Familiar Face, Brand New Leadership Role

By April 22, 2021

We’re very excited to announce that Allison (Barley) Alvarado will join our staff in June as our new Executive Director. Allison has been an active member of the church since June of 2002 and has served on the Finance Committee and the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, which she also chaired. Alison will begin her new role at our church on June 1.

As SPRC Chair, Allison was also an ex-officio member of the Finance Committee, Church Council, and Board of Stewards, providing a broad base of experience that deepened her understanding of the church’s operations, ministries, and goals.

Professionally, Allison comes to us from a diverse career in human resources, most currently as Client Executive at Alight Solutions. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Throughout her professional career, Allison has served in executive leadership and has extensive experience in human resources.  She has also been part of the executive team that has cast a vision and ensured follow-through on that vision.

“Not only does she know our church and our staff very well, but she also understands the United Methodist Church at all levels,” comments Senior Pastor Dr. Tim Bruster. “At the Conference level, she participated in the Vital Leadership Academy – a formative, invitation-only program for lay leaders spanning six months focused on strategic planning and leadership for local churches in the Central Texas Conference. (By the way, Allison and Dave met in that program!). Her business and leadership experience will serve our church very well.”

Allison has also served on the Conference Board of Pensions and Benefits since 2016 – a group composed of lay members and clergy focused on decisions governing multiple pension and benefits programs within the Conference. “She has also just begun serving on the District Committee on Superintendency,” Dr. Bruster adds, “which is a committee similar to the SPRC but focused on the roles of the District Superintendent and district staff.”

When Rev. Lance Marshall, Co-Pastor, who led the search team for our Executive Director position, announced that Allison would be our new Executive Director in the meeting of full-time clergy and ministry directors meeting yesterday, the immediate response was enthusiastic applause.  “That speaks volumes!” he exclaims.  “Allison is a well-known and well-loved part of our church, and her willingness to serve in this capacity is a gift to us all.”

Welcome to the FUMCFW staff, Allison!


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