Among the first women to serve a major denomination as full-time clergy (ordained as deacon in 1985 and then as elder in 1989), Linda has been mentor and role model to an entire generation of female clergy in The United Methodist Church.
“This is a great honor for Casey to be chosen from nominees throughout the global United Methodist Church,” says Dr. Tim Bruster, Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth.
Texas Wesleyan University in southeast Fort Worth has been a Methodist institution since its founding in 1890. Through the years, the university’s ties to First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth continue to grow.
I really believe working with horses in any capacity can bring out the best in us, help us through all kinds of difficulty, and help us grow closer to God.
From tireless advocacy for people living with physical challenges to a career spent teaching students who otherwise would miss out on the opportunity for education, longtime church member and lay leader Joan Gaspard sets a high standard for compassion, commitment, and creative involvement with issues and opportunities she feels called to pursue.