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Laurinda and her husband Robert have been married more than 30 years and have 4 children—Justin (Boerne), Sam (San Antonio), Lee (San Marcos), and Anna and her husband Alex (London). They both deeply love this little crew called family and greatly enjoy spending time with their adult children. The family loves being with their four-legged friends Maibe (pitbull), Huckleberry (boxer), Gordon (who knows), and Isabella (little black cat). Laurinda loves music of nearly every genre, being with people, God’s great outdoors, and most especially any large body of water. She is an avid reader and loves singing and playing the piano when nobody can hear. Daily gratitude to God for what he has done in her life through his son Jesus is something that Laurinda prioritizes and deeply desires to share with others. Her life was changed by his grace, and she hopes to spend the rest of her life sharing that truth and helping others know and experience this grace in their own lives.

Laurinda Kwiatkowski

Senior Pastor
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Michael Rodriguez is the Director of Youth Ministries here at Gruene United Methodist Church. You can email Michael below for more information about our Youth Ministry, 5:32.

Michael Rodriguez

Director of Youth Ministries
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Cheri Heldstab is the Director of Children and Family Ministries here at Gruene United Methodist Church. You can email Cheri below for more information about our Children and Family Ministries.

Cheri Heldstab

Director of Children and Family Ministries
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Brandi Carnes joined the staff as Nursery Director in July of 2013, after attending and volunteering for the 2 previous years. She has been married to her husband Casey since 2009, and they have 2 children, Briana and Tyler. She is passionate about taking care of and showing Gods love to children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Brandi Carnes

Nursery Director
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Rebecca has been working for Gruene Tree Learning Center since 2010.  In 2014 she became Director and the rest is history.  She has been happily married to her husband Danny for 17 years and between the two of them have 5 kids, 3 dogs, 4 cats, 1 bird, and 1 bunny!  Rebecca is passionate about serving with a happy heart to not only children, but to all those who cross her path.  She enjoys exercising, cooking, gardening, and laughing!

Rebecca Goossens

Director of Gruene Tree Learning Center
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Aiden has been working in the Media & Technology field since 2010. Over that time he has worked for newspapers, non profits, other churches and as a freelance videographer and photographer. He is also a second year Seminarian at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and is on the management team for HEB Curbside in Austin. He enjoys podcasting, the great outdoors, and live music.

Aiden Diaz

Creative Media