Welcome to Chapel Hill UMC in Farmers Branch , TX
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
Menu Trigger

Meet the Staff

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

Senior Pastor


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

Pastora Idalia Luna

Pastor of Children, Families, & Hispanic Ministries

Email Pastora Idalia


Dr. Donaleah Dedrick

Minister of Worship and Music Ministry

Email Donaleah 

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 Richards

Office Manager

Email Adam

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 McKay

Office Manager

Email Alec

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 Lubbers

Youth Director

Email Adam

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 challenge me to racquetball, he will be around the church on Sundays! Perhaps he can even convince you to volunteer and cook a meal for one of the many YMYF Dinners every Sunday from 5:00-7:30. He and the youth would certainly be grateful!


Jim Hanigan

Building Manager

Email Jim

Jim Hanigan is a longtime member of Chapel Hill, having been part of this church since 1979. Since 2008, Jim has served as our building manager.





I wish above all things that you may know how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for you.