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 has served on several local church and Wesley Foundation staffs in areas of Administration, Discipleship and Worship Design. Kelly, film-maker husband Joe, their daughter and beloved dogs live in Rowlett.

  • 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, his wife Becca and their daughter live in McKinney, Texas where his wife works as an associate for a local law firm. 

  • REv. 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. Emma is a commissioned Deacon in the UMC. Emma lives with her husband, Rev. Alex Williams, who serves as the Pastor at Cross Way UMC, their son 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.