Who We Are

  • Marti Soper, Director



    Marti Soper was born in New Jersey and attended Boston College majoring in Finance. After receiving her MBA in Marketing from UCLA, she worked at IBM for almost ten years before hearing a call to ministry. While attending Perkins School of Theology at SMU, Marti was Youth Minister at Arapaho United Methodist Church for four years. She served as Associate Pastor at Arapaho for six years before being appointed to Greenland Hills UMC in 2004.

    Marti has a heart for ministry with those “on the margins” particularly those who are unchurched or who have been hurt by the church. Coming from an unchurched background herself, she is familiar with the sense of yearning that characterizes many who are searching for spiritual nourishment and purpose in life. “I see our mission as helping people to get rooted in God’s love, a love that is unconditional, inclusive and steadfast. If they can experience that in the church, they begin to sense the Christ within, growing in their faith and reaching out to hurting people in a hurting world. I want people to see their faith journey as not only about them, but about the transformation of the world.”

    Marti is married to Rev. Jack Soper and they have four children and five grandchildren between them.

  • Kelly Carpenter, Associate director



    Kelly Carpenter was born in Texas and after 12 years of moving around the country she returned ‘home’ to attend Texas Christian University where she received her BFA in Theatre Scene Design. She attended Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA where she received her Masters of Theological Studies in Religion and Art. Kelly also works for Lovers Lane UMC as the Creative Arts Director for Crosswalk Worship. Kelly married film-maker, Joe Carpenter in April 2011 and they live happily with their dogs and soon to arrive new baby. Kelly’s hobbies include visiting with friends, being creative, TCU football, kayaking and camping.

  • Joseph Bradley, Camping and Retreat Ministries



    Joseph Bradley has been serving as the Youth Director for over 10 years at various churches around the state of Texas. He also has experience as a Young Adult Missionary with the United Methodist Church Mission Intern program through the General Board of Global Ministries. As a Mission Intern he served 1½ years in Cambodia and a year in Detroit, MI. In December of 2015 Joseph graduated with his Masters of Theological Studies from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Joseph and his wife Becca live in McKinney, Texas where his wife works as an associate for a local law firm. 

  • emma williams, faith formation



    Emma Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Centenary College of Louisiana, and a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. After moving from Chicago to Dallas, she worked at Wesley-Rankin Community Center, first as Children's Education Associate and then as Development Manager, and is currently working toward becoming a commissioned deacon in the UMC. Emma lives in Duncanville with her husband, Alex Williams, who serves as the Associate Pastor at FUMC Duncanville, their new baby and their adorable, gigantic dog, Stanley. 

  • Mariel Vela, Administrative ASSISTANT



    Mariel was born and raised in Dallas. She graduated from Wade College with a degree in Merchandise Marketing. Mariel is a member of Tyler Street UMC - she co-directs bilingual worship, plays guitar/keyboards and sings for english worship and serves in youth ministry.

    Mariel loves being creative, trying new restaurants and being with friends. Mariel lives in North Dallas with her husband, Tony.

  • Becky Hensley, Luke 4 initiative


    Becky Hensley was born in Harlingen, TX, but grew up in Oklahoma. She holds a Bachelor’s in Religious Education from Oklahoma City University and a Master’s in Theological Studies from Perkins School of Theology. She has served as Associate Minister of Discipleship at First UMC Dallas, and Associate Minister of Children, Adult, and Missions Ministries at Flower Mound United Methodist.

    As a Deacon, Becky has a strong passion for connecting churches with the needs of the world through ministries of compassion and justice, and is excited about the opportunity to work with churches throughout the North Texas Conference to help develop leaders that transform the world.

    She is married to Ben Hensley, Minister of Worship and Music at Oak Lawn UMC.They live in Dallas with their two cats, Neo and Thunderbob.