About Us

San Antonio United Methodist Campus Ministry (SAUMCM) is an outreach of the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church to students and faculty of colleges and universities in the area of San Antonio, Texas. 

The UMCM first began on the campus of San Antonio College in 1957. The United Methodist Student Center located at the corner of Dewey and Belknap directly across from SAC campus has provided spiritual guidance and renewal to students and faculty for nearly 60 years.

The UMCM now has on-campus registered student organizations at San Antonio College (SAC), Trinity University, and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). In addition to regularly scheduled campus events, we offer off-campus activities and partner with surrounding local churches and non-profits.

UMCM seeks to:

  • Create an intentional and authentic Christian community in and around the SAC, Trinity, and UTSA campuses. 

  • Live out faith on campus and through local and foreign mission efforts and worship
  • Create a culture of change and growth through empowering and equipping student leaders.

  • Engage students in theological reflection and matters of faith, culture, and life.

Our Team

Director: Rev. Johnny Silva

Johnny Silva began serving as Director of San Antonio United Methodist Campus Ministries in 2013. He enjoys long walks on the beach, movie quotes (especially Anchorman), sports, and connecting with students and faculty at San Antonio College (SAC), Trinity University, and University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) campuses. Johnny is an ordained minister in the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Johnny earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UTSA. While in his last semester at UTSA, Johnny met his beautiful wife Laura at a UMSM fellowship event. A couple years later, both Johnny and Laura went on to Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University where they received their Master of Divinity. After graduating, they served as associate pastors at Corpus Christi First United Methodist Church for three years. Now, Laura is pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Johnny serves as Campus Minister in the very United Methodist Campus Ministry where it all began. 

When he’s not hanging out with college students at SAC, Trinity, or UTSA, you can find Johnny taking in some golf, disc golf, or living it up with his 3-year-old son "Action" Jackson and wonderful wife Laura. 

Administrative Assistant: Brenda Meneses

Brenda Meneses started working part-time in 2009 for a few months, before becoming a full-time employee at the United Methodist Student Center.
Brenda came from Bolivia to the U.S. when she was 15 years old along with her immediate family. After graduating from Jusdon HS., she worked for 2 private companies before enrolling at SAC, where she graduated with an Associates Degree in Computer Programing, with a Certificate in ORACLE (SQL Database).
While a student at SAC, she became an intern for this UMCM. She felt blessed to be able to participate in many Mission Projects (local and abroad) and to fall in love with Campus Ministry and the lifelong friends that I met there.
After graduating from SAC, she became a Board Member to continue being part of UMCM, while working independently.  Then, the new Director at the time needed assistance, and asked her to come on part-time which afterwards became full time Administrative Assistant. Now, Brenda can be there for students and give as she received.
When she is not working, she is interacting with the students, or working on a project. She enjoys spending time with family, and traveling or building things. She also regularly Skypes with her sister and new niece in Arizona. Brenda enjoys playing with her cats and helping animals in need. Brenda is also active at Universal City UMC, especially on the Scholarship Ministry Team.