time staff members who guide us along the way.
Reverend Elzie Odom Jr
Rev. Elzie D. Odom, Jr. is a native Texan. He has been married to the Rev Dr. Janet Bell Odom for forty years and resides in Dallas.
Rev. Odom received his Master of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School, and is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Rev. Odom was employed by IBM for 27 years, and by Xerox Corporation for 2 years. Recently, Rev. Odom has served the Greater Dallas Community of Churches as Executive Director for over three years. In addition, Rev. Odom was an adjunct faculty member at Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch, Texas where was a professor of World Religions
Pastor of Children, Families, & Hispanic Ministries
Dr. Donaleah Dedrick
Minister of Worship and Music Ministry
Donaleah Dedric, began her vocation as a church musician at the age of ten, studying privately with Professor J Hale of Baylor University and Mr. N. Scott.
Donaleah is a former District Music Educator of Willow Grove Association, and previous owner of Dona’s Music, a piano program for children and seniors. Professional experience includes being an independent music educator, accompanist for MS, JH, & HS Texas UIL competitions, soprano soloist and board member of the Plano Civic Chorus which performed in NY at Carnegie Hall, 1999, during an America singing tour.
Donaleah, completed music studies at Temple College, University of Mary Hardin Baylor, vocal studies, Winnipeg Canada, and Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX.
Adam is currently in the process of obtaining a master’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at Dallas, and when finished plans on attending seminary. Adam has lived in the north Dallas area most of his life and is a lifelong member of the UMC, participating in the choir as a youth at Custer Road UMC, helping lead the Synergy Wesley Foundation at UT Dallas, and interning at Oak Lawn UMC during the summer of 2018.
Alec is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, where he studied 3D animation and video game production. Originally from Austin, he moved to the north Dallas area four years ago when he started school. While president of Pride at UT Dallas, an LGBT student organization, he worked frequently with the Synergy Wesley Foundation to make the university a welcoming place for LGBT students. During his free time, he enjoys making digital art and playing video games.
Adam is currently a seminary student at Perkins School of Theology in SMU where he is working toward an MDiv. Adam is from Granbury, to the southwest of Dallas, and grew up in church. Adam attended Abilene Christian University where he earned a degree in the Bible and a degree in History, and where he met his wife, Courtney. Adam has volunteered and worked at many churches, mostly United Methodist. When not doing schoolwork or doing ministry, he enjoys drinking tea, playing racquetball, playing trombone, reading, traveling, fantasy football, and watching movies. If you ever want to chat, bring him tea, or challenge him to