Our Pastors, Directors & Staff

Jeff Gage, Senior Pastor

Jeff Gage comes to Tyler from Bryan, Texas where he has been the Associate Pastor of First United Methodist Bryan since  2006. He also served as senior pastor at Hooks UMC from 2002-2006 and began his ministry in 2000 at Strawbridge UMC in Kingwood. Originally a pharmacist, Rev. Gage is a lifelong Methodist from Henderson, Texas and enjoys woodworking, cooking and gardening. His wife, Donna, holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois. They have 3 children Katie (14), Eli (9), and Desi (2) who are home schooled and love books. As a family they love spending time together playing games, camping, letter boxing, or watching movies.

Jeff officially began as Senior Pastor at Lanes Chapel February 1, 2012.  Join us every Sunday as we hear God's servent deliver the preached word.  We are committed to reaching the lost and will be sure to give You all of the glory!!!

Email Jeff at jeff@laneschapel.com

Bob Green, Assistant Pastor

Bob Green is the Director Of Pastoral Care and Facilities at Lanes Chapel.  He is a Graduate of
Stephen F. Austin University and has served 32 years in Church related vocation.  He has served
the Church as a Minister of Education, in Administration, with Sr. Adults, & Recreation.  Bob is currently serving on the District Finance Committee and the Texas Conference CF&A Committee. Bob is married with 4 grown children and 2 grandchildren. He enjoys Sports Officiating, Golf, and Travel. 

"God’s call brought me to Lanes Chapel.  First to work with my old college friend Bro. Lou Thomas, and now with Bro. Jeff Gage....I love serving in Body of Christ in this way." answers Bob, when asked what brought him to Lanes Chapel.

His  favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."


Email Bob at bob@laneschapel.com

Stephen O'Neal, Minister to Students

Stephen O’Neal is the Director of Student Ministry at Lanes Chapel. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and hold two Masters Degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in full-time student ministry since 2004 in churches in Louisiana, Georgia, and Texas.

Stephen and his wife, Melissa, have one daughter (Macy) born in 2007. He enjoys sports officiating, golfing, and spending time with his family.

“God orchestrated a divine plan in calling me to Lanes Chapel. Growing up in Tyler I never thought I would get the opportunity to minister here. I am excited to see what God has in store for the students of Lanes Chapel as I walk alongside them in their journey with Christ.” answers Stephen, when asked about his calling to Lanes Chapel.

His favorite scripture is James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."


Email Stephen at stephen@laneschapel.com


Amber Thomas, Church Administrator

Amber started her career in Telecommunications, then moved onto Insurance.  During that time she was blessed with 3 children.  While staying home with her 3 children, she went to school full-time and received a Bachelors from UT Tyler in 2007.  At the beginning of 2010, she was praying for more of a challenge and looking for a new career.  God answered her prayers when Lanes Chapel UMC chose Amber for the Church Administrator.

"I love my job, I thank God every chance I get for placing me here. I enjoy spending time with my husband, playing with my children, studying God's Word, listening to music, and laughing as much as possible."

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Duet 31:6

"But You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high." Psalm 3:3

Contact Amber at amber@laneschapel.com

Viki Skinner, Director of Children's Ministry

Vicki Skinner went to work for God full-time in children’s ministry when she entered the public school system. 

"I truly believe that every child is a gift from God. I know that God wants me to share His love with every child that comes into my life.  My greatest joy in life outside my work is spending time with family and friends."

Lanes Chapel welcomed Mrs. Viki as the Director Of Children's Ministry in 2011.   


Contact Vicki at viki@laneschapel.com

Katy Wilburn, Director of Worship Ministry

Katy Wilburn is the Director of Worship at Lanes Chapel. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Tyler with a major in psychology and is a Certified Nurse's Assistant. She spent 3.5 years as a children's caseworker at the Andrews Center in Tyler; after which she married her long-time sweetheart, Mark, and resided with him in Florida for 3 years. In 2007, Katy began leading worship at her parent's church and was the interim Music Director for Lanes Chapel in 2010.  She has also taught classes on worship and how to hear the voice of the Lord. In addition to her many accomplishments, she was also licensed into the ministry through Declaration Ministries in 2008.

Katy and her husband have a son, Maverick, born in 2015. She enjoys dates with her husband, quality time with her family, shopping, and trips to Anna Maria Island.

"My true desire for Lanes Chapel is that she would walk in the fullness of her divine purpose as mandated by the Lord; that every man, woman, and child that enters through her doors would be encountered by the fiery presence of the Holy Spirit, and through that encounter the depths of who they are, their gifts, and their hopes would be realized so that they, too, could walk in the fullness of their destinies."

"...a desire realized is the tree of life." Proverbs 13:12

Some of her favorite scriptures include:

"...things which eyes has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him." 1 Corinthians 2:9

"Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; all Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me. The Lord will command His loving kindness in the daytime; and His song will be with me in the night." Psalm 42:7-8

Contact Katy at katy@laneschapel.com.

Jo Ann Hall, Director of Finance

Jo An Hall is the Director of Finance at Lanes Chapel.  She says that coming to Lanes Chapel was definitely a “God Thing”!

"My “missionary calling”, to me, is just a matter of location, really. Being where God can use me and to be open.  I feel God brought me here as part of my calling to serve Him.   And, I am so thankful I listened!"

We are glad too!


Contact Jo Ann at joann@laneschapel.com  



Kevin Pierce, Director of Choral Ministry

Kevin Pierce is the Director of Choral Ministry at Lanes Chapel.  He is a home grown Tylerite graduating from Robert E. Lee HS before attending Texas A&M University – Commerce where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.  He also serves as the Lower School Music Teacher at The Brook Hill School in Bullard, TX.

Kevin has been a member of Lanes Chapel UMC since 2015 and is excited to join the rest of the staff as they continue to do God’s work in Tyler.  In 2015, he was married in the worship center to his lovely wife Megan, who has blessed the congregation and the community with her beautiful singing and dedicated service.

His favorite verse comes from 1 Peter 3:15, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

Contact Kevin, kevin@laneschapel.com