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, Eli, and Desi 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, Associate Pastor

Bob Green is the Associate Pastor at Lanes Chapel. His main duties involve overseeing pastoral care and facilities 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 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."

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Stephen O'Neal, Minister to Students

Stephen O’Neal is the Minister to Students at Lanes Chapel. He also works with the church media team and handles the IT work at the church. 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 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

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

Brooke McGee, Director of Worship Ministry

Contact Brooke at brooke@laneschapel.com

Lou Ann Evans, Director of Communications

Lou Ann is the Director of Communications at Lanes Chapel.  She has been a member since 2001.  She worked for Tyler ISD for 28 years - 20 at John Tyler High School and 8 with the AVID Department.  When the Director of Communications position at Lanes Chapel became available, she knew this is where she needed to be.  This position was truly a blessing from God. 

Contact Lou Ann at louann@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