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Jeff was appointed as the pastor of Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church in July 2016 after serving 14 years as the pastor of the Cox Chapel and Upper Room congregations of Highland Park United Methodist Church. Raised in San Antonio, Texas, Jeff graduated from Emory University with a degree in political science and philosophy. After graduation, he pursued a master’s in political philosophy and worked for a public policy think tank in Southern California.

After receiving his call to the ministry, Jeff attended Duke University. As a seminary student, he served two rural congregations in the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Annual Conferences. Jeff had the honor of completing a year residency in the British Methodist Conference, serving as a circuit minister on the Isle of Wight, England.

Jeff is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, with a research emphasis on intentional faith formation, and serves on the Metro District Committee on Ministry. An avid fan of the Texas Rangers and Duke men’s basketball, Jeff is married to the Rev. Dr. Maria Dixon Hall, a commissioned deacon and associate professor in the department of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at Southern Methodist University. They are the proud parents of Carnell, Harmony, and Faith.

Music Minister

Cory Roberson

Cory is Director of Choral Activities for Lancaster High School and Music Director for Cochran Chapel UMC. Mr. Roberson received his BA in music education from Midwestern State University in 2013.


Kay Mahoney

Kay has a passionate faith in Christ and a deep love and commitment to provide beautiful music that touches hearts and helps to lead the congregation into worship. As an accomplished organist, pianist and accompanist, Kay has accompanied choirs, orchestras and soloists. Over the years she has played for many weddings and memorial services, and she has also served as accompanist for numerous other musical programs.

Kay studied piano and organ privately for over 18 years and she continues to participate in keyboard and choral sacred music educational events. While in the sixth grade, Kay began her first position as pianist/organist for the First United Methodist Church in Glen Rose, Texas. Throughout her career as a church musician, Kay has served as organist/pianist for six different United Methodist Churches, including ones in Granbury, Fort Worth and Hillsboro. Before coming to CCUMC, she served for 7 years as organist/pianist for the First United Methodist Church in Corsicana. Kay has now been on Staff as organist/pianist at Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church since 1999.

Kay is a member of the American Guild of Organists, Dallas Chapter, and she also is a member of The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts.

Administrative Assistant

Sandra Hanger

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