Julie Harding

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Julie’s journey with Project Transformation began with an internship the summer after she graduated college in 2002. She grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas and was raised at the First United Methodist church there. That summer internship confirmed her desire to serve God through her vocation, but it was several years before that became a reality. Julie attended Texas A&M University where she earned her BS in Aerospace Engineering. When she wasn’t studying, her home away from home was the TAMU Wesley Foundation. After graduation she worked for a large aerospace contractor for several years and was invited to serve on the PT board of directors as the “intern representative”. She spent a couple of years working at her local church before staying home with her two children, and has long dreamed of bringing Project Transformation to the greater Fort Worth area. When the opportunity to establish a new chapter of Project Transformation in the Central Texas Conference arose, she enthusiastically jumped at the opportunity.

Julie and her husband Russell live in Mansfield with their two children, Alyssa and Zachary. She loves hot yoga, hiking, chai tea, and reading in the rocking chair on her front porch.

Chelsea Jones

Program Director

Chelsea's journey with Project Transformation began in the summer of 2009 after her freshman year of college. She attended McMurry University in Abilene, TX where she earned a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Education, Music and Servant Leadership. After her first summer as a youth intern at Oak Cliff United Methodist Church, Chelsea knew that Project Transformation was something special and felt God had placed a calling on her heart to pursue non-profit ministry. She went on to serve a total of 6 summers as an intern, house pastor and summer staff. The fire that God had placed on her heart continued to grow as Chelsea went on to serve in various types of ministry including becoming a co-director for the youth department at her home church. As she came back to visit throughout the summers and saw many former participants now as interns, further confirmed that God was truly moving throughout this organization.

Chelsea lives in Dallas where she was born and raised. Aside from spending quality time with her family, she enjoys hanging out with friends, reading, live music, traveling and continuing to live out the call God has placed on her life.

Beth Stuyck

Director of Operations

Beth’s journey with Project Transformation began in December 2017 when she was invited to serve on the Project Transformation Board of Directors as Finance Chair. Beth grew up in Bedford, Texas, and she and her family have been members of First United Methodist Church of Hurst since Beth was six years old. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Finance and her Masters of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, Beth worked in the IT staffing industry for many years and then in 2009, she joined the Department of Pathology at UT Southwestern Medical Center as their Administrative Manager. In 2012, Beth answered the call to ordained ministry. She earned her Masters of Arts in Ministry from Perkins School of Theology in 2015 and was commissioned as a deacon in the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church in 2016. Prior to joining Project Transformation Central Texas as Director of Operations, Beth held children’s ministry appointments at First United Methodist Church of Hurst and St. Barnabas United Methodist Church in Arlington.

In her free time, she enjoys walking her dogs, reading and learning about US and Church history, music, and leading Bible studies.

Cassie Samuelson

Volunteer/Community Engagement Coordinator (National Leadership Fellow)

Cassie’s journey with Project Transformation began in the summer of 2016, after her sophomore year of college. She grew up in Stephenville, Texas, and attended Tarleton State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Music. After her first summer as an elementary intern at Pleasant Mound - Urban Park United Methodist Church, Cassie decided that she wanted to stay involved with Project Transformation for as long as possible. In 2018, she interned as the Program Quality Coach at PT Central Texas. During this summer, she applied to be a National Leadership Fellow with PT National, and has been enjoying her fellowship placement at PT Central Texas since August. God placed a need for service in Cassie’s heart from a young age, leading her to be a part of many different organizations that focus on service and spreading God’s grace throughout the community.

Cassie lives in Benbrook, Texas with her husband, Chase, and two puppies, Eileen and Louie. She enjoys reading, writing, anything that involves music, spending time with family and friends, and napping.