Who We Are
Rev. Mary Lu Johnston
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Mary Lu loves working with youth and youth leaders! She has worked with youth as an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for over 30 years. She has directed and/or written curriculum for countless youth retreats, camps, and mission trips. She has led weekly multi-congregation youth ministries that included Disciples of Christ, United Church of Christ, United Methodist, Presbyterian USA, and Alliance Baptist youth.
Mary Lu is married to Ted, an attorney with the State of Texas. Mary Lu and Ted are proud of their two adult daughters: Virginia, a PhD student at the University of Chicago Divinity School; and Madeline, a Social Worker and Chief of Staff for a member of the Texas House of Representatives.
A graduate of Texas Christian University and Brite Divinity School, Mary Lu served congregations in Texas including Jacksboro, Arlington, San Antonio, Round Rock, and most recently at University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Austin.
When there is free time, Mary Lu can be found playing the piano, enjoying a movie, taking a tap dance class, or cheering on the Horned Frogs with Ted!
Board of Directors
Rev. Timothy Tutt, Co-Founder
Westmoreland Congregational Church Bethesda, Maryland
Angela Woodland, Board President
Managing Director, HR Operations
Filtration Group Austin
Rev. Amy Dodson-Watts
Luke 14:2, Nashville, Tennessee
Rev. Pamela Holt
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma
Texas Association for the Education of Young Children
Rev. Dr. Andy Mangum
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest
Former Director of Enforcement
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Nash
Heart of Texas Association Minister
South Central Conference United Church of Christ
Attorney & Former Chief Administrative Law Judge
State of Texas
Reach Beyond Mission is a 501 (c)(3) organization
The National Benevolent Association, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest
The United Church of Christ
Reach Beyond Mission welcomes everyone
regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation
Reach Beyond Mission leads mission trips in the United States
for middle and high school church youth groups.
We are related to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and The United Church of Christ.
Your tax deductible financial contribution is an investment in life-changing experiences!
As costs rise, your contributions keep participant fees steady by supporting mission weeks or summer staff expenses.
Thank you so much for your donation!
15907 Braesgate Drive
Austin, Texas 78717
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