Starting May 1, Thomas Williams will be our next FUMCFW Director of Music and Worship Arts. Thomas will succeed Robert Stovall who retires on April 11.
As the wholehearted choice by the search committee led by SPRC Director Julie Compton, Thomas brings nearly two decades of commitment as “an extremely motivated pastoral musician and conductor who recognizes the importance of making disciples through fostering individuals’ gifts in music and worship arts.”
Thomas comes to First Church from Aledo United Methodist Church where he served as Director of Music and Worship since 2012. He has been serving the United Methodist church in Texas and Arkansas since 2002. In addition to his work as choral music director and programmer, Thomas also brings rich experience as director and clinician for handbell choirs from Arkansas to Texas to Florida. He has served on the Greater Dallas Handbell Association board of directors and is a current member of the Concert Bells of Fort Worth.
As a talented choral leader, vocalist, and keyboardist, Thomas says that he also strives to maintain a high standard of service through encouragement, participation and education. His passion for sacred liturgy and hymnody brings to our church a blend of knowledge, talent, and a servant’s heart for corporate worship.
With experience in leading both traditional and contemporary worship, Thomas says his primary focus is on promoting the importance of who we worship and not how. “It is important for the church to have unity in worship rooted in scripture and our rich Wesleyan heritage,” he adds. “I am passionate about liturgy and congregational song and believe the songs and creeds that our congregation recite, ultimately shapes their faith and builds disciples.”
Thomas earned a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Arkansas and a Master of Music degree in conducting from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.
“Finding someone to follow Robert was a daunting task,” said Co-Pastor Lance Marshall. “We wanted to make sure we found someone who would continue our legacy of not only very-high quality music, but would do so with energy, enthusiasm, and a heart for ministry in the church. That’s where I believe Thomas will shine at First Church, not only in leading in the creation of beautiful music, but helping people grow in their faith and their relationship with Christ.”
Please join us in a hearty First Church welcome to Thomas and the music he brings to our faith community!