My name is Rev. Heather Velez and I am very glad to be joining the St. Stephens staff. I was commissioned as a Deacon in 2013 in the same class as Pastor Nathan. I served at Pattison UMC as the Associate Pastor until February 2020 when the church had to close the position. I have a Bachelors Degree in Music with a concentration in Education, am a Texas Certified Teacher in Music All-Level, and am Certified by The United Methodist Church in Church Music.

I have served at two churches since commissioning and both have been centered around work with children and the local communities. My first church love was in worship and music and I am very excited to be coming back to my roots in worship planning and coordinating. I love to see how the Holy Spirit weaves all the pieces of worship together to make something truly wonderful.

My husband Mike and I have been married for 26 years and have two daughters. Kaitlyn is 20 and just started her junior year at Sam Houston State University as a Computer Animation Major. Nicole is 19 and is about to begin her sophomore year at Colorado State University studying Wildlife Biology.

Please feel free to reach out and say hello and be sure to let me know that you would like to be part of our worship services. I cannot say where our journey will take us right now, but I can say without a doubt that I am glad to be walking beside all of St. Stephen’s family and know that God is still in charge!