REV. KENNETH LEVINGSTON
Senior Pastor Kenneth Levingston grew up in a small town in northern Louisiana. His mother moved him and his sister to Fifth Ward, in Houston, when he was 12 years old. He was shaped by the love of Christ and a caring community. Over the past 35 years, Pastor Levingston has pastored congregations in rural, urban, suburban, and multicultural settings. He believes and teaches the word of God in a manner that is relevant and challenges the hearer to live like they belong to Jesus. He is passionate about “following Jesus and doing what Jesus did.” 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, 32 years
Children: Brittany and Ke’Andra
Pastor in Texas Annual Conference: 35 years
Pastor Levingston was appointed to Jones Memorial United Methodist Church on September 1, 2008. The church has a membership of over 1600 members and is still growing. Jones Memorial 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: 5 years
Pastor Flanagan was appointed to Jones Memorial United Methodist Church on August 1, 2020.
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, 18 years
Children: Farrah, Jacob, Hannah, David
Pastor in Texas Annual Conference: 4 years
Pastor Edwards was appointed to Jones Memorial United Methodist Church on July 1, 2020.