Meet the Staff
I came to Preston Hollow in 2015 and am looking forward to getting to know this church and the surrounding community. I know God is doing tremendous things here already.
I earned a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in 2009, after graduating from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in English. I am currently a member of the Courage to Lead intensive for young United Methodist clergy.
I have served at Krum UMC, First UMC (Denton), Flower Mound UMC, and the Denton Wesley Foundation. I also got to experience unique ministry while I was a chaplain candidate with the Air Force. I was ordained as an elder in The United Methodist Church in 2011.
My husband, Andy, is a saxophonist and doctoral student at the University of North Texas. We have two sons earth-side – James, 4 years old, and Ethan, 9 months old – and a son heaven-side, Brennan. My family is an amazing blessing and priority in my life.
I love to read all kinds of fiction, from Thomas Hardy to Mo Willems to Diana Gabaldon, as well as inspiring writers like Brene Brown and Glennon Doyle Melton. Writing is one of my joys, so I share my thoughts on my messy grace blog and have been published by Fidelia’s Sisters, the online publication of The Young Clergy Women Project.
Director of Music & Arts Ministry
I joined the Preston Hollow UMC family in July 2013 as Director of Music & Arts Ministry. A graduate of The University of Kansas (“Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk!”), I hold a Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance and Church Music. Before coming to Preston Hollow, I was the Director of Music Ministries at Oak Lawn UMC in Dallas for twenty-three years.
Some of my career highlights include being selected in June 2009 as the accompanist for the Gala Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Shawnee Press at Carnegie Hall in New York City! The concert included 600 singers, full orchestra, and the works of Mark Hayes, Joseph Martin, and Greg Gilpin. I again was able to perform at Carnegie Hall in June 2010. I accompanied the 10th anniversary performance of “Sing for the Cure,” a multi-movement choral work commissioned by The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer.
In January 2011, I was honored to be named as The Artistic Director of Resounding Harmony, a 100-voice community chorus in Dallas. Each concert performed by Resounding Harmony is a benefit for a needy organization in the Dallas Metroplex.
In my spare time, I love to go antiquing, and of course, I love to eat!
Director of Children’s Ministry
I joined the Preston Hollow family in June of 2015 as a scholarship singer in the chancel choir and am thrilled to be taking on this new position as the director of Children’s ministries.
I was born and raised in Tomball, TX and got my Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Sam Houston State University. I then pursued and received my Master’s degree here in Dallas at Southern Methodist University.
Since graduating, I’ve been teaching voice lessons full time at Shepton High School in the Plano school district. I also work for the Dallas Opera Education Outreach Program where I teach kids all about what opera is and sing for them. I am absolutely still a kid at heart so what better way to stay young than to work with young people?! I am fortunate to be able to combine my love of music and singing with my love for working with children. I am passionate about inspiring and enriching the lives of others through music and outreach.
In my “free time,” I love to cycle, work out, knit, cook, bake, and watch Disney movies! 🙂
Director of Family Ministry
Tiffany Ogdon-Smith is from Central Illinois. As the daughter of a Methodist pastor, Tiffany grew up caring for families and playing music in the church. She graduated from Millikin University in Decatur Illinois, in 2005. During her time at Millikin, Tiffany served children, youth, and young adult ministries at several churches in the Decatur area.
Tiffany came to Dallas in 2005 to study at Southern Methodist University, where he is pursuing her Master in piano pedagogy and performance. In the DFW area, Tiffany has served in youth ministry at Oaklawn UMC and in children’s and family ministry at Chapel Hill UMC. Tiffany loves hanging out with her three kiddos, playing the piano, and discovering little hole-in-the-wall restaurants in the DFW area.