Rev. Dr. Keith Whitaker, Senior Pastor
Keith was appointed as our senior pastor in June of 2008, after serving several years as a District Superintendent. Previously, Keith served as senior pastor to several churches throughout the conference, including First UMC Lufkin and Christ Church Sugar Land. Keith loves cars. He, his wife Stephanie, and their two sons Heath and Stephen love to travel and have visited 17 of Major League Baseball's ballparks, five minor league parks, the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and the Field of Dreams site in Iowa.
Rev. David Goran, Lead Pastor Redeemer Campus
Rev. David Goran and his family came to FUMC Pearland in July 2015. David serves as Lead Pastor at our Manvel campus. David and his wife Shannon have three young boys, Jesse, Jeremiah, and Jonathan, and daughter, Jordan. David and Shannon both served for five years as United Methodist missionaries in L’viv, Ukraine. During that time David was ordained as an Elder in the Ukrainian Annual Conference and was appointed the pastor and director of a university student ministry, while additionally beginning a small United Methodist Church plant. David was born and raised in Champaign, Illinois. He has a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Illinois and a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary.
Rev. Joseph Yoo, Associate Pastor
Joseph comes to us from St. Mark United Methodist Church in Santa Barbara, California. Joseph spent a good part of his life in Hawaii, attending the University of Hawaii as a psychology major. He received his M.Div at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and far more important than his M.Div, he met his wife, Rahel, at Wesley. They have been married since 2006. They adopted their son Nathanael in 2016. His hope is to make an impact in the community he serves through and with God’s name, love, grace, and hope - making the message and love of Christ relevant to the community and beyond. Joseph loves to laugh (loudly) and often times, at his own jokes.
Barbara worked 27 years as a Clinical Social Work in the field of mental health. She retired from social work to attend seminary full time. She served two congregations in Western Oklahoma and also worked with the area hospital as a part-time chaplain for the hospital hospice services. She retired in 2016 and moved to Pearland, Texas to be near her daughter and 3 granddaughters. Besides learning, her loves are travel, painting, sailing, sewing and quilting.