"Our mission is to worship and serve God with open hearts, open minds and open arms"
My name is Pastor Derrick Ouellette and I am the pastor here at Highland Lakes United Methodist Church.
My family and I feel blessed to serve such a loving and open church as Highland Lakes UMC. We have, without doubt, felt the welcoming love of Christ from the congregation ever since we began here, and we are hopeful that our time here will be promising and fruitful.
Prior to coming to HLUMC, I worked as the Youth Director for First United Methodist Church of Pflugerville, TX while also completing my studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. In addition to this, I have also been serving in various positions since 2002 in the Texas Army National Guard. Through my service in the National Guard, I have been able to travel around the world and see many sights that I would not have normally been able to see. Most recently, I was called up in 2013 to serve in Afghanistan as an Army Aviator. Shortly after returning home from Afghanistan, though, I began to feel Godís call upon my heart. Through much prayer and discernment, I eventually surrendered to His calling and began walking the path of ministry. Naturally, I have since switched from being a pilot in the Army National Guard to serving within the Army Chaplain Corps.
Since our marriage in June 2007, my wife and I have led an exciting and adventurous life thanks to the Army, and soon after the birth of our son, Davis, in March 2012 we became eager to share our adventures with him as well. All-in-all, we feel blessed to have each other, and we work hard every day to support and nurture one another. God has truly blessed me with such a patient and loving family to be by my side.
If you are new to the area, or looking for a church to call home, I invite you to give us a try. My guess is that you will also experience Christís love in the people of HLUMC just as I have since arriving. I hope to see you one Sunday, but until then may the peace of Christ be with you!