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Online giving
Larry Ammerman, Business Administrator
lammerman@myfumc.org | 817-339-3884

Youth Ministries
Kat Bair, Director of Youth Ministries
kbair@myfumc.org | 817-339-5070

Pastoral care, Counseling, Confirmation, Senior adults, United Methodist Women
Rev. Phyllis Barren, Associate Pastor of Support Ministries
pbarren@myfumc.org | 817-339-5082

Children’s Ministries
Mark Burrows, Director of Children’s Ministries
mburrows@myfumc.org | 817-339-5097

Preschool
Nina Burrows, Director of FUMC Day School
nburrows@myfumc.org | 817-870-9174

Pledging, Financial gifts
Nancy Fisher, Director of Stewardship
nfisher@myfumc.org | 817-339-5098

Adult Sunday School, Mission trips, Disaster relief
Rev. Chuck Graff, Associate Pastor of Adult Ministries
cgraff@myfumc.org | 817-339-5065

Discipleship, Small groups
Rev. Zhenya Gurina-Rodriguez, Associate Pastor of Small Groups & Discipleship
zgurina@myfumc.org | 817-339-5067

Hospitality, Other volunteer opportunities
Lisa Helm, Director of Welcoming Ministries
lhelm@myfumc.org | 817-339-2403

The Gathering, Young Professionals
Rev. Lance Marshall, Associate Pastor of Young Adult Ministries
lmarshall@myfumc.org | 817-339-5078

Leadership opportunities, Baptism, Joining FUMC Fort Worth
Dr. Mike Marshall, Associate Pastor of Leadership Development
mmarshall@myfumc.org | 817-339-2409

Traditional Sanctuary worship
Rev. Linda McDermott, Associate Pastor of Worship
lmcdermott@myfumc.org | 817-339-5064

eleven:eleven
Rev. Tom McDermott, Associate Pastor of eleven:eleven
tmcdermott@myfumc.org | 817-339-3881

First Street Methodist Mission
Linda Murphy, Director of First Street Methodist Mission
lmurphy@firststreetmission.org | 817-339-2404

DiscipleChurch, Local outreach
Charme Robarts, Community Advocate
crobarts@myfumc.org | 817-339-5069

Joining FUMC Fort Worth
Dr. Lamar Smith, Associate Pastor of Evangelism
lsmith@myfumc.org | 817-339-3886

Communications
Melinda Smoot, Director of Communications
msmoot@myfumc.org | 817-339-5087

Choirs, Special music programs
Robert Stovall, Director of Music & Worship Arts
rstovall@myfumc.org | 817-339-5074

Parents’ Day Out, Nursery
Paula Wagstaff, Director of Parents’ Day Out & Nursery
pwagstaff@myfumc.org | 817-546-4414

Facilities, Use of rooms and spaces
Sandy Williams, Director of Operations
swilliams@myfumc.org | 817-339-5092

Full-Time Clergy

Dr. Tim Bruster

Senior Pastor

Rev. Lance Marshall

Senior Associate Pastor

Rev. Phyllis Barren

Associate Pastor of Support Ministries

Rev. Chuck Graff

Associate Pastor of Adult Ministries, Outreach Ministries Involvement

Rev. Zhenya Gurina

Associate Pastor of Small Groups and Discipleship

Dr. Mike Marshall

Associate Pastor of Leadership Development

Rev. Linda McDermott

Associate Pastor of Worship

Rev. Tom McDermott

Associate Pastor of eleven:eleven

Part-Time Clergy

Dr. Len Delony

Part-Time Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation

Rev. Nancy Froman

FSMM Special Ministries Coordinator & Associate for Children’s Faith Development

Rev. Larry Grubb

Part-Time Associate Pastor

Dr. Bill Longsworth

Part-Time Associate Pastor of Stewardship

Dr. Lamar E. Smith

Part-Time Associate Pastor of Evangelism

Program Directors

John Howard

Executive Director

Mark Burrows

Director of Children’s Ministries

Kat Bair

Director of Youth Ministries

Robert Stovall

Director of Music & Worship Arts

Charme Robarts

Community Advocate

Larry Ammerman

Business Administrator

Nancy Fisher

Director of Stewardship

Melinda Folse Smoot

Director of Communications

Lisa Helm

Director of Welcoming Ministries

Austin Patton

Director of A/V Resources

Sandy Williams

Director of Operations

Ron Hicks

Director of Security

Windle Watkins

Director of Facilities Services

Nina Burrows

Director of FUMC Day School

Paula Wagstaff

Director of Parents’ Day Out & Nursery

Sid Johnston

Executive Director of First Methodist Church Foundation, Inc.

Linda Murphy

Director of First Street Methodist Mission

Rev. Brooks Harrington

Legal Director of Methodist Justice Ministry

Children

Mark Burrows

Director of Children’s Ministries

Janice Cooper

Children’s Ministries Assistant

Heather Teems

Children’s Ministries Event Coordinator

Rev. Nancy Froman

FSMM Special Ministries Coordinator & Associate for Children’s Faith Development

Youth

Kat Bair

Director of Youth Ministries

Matt Britt

Associate Director of Youth Ministries

Brenda Kegans

Youth Ministries Assistant

Music

Robert Stovall

Director of Music & Worship Arts

Peggy Graff

Organist and Associate Director of Music & Worship Arts

Savannah Vasquez

The Gathering Music Leader

Brad Thompson

eleven:eleven Band Leader

Tori Randall

Music & Worship Arts Assistant

Outreach

Charme Robarts

Community Advocate

Business Office

Larry Ammerman

Business Administrator

Nancy Fisher

Director of Stewardship

Steven Fagan

Associate Business Administrator

Janet Ball

Financial Secretary

Olivia Perkins

Business Office & Stewardship Assistant

Support Staff

Rhonda Gaber

Executive Assistant to Senior Pastor

Gayle Ammerman

Discipleship, Education & eleven:eleven Assistant

Janice Cooper

Children’s Ministries Assistant

Elaine Johnson

Worship & Music Assistant & Wedding Coordinator

Brenda Kegans

Youth Ministries Assistant

Olivia Perkins

Business Office & Stewardship Assistant

Kim Shannon

FUMC Day School Assistant

Donna Smith

Receptionist

Marianne Wilson

Leadership, Support Ministries & Evangelism Assistant

Communications

Melinda Folse Smoot

Director of Communications

Caroline Petty

Project Manager

Richard McQuillar

Graphic Designer

Austin Patton

Director of A/V Resources

Paul Hughes

A/V Specialist

Wendell Baskin

Database/IT Manager

Operations

Sandy Williams

Director of Operations

Ron Hicks

Director of Security

Lawrence Camacho

Lyle Lodge Director

Windle Watkins

Director of Facilities Services

George Ewing

Custodian

Regina Hawkins

Custodian

Danny Hilaire

Custodian

FUMC Day School

Nina Burrows

Director of FUMC Day School

Rui Kelly

Assistant Director of FUMC Day School

Kim Shannon

FUMC Day School Assistant

Paula Wagstaff

Director of Parents’ Day Out & Nursery

First Methodist Church Foundation, Inc.

Sid Johnston

Executive Director of First Methodist Church Foundation, Inc.

Heather Kopystecki

Executive Assistant to Sid Johnston

First Street Methodist Mission

Linda Murphy

Director of First Street Methodist Mission

Bernie Schefflier

Assistant Director of First Street Methodist Mission

Margi Kluck

Part-Time Financial Assistance Coordinator

Rev. Nancy Froman

FSMM Special Ministries Coordinator & Associate for Children’s Faith Development

Methodist Justice Ministry

Rev. Brooks Harrington

Legal Director of Methodist Justice Ministry

Jodie Connaughton

Attorney, Methodist Justice Ministry

Linda Gregory

Attorney, Methodist Justice Ministry

Norma Serrano

Methodist Justice Ministry Administrative Assistant

Yajaera Chatterson

Methodist Justice Ministry Director of Intake

Dr. Tim Bruster

Senior Pastor

tbruster@myfumc.org
817-339-5060

Dr. Tim Bruster currently serves as senior pastor of the 6,000-member First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Centenary College in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion. In 1985 he graduated Cum Laude from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University with a Master of Divinity and went on to earn a Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching and worship in 1991, also from Perkins.

Prior to his appointment to First UMC Fort Worth in 2003, Bruster served seven years as senior pastor of First UMC Georgetown. From 1993 – 1996, he served as pastor of the Westchase Campus of First UMC in Houston and was responsible for the overall evangelism ministries for both the Westchase and Downtown Campuses. He served as associate pastor of Preaching and Program Administration at Marvin UMC in Tyler from 1991 – 1993, and pastor at Noonday UMC in Tyler from 1986 – 1991 and Bascom UMC in Tyler from 1984 – 1986. While a student, he was an intern/associate pastor at First UMC in Texarkana from 1983 – 1984, chaplain intern at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas in 1983, and pastor of the Church Hill Circuit in Henderson from 1980 – 1983.

Beyond the local church, Bruster has served as president of the Central Texas Annual Conference Council on Finance & Administration. He led the Central Texas Conference delegation to the 2008 General and Jurisdictional Conferences and was elected to the 2012 delegation, as well. He serves on the General Council on Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church, the Board of Trustees of Texas Wesleyan University, the Perkins School of Theology Executive Board at SMU, the Board of Trustees of the Texas Methodist Foundation, the Advisory Board of the Centenary College Christian Leadership Center and the YWCA Racial Justice Committee. He has served two terms on the Board of Directors of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and a term on the Board of the Tarrant Area Community of Churches. Tim has been a member of the Downtown Fort Worth Rotary Club since 2003.

He and his wife, Susan, live in Fort Worth and have three grown daughters: Sarah, who is married to Stephen Pepper, Katie, and Emily. They are also the proud grandparents of Alice Pepper.

He is a licensed pilot and his primary hobby is aviation. He also enjoys family outings, reading, travel and music.

Rev. Linda McDermott

Associate Pastor of Worship

lmcdermott@myfumc.org
817-339-5064

As an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church (UMC), Linda has been happily serving the UMC for 29 years and FUMCFW for over 18 years. Linda graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, where she received a bachelor’s degree with honors. After completing an additional minor in history, Linda received a certificate in secondary education from Texas Christian University (TCU). She then attained her master of divinity degree, with highest honors, from the Brite Divinity School at TCU. She currently serves as Senior Associate Pastor at FUMCFW with primary responsibilities in overseeing worship.

Linda really enjoys teaching the Bible and engaging people in theology discussions. Beginning with Disciple Bible Study, she has led weekly study groups for more than 27 years. “I find teaching the Bible to be one of the most rewarding parts of ministry. Not only do I enjoy engaging with people who ask the deeper questions of faith, I find that my own faith is enhanced in dialogue with others who are seeking to be faithful disciples of Jesus.”

Linda’s husband, Tom, is also an ordained UMC clergy member and is the Associate Pastor overseeing the eleven:eleven celebration service for FUMCFW. Linda and Tom have been married for more than 37 years and have two sons, Tim and Matthew, a daughter-in-law, Emily, and a granddaughter, Molly. “I am loving being a grandmother and watching my family grow!” Linda exclaims.

In her spare time, Linda loves to travel and see new places with Tom — her favorite travel companion. And for the last two years, she’s been trying her hand at vegetable gardening. She also enjoys reading, hiking, cooking, and spending time in nature.

Dr. Mike Marshall

Associate Pastor of Leadership Development

mmarshall@myfumc.org
817-339-2409

Dr. Mike Marshall was born in Mt. Morris, Illinois; a small town northwest of Chicago. I was originally the oldest of three boys, but after the death of my parents and my step-mother remarrying in 2006, I am now technically one of 15 children…. YIKES!!!

Most of my family lives in northern Illinois or southern Wisconsin. I think they see me as “rather confused” and living a long way from home – but they also know how thrilled I am to be in Fort Worth. I attended Centenary College in Shreveport (along with Tim & Susan Bruster, Charles Gaby, and years later Taylor Davis). I graduated in 1979 with a degree in Christian Education. In 1984 I graduated from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver with a Master of Divinity degree. My academic “career” ended in 1996, when I received a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. From 1984-1996, I served four United Methodist churches in the suburbs of Chicago. My family moved to Fort Worth in January of 1997.

I served First Methodist of Fort Worth for 8 ½ years and then served First Methodist of Burleson for three years. My unexpected opportunity to come back to Fort Worth in October of 2008 is the biggest blessing of my vocational life, and something I will never take for granted! My wife Jan and I have blended together a family of three children and two grandchildren. Adam Wood is married to Jami, and they have two wonderful children…. Aaron is 2 ½ and Miss Micah was born on July 2. They have just moved to Madison, WI. Katie Marshall graduated from Texas A&M in 2008. She taught in Crowley ISD for five years, and is now pursuing a master’s degree in speech pathology at UNT in Denton. Ben Marshall graduated from Burleson High School in 2011 and is now a “Very Happy Aggie” who followed his sister to Texas A&M and is in the Mays School of Business. Jan is familiar to many people in our church as a singer in Choral Union and Adoramus. She grew up in Van Alstyne and has family members there, as well as the Plano/Allen area. As for me…. I wake up every day with the happy awareness that God has blessed me beyond imagination, and is still working on me to be a blessing for others!

Rev. Zhenya Gurina

Associate Pastor of Small Groups and Discipleship

zgurina@myfumc.org
817-339-5067

Rev. Phyllis Barren

Associate Pastor of Support Ministries

pbarren@myfumc.org
817-339-5082

Rev. Phyllis Barren was born on a 300 acre farm in Sanger, Texas where some of her fondest memories were formed around cattle and the smell of wheat being cut by a combine.

Ministry was a natural extension of Phyllis’ family life. “If the doors were open to the church, my family was there. I went to my grandmother’s house every weekend and went to church with her and my parents every week. I stayed with Nannie for four years until she died, and I saw God work in me and through me during that time. I was 18 — 22 years old. I have always enjoyed serving and working with older adults so I truly find joy serving the church. Now, I am doing my dream job — visiting with people, making hospital rounds and playing chicken foot with the seniors of this church.”

When she’s not working at the church, Phyllis likes to read in her garden and take long walks on nature trails, but what she enjoys most is her family. “I have three sons that are the light of my world.” Miles, Trevor and Hunter all share a love of animals. Her two older sons have a Husky and a Bichon-Frise. Hunter, who is in high school, and Phyllis, share two ShihTzu, although Phyllis says they’re her babies. “They have sweaters when it’s cold and rain coats. They follow me everywhere I go.”

Phyllis holds a BS in Education, MA in Early Childhood Education, did her seminary work at SMU/Perkins School of Theology, holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, and will soon have her LPC.

Rev. Chuck Graff

Associate Pastor of Adult Ministries, Outreach Ministries Involvement

cgraff@myfumc.org
817-339-5065

Rev. Charles (Chuck) Graff was born in Tecumseh, Nebraska (60 miles southeast of Lincoln). Chuck’s father owned an independent insurance agency and his mother served as county judge, mother of three children and volunteer church organist in their local United Methodist Church for over 40 years. His grandfather, William A. Albright, served as a minister and district superintendent in the Kansas and Nebraska Annual Conferences.

Upon completion from high school, Chuck attended the University of Nebraska, Kearney, and graduated with a Bachelor of Education Degree in Business Education. His father invited him to return home to run the insurance agency but Chuck’s call led him instead to the ordained ministry. Following his college graduation, Chuck came to Laredo, Texas, to teach in a United Methodist mission school (Holding Institute). He packed his bags and moved into a dormitory that housed 25 boys from ages 12-19 from the U.S., Mexico, Central America and other countries. He studied conversational Spanish for two semesters at Laredo Junior College. Chuck taught high school classes (business education), coached basketball and soccer and played basketball with a professional team in Mexico City during the summer months. Teaching for five years in Laredo confirmed Chuck’s call to the ordained ministry and he moved to Denver, Colorado, to attend Iliff School of Theology on the University of Denver campus. This seminary experience provided a wonderful opportunity for Chuck to study both theology and social work in both of their programs.

Chuck then began serving churches in the Nebraska Annual Conference where he served in western Nebraska, Lincoln and Omaha. He served there when Bishop Joel Martinez initiated the National Hispanic Plan and Chuck was part of a team that hosted the first training offered in the conference. He was active on the Conference Hispanic Committee. He also worked with Bishop Martinez to create a new storefront ministry in South Omaha.

Chuck transferred to the Central Texas Conference in 1998 to serve as Associate Pastor/Church Administrator at First United Methodist Church in Grapevine. While there, he helped raised funds for the budget and new sanctuary, supervised the offices and facility, led mission trips to Costa Rica and other locations, and assisted in worship and pastoral care. He has also served as senior minister at Davis Memorial United Methodist Church in North Richland Hills, leading another visioning and building renovation campaign there. He has served as chair of the Conference Hispanic Committee and Disaster Response Committee in the Central Texas Conference. Chuck currently serves as Associate Pastor with responsibilities in Local and International Missions, Disaster Response, Men’s Ministries, Outdoor Retreat Ministries, Singles Ministries, and Pastoral Responsibilities.

Chuck enjoys reading, art and music; leading mission trips; golf; fishing and camping; travel and spending time with family. His spouse, Peggy, serves as Organist and Associate Director of Music & Worship Arts here at First Church. They enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Rev. Lance Marshall

Senior Associate Pastor

lmarshall@myfumc.org
817-339-5078
682-738-5262 call/text

Rev. Lance Marshall says, “Your calling is where your great passions and the world’s great needs intersect. I love to start new things in order to reach new people.” His primary responsibility is to lead The Gathering worship services at 9:30 and 11:00 am. The Gathering is a fast-growing community born out of Lance’s deep love for coffee and a desire to help new Christians find a worship service that is casual, comfortable, and speaks to their needs and concerns.

Born in Houston, Texas and raised in Colleyville, Lance is married to his best friend and Grapevine High School sweetheart, Elizabeth. They have a six-year-old son, Henry, and recently moved to the Woodhaven neighborhood in east Fort Worth. They love family baseball games in the backyard and checking out new books from the downtown library every week.

Lance’s favorite way to relax is to spend time listening to podcasts and playing video games early in the morning. His goal for 2018 is to work on his handwriting; it’s not going very well.

Lance graduated from The University of Texas with a B.S. in Communication Studies and from Brite Divinity School at TCU with an M.Div.

Savannah Vasquez

The Gathering Music Leader

svasquez@myfumc.org

My name is Savannah Vasquez and I’m so excited to be a part of The Gathering! I’ve grown up in and currently live in Mansfield. Along with being an introverted camera nerd, a middle sister, dog lover, pun enthusiast, and coffee drinker, I love music and mostly play guitar and drums. I am constantly surprised and thankful for God’s grace and love and the call to be a part of that. At its best, I believe that the church is an authentic family from all backgrounds, coming together to be the embodiment of God’s love in the world.

Rev. Tom McDermott

Associate Pastor of eleven:eleven

tmcdermott@myfumc.org
817-339-3881

Dr. Len Delony

Part-Time Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation

ldelony@myfumc.org
817-339-5099

Rev. Nancy Froman

Part-Time First Street Methodist Mission Special Ministries Coordinator & Associate for Children’s Faith Development

nfroman@firststreetmission.org
817-851-8998

Rev. Nancy Froman was born and reared in Fort Worth, grew up in the FUMCFW family and is delighted to return to work in the First Street Mission and Children’s Ministries.

Nancy was called to ministry at age 22. She has been a minister for the United Methodist Church for over 25 years. Aside from five years in Washington State, most of her work has been in the Central Texas Conference.

When Nancy takes time away from church, she and her husband, Gregg, enjoy international travel, working out, watching movies, and playing music together.

Nancy graduated from Fort Worth Country Day School. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from TCU and holds a Master’s of Divinity from Brite Divinity School, TCU.

Rev. Larry Grubb

Part-Time Associate Pastor

lgrubb@myfumc.org
lapat@att.net
817-339-5073 fax
817-921-0794 call/text

Rev. Larry Grubb says he answered a call to ministry because he wanted to help himself and others to “explore the limits of who we really are in a world of such promise.” He continues. “Life is to be celebrated and enjoyed. I cherish the gift of being a person in the special time in which we live.  I find great joy exploring the possibilities life offers us, learning from others and sharing the gift of relationships with interesting and beautiful people.” He says he strives to live a life of unconditional love.

Larry has been on the staff at FUMC since 1974. “After many years serving as a minister of counseling in this church, I love being able to minister to our older and confined members.  They are full of such beautiful history and wonderful stories. They are so appreciative of being remembered by their church.”

Married to Patty for 59 years, they have three living children who Larry says, “all have wonderful partners in their lives.” Their oldest daughter, physically and mentally challenged, died when she was 29 years old, in 1984.

When he is not ministering, Larry’s hobby is working on antique clocks, and he likes to imagine the stories they could tell. “Imagine being on someone’s mantle during the Civil War!” He also enjoys reading.

Larry was born in Shattuck, Oklahoma, and his father was a Methodist minister. He spent most of his early life in Western Oklahoma. He holds a B.A. from Oklahoma City University and an M.Div. from Garrett Theological Seminary.

Dr. Bill Longsworth

Part-Time Associate Pastor of Stewardship

blongsworth@myfumc.org
817-339-5061

Dr. Lamar E. Smith

Part-Time Associate Pastor of Evangelism

lsmith@myfumc.org
817-339-3886

Dr. Lamar E. Smith answered the call to the ministry for these reasons: “My love of people, my love for the Methodist Church, and my respect for my parents, for whom the ministry and church were vitally important. I appreciate the opportunities to serve people on some of the most important days of their lives.”

Lamar has a passion for travel, visiting Israel seven times, and 29 other countries. He also enjoys reading and golf. One of his favorite quotes is by Mark Twain, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why.”

Born in Jasper, Texas, Lamar grew up in Mineola, graduating from high school there and continuing to Texas Wesleyan University and Perkins School of Theology at SMU. He was the sixth of eight children and loved being part of a large family. He has three children: Dell Smith Wood, L. Edward Smith II and E. Hudgens Smith.

John Howard

Executive Director

jhoward@myfumc.org
817-339-5063

Mark Burrows

Director of Children’s Ministries

mburrows@myfumc.org
817-339-5097

Janice Cooper

Children’s Ministries Assistant

jcooper@myfumc.org
817-339-5093

“The three grand essentials of happiness are: Something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for.”

 — Allan K. Chalmers 

Janice received a B.S. in Spanish and English from McMurry University in Abilene, an M.A. in Educational Leadership from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech University. After 32 years in education as a teacher, curriculum director, principal, and superintendent, Janice was ready for a change.

She has taught Sunday School classes and helped out with Vacation Bible School at FUMCFW in the past and enjoyed these connections. So when a position opened up in the Children’s Ministries, Janice says she felt like it was an answer to her prayers. “I enjoy the great people here and the variety that my job offers,” Janice says. “I look forward to coming in every day!”

In her spare time, Janice likes to spend time with family, travel, nap, cook, ride motorcycles with her friends, and lead Weight Watchers classes. Her daughter, Katie, is 19 years old and is attending Tarrant County College this fall. “She is my pride and joy!” Janice exclaims. Katie’s friend, Lilly, is 18 and also lives with them. Janice says, “She is a sweetheart!” They have a Rat Terrier named Minnie, along with two cats named Tarzan and Rascal.

Heather Teems

Children’s Ministries Event Coordinator

hteems@myfumc.org
817-339-5096

Brenda Kegans

Youth Ministries Assistant

bkegans@myfumc.org
817-339-3888

Kat Bair

Director of Youth Ministries

kbair@myfumc.org
817-339-5070

Kat was born and raised in Brentwood, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville. She graduated from Brentwood High School and received a B.A. and M.A. from Miami University in Ohio. Kat is currently working toward a Masters in Youth Ministry at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary as a part of the Center for Youth Ministry Training.

Kat formed her relationship with Christ through the faithful ministry of youth workers and volunteers. “I have seen how youth ministry can empower teenagers, uniquely able to question the world as it is and imagine it how it could be, to use that missional imagination to shape their faith, and the world around them,” she says. “I just want to be a part of what the Holy Spirit is up to here at FUMC Fort Worth!”

Kat’s favorite thing about Youth Ministry is the opportunity to watch teenagers begin to discover the people God shaped them to be. As she describes it, “That moment where the lightbulb clicks on, that first moment where you feel like you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be, is a gift to witness in youth.”

Matt Britt

Associate Director of Youth Ministries

mbritt@myfumc.org

Jackie Rodriguez

Youth Ministries Intern

jrodriguez@myfumc.org

Robert Stovall

Director of Music & Worship Arts

rstovall@myfumc.org
817-339-5074

Peggy Graff

Organist and Associate Director of Music & Worship Arts

pgraff@myfumc.org
817-329-2405

Born in Hastings in Nebraska, Peggy graduated from Hastings Senior High School. She holds a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a master’s degree in sacred music from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Before coming to FUMCFW, she served as church organist/pianist and assistant choir director at First UMC Grapevine for 14 years and taught choral music at Birdville High School for 14 years.

Even as a child, Peggy conducted worship services at home, complete with music and scripture.”When I was in the fourth grade, I was called to be a Christian,” she says, “and the ministry just came as a natural outgrowth of that.”

She started playing piano in Sunday School when she was 11 years old and playing organ for the church when she was 13. “I feel like I have in my fingertips a direct connection to God. Playing the organ and the piano is like praying to me.”

In playing for worship services, Peggy says she likes to add meaning to congregational hymns by providing harmonizations and “color” to the text. “For example,” she explains, “if there’s a verse that is not as uplifting — maybe it’s a little more sorrowful, I’ll play it in a minor tonality with a softer registration; for a verse that is more uplifting, I’ll play more exuberantly.

Peggy says that she enjoys collaborating on ideas for the future of our Music and Worship Arts program and events that will take place at our church, as well as being with the people in Choral Union: “Is a lot of fun,” she adds, “it’s a great group of people!”

In her spare time Peggy likes spending time with her husband, Rev. Chuck Graff, whom she describes as her best friend, decorating the house, and being helpful to others.

In addition to her work with First Church, Peggy serves her profession as a mentor to young teachers, a judge and clinician for UIL choral competitions, and accompanist for band solo and ensemble contests and high school choir concerts.

Since the passing of her 14-year-old miniature dachshund, Scooter, she is currently between pets. She is stepmom to two lovely adult children, Sonia and Jonathan, and three grandchildren, Sadie, Macie, and Bella.

Tori Randall

Music & Worship Arts Assistant

trandall@myfumc.org

Charme Robarts

Community Advocate

crobarts@myfumc.org
817-339-5069

Charme Robarts has been a member at FUMCFW since 2010 and is a member of the 11:11 congregation. Born and raised in Dalton, Georgia, she graduated from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas where she received a master’s degree in biblical studies. Charme is a frequent teacher in various Sunday morning classes as well as the leader of  the Living Through Grief Groups for FUMC. Occasionally she brings the messages to the DiscipleChurch and 11:11.

Two favorite mantras are :

1) It never hurts to ask.

2) There are a lot of problems in the world, and a lot of people are working on them.

When she has spare time Charme says, “I talk to people!”  She loves to read, learn new things and discuss great ideas with her friends — or with strangers. Charme and her husband, Dwight, have three daughters and one son, all living in Texas.  A family with great culinary skills, they enjoy food as part of their fun. They also entertain themselves with loud and crazy games.

Larry Ammerman

Business Administrator

lammerman@myfumc.org
817-339-3884

Brad Thompson

eleven:eleven Band Leader

Steve Fagan

Associate Business Administrator

sfagan@myfumc.org
817-339-5085

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Steve has a BBA in Accounting from The University of Texas at Arlington. He earned his CPA certificate while working 4 years in public accounting and then spent 25 years working in the corporate world. He says, “I feel very blessed to be able to use my skills and experience to serve the church.” Steve is married to his Western Hills High School sweetheart, Julie and they are members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Arlington. Enthusiastic church nerds, they serve as ushers, on numerous committees, and as Lay Representatives to Annual Conference. Daughter, Sarah, is a professional dancer in New York City and Son, Sean, is a Music Media Major at The University of Texas at Arlington.

Nancy Fisher

Director of Stewardship

nfisher@myfumc.org
817-339-5098

Janet Ball

Financial Secretary

jball@myfumc.org
817-339-5090

Janet started working for the church after introductions through a family member. “Through watching the service on TV in the 80s with my family, I became aware of the wonderful things the church did.”

Janet has worn a lot of hats at FUMCFW. Beginning in 1988, she held a variety of positions in the Children’s and Parent’s Day Out Departments. Then in 2002 she was offered a place in the Business Office. Her favorite part of her current role is all the detail work she enjoys doing.

When Janet’s not spending time with family and friends, you can find her reading, sewing, and working on crafts. She lives in northern Tarrant County with Kelley, her husband of 37 years. Their daughter, Ginnie, and her husband, Trey, were married at FUMCFW in 2013, and they live right around the corner. Janet and Kelley still have their boys at home: two 12-year-old cats named Leo and Foley, along with a German Shepherd named Kaiser.

Olivia Perkins

Business Office & Stewardship Assistant

operkins@myfumc.org
817-339-5079

Olivia says she knows there is a reason why God placed her here at FUMCFW. She first came to the church as a client of the Methodist Justice Ministry as she was seeking guardianship of her siblings for whom she had been caring. After she received help, Olivia was introduced to the Business Office staff and offered a job as their administrative assistant.

Since she enjoys being organized, Olivia’s favorite part of the job is using her organizational skills to assist the “awesome team” she works with here. “It is my passion to help people,” Olivia exclaims. “From the moment I stepped into the church, I knew that everyone here shares that same passion.”

Olivia graduated from Granbury High School, and she is currently attending Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus where she is pursuing a degree in Nursing. She hopes to one day become a traveling nurse so she can fulfill her dreams of traveling the world as a missionary while also caring for people in need.

Throughout her life, Olivia’s journey has always been linked to helping other people, but she just never saw that as serving them. As she’s grown to know herself better, she’s discovered that she has a huge heart that wants what’s best for her and for others. Olivia now lives to serve, and that brings her great fulfillment. “The church has been such a blessing in my life,” she adds. “I am so happy to get the opportunity to pay it forward through my work.”

When she’s not working, Olivia enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, hiking, exploring, napping, and trying new foods. She lives in Weatherford with her boyfriend, Ryan; her three younger siblings, Matthew, Caylin, and Allison; and their dog, Bruce. They love going on outdoor family adventures whenever they get the chance.

Melinda Folse Smoot

Director of Communications

msmoot@myfumc.org
817-339-5087

Caroline Petty

Project Manager

cpetty@myfumc.org
817-339-5080

Richard McQuillar

Graphic Designer

rmcquillar@myfumc.org
817-339-2402

Richard McQuillar was born in Oklahoma city and spent seven years of his life in Okinawa Japan. Returning to Oklahoma, he graduated from Choctaw High School. He is the son of retired Air Force veterans.

Richard is responsible for designing the enews, weekly, Connect and “any other project that lands on my desk.” “This is a great opportunity to grow professionally and spiritually that I couldn’t pass up. I enjoy knowing that the work I do helps get people involved in the worship, volunteer and social opportunities that FUMCFW provides.”

In his spare time, Richard likes being with his family, going to church, participating in sports, watching science fiction movies, writing and illustrating children’s books and eating spicy Korean food. “I enjoy being creative and pushing myself to learn new things every day.”

Richard has been married to his “smart and lovely” wife, Laura, for seven years. They met in freshman English class at the University of Tulsa, where Richard received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis on graphic design and minors in business and art history. Fort Worth is Laura’s hometown. They have two sons, Maxwell, 3, who “enjoys playing sports and being a big brother” and newborn Miles, who “enjoys grunting and staying up until the wee hours of the morning.”

Lisa Helm

Director of Welcoming Ministries

lhelm@myfumc.org
817-339-2403

I have been at FUMCFW for three years and was initially hired as the Communications Production Manager. In that capacity, I pulled in all the information for each job, from every ministry, and followed them through to completion. I also wrote copy for the Newsletter and all church media and in a pinch, did some very basic graphic design. In my new position as the Director of Welcoming Ministries, I am still in the Communications Department and I still write for the various church media. But in this new role, my job is to connect the different aspects of fellowship to ensure all who enter our campus feel welcome, safe, and cared for by our Church — on Sundays and beyond. I was born in San Angelo, where I graduated from San Angelo Central High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from The University of Texas. I actually worked with Communications Director Melinda Smoot when we were both just beginning our careers. I had been thinking about calling Melinda to talk about freelance writing. Melinda had been at FUMCFW for about a month and was told she could hire some help — she actually told some people that she needed to get me to come to work for her. We ran into each other while we were shopping, she asked me to come interview (which took 15 minutes), and I’ve been here ever since! I like to cook, travel, read and spend time with family and friends. My husband, Tommy, and I have two girls: Catherine who is 24 and lives in New York and Meredith who is 21 and currently attending the University of Oklahoma.

Austin Patton

Director of A/V Resources

apatton@myfumc.org

Paul Hughes

A/V Specialist

phughes@myfumc.org

Wendell Baskin

Database/IT Manager

wbaskin@myfumc.org
817-546-4403

Wendell says that his role as the Database Manager here at FUMCFW fits his soul, and he loves working with others whom he respects and admires. As he puts it, “The United Methodist Church promises to be a place with open hearts, open doors, and open minds.”

Wendell attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he received a bachelor’s degree in Music, along with minors in Physics and Education. He went on to provide database support for more than 1,500 sales representatives at Alcon Labs. After more than 20 years, he retired from Alcon and then joined us here at FUMCFW.

One of the perks Wendell enjoys about working here is treating himself to daily walks in downtown Fort Worth. His wife, former FUMCFW Director of Counseling and Support Ministries Mitzi Ellington, also stays active by running in competitions with her friends. Mitzi is an ordained minister in the Baptist church and now works as a chaplain for the Harris Hospital System.

In his spare time, Wendell likes to read (a lot) and share with others. He and Mitzi live near Texas Christian University with their three girls (the furry, four-legged type), Loba, Sophie, and Cali.

Rhonda Gaber

Executive Assistant to Senior Pastor

rgaber@myfumc.org
817-339-5062

Gayle Ammerman

Discipleship, Education & eleven:eleven Assistant

gammerman@myfumc.org
817-339-5091

Janice Cooper

Children’s Ministries Assistant

jcooper@myfumc.org
817-339-5093

“The three grand essentials of happiness are: Something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for.”

 — Allan K. Chalmers 

Janice received a B.S. in Spanish and English from McMurry University in Abilene, an M.A. in Educational Leadership from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech University. After 32 years in education as a teacher, curriculum director, principal, and superintendent, Janice was ready for a change.

She has taught Sunday School classes and helped out with Vacation Bible School at FUMCFW in the past and enjoyed these connections. So when a position opened up in the Children’s Ministries, Janice says she felt like it was an answer to her prayers. “I enjoy the great people here and the variety that my job offers,” Janice says. “I look forward to coming in every day!”

In her spare time, Janice likes to spend time with family, travel, nap, cook, ride motorcycles with her friends, and lead Weight Watchers classes. Her daughter, Katie, is 19 years old and is attending Tarrant County College this fall. “She is my pride and joy!” Janice exclaims. Katie’s friend, Lilly, is 18 and also lives with them. Janice says, “She is a sweetheart!” They have a Rat Terrier named Minnie, along with two cats named Tarzan and Rascal.

Sid Johnston

Executive Director of First Methodist Church Foundation, Inc.

sid.johnston@fmcfoundation.org
817-339-5072

Elaine Johnson

Worship & Music Assistant & Wedding Coordinator

ejohnson@myfumc.org
817-339-2406

Elaine Johnson wanted to reconnect with the church at the same time she was searching for a job. Her mother, who is a retired Deacon, saw Rev. Phyllis McDougal at a church conference, and she told her the church needed some help. “The job fell in my lap, and the rest is history,” says Elaine.

Elaine loves the people she works with and the family atmosphere at FUMC. She also enjoys connecting with other members of the congregation.

Outside of her work at church, Elaine is very involved in her children’s activities, including the PTA. She likes to camp, hike, scrapbook, knit, crochet and read.

Born and raised in Arlington Texas, Elaine married her Arlington High School sweetheart, Rod, in December 1991. They have two children, Jenny and Michael. Her family also includes Bud, a 120-pound bloodhound that thinks he is a lap dog. An animal lover, she also has a rabbit, and a small pond with 20 goldfish.

Elaine holds a B.B.A. in Business Education and a B.A. in Dance Education from Texas Woman’s University.

Kim Shannon

FUMC Day School Assistant

kshannon@myfumc.org
817-870-9174

Donna Smith

Receptionist

dsmith@myfumc.org
817-336-7277

Marianne Wilson

Leadership, Support & Evangelism Assistant

mwilson@myfumc.org
817-339-5071

Sandy Williams

Director of Operations

swilliams@myfumc.org
817-339-5092

Ron Hicks

Director of Security

rhicks@myfumc.org

Don Lee

Director of Security

Don Lee joins our church staff as Manager of Security. Don, who previously worked at Broadway Baptist Church as its Director of Security for nearly 14 years, says he is excited about his transition to this new role in helping guide and direct the security of our church. In addition to serving as our weekday onsite security, Don will serve on our newly formed Hospitality Safety and Security Committee to help guide its security planning and assist with training volunteers to assist with Sunday morning security.  Don will be on duty here each week, Monday-Thursday from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm and 7:30 – 12:30 on Sundays. He will also be tasked with scheduling any additional security coverage needed on his days off and evenings.

Don says what he enjoys most about his work is the interaction he gets to have with all kinds of different people — getting to know them and helping them out however he can while still holding the line in terms of compliance with rules, regulations and policies. “You can be nice and compassionate and helpful,” he says, “and still be as firm as you need to be.”

And, in even the most challenging situations he faces, Don says that he has found that kindness and follow-through are key to establishing himself as a protector of our church who is also looking out for all the people who enter our doors. “Once people know me, they know they can trust me to be fair — and when I say I’ll do something, I’ll do it,” he adds.

As an ex-military, ex-border patrol officer, Don says the difference between what he does now as a church security officer and the more hands-on law enforcement he has done in the past is that “this is the Lord’s work — much more about compassion and helping all kinds of different people.”  Expressing gratitude and appreciation for his time at Broadway Baptist Church, Don says that he views joining our staff as a new blessing and a challenge he gladly embraces as the next step on his professional and personal journey. “The Lord has opened this door for me,” he says, “how could I not go through it?”

Lawrence Camacho

Lyle Lodge Director

lcamancho@myfumc.org
817-444-1076

Windle Watkins

Director of Facilities Services

wwatkins@myfumc.org
817-339-5088

Nina Burrows

Director of FUMC Day School

nburrows@myfumc.org
817-870-9174

Nina Burrows has always been involved in education, holding positions as a textbook editor, first grade teacher, reading specialist, preschool teacher and now, preschool director. “I love working with children and find my job to be rewarding and fun. Kids are just always making me learn and making my laugh.”

Nina was born and raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey ─ a long way from Texas. “This church and this school were such a support as Mark and I raised our children, especially since my mom lives on the east coast. I think it’s extremely important for children to grow up with lots of people around them who care for them.  We don’t always have families close by, but we do offer an amazing school family.”

Sharing her thoughts about early education, Nina says, “I think that we are putting more and more academic pressure on our children at a younger and younger age. It is true that they are capable of amazing things, but they only get one childhood. Our school does a great job of preparing kids for school without putting too much pressure on them. Kids love coming to preschool, and they learn so much while they are here. We do a wonderful job of preparing them for school; I think we foster a love of learning, too.”

Nina is married to Director of Children’s and Family Ministries, Mark Burrows. They met as teachers at an elementary school in Dallas and have two girls. Nina says the girls are “the center of our lives.” The family’s newest addition is a chocolate Labrador named Hazel.

Nina holds a B.A. from Dickinson College and an M.A. from Texas Women’s University. In her spare time, she likes to run, read, and rest.

Rui Kelly

Assistant Director of FUMC Day School

rkelly@myfumc.org
817-870-9174

Rui Kelly began working in the FUMCFW nursery so that she could be with her 11 month old son. “One thing led to another, and I was offered a teaching job in preschool. I have taught and assisted in preschool, been a PDO and nursery coordinator, and for the last many years, I have assisted the director in the preschool. I absolutely love seeing all the children’s smiling faces every day.”

When asked about her spare time, Rui says she loves to travel and spend time with her family, “but when my grandson gets here in July, all my spare time will be spent with him.”

Rui has two children, Eric and Morgan, and will soon welcome her first grandchild, Riot. She has a rescue Bichon named Justin.

A lifelong Fort Worthian, Rui graduated from Arlington Heights High School and Texas Tech University.

Paula Wagstaff

Director of Parents’ Day Out & Nursery

pwagstaff@myfumc.org
817-546-4414

Paula Wagstaff was born in Fort Worth and is a lifelong member of FUMCFW. She graduated from Richland High School and holds a degree in Child Development. Her love of this church and children led her to service.

She has been married to Patrick for 19 years. They have two children, Lainey and Zachary, and four dogs! Paula enjoys crafts and Zumba.

Sid Johnston

Executive Director of First Methodist Church Foundation, Inc.

sid.johnston@fmcfoundation.org
817-339-5072

Heather Kopystecki

Executive Assistant to Sid Johnston

heather.Kopystecki@fmcfoundation.org
817-339-5089

Linda Murphy

Director of First Street Methodist Mission

lmurphy@firststreetmission.org
817-335-6080 ext. 101

Bernie Schefflier

Assistant Director of First Street Methodist Mission

bschefflier@firststreetmission.org
817-335-6080 ext. 102

Margi Kluck

Part-Time Financial Assistance Coordinator

mkluck@firststreetmission.org
817-335-6082 ext. 110

Rev. Brooks Harrington

Legal Director of Methodist Justice Ministry

bharrington@myfumc.org
817-339-2407

Reverend Brooks Harrington founded MJM in 2006. Brooks is a former US Marine infantry officer. He attended George Washington University law school in Washington D.C., graduating cum laude. He then served on a law school faculty in D.C. for two years and as a federal prosecutor there for five more years. He returned to his home in Fort Worth, and was in private litigation practice from 1983 to 1991 and from 1996 to 2006. He has been honored repeatedly by vote of his peers as a “Texas Superlawyer” in Texas Monthly magazine and as one of the top 100 lawyers in Tarrant County in the Fort Worth Business Press.

From 1991 to 1995, Brooks attended Perkins School of Theology at S.M.U., graduating summa cum laude, and was senior pastor of Diamond Hill United Methodist Church in north Fort Worth. He was ordained a deacon in 1993 and an elder in the United Methodist Church in 2008. Brooks serves as an Associate Pastor on the staff of First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth and as the legal director of the MJM, working seven days week.

Brooks has been married for more than 35 years to Professor Maxine Harrington, Associate Dean of Texas A&M School of Law. They have three children and two grandchildren.

Jodie Connaughton

Attorney, Methodist Justice Ministry

Linda Gregory

Attorney, Methodist Justice Ministry

Norma Serrano

Methodist Justice Ministry Administrative Assistant

Yajaera Chatterson

Methodist Justice Ministry Director of Intake

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