Meet The Team

Rev. Erin Muckleroy

Rev. Erin began as the pastor at Van UMC in July of 2018.  She earned her Bachelors degree from Emporia State University in Kansas and her Masters of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  

She is married to Adam, together they have two children and a dogchild.  She loves Jesus, the Kansas Jayhawks, Kansas CIty Chiefs and coffee.  



Jeff came to Van UMC in October 2009 just 1 month before marrying his bride, Emily in November 2009.  Together they have built a home with 2 rowdy and rambunctious sons - Drew and Kyle.  It won't take you long to figure out that Jeff loves all things sports and especially likes his Duke Blue Devils, Minnesota Vikings, and Minnesota Twins.  He has an incredibly kind heart for students and his strength is making people laugh and making anyone feel welcome at anytime.

Youth Director

Debbie Hilliard


Debbie works in the church office Monday-Thursday 8am-3pm and Friday 8am-12pm.  She helps keep everyone organized and on track.

In her spare time you can catch her riding her horse or participating in rodeos.  Debbie is married to Dennis and they have one daughter.  

DD Hutson

Sunshine Friends Director

DD has been working for Sunshine Friends since 2009 and the Director since 2011.  She loves children and teaching.  DD frequently offers education courses throughout the state.

DD enjoys gardening and travel.  She is always planning another cruise. She is married to Rob, together they have two daughters.



Worship Leader

Matt has been serving our church since 2018 leading our contemporary worship service and leading our Wednesday Night Renew service since 2019.  His acoustic skills cannot be beat.


Matt enjoys farming and spending time with his family.  




Kelly is a longtime Van resident and musician.  She teaches music for Van ISD and shares her gifts with the church as well.  

Kelly's favorite past time is grand baby spoiling and spending time with her two sons.  



We are a United Methodist Church in East Texas where anyone can come, worship, know the love and grace of God  and make some new friends.




326 W. Main St.

Van, Texas 75790


Created by Van United Methodist Church