meet the student ministry team

James Richards

Director of Student ministries

James Richards has been serving in student ministry in some capacity for the last 8 years. Before coming to Lakewood Methodist, James served congregations in both North Texas and Tennessee. He has a passion for helping students grow as fully formed disciples and disciple makers of Jesus Christ. James also enjoys drawing, photography and anything related to sports and the outdoors. He is married to Kelsey Richards who also serves in student ministry at Lakewood Methodist Church.    

Jardyn Howelton​

Assistant Director of student ministries

Jardyn Howelton was raised here in Cypress and attended school at CFISD. He has spent a few years across the world is back to stay at Lakewood! He loves sitting and watching a good view, playing and learning many different sports, and making/producing music! He loves learning about different cultures and is currently in the practice of learning Spanish and Arabic! Jardyn is passionate about loving God, loving his brothers and sisters in Christ and the lost, and changing our families, communities, and beyond. He was recently married to his lovely wife, Rachel Howelton, and is excited to be apart of what Lakewood is doing! Also….Gig Em!

Jessica Edwards


Jessica Edwards has a degree in Theology from Texas Lutheran University and a long background in Student Ministry. She has also worked in Human Resources and as a preschool teacher. Jessica has been a member of Lakewood Methodist since 2017 and a staff member since 2021. She has three young, amazing boys, and in her free time Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, crafting and watching movies.