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A Little Background: Born in Atlanta, Georgia and came to Texas ASAP (5 years of age). Grew up in the Houston area, attended Memorial High School (Class of '75) and practically lived at Chapelwood UMC. Educated at Lon Morris College, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Southern Methodist University (Perkins School of Theology).
Family: Married to Susan (my Best Friend) and have 1 daughter (Elizabeth Webb - married and thriving in Belton along with our son-in-law, Danny and 2 amazingly wonderful precious grandchildren, Alice and Andrew), 2 stepsons (Nathaniel and Nicholas: Nathaniel is attending SMU and Nic is still at home attending Oak Ridge and 2 dogs (Grace and Toby...thriving crazily is an understatement!)
Passion in Ministry: Seeing lives be transformed and people get connected/re-connected with God. Love to preach as long as it is 1) Biblical; 2) Relevant; 3)Understandable.
Love to Do When Not at Church: Spending time with family. Running. Playing Tennis. Watching sports and playing fantasy sports. Reading. Writing. Music. Spending time with others within our broader community.
The Last Word: "Until he comes again or calls me home, you can find me filling, not killing time, so that one day he will pick me out in the lineup of the ages as one of his own. And then...it will be worth it all...to hear these words, the most precious words I can ever hear: Well done, thou good and faithful...Out-of-Control Disciple." (Leonard Sweet)
I was born and raised in Bellaire, Texas, on the southwest side of Houston. My eventual career choice should perhaps not have been a surprise - I was born at Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, so I can truly claim to be a Methodist from birth! I attended Bellaire High School (c/o 2009) and Rice University (Hanszen College, c/o 2013; B.A. in History and Psychology), all the while attending Bellaire United Methodist Church. I received my Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in 2017.
Favorite Bible Passage: All of Revelation chapters 21 and 22. The vision of God's promised kingdom and the message of hope in those verses are such beautiful reminders of God's abiding love for us.
Passion in Ministry: Walking alongside my brothers and sisters in Christ and helping them live into God's life-changing grace. I fell in love with theological study in seminary, so teaching studies and classes is also a joy!
Outside the Church: I'm an avid reader with a few piles of to-be-read books scattered around my house. When I manage to look up from a book, I love spending time with my extended family - most of my relatives live within an hour or so of Houston!
A favorite quote (only one!?): "Ecclesiastes calls you the All-Powerful; the Maccabees call you the Creator; the Epistle to the Ephesians calls you liberty; Baruch calls you Immensity; the Psalms call you Wisdom and Truth; John calls you Light; the Books of Kings call you Lord; Exodus calls you Providence; Leviticus, Sanctity; Esdras, Justice; the creation calls you God; but Solomon calls you Compassion, and that is the most beautiful of all your names."
-Bishop Myriel, in Victor Hugo's Les Miserables,
on names for God.
Donyale Fraylon is a native Houstonian and graduate of Texas A&M University. Following a career as a CPA, she studied at Dallas Theological Seminary where she earned a Master of Theology degree with highest honors. Her seminary studies centered on Bible Exposition and Christian Education underscoring her love for bible teaching and nurturing others toward Christian maturity. Following her call to serve the United Methodist Church in pastoral ministry, Donyale is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at SMU Perkins School of Theology. She has spoken at church conferences, retreats, workshops, and a mission trip to India. Most recently, Donyale authored a devotional on 2 Timothy which is included in the Upper Room Magazine.
When not reading or taking long walks in the park, Donyale is an avid basketball fan and enjoys spending time with her husband, Damon, and their six-year old son, Dylon.