Cedar Park First United Methodist Church

Our Staff

Peter Castles

Our Staff - Peter Castles - Senior PastorPeter Castles has been pastor of Cedar Park First UMC since June, 2010.  He served as pastor of three other Austin-area United Methodist churches before coming to Cedar Park.  Peter and his wife Pam, who is a Wesley Nurse at Parker Lane UMC in Austin, have two twenty-something-year-old daughters.

Interesting tidbits about Peter:

Dream vacation: Traveling through Scotland, Ireland, and Cynthia Lawrence’s native Wales

What’s your regular order at Starbucks: tall Caffe Latte (in fact, at one point the church youth group called me “Pastor Latte”)

Favorite movie: King of Hearts

Life motto: Love is all you need.

Favorite scripture:  “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)

Previous jobs: Youth minister (right out of college) and after that, a commercial architect in Houston, Texas for 17 years

Music that moves me: Anything Jodi Blount plays on Sunday

Favorite book:  The Bible (duh!)

In my spare time I .  .  . read a lot;  also, my wife and I enjoy watching “The Great British Baking Show” and “Masterpiece Mystery”

Least favorite food:  For some reason, I’m not all that crazy about sweet potatoes

What makes you laugh:  Church people can be pretty hilarious a lot of the time

What’s weird about you:  I can act like a complete goof-ball sometimes

Least favorite thing to do:  I absolutely hate cleaning out the cat litter box!

Least known thing about you: My father, my wife, both our daughters, and I are or will be graduates of the University of Texas at Austin (Hook’em!)hookem

Bonnie How

Our Staff - Bonnie How - Associate PastorBonnie How and her beautiful family hail from Canada, but they have been living in Austin for over ten years now. She has been an active part of the church’s youth program since 2009.  Bonnie became our church’s associate pastor in July, 2016. Her peaceful, fun spirit keeps our church alive and full of energy. She and her wonderful husband Mark have three college-age children.

Interesting tidbits about Bonnie:

Dream vacation: Walking the Camino de Santiago

What’s your regular order at Starbucks: Americano with room for cream

Favorite movie: City of Angels

Life motto: How can I help?

Favorite scripture: “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)

People who inspire me are: My parents and grandparents
Previous jobs: So many.  .  . retail manager, massage therapist, instructional assistant, youth director

Music that moves me: New age piano, like Ludovico Einaudi

Peeves: People who don’t use their signal lights.

In my spare time I .  .  . I really don’t have much spare time, but I do like to do yoga, walk, and paddleboard.

Least favorite food: Cantaloupe!

What makes you laugh? My kids

What is weird about you? I break out into song often .  .  . but I don’t sing well.

The most adventurous thing you’ve ever done: Ironman

Jodi Blount

Our Staff - Jodi Blount - Pianist and Choir DirectorJodi Blount has an amazing heart both for music and for children. She has been the church’s pianist and choir director since 2000, and she was the founding director of A Child’s Haven, the church’s Mother’s Day Out program. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. After serving as director of A Child’s Haven for seven years, Jodi now teaches piano and music at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin.

Vickie Thompson

Our Staff - Vickie Thompson - Nursery Coordinator
Vickie Thompson has been our nursery coordinator for many years.  As a loving grandmother, she knows exactly what our little ones need – superb care and special attention.  Vickie makes sure all our nursery workers are well-trained in keeping children safe and wonderfully cared for.

Parthenia "Par" Keys

Parthenia Keys, TreasurerParthenia Keys, our Treasurer, manages our bookkeeping, pays the bills, keeps the office supplies stocked, helps with the youth, and keeps everything running smoothly in general.  She is an all around handi-girl.   When she is not at the church you can find Par usually either dancing or reading a book.