Longtime Church Member and Leader Nancy Fisher Joins FUMCFW Staff as Director of Stewardship

By January 12, 2017Stewardship & Generosity

Nancy Fisher150Nancy Fisher has been named Director of Stewardship of FUMCFW. An active First Church member since 1994, Nancy has served as the Lay Leader and Board of Stewards chair for two years and followed that as chair of the Church Council. “I have been blessed and honored to serve in these roles which allowed me to meet, interact, and learn from extraordinary lay leaders and church staff,” Nancy says. Nancy has also demonstrated her deep love for our church as part of many different ministries through the years, including our Singles Ministry and Stephen Ministry, as well as being part of our Belize, Costa Rica, and Kenya mission trips. And, in addition to her involvement on many different church committees, she has also served as a lay delegate to our Annual Conference.

As part of the Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth’s senior management team since May of 2010, Nancy focused on development and fundraising to heighten the Lighthouse’s presence and awareness throughout the Greater Fort Worth community. What she discovered in the process was the deep joy she finds in being a “people connector” and in building relationships. “I am a people person,” she says. I have longstanding relationships from all stages of my life — a treasury of people who I consider my “Balcony People” that I have collected throughout my life.”

Nancy says that she is thrilled at the opportunity to now direct these talents and experiences toward the stewardship goals of our church. “I am excited about engaging with our congregation as we work together in growing our church community and expanding the variety of traditional, and as well, unique ministries,” she says. “Exciting times are on FUMC’s horizon and every member — child, youth, and adult — has the opportunity to contribute and become a part of the ministries and the continuing legacy.”

“Nancy has great gifts, expertise, experience, and knows our church well,” says Dr. Tim Bruster, FUMCFW Senior Pastor. “She will be a great asset to the church serving as our Director of Stewardship. I very much look forward to working with her in her new role.”

Fred Cantu, Stewardship Committee and Search Committee Chair, says that while the interview process for any church employment opportunity is a daunting, the work of his committee was made much easier by Nancy’s immediate interest in this crucial staff position. “Nancy is so experienced and loved by former associates that it made our decision much easier than expected,” he adds. “We are extremely confident that God’s grace was clearly present in this decision. Nancy will serve us very well.”

Nancy grew up in Liberal, Kansas and Pampa, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in elementary education from Texas A&M University and holds a Master of Education from West Texas A&M. She taught school for six years: two in Bovina, Texas, the next three with The Oil Companies School in Tripoli, Libya, and a year in Amarillo.

After working in the oil and gas industry for eight years, a pivotal experience volunteering as a Big Sister inspired Nancy’s third career change in 1988 to become the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Amarillo, launching a 28-year tenure in nonprofit management that also included serving as the executive director of CASA of Tarrant County for 15 years.

After relocating to Fort Worth in 1993 to serve as CASA Director, Nancy met her husband, Jack Fisher, in New Horizon Singles Sunday school class in 1997, and they were married in our church in 1999 by Dr. Mike Marshall. (Jack has been a member of FUMCFW since the early ‘80’s.) Nancy says that although she has many wonderful memories of being part of the First Church family, her hands-down favorite was being a part of New Horizon — and meeting and marrying Jack Fisher.

In her spare time, Nancy enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with Jack, who is now retired, and their dog, HoneyBear.
Whether you already know Nancy — or if you are one of those friends she is just about to meet — her enthusiasm and positive outlook are bound to have an infectious effect on our entire congregation as she infuses her deep love for our church and its people with this new purpose: “I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this life-changing mission,” Nancy says. “I look forward to visiting with longtime friends and I look forward to visiting and making new friends. I want to hear everyone’s stories; I want to learn about their passions. I am excited about FUMC’s future and can’t wait to get started.”

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