Rev. Trevor Kennedy, Pastor

About Rev. Trevor Kennedy

Trevor joined Good News in July 2018 as senior pastor after previously serving at White’s Chapel as a Path1 intern (church planting) and Pastor for Young Adults. As a Path1 Intern, Kennedy learned side by side from co-pastors, Drs. John McKellar and Todd Renner, how to lead a faith community that seeks to reach the next person for Christ. 

A native of Texas, Trevor attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas for his undergraduate work in Religion, focusing on Islam and Christianity, and then, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, receiving his Masters of Divinity in May 2017. 

Kennedy and his wife Danielle have been married for six years with a little one expected to join the family in September 2018. In his spare time, he enjoys college football (Go Notre Dame Fighting Irish!) and reading.


Rev. Chris Reyes, Associate Pastor / Director of Small Groups, Community Outreach & Youth ,

About Chris Reyes

Chris Reyes was born in Austin and moved around the US growing up, then ended up back here.  He is a graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown with a BA in Business.  He also completed his MA in Theological Studies in May 2015 from Austin Seminary.  Chris is in the ordination track of Deacon for the United Methodist Church, and was commissioned in June 2016 when he was appointed Associate Pastor at Good News United Methodist Church. He anticipates full ordination in June 2019.

Chris has been serving churches in some role since he was 18, and is excited to work with the people of Good News UMC to make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  Small groups are a passion of his, as that is how he encountered Christ.  

In addtion, Chris has been doing some form of youth ministry for the past ten years and was a full-time youth director before coming to Good News UMC.  He has a passion for leading and teaching people of all ages and loves helping youth grow in and live out their faith.

His wife Ellen works in Austin at TCEQ, the state environmental agency.
Lisa Grant, Director of Children

About Lisa Grant

Lisa has a passion for sharing God’s love and grace with children, families, and the community.  The Bible verse that inspires her ministry is Matthew 19:14: "Let the little children come to me...for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."  Lisa has worked with children for over 20 years as a director, teacher, and volunteer, and has served as a Director of Children’s Ministries for almost a decade.  She earned her Child Development Associate Degree (CDA) and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration.
Lisa is married to Julian, and they are blessed with six amazing children.  Lisa enjoys teaching group fitness classes at the Georgetown Recreation Center and leading yoga here at church.  Lisa would love to talk with you about our children’s ministries at Good News UMC and how we can best serve you, your children, and your family.

Dan Fiero, Worship Leader
About Dan Fiero

Dan is an Arson Investigator with City of Austin Fire Department but has a passion for music that results in him spending almost as much time on it as he does at work! He started playing guitar over 20 years ago for his little girl, Robin. It all started out with songs like Thumbelina and Michael Row Your Boat Ashore. Dan has been serving as a worship leader for the past 6 years and is looking forward to beginning a new chapter with Good News UMC! 
Mary Piatt, Administrative Assistant
About Mary Piatt

Our Administrative Assistant, Mary Piatt, was an active member and volunteer at Bedford UMC in Pennsylvania for twenty years before moving to Cedar Park in 2014 with her husband and four children.  She feels very blessed to have found a wonderful new church family here at Good News UMC.  A stay-at-home mom, she is happy to be helping out in the church office.