Our Leadership

“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on Earth.” 

John Wesley

Rev. Lesly Broadbent

Lead Pastor

Lesly is a native of Leedey, Oklahoma, and was appointed as the Sr. Pastor of Polk Street in 2021. Lesly holds an Agricultural Communications degree from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and served in three different appointments in Oklahoma before coming to Amarillo. A dynamic and relatable communicator he has expertise in church size dynamics, developing healthy leadership team behavior, downtown church ministry, and church growth targeted around gospel-centered ministries. Lesly and his wife Amy have been married for over 25 years and have two adult children, Morgan and husband Drake, and Lawson. Lesly is passionate about Oklahoma State University athletics, hunting and fishing, and working on his family’s farm and ranch in western Oklahoma.   

Rev. Kevin Deckard

Associate Pastor

Kevin came on staff in November of 2006.  He grew up and was baptized as a child here at Polk Street UMC.  He married his high school sweetheart, Becky Shelton, in January 1978. They have 2 sons, Andrew & wife, Bailey, Nicholas, and his wife, Rebecca who gave birth to their first grandchild, Jones Anderson Deckard on July 8, 2021. Kevin enjoys spending time with family and golfing on his days off.  He began full-time ministry at the age of 36 in October 1993.  Kevin has also served at Canyon UMC as a youth director and associate pastor and senior pastor of a new church plant at Westover Fellowship UMC. His main passion in ministry is serving the students, staff, and parents at San Jacinto Elementary School.

Joshua London

Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries

Joshua was born in Texas and raised in North Alabama. He holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies and Preaching from Point University, a MDiv. from Duke Divinity School, and two certifications in Youth Ministry from the National Association of Youth Ministry. Joshua has been involved in youth and young adult ministry for over a decade as a traveling youth event speaker, youth pastor, and campus pastor. As Director of Youth and Young Adult ministry Joshua works to disciple and build relationships with 6th graders through young adulthood within and outside of the church and to navigate the congregation of Polk Street UMC toward intergenerational ministry opportunities. 

Merri Padilla

Director of Children's Ministries

As the children’s director Merri oversees Sunday School, Wednesday night, and special activities for children from birth through 5th grade.  She is also involved with the Child Development Center by leading Chapel for the pre-k children who attend the childcare.  

Merri and her husband Isaac have been married for over 20 years. They have 4 daughters, Savannah, Alexandra, Isabel, and Victoria. Her oldest daughter Savannah and her husband Joseph have made Isaac and Merri grandparents since welcoming Zoey in March of 2021.  Merri enjoys, exercising, eating (somewhat) healthy, watching (really) old movies, learning more about the Bible, and spending time with her family.  

Dr. George Biffle

Director of Music Ministries

George Biffle, DMA, has been a music educator and a church choral director for 56 years. He has taught in the Amarillo school system (Austin Jr. High School, Amarillo High School), at Amarillo College, McMurry Univ., U of Western Alabama, and WTAMU in Canyon, as well as the Director of the Amarillo Symphony Chorus and the Amarillo Civic Chorus (Renamed as the Amarillo Master Chorale). Since 2012 he has served as the Director of Music Ministries at Polk Street.  

Dr. Biffle is an active golfer, hunter, and fisherman, resides in Canyon, is married to Nancy, and together they have five children and thirteen grandchildren. 

Dr. Noel-Paul Laur

Organist and Director of Hand Bells

Noel-Paul Laur, born in Ontario, Canada, joined the Polk Street staff in 2004 and the Amarillo Youth Choirs staff in 2001 as the regular rehearsal and concert accompanist.

Dr. Laur has the following music degrees: an Associate of Music Performer’s Diploma (Organ) from Western Conservatory of Music, London, Ont. (1977); a Bachelor of Music Performer’s Degree (Organ) from Wheaton College-Conservatory of Music, Wheaton, IL (1978); a Master of Church Music (Organ, Conducting) from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ (1980). Also to his credit are the following certificates from the American Guild of Organists, New York, NY: the Service Playing Certificate (1981); the Colleague Certificate (1983); the Associate Certificate (1993); the Choir Master Certificate (1996); and the Fellowship Certificate (2006). He also earned a Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, Jacksonville, FL (2008).

Dr. Laur and his wife, Debbie have four married children (Texas – Chrysler to Amy, California – Carter to Myrna, New Hampshire - Carling to Alex, and California - Caitlin to Carlos ), 3 (Carter, Carling, and Caitlin) of whom are AYC alumni. There are seven grandchildren amongst them (Grace, Gwen, Troy, Nora, Allie, Charlotte, and  Liam). They live in Lake Tanglewood with their pet Maltese dog, “Bubbles”.

Nakita Harris

Director of Children and Youth Music Ministries

Nakita was born in Queensland, Australia and moved to America in the 9th grade to Midland, Tx. While in school she developed a love for music in choir and band. Nakita attended West Texas A&M University, answering the calling on her life to be a musician by attaining her bachelor’s degrees in Music Performance and Education. Throughout college, Nakita served as a staff singer at Polk Street United Methodist Church. She is currently serving as the PK-12 music teacher/Choir Director at San Jacinto Christian Academy. She is so excited to lead students in praising God and growing in their musical skills. 

Mike Jones

Business Administrator

Mike Jones joined Polk Street at the age of 6 months. Mike and his family have been a part of the family of Polk Street all these years. He became the Youth Director in 1994 and later became our Business Administrator in 1998. Mike teaches Sunday School and has been a singer with the Sanctuary Choir for 48 years. 

Melissa Stovall

Pastor's Secretary

Melissa was born and raised in Amarillo and has been a member of Polk Street UMC her entire life. Currently, she has 4 generations of her family attending Polk Street. She is married to Daryl Stovall, and they have 2 wonderful children, Austen and Noah.  Her hobbies include spending time with her family, reading, and shopping. Melissa has been on staff since 2019. As the Pastor's Secretary she handles the bulletin and inserts for worship, schedules church and outside events and activities, oversees the membership database, and gives administrative assistance to other staff members.   

Carol Mereno

Receptionist

Carol has been with Polk Street since 2017 and she is the first person in the front office to help anyone that walks thru our doors whether they are a member or just someone in need of assistance. She oversees all the attendance reports and is an assistant to Mike Jones by filing and sending memorials and honorariums to our members and families.

Spending time with her family is where you will find her outside of work. In addition to time with family or friends, she can be found getting in a workout and finding ways to stay as healthy as possible. 

Austen Jones

Media Intern

Austen has been a member of Polk Street UMC her entire life. She is the fourth generation of Joneses currently at Polk Street. Austen is a student at WTAMU, pursuing a degree in Music production. She has been the Polk Street media intern since 2020. She assists with the slides and placement for our website and live stream productions. Her hobbies include singing, performing in our local community theater and the Polk Street choir, spending time with her friends and family, and shopping. 

Tisha Stinson

Child Development Center Director

Tisha was raised in Amarillo and has spent most of her life working in restaurant and retail management. She started at Polk Street CDC as a teacher in 2018 and is now the Director.  She and her husband Billy have a young daughter Faith. She enjoys watching racing or relaxing at home. 

Trenda Scott

Child Development Center Assistant Director

Trenda was raised in Wellington, (Go Rockets!), and moved back to the area in 2010. She has two teenage daughters, Tesslyn and Imogen. She has been at Polk Street CDC since 2013.  She started teaching in the toddler room and is now the Assistant Director. When she is not at the CDC you can find her spending time with her daughters or baking. 

Jennifer Ferguson

Child Development Center Curriculum Director

Jennifer loves helping children learn! She supports education and helps train staff members at  the CDC. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books and poetry by William Wordsworth. Her favorite place to vacation is Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Leonard Eastepp

Facilities Director

Leonard was born in Amarillo and was married to his wife Lyn for 33 years. They have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. His hobbies include fishing and hunting. He has been the Director of Facilities at Polk Street since 2000.

Randy Hix

Custodian

Randy moved from El Reno OK. to Amarillo, TX in 1980. He first worked for the Santa Fe Railroad then started at Polk Street UMC in November 1984. He has enjoyed working here for many, many years. He has 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Randy’s hobbies are trivia, riding his bike, reading, and watching TV. 

Angel Urrutia

Custodian

Angel was born in El Salvador, Central America, and came to the United States when he was 21 years old. He has worked as a truck driver and as a school bus driver. Angel started working at Polk Street in 2016. Angel and his fiancé Marta Morelos have 2 children and 1 grandchild.