Welcome to the Youth Ministry Department
Pictured left to right: Bryan Smyth, Rachel Smyth, Kyle Hatfield, Stacie McKay
Rachel Poyo Smyth
Rachel hails from the beautiful land of North Carolina. She has a passion for working with young people and sharing with them the hope and love she has received from the Lord. He changed her life in high school and sent her to Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio where she studied theology, catechetics, and youth ministry before attaining a Masters in Theology. She is one of five girls born into a very close-knit family. Her favorite color is blue and she loves food, especially chocolate, avocados, and veggies. She loves being outside, FaceTiming with her neices and nephew, and traveling. She has been enjoying learning all the Texas traditions and now is the proud owner of a real pair of cowboy boots.
Bryan Smyth tries live for the greater glory of God in everything he does and aspires to live out the saying of St. Irenaeus: "The glory of God is man fully alive." Bryan came to know the Lord as a teen growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Ill. and has a deep love for Jesus and teenagers. Bryan graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio with his bachelor's in theology, catechetics, Spanish and completed the Youth Ministry concentration. His goals in life are to see God's kingdom come on earth and to one day be as cool as his younger brother. Bryan loves sports, adventuring, music, movies and all things manly. He also loves stories and is known to tell a long winded one. Bryan is always seeking ways to live out the story God has for him.
Joining our Youth Ministry team at CtR as our new Coordinator of Middle School Ministry is Kyle Hatfield. Right out of college from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, this will be his first job, his first time to be involved in a parish (he converted to Catholicism five years ago), and he and his wife Angela just had their first child, Elizabeth Ann. Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Hatfield has worked at Life Teen Summer Camps Hidden Lake and Covecrest for two summers. He was on the Core Team for Men’s Ministry and was a lead sound technician while at Franciscan.
“I am looking forward to furthering the mission of the Church to go and make disciples,” he said. “I am ready and eager to begin what I have spent so much time training and studying for. I am happy for my wife and daughter to be with me at the parish and for this to be where we soon will call home.”
Stacie McKay was born in Rochester, New York, but as they say, “moved to Texas as fast as she could” with her parents at age 5. Since the third grade, her family has resided in Cypress, being one of the Founding Families of Christ the Redeemer. She fondly remembers the days of stacking chairs at “St. Millsap” after Sunday Mass. Stacie is the eldest of six children, and while she doesn’t have kids of her own, she helped raise her younger siblings. She even became an Assistant Youth Minister here at CtR when her younger sisters were in high school. She taught Confirmation classes here and in the many places she lived.
After moving around and working in the corporate world, she returned to the Cypress area and was hired by her “home parish” as a Pastoral Associate. Stacie loves dancing, singing, gardening, dogs and giving of her time to others. She fell in love with the sport of lacrosse when her youngest brother started playing in middle school. She has volunteered for various lacrosse organizations and is currently the Event Coordinator for Shootout for Soldiers - Texas and the Past-President of the Houston Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse. Not ignoring her Cypress roots, she is also a volunteer for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.