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

Michael is the Executive Administrator of Gruene UMC. Michael and his wife Christie have been married for 17 years, together they have two children, Andrew and Abby. The have been a part of Gruene UMC since it started. Michael brings over 30 years of management experience to the church. He enjoys handling the administrative part of the church and allowing our Senior Pastor to lead, preach, vision and ministry to people. 

Michael Lawson

Executive Administrator

Michael started his journey with ministry in 2010 & has loved every minute of it. He started as a Worship Leader & has transitioned into Youth Ministry where he gets to live out his two passions (Youth and Worship!). Church has always been a big part of Michael’s life. That’s where he met his wife Samantha & they have 4 children together. Michael enjoys spending time with his family & coaching his sons t-ball games. Hobbies include sports, video games, movies, novels, comics, sci fi/fantasy & podcasting!

Michael Rodriguez

Director of Youth Ministries

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

Karmin began working for Gruene Tree Learning Center in 2012 while her daughter was a student. She became the assistant director in August 2014 and then was appointed as the director in June 2021. Karmin was born and raised in Missouri. Her husband’s work brought them to New Braunfels in 2010 and they never looked back. She and her husband Blake have been married for 21 years and they have one daughter, Lyla. Karmin puts her whole heart into the children and families of Gruene Tree. She loves each of the children as her own, has a passion for management and organization, and is proud to be part of such an amazing preschool.

Karmin Box

Director of Gruene Tree Learning Center

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

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

Assistant to the Pastor

You can email Jackson below for more information about our Worship Team!

Jackson Parten

Music Director

You can email Michael below for more information about our Worship Team!

Michael Ramirez

Assistant Music Director
Katti Henderson

Katti is so excited to be serving as the Interim Director of Children’s Ministries. Katti and her husband Adam and their three kiddos have been members of GUMC for almost four years. Katti was an elementary school teacher prior to having children and has been an active volunteer in children’s ministry since joining the church. Katti loves to run, read, drink coffee, and spend time with friends and family. She is also a local yoga teacher and loves to connect with God on her yoga mat.

Katti Henderson

Interim Director of Children’s Ministries