Rev. Michael Townsend
Minister of Pastoral Care
Our Associate Minister, Rev. Michael Townsend, is a commissioned minister with standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and on the Ordination Track under care of the Christian Church of the Southwest. He is currently an M.Div. student at Lexington Theological Seminary since May of 2015. Michael has been married to Karen since 1991. They have one daughter, Megan, who graduated from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor's degree in vocal music education. Michael has a rather unique sense of humor. He might show up as Elvis, or wearing a Tu-Tu, or . . . both. Truth is, he’s the nuclear medicine supervisor at Houston Northwest Medical Center during the day and a real super-hero the rest of the time. He’s been a Girl Scout leader, plays bass and piano, sings beautifully, rings bells, and serves as Stephen Ministry Leader and prioritizes Pastoral Care over all other ministerial duties. More than anything else, though, Michael’s real gift is making people feel safe and at home.
Joe Hodges has more than 30 years of experience in ministry and over 25 years of pastoral experience. He was ordained in the Christian Church Disciples of Christ, in the Southwest Region. He has served congregations in three regions. He has served as a senior minster, associate minister, interim minister, and in music ministry. Joe is a fourth generation member of the Christian Church.
Joe started his Master of Divinity Degree, at Phillips Graduate Seminary (Disciples) and finished at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Joe is also a graduate from the Institute of Organizational Management.
Prior to full time ministry, he served non-profit organizations as an Executive Director. Joe also has experience in corporate ministry in the oil and gas industry. Joe has served various boards and currently serves on the Juliette Fowler Apartment Board, a retirement community in Dallas affiliated with the Christian Church DOC.
Joe is married to Dee Onn (his “better ¾”), a proud native Texan and graduate of TCU who worked for Bank of America for over 34 years. They have been married for 25 years. Joe and Dee Onn have a blended family. They have 6 grown children and 10 grandchildren with another to be delivered in June 2020.
The Rev. Kim Johnson is a commissioned minister with standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Kim is an elementary school teacher by day and our minister to young adults when she’s not at school. Kim has served on the staff of Oaks Christian Church in Houston before coming to The Woodlands Christian Church. She has been both the coordinator of young adults and the youth leadership convener for the Coastal Plains Area of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Rev. Kim Johnson
Family Life Minister
Mikhail Smigelski (Misha)
Mikhail Smigelski (Misha), Music Director at TWCC, was born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. He is an operatic bass-baritone, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist. Director Smigelski brings a knowledge of many genres to our church: opera, oratorio, early music, musical theatre, and contemporary music. As a soloist, Director Smigelski has performed on the world most prestigious stages, including Carnegie Hall, and has collaborated with established European and American opera, music theater, and concert companies, including the Miami Lyric Opera andThe Cleveland Opera. Mr. Smigelski holds Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting from Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory (Saint-Petersburg, Russia), a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (Cologne, Germany), a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Sam Houston State University, and is currently finishing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin.
Misha, as he is affectionately known to the church, the choir, the handbell choir, and the praise team is a gifted and patient instructor, gifted in bringing wonderful music from non-professionals and even from people who consider themselves non-musicians. He loves welcoming newcomers to the music ministry and helping them to blossom with their own gifts and talents.
Shanna Perez joined the staff at TWCC as the Office Administrator in 2018. She has an extensive background in Customer Service and Administrative experience as well as 19 years in ministry. Shanna has served in Children, Youth, and Young Adult Ministries and is currently an active member of Lakewood Church with Pastor Joel Osteen Ministries and serves on the Lakewood Host Team. Shanna and her husband Jesse married in 2008 and share four beautiful children together as a happily, blessed, blended family. Together, Shanna and Jesse share a heart and passion for blended families and share the wisdom, comfort and victories that God has given them with others.