Pastoral Staff

Dr. Janet Bell Odom Associate Pastor

Dr. Odom is a native of San Antonio, Texas. She is one of four children whose parents raised theminJacob’s Chapel United Methodist Church, where she first experienced the love of God in a communityof faith.

Dr. Odom has been an Ordained Elder in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Churchfor twenty years. She has served as the Lead Pastor of churches in urban and suburban communities inthe Dallas Metroplex as well as a Founding Pastor of a new church start. Dr. Odom has work experienceas an Adjunct Professor of World Religions at Brookhaven College, Dallas County CommunityCollege District, a Spiritual Formation Leader at Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology,and an Assistant Chaplain at Southern MethodistUniversity.

Dr. Odom is the Co-Founder of “Families in Touch,” a ministry dedicated to the nurture anddevelopment of healthy Christian families. “Families in Touch” establishes small groups and coordinatesenrichment retreats for married couples. Her accomplishments include the co-development and copyrightof “Married Friends: A Model for Ministry to MarriedCouples.”

Dr. Odom’s educational accomplishments include the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology fromthe University of Houston in Houston, Texas; the Master of Divinity Degree and the Doctor ofMinistry degree from Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas. Inaddition, Dr. Odom has been trained in pastoral care in the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Programat Children’s Medical Center, Dallas,Texas.

Dr. Odom has served on the Board of Directors of the Bethlehem Center, the Board of Directors ofthe Baylor Hospital Ethics Committee and the Board of Directors for the North Texas Affiliate SusanG.Komen. She has also served as Chairman of the Multi-Cultural Committee, Carrollton-FarmersBranch School District. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Black Methodistsfor Church Renewal, the Chairman of the South Central Jurisdiction Black Methodists for ChurchRenewal, and President of the North Texas Conference United Methodist African American ClergyFellowship.


Dr. Odom has also served on several North Texas Conference committees including the Councilon Finance and Administration, as well as, District Committee on Ministry, and the District Boardof Trustees. She is currently a member of the North Texas Conference Committee on Ethnic LocalChurch Concerns.

Dr. Odom is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Chi Zeta Omega Chapter,Plano, Texas where she served as president. She is also a member of the Denton EmmausCommunity.

Dr. Odom won the Robert Weatherford Prize of Internship Preaching, Perkins School of Theology.She has also received the 21st Century Most Promising Leader Award, Dallas, from the Metropolitan Clubof the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, and the Innovator ofthe Year Award from VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Her publicationsinclude, ‘Contemporary Reflections: Black Seminarians Today’ in Black Seminarians at Perkins: Then andNow, and ‘Married Friends: A Model for Ministry to MarriedCouples’.

Dr. Odom is married to the faithful and delightful Rev. Elzie D. Odom, Jr. They are the parents ofthree adult children. Dr. Odom also has two beautifulgrandsons.

Rev. Frances Cudjoe Waters Youth Pastor

Rev. Frances Cudjoe Waters is Pastor of Youth and Children Discipleship at Hamilton Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School and is a student in the M.Div. program at United Theological Seminary.  She prides herself on being a preacher, teacher, wife, mother, media watcher and woman on a mission.

Her vision and prayer for the children, youth and families of Hamilton Park UMC, as well as the community beyond, is that we teach them and share the love of Christ in their lives; give them a strong foundation in their faith; and help them to know and experience God’s prevenient, sanctifying, justifying and ever flowing grace in their lives each and every day.

In particular, Rev. Waters’ passion and purpose in ministry is working to transform lives: spirit, mind, body and soul by the constant renewing of our minds so that we can truly walk in our God-given purpose. Her mantra is embodied in the scripture, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, then you will be able to test and prove God’s true and perfect will for your life,” (Rom. 12:1-2). This is the focus and foundation of her online blog:

Originally born in New York City and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, she has been proud and glad to call Dallas home for 12 years. The daughter of a two professors, including a mother who is an Elder in the AME church, she is passionate about ministry and education.

In the last year, she has preached and presented at conferences in Dallas, TX; New York, NY;  Boston, MA; Atlanta, GA and Nashville, TN. This is in line with her believing that an important part of her purpose is to help women and men to turn potential into purposeful living; anticipation into accomplishment and dreams into an effective daily walk.

Pastor Waters has been happily married to James L. Waters, her law school classmate, for over 16 years. Together they have three wonderful sons: William (12), Joshua (11) and Christopher (7). After living in Cedar Hill, TX for 12 years, they now reside in Dallas, Texas.

Jimmy Mosby Minister of Music and Arts

Comming soon.