Our Team

Our Vision

Carver Baptiste


To Engage every individual and family in the Metro Northeast Houston community in experiences that include nurture, outreach, and witness of Jesus Christ for the transformation of God's kingdom on earth N.O.W. 

Our Journey of Faith is ahead of us!

Stephen Goldsmith

Lead Pastor, Music Director

Sis Betty Elder, Church Office Manager

Handles all of the church administrative duties and tasks for JOFUMC.

Anson Willis, Keyboardist

Loves composing music and sharing his gifts on the organ as well.

Torin Varlack, Strings

Torin Brings a passion for music and love for the accompanying of praise on the team.

Carver Baptiste, Percussions

Keeps our rhythm with new innovations and the dependable drums.

Our Staff

Betty Elder

Office Manager‚Äč

Anson Willis


Stephen Goldsmith, Lead Pastor

Pastor Stephen Goldsmith is a husband, father, preacher, teacher, worship leader, songwriter, and music producer from Chicago, IL. 

He graciously credits his parents, Pastor Robert Goldsmith and Evangelist Phyllis Goldsmith (Greater New Jerusalem, COGIC, Rockford, IL) for establishing the foundation that has preciously nurtured his passion and gifts for ministry.

Pastor Goldsmith has over two decades of ministry experience.  He has worked for several Grammy, Dove and Stellar Award winning Gospel Music Artists. He also served as one of the band and worship leads at Windsor Village UMC.

Pastor Stephen is currently finalizing his Masters of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University where he is a candidate for ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church. 


Wife: Deneen; Children: Seth Paul & Disney Victoria-Elle.