REV. KENNETH LEVINGSTON
Pastor Levingston has pastored congregations in rural, urban, suburban, and multicultural settings. He preaches and teaches the word of God in a manner that is scripturally rooted and grounded in Holy Spirit. He challenges the hearer to respond to the call of Jesus, “follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” He is determined to follow Jesus and do what Jesus did and help others to come to know, love, and believe in Jesus for transformation and salvation.” Pastor Levingston’s life reflects his belief that living a “Higher Way” means submitting one’s self to love and service to others.
Wife: Shanda Kaye, 35 years
Pastor Levingston was appointed to Jones Memorial "The Higher Way Church" on September 1, 2008. "The Higher Way Church" provides ministries that meet the life needs of its mission field, guiding people to follow Jesus as Lord and Savior and do what Jesus did with and for others.
REV. VERRONDA FLANAGAN
A native Houstonian, Rev. Verronda has been a member of the Methodist Church all of her adult years. She has worked in Corporate America as a Sr. VP in HR Management for 16 years, and in Higher Education, Mid High and Elementary Schools in various roles.
Rev. Verronda began her journey of being a servant leader for God at Windsor Village United Methodist Church. She then answered God’s divine call to pastoral ministry in 2008, and will be continuing her studies at SMU Perkins School of Theology.
Children: Raymond and Elyssia
Pastor in Texas Annual Conference: 12 years
Pastor Flanagan was appointed to Jones Memorial United Methodist Church on August 1, 2020.
Pastor of Ministries
REV. NAKIA W. EDWARDS
Nakia William Edwards, born and raised in New Jersey, came to Houston Texas in 1993 to attend Texas Southern University. Nakia proudly graduated from Texas Southern University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and minor in sociology. Nakia continued his studies and received a Master’s in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University. Nakia currently works full-time at Houston Community College as the Program Director of Workforce and Career Training.
But the highlight of his life started in the year of 2000 when he fully committed his life to Christ. In 2001, he met the love of his life, Thelissa, who became his wife on May 18, 2002. Nakia responded to the call to pastoral ministry in 2016 through the United Methodist Conference as a licensed local pastor. He previously served in the youth and marriage ministry at Windsor Village United Methodist Church, the Board of Directors at the Awakenings Movement, and pastoral leadership, youth and marriage ministry at Covenant Glen United Methodist Church. Nakia is proud to join the pastoral team of the Higher Way Church at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church and looks forward to being used mightily for the glory of God!
Wife: Thelissa, 19 years
Children: Farrah, Jacob, Hannah, David
Pastor in Texas Annual Conference: 4 years
Pastor Edwards was appointed to "The Higher Way'' Church on July 1, 2020.
Pastor of Couples/Men
REV. DR. DOROTHY SMITH-HUBBARD
Rev. Dr. Dorothy Smith-Hubbard was born in Winchester, Kentucky. and relocated to Pearland, Texas, in 2009.
A certified local licensed Pastor in the United Methodist Church and formerly pastored two churches with the opportunity to assist in a successful church merger. She has over 12 years of experience in Chaplaincy and is endorsed by The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM). Nashville, TN. And a certified Chaplain through the Board of Chaplaincy certification (BCCI). President and Founder of Branches Inc. (a 501(c) Leadership Organization in Kentucky and Houston with a mission to raise up Leaders to Serve in the body of Christ (Doctordorothy.org), In cooperation with The Oral Robert’s University Local Bible Institute, has established “The Smith-Hubbard Bible Institute” in honor of our parents, Rev. Winfred C. Smith and Missionary Flemon C. Hubbard.
Dr. Dorothy is also the Author of “Reducing Anxiety of Persons Practicing Pastoral Care Through Interpathy Training” and “Reframing To Now” (amazon.com).
Dr. Dorothy has an earned Master of Arts Master’s degree in Leadership (MACL) and Master of Arts Christian Ministries (MACM) from Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY., an earned Doctorate of Ministry (DMin) with a concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling and presently serves as a part-time Adjunct Professor at Oral Robert’s University, Tulsa, Ok.
Husband: Min Roland C. Hubbard, Sr. Certified Lay Minister
Children: Christa, Dawn, Myra, Charity, Rochelle, Rebecca, and Roland Jr.
Grandchildren: Micheal, Shenice, Emmanuel, K'ara, Jordan, Jessica, Gabriel, Isaac, and Roland, III.
Pastor in Texas Annual Conference: 8 years
Pastor Dorothy was appointed to "The Higher Way" Church on July 1, 2022