Rev. Andrew FIser, Associate Director for Zip Code Connection
As of July 1st 2017, Andrew is the Associate Director for Zip Code Connection for the Center for Missional Outreach at the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Andrew previously worked for Project Transformation as Director of Site Church and Community Development. Previously he worked with the Rio Texas Annual Conference as a planting strategist for discipling residents and new people moving into the Eagle Ford Shale oil boom corridor, but who are also disconnected from communities of faith. Andrew is experienced in church revitalization and community development efforts in urban Memphis and in South Texas.
As a Vanderbilt Divinity School intern turned co-pastor and pastor of Edgehill United Methodist Church in Nashville, Andrew led the congregation in developing ways to re-engage neighbors and build relationships with a changing community. Andrew has spent summers working in urban ministry in South Memphis, studying hunger relief ministries across Arkansas, and in youth ministry in two County-seat towns. Originally from Arkansas, Andrew is a graduate of Hendrix College and comes to this work as an ordained elder in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Andrew is excited to be a part of the innovative work of Zip Code Connection. Andrew spends time running and on outdoor adventures with his spouse, Kaki, three foster children, and three dogs.
Rev. George Battle iii, Are Connections Coordinator for South Dallas Fair Park
Throughout his career, he has performed in areas of management and assistant to directors for organizations including Dallas Bethlehem Center and CitySquare. As Relationship Director at the Dallas Bethlehem Center, he served as liaison between surrounding churches and the community within the service area of the center. He worked closely with churches and for-profit institutions to support the child care and community center in any way they could. Prior to joining Dallas Bethlehem Center, he worked for two and a half years as an AmeriCorps member- working in direct case management services and as a volunteer coordinator. He also worked closely with the manager of CitySquare Community Life team providing self-sufficiency and recreational activities to a population of previously homeless and at-risk of homeless persons.
In his current role as the Director for South Dallas Fair Park, he oversees the development of programs and connecting groups and organizations with one another in the South Dallas zip code of 75215 to push the mission and vision of Zip Code Connection forward.
He holds a BA and a dual MA from Southern Methodist University and University of Texas at Arlington as well as certification in Meditation. George is commissioned as a Provisional Elder in the North Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Cassandra Randel, Area Connections Coordinator for Red River County
Cassie holds a degree in Strategic Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations from Indiana Wesleyan University. With her intimate upbringing with non-profit and humanitarian organizations she witnessed firsthand the frequent disconnects between those in need, those with resources to help, and the organizations attempting to do a good work. This keen awareness led her to not only pursue this degree but also to pursue relationships that would position her as a bridge builder.
While living in Marion, Indiana for five years she worked with Main Street Marion, The City of Marion, the local Economic Growth Council and The Refinery Business Center. She also has more recently worked as a Marketing Specialist for Village Health International and Big Tex Trailers.
Cassie’s professional experience, education, skill set, holistic community development & ministry training as well as her childhood/youth development as a third generation missionary kid growing up in some of the world’s most underdeveloped locations (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti) has uniquely equipped her for this role. Moreover, Mrs. Randel’s heart and passion for community development work, her strong faith and character are an ideally suited for the opportunities and challenges of this work. Mrs. Randel moved to Texas in the Spring of 2016 and has since then enjoyed exploring the wonderful and unique things in the lone star state with her husband Adam.
Catana Yarnell, The Hub Manager/Community Coordinator for Red River County
Since I was a child, I knew I never wanted to grow up. I knew that teachable moments came from the Lord in every page that turned in the chapters of my life. AND that the Lord had written "MY STORY" I am a hometown Texas girl, born and raised in the small town of Paris, Texas. My early education was formed in a small county school and I graduated in 1986 from North Lamar High School. My LIFES WORK began at Paris Junior College in the field of American Sign Language, and Signing Exact English.
I learned there that my passion was children packaged uniquely with all kinds of lessons to share. I continued my education in establishing my Degrees in Child Development and Early Childhood Education. My belief is that the greatest lessons are learned "hands on."
Loves of My Life
I have journeyed a walk with my husband Rusty for 25 years. We have 2 grown daughters, Amber & Aireul. We also have 4 “sweet grand loves” Rhylee, Nollie, Indy, and Ari. I also have a grandog “Yoshi." I live in a small country town in Deport, Texas., in small cottage "My little house on the Mayberry.
Ongoing chapters of life
With the love I hold for people and especially children, I knew God was ready for me to do more. With much prayer and tears I asked God to lead me to all the work he placed upon my heart for his glory.
With a whisper from the Lords breath to my ear, I established the first Listening and Learning Children’s Library in Deport, Texas. The doors were opened in August of 2015 and each month it is blooming with new children and adventures. I am also been blessed to hold positions of Secretary for the Project Deport Committee, work with the Deport Elementary as the Volunteer Parent and Community Coordinator for PTO. I also hold the position of Lay Delegate and am the President of the United Methodist Women for the First United Methodist Church of Deport, Texas. In September 2016 I stepped on board with the Zip Code Connection and in February 2017 became the full time manager of The Hub Community Center and Community Coordinator for Red River County. I am blessed to say he is still writing these pages.