Meet our Team
Laura Echols-Richter

Laura Echols-Richter
Executive Minister

[email protected]
972.335.2882, ext. 604

Laura Echols-Richter has been with Grace Avenue UMC since its start in 1999 and now serves as the Executive Minister. She is a Centenary College graduate and attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Laura is an Associate Member of the North Texas Annual Conference and the Lead Pastor/Preacher of our Celebration worship service that meets at 9:45 am on Sunday mornings in the Worship Center.

She has also served at:
  •  Christ UMC, Plano TX   1985-1987 – Youth Minister
  •  Klein UMC, Klein  TX  1987-1989 – Youth Minister
  •  FUMC, Bremen GA  1989-1990 – Youth Minister
  •  St. Andrew UMC, Plano 1990-1999 – Adult & Family Ministries

Her passion in ministry is helping people engage the Scripture in a way that invites daily living of faith. This could be through teaching, preaching, celebrating the sacraments and going beyond the walls of the church into the community and the world.

Laura’s husband, Billy Echols-Richter, is the Lead Pastor of Grace Avenue UMC. They have 4 children, Casey Richter, Julie Richter, Collin Echols-Richter and Lawson Echols-Richter.

She loves spending time with family and friends, traveling and supporting the Reedy High School Band.