District Superintendent

Rev. Laura Merrill joined the Capital District as Superintendent on July 1, 2021. She most recently served in the Rio Texas Conference office as Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Clergy Excellence. She joined the conference staff in 2016 as Director of Connectional Ministries, after six years as superintendent of El Valle District. She grew up in Austin and attended public schools here: Lanier (now Juan Navarro) High School, Burnet Junior High School, and Walnut Creek Elementary School. She earned a B.A. in International Studies from Southwestern University and graduated first in her class from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1995. Laura is the daughter and granddaughter of United Methodist pastors, both of whom served in Austin churches.

As a young adult, Laura served as a missionary in Chile and with the Desert Southwest Conference Border Ministry in Tucson, Arizona, where she worked with Central American refugees and led immersion trips in Mexico. After seminary, she served as pastor at local churches in Victoria, Los Fresnos, and Wimberley, followed by her appointment to the Cabinet in 2010. She is fluent in Spanish and was actively involved in the unification of the Rio Texas Conference. Her experience working with the poor and in cross-cultural regions has shaped her approach to ministry in fundamental ways.

Laura can be reached by email at lmerrill@riotexas.org or 512-444-1983.

Director of Operations/Candidacy Registrar

Jill Barre has worked for the Capital District since 1995.  She provides administrative support to the District Superintendent, helps manage the office and serves as the candidacy registrar for the Capital District Committee on Ordained Ministry.

Contact Jill Barre by email at jill@umcad.org or 512-444-1983.

Treasurer

Marvin Morgenroth served for 17 years as the chairperson for the Capital District Trustees before being elected treasurer for that body and for the Capital District Mission Board on May 4, 2008.  Marvin is retired from the United States Navy reserve and the Texas Comptroller’s office, where he served in several capacities over a 28 year career–including Business Analyst for the IT division.

Contact Marvin Morgenroth by email at marvin@umcad.org.