our staff

meet our staff.

Central is mostly congregation and volunteer powered, but we also have a small team of part-time and full-time staff dedicated to helping carry out God's vision for Galveston Central Church.

rev. michael gienger (he/him)

Michael is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and was appointed at Central in 2014. He has a B. A. in Religion with a concentration in Christian Ethics from Baylor University and a Master of Divinity from Perkin's School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, where he teaches preaching as a teaching assistant. Michael serves on the board for Galveston Housing Plus and Grace Clinic, as well as many other local non-profits and cohorts dedicated to social justice, ending poverty and homelessness and more. He loves his wife, Moriah, fish tacos, cooking and his dog, Crouton, and often plays drums with the worship band on Sunday mornings.

rev. julia riley (she/her)

Julia is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and was appointed at Central in 2020. She has a B.S. in Communication Studies from University of Texas and a Master of Divinity from  Duke Divinity School at Duke University. Having had a wonderful experience at her own Wesley Foundation on UT campus, Julia is passionate about college ministry and oversees Central College Ministry currently on Texas A & M Galveston's campus. She also serves on the board of the Reconciling United Methodists of theTexas Conference, is a passionate activist for the Disabled and LGBTQIA+ communities and many others, and leads our LGBTQIA+ deeper group. Outside of Central, she loves her husband, Austin, reading, taking care of her plants and her cats, Sheldon and Brisa.

ezra bordelon (he/they)

creative worship director
Ezra is a multi-instrumentalist and visual artist and has been Central's worship director since 2017. He has an A. A. in Music from San Jacinto College with focuses on vocal performance, music theory and composition. He oversees Central's music and art ministries, including the volunteer worship band, occasional choir or tiny orchestra. He often leads community art nights, and organizes collaboartive sculptures and galleries around Central. He also runs Central's social media and oversees our tech team. Ezra is a member of local indie folk duo, The Coastal Service, and performs often around Galveston with his bandmate, Austin. He loves national parks, hiking, anime and his black cat, Suki.

beth mcgonigal (she/her)

Beth  has lived and worked in Galveston since 2009. Prior to coming on staff as Central's admin in 2017, she has experience as a physician's assistant, in marketing & advertising, and 16 years in teaching. Beth is the caring heart of Central and can often be found feeding folks, and working with volunteers throughout the week. She is graduate of Clemson University (go tigers!) and loves running, gardening and is a butterfly and bird ethusiast. Beth is most proud of her children, grandchildren and partner, Dick Williams, and is most grateful for her relationship with Christ.

chad smith (he/him)

director of children & youth ministries
Chad was hired as Central's youth director in 2020 and took on the role of children's director in 2023. Chad is passionate about creating safe, fun and inclusive spaces for youth in Galveston. He has many years of experience working in non-profit organizations in Houston, Galveston and overseas in Cambodia. He also works part-time for GISD in their after school gardening program, volunteers at Seeding Galveston and is currently pursuing a degree in nursing at Galveston College. He loves gardening, musicals and dogs, especially his beagle, Emerson.