The Open team
Open is a community, built by community, shaped by the whole community. Everyone is welcome, valued, and invited to be a part. Meet some of the team that helps serve the Open community.
Jonathan perry — Pastor (HE/HIM/HIS)
Jonathan and his wife Lindsey have been married 14 years and have two children, Hudson and Grace. Jonathan grew up in Panama City, Florida, but has been in Texas for so long most of the sand is out of his car. He loves Open and feels the call of his life is to help create faith communities that welcome and affirm all people and take seriously the radical love of God. Jonathan also loves soccer, learning, creativity, and people. Oh, and coffee — Jonathan really loves coffee.
Krystal Stroud — Worship leader (SHE/HER/HERS)
Krystal Stroud is a Dentonite, a worship leader, and a lover of all things glittery and gold. She is both a graduate from the University of North Texas (B.A. in English), and has recently earned a M.S. Degree in Strategic Communications from Purdue University. In her spare time, Krystal enjoys reading literature, fashion blogging, advocating for social justice, speaking Italian with international friends, and eating pizza. She has served in various roles in the United Methodist Church over the years and is so honored to be a part of the Open community!
Kake Nations — Pastor (SHE/HER/HERS)
Rev. Kake Nations is a certified spiritual director, artist, and United Methodist pastor. She returns to Open after a two-year appointment as Pastor of Spiritual Life leading community connection, missional outreach, and weaving worship with spirituality in daily life. Kake joined FUMC Denton with her family in 2004 and taught Disciple 1 along with creative explorations of spiritual practices, designed banners, preached, and led worship. Kake holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Divinity, and lives in Denton with husband Tommie Nations. She believes in the God of beauty and order and in the Original Goodness of each of God’s creatures. Realizing the authentic, creative identity of each person allows us to reflect that image of God to our Creator and one another, freeing us to live into loving, joyful grace and truth.
hannah phillips — Campus and community engagement intern (she/her/hers)
Hannah Phillips is a senior at the University of North Texas, where she is double majoring in English Literature and German and minoring in psychology. A native of Austin, Texas, Hannah has lived in Denton for the past three years and now considers it home. Her partner, Max, introduced her to Open during her sophomore year of college and she has been attending ever since. She is thrilled to have been invited to join the Open team this year and looks forward to serving the people she loves while further exploring her call to ministry. Hannah loves reading, writing, dancing, making music, and connecting with people.