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Our Staff

Tiffany Hollums

Pastor of Student Ministires

Tiffany, her husband, DG, and their sweet daughter, Gracie feel so blessed to be here as part of the Bee Creek UMC family! Tiffany grew up in Lovington, New Mexico and graduated from Angelo state university with a degree in music education. She is an ordained Deacon in the UMC and her husband, DG, is an ordained Elder. She has been in youth ministry for 22 years (yes, she began at age 5!) and has served in diverse United Methodist churches from Los Alamos, NM to Lexington, Ky. She also has been the Executive director of an urban mission located in a government housing project and worked as a treatment foster care case manager.

Tiffany loves kids and teenagers! She finds great joy in watching kids and teens discover and grow in their faith and is always thinking of creative and fun ways to help them experience and understand the amazing love of Christ! Tiffany has a passion for helping kids and youth realize their importance in God's work and has been blessed to journey with many young people as they grow to serve God and others.

DG Hollums

Pastor of Community Life

D.G. Hollums, is a clergy in The United Methodist Church, born and raised in west Texas. He has most recently been the Sr. Pastor at High Desert UMC (a small church in Rio Rancho, NM since June 2013) D.G. spent the past three years intentionally working at Apple Inc. in Cincinnati to show the need for clergy to develop relationships beyond the church to offer community to those who have none. Before Apple, he was a Church planter in Northern, KY and the Cincinnati, OH tristate area doing experimental church planting using communal Lectio Divina in pubs and tea houses with people of all faiths developing Christ centered community and relationships among strangers. During this time he started to develop a method and spiritual practice of Visio Divina through contemplative photography from the photographer’s point of view; as well as, those viewing the art. It has become his passion to help those with faith to empower them to become more sensitive to the "thin space” moments around them and receive them wholeheartedly. He has experience in social media consulting and realizes the potential for social media to develop, encourage, and empower relationships. His wife, Tiffany, is also clergy in the United Methodist Church and they have one 5-year-old adopted daughter Gracie, that they both are smitten in love with. He is a geek, foodie, daddy, husband, self-described "extroverted contemplative cultural architect" and considers every person he meets to be someone he can’t wait to get to know.

Linnea Falk

Executive Assistant

Linnea is from West Texas, she graduated from Texas State University in 1996. She moved to Austin shortly after graduation. She has an extensive background as an Executive Assistant in both the financial industry and event planning. She was a stay at home mom for 10 years to two beautiful children. She moved to the Spicewood area in 1998. She married her husband in 2003 and they settled in Briarcliff in 2005. Linnea is a Stephen Minister and a member of our Hospital Visitation team here at BCUMC. She has served as a board member in her neighborhood, and is an active volunteer in her neighborhood and at both of her children's schools. l Linnea has been an active member of our church since 2004 and feels blessed to now be a part of our Bee Creek UMC staff. Click HERE to email Linnea.

Brandi Young

Bee Loved Preschool Director

Brandi grew up in Seabrook, Texas. She moved to Austin in 1991 to attend college and never left. Brandi graduated from The University of Texas with a Liberal Arts degree in Psychology. She received her Montessori Certification to teach children ages 2 to 6 years old in 2008. Brandi has worked as the preschool director for Bee Loved for seven years.

Brandi and her husband Paul own Fricano's Deli in Austin. She's also the proud mother of two wonderful high school boys. Click HERE to email Brandi.

Karen Hoffman

Financial Specialist

Karen brings over 25 years of experience in banking to her new position. She and her husband, Gary, own the Paleface Feed and Garden Supply store which keeps her busy when she's not working at the church. Karen and Gary have one son, Jason, that lives in the Austin area. Karen's knowledge and experience are an asset for BCUMC and we are happy to have her on the team.

Jim Echels

Music Coordinator

Jim has just joined the kind folks of Bee Creek UMC as Music Coordinator and Generally Loud Person. Prior to working as a worship guy, he worked in the non-profit sector crunching all kinds of numbers, proving that God often has plans for us other than our own. Jim came to worship leading in a roundabout way, beginning by playing whatever instrument was around, the louder the better. Eventually churches asked him to sing more so that their services would be a little quieter. He prefers acoustic drums, analog keyboards, lefty guitars, and as few computers being involved in the musical process as possible. He also prefers his beverages, whether they are coffee, tea or water, to be served in large enough containers to be affected by lunar tidal patterns. Sometimes he enjoys speaking about himself in the third person, which is the only way in which he is similar to an NFL caliber wide receiver. Jim and Beth (his extraordinarily smart, beautiful and patient Aggie meteorologist wife) were married in 2001. He is currently in a friendly competition with his daughter Amelia (b. 2006) to see who can sing the loudest. He is losing. He is also trying to decide whether to teach his son Joshua (b. 2011) traditional or matched grip first. When he’s not leading worship or caring for his family, Jim can be found playing drums for numerous artists in the Austin music scene, including the Belle Sounds & Candace Bellamy.

Tom Ruiz

Maintenance Technician

Tom is a native Texan, originally from San Antonio, where he lived before joining the US Army. He served for 20 years, alternating assignments between Combat Arms and Government Contracting. After his military service, he worked for AT&T as a Marketing Manager before settling into a second career in education as both a college instructor and school district administrator (Director of Purchasing). Tom holds a BS and an MA in Counseling Psychology as well as an MBA in Business/Marketing. Tom and his wife Dawn have five children and two grandchildren. Upon relocating to Central Texas, they fell in love with the Hill Country and built a home there. They enjoy being a part of a new community and are active in various church and neighborhood groups. In their spare time, Tom and Dawn have a real estate business where they combine experience gained from numerous moves with business acumen and an intense desire to help others. In his free time, Tom enjoys golf, cooking, and volunteering.

Lydia Sims

Children's Ministry Assistant & Administrative Assistant

Lydia has been a member of Bee Creek UMC for 2 years and has served as a volunteer in the children’s program during that time. She has enjoyed a career in youth development working with organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs and Travis County 4-H. She is excited to share her experience and love of children and youth with the Bee Creek community in a new way. Lydia celebrates life every day with her husband Miles and their 4 children.

Laura Slinkard

Administrative Assistant

Bee Creek UMC is excited to announce the hire of our new office Administrative Assistant, Laura Slinkard. Laura has three beautiful grown children, one set of boy/girl twins and another son, Adam, who is now with our Lord in Heaven. She’s also been married to her husband Phil for over 30 years, who is a corporate attorney. Laura has an extensive background in administrative and front office work. Laura’s “go-getter” attitude and sweet smile are a perfect fit at Bee Creek! Join us in welcoming her to our team!

Monica Mayo

Administrative Assistant

Monica is from Lamesa, Texas where many fond memories reside. From the iconic West Texas tumbleweeds and sandstorms to her childhood days at the First United Methodist Church. Her work history spans from Travel consultant to administrative/front office work and as a pre-k Music teacher. She feels fortunate and thankful to have grown up with a very musical family as her passion is music. She enjoys the piano and live music of many genres. She has 2 beautiful boys. Jack age 22 and Henry age 24. They have been in Lakeway since 2008.

Candice Escobedo

RN, BSN, Wesley Nurse

Candice and her husband, Gilbert, have two daughters, Gisele and Mila, and come to us from San Antoino. They are excited to be back “home” in Austin. Candice graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with her BSN in 2011. Working in acute care and seeing all the obstacles people faced before entering the hospital drove Candice to want to do more. She is dedicated to providing holistic care and empowering people to live the life that God has intended for them. She is very excited to be a part of the Bee Creek Community as a Wesley Nurse and to serve others in the Lords name.

Trent Smith

Lay Minister "No Walls" worship 11am The Lantern

Trent and his family have been members at Bee Creek UMC since 2011. He, along with his wife and children (Mia, Ella and Rowan) love their church and the friends they've made during their time here. Trent is a Customer Experience Leader at a large national bank, and in his spare time has been a volunteer youth leader at Bee Creek UMC. Trent is currently leading our offsite, non-traditional, "No Walls" worship service.

Ron Reed

Gym Monitor

Ron spent 20 years in the military serving the citizens of this great country. Ron currently works tirelessly serving the children of Texas as an employee of the Texas Office of the Attorney General’s, Child Support Division. Ron also serves others outside of the workplace as a member of Bee Creek United Methodist Church (BCMUC). His years of public service coupled now with being a member of BCUMC and attending the Walk to Emmaus, helped him re-establish his priorities in life, with God first and foremost on that list. Today, he can truly say that by becoming a servant of God has made serving others a little easier and a more worthwhile, lifelong endeavor.

Ron has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Webster University, a Bachelor of Science degree from Midwestern State University (MSU), with a major in Criminal Justice and minor in Military Science. He also has an Associate Degree in Real Estate from Austin Community College. It is his pleasure to serve you.

Polo Belaj

Campus Custodian

Polo and his wife moved to the US, in 2013, from Albania. This was the first time Polo has ever moved. In fact, he was born, and raised a family in the same house. Polo has two boys living in Marble Falls and Horseshoe Bay, and one 2-yr old granddaughter that he loves to spoil. Polo has worked as a housekeeper at the Horseshoe Bay Resort, and Walmart. He is shy and soft-spoken. Polo loves chess, European soccer, and world events. He is very happy that UMC asked him to become part of the staff.

Dr. Gustavo Bianchi


Dr. Gustavo Bianchi has enjoyed a distinguished international career, having performed in halls across the US, South America, and Asia. His long list of honors and awards includes prizes at the Sidney Wright Piano Accompanying Competition (first prize, 2003), the prestigious Bartok and Kabalevsky International Piano Competition (first prize, 1998), and the Florida Young Chang Artist Competition (first prize, 1998) to name a few. He also received a Pre-emptive Fellowship to attend University of Texas at Austin.

As a soloist and chamber musician, he has studied with and been coached by renowned artists and pedagogues including Anton Nel, Menahem Pressler, José Feghali, Randall Hodgkinson, Leonard Mastrogiacomo, Sergei Schepkin, and Yara Bernette. In addition, his first piano teacher, Nadia Soledade, was a student of Alfred Cortot. Cortot studied at the Paris Convervatoire under Emile Descombes (a pupil of the famous composer, Frederic Chopin). He has studied piano pedagogy with Sophia Gilmson, Martha Hilley, Victoria McArthur, and Faina Bryanskaya.

Dr. Bianchi was a teaching assistant at the University of Texas at Austin from 2003 to 2005. Upon graduation, he was hired as an adjunct faculty for the Butler school of Music in the capacity of collaborative pianist. Since then he has performed and taught masterclasses for several universities and cultural organizations in the USA, from California to Pennsylvania. He served as Vice president of the ADMTA from 2011 to 2014 and has been in the board of the Mika Hasler Young Artist Competition Foundation since its inception in 2012. In 2014, Dr. Bianchi performed several concerts and masterclasses in Beijing, Xi'an, and Hangzhou, China and last year he was invited to be a faculty member of the Burgos International Music festival in Spain.

Dr. Bianchi earned his doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his master's and bachelor's degrees from Florida State University. He also attended the pre-college music program at the New England Conservatory, as well as the Longy School of Music in Boston. He currently works in Austin where he is a highly sought-out pianist, collaborative artist, and teacher. He is also the pianist at Bee Creek United Methodist Church since 2005.

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