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 them in Jacob’s Chapel United Methodist Church, where she first experienced the love of God in a community of 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 Community College District, a Spiritual Formation Leader at Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology, and an Assistant Chaplain at Southern Methodist University.

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

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

Dr. Odom has served on the Board of Directors of the Bethlehem Center, the Board of Directors of the Baylor Hospital Ethics Committee and the Board of Directors for the North Texas Affiliate Susan G. Komen.  She has also served as Chairman of the Multi-Cultural Committee, Carrollton-Farmers Branch 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 Church Renewal, and President of the North Texas Conference United Methodist African American Clergy Fellowship.

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 Board of Trustees. She is currently a member of the North Texas Conference Committee on Ethnic Local Church 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 Emmaus Community.

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 Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, and the Innovator of the Year Award from VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Her publications include, ‘Contemporary Reflections: Black Seminarians Today’ in Black Seminarians at Perkins: Then and Now, and ‘Married Friends: A Model for Ministry to Married Couples’.

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 beautiful grandsons.