Meet the Worship Staff

Meet the Dedicated Worship Staff of Northaven United Methodist Church

Rev. Marti Soper

Senior Pastor

Rev. Marti Soper comes to Northaven from the Cabinet of the North Texas Conference as the Director for Leadership Development.  The last five years have allowed her the balcony space to explore the church with a lens focused towards a future that will demand new forms and a faithful interpretation of the gospel for a new day. She looks “forward to the privilege of serving Northaven and prays that our ministry together will be a faithful embodiment of God’s dream of reconciliation and transformation for the world.”

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Stephanie Rhoades

Minister of Music and the Arts

Stephanie earned her BA in Music from Yale University and then immediately came to Dallas to attend Southern Methodist University where she received her Master of Sacred Music degree with a concentration in choral conducting.

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Mahlon Hight

Minister of Congregational Life

Mahlon joined the Northaven staff in late 2014. Previously she served at Creekwood, Walnut Hill, and Preston Hollow United Methodist Churches. Mahlon is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology, with a Masters of Church Ministry and a Concentration in Urban Studies.

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LauraMay Sorkin George

Minister of Youth & Communications

LauraMay serves as the Minister of Youth and Communications. She joined the Northaven staff in the spring of 2013. Her responsibilities include youth ministry in Sunday school, confirmation, UMYF, summer missions, communications, and publicity.

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Kathryn Johnson


We are pleased to welcome Rev. Kathryn Ellsworth Johnson to the Northaven staff as our new organist! Kathie comes to us from West Plano Presbyterian Church where she served as Minister of Music and Organist for the past five years. Rev. Johnson is an ordained United Methodist minister and past Chair of the North Texas Conference Order of Deacons. She is married to Karrell J. Johnson, violist, and recently retired Professor of Music Education, University of North Texas. Together they have four grown children and step-children and six grandchildren.

Meet the Staff

Micah 6:8

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?