Leadership

Clergy

Rev. Billie Watts

Pastor

Billie graduated from Perkins School of Theology in May, 2013 with a Master of Divinity degree and was ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church in 2016.  She served as associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Boerne, Texas from 2013-2016, where she previously led the Women’s Enrichment Ministry as a volunteer for ten years. She then was appointed to Travis Park United Methodist Church (San Antonio) in 2016 as associate pastor and served there for just over a year. In the summer of 2018, she began to inquire with the United Church of Christ (UCC) about the possibility of transferring her clergy credentials, and in November, 2019, Billie was received by the UCC as a minister with full privileges.

Touchstone Community Church is the realization of a long-held dream conceived in Billie’s heart years ago. Her advocacy work for the LGBTQIA+ community is one of her passions, along with creating a place for those who, for varied reasons, have had no church home.

Billie, born and raised in Dallas, Texas,  met her husband, Wayne, at Sunset High School, and they are parents to four children, three grandchildren, and their dog, Shadow. They moved to Boerne in 1995 when Wayne was transferred by AT&T (then Southwestern Bell Corporation) to the San Antonio office. She loves her family, sleepovers with the grandkids (usually a weekly event), boating on Lake LBJ, long walks, good movies, her friends, Dr. Pepper, good conversation, and the people of Touchstone Community Church.


Rev. Kerry Kirtley

Pastor

Pastor Kerry Kirtley was born and raised in San Antonio, sharing her younger life with seven siblings. Her life in Boerne began in 1987 when she married her life partner, Paul Kirtley. She and Paul have been raising their seven children in the Boerne community ever since.
Kerry has seen Boerne grow from small town to bursting at the seams as her family also grew to include three grandchildren with more on the way.
Over the past decades, Kerry devoted time to family faith formation and Christian education at a local church. This devotion grew into an awareness of harmful practices and discrimination within the community and church toward God’s people on the margins which includes LGBTQIA people and their families.
The harmful and deadly disconnect led her, Rev. Billie Watts and others to start a chapter of PFLAG (Parents & Friend’s of Lesbians and Gays), a national advocacy and support group.
Kerry's heart to share the good news of Jesus Christ for ALL people led her to seminary where she graduated from Perkins School of Theology in May, 2018 with a Masters of Arts in Ministry with an emphasis  on Social Justice and Theology.
Kerry and Billie, having both raised their families with harmful discriminatory practices in the faith communities in which they served, were called with passion to speak prophetically of the inclusive love of God for ALL people.
PFLAG led to a Pride Walk of solidarity followed soon by a worship gathering of the faithful.
Each step along the way provided another stepping stone to overcome the stumbling blocks for an affirming faith community for God’s beloveds.
Kerry often says “God  knew exactly what she was doing when she placed two women in Boerne Texas to minister to a community while raising their families.”
A safe place to be In community and within family, growing in God’s love, means everything to Kerry. Touchstone Community Church has been God’s vision for a long time. A place of belonging and becoming for all beloveds.
Billie and Kerry are passionate about relationship and connection and authentic faithful living. At Touchstone you will often hear, “we are keeping it real!”