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First United Methodist Church, Rockwall

Clergy Staff: 

Dr. Joe Pool, Senior Pastor

Dr. Joe Pool came to FUMC Rockwall as senior pastor in June 2006.  Joe has served several churches in the North Texas Conference. He has lead three successful building programs, increased worship attendance and mission awareness and involvement. He has led Disciple Bible Study groups and enjoys teaching. He and his wife, Becky, have three children, Candace, Corey, and Amanda.


Jenna Morrison, Associate Pastor

Rev. Jenna Morrison joined our staff in 2013, and is currently serving as the Associate Pastor at First UMC Rockwall. She graduated from Perkins School of Theology at SMU in 2014.  She has previously served at Grace Avenue UMC and has also served in a number of other churches in both the North Texas and Central Texas Conferences. Jenna’s primary responsibilities at First UMC Rockwall include Adult Life Ministries, pastoral care, and is the primary worship planner, preacher, and pastor for the Open Door worship community (contemporary worship).


Rev. Alan Clark, Minister of Music and Fine Arts

Rev. Alan Clark is the Minister of Music and Fine Arts and has been at First UMC Rockwall since 1998. He is a graduate of Duke University where he received a B.A. with studies in religion and music. He received his certification in church music from Perkins School of Theology at SMU. Alan is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church and has served in churches in Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas. He and his wife, Patsy, have three boys:  Zachary, Will, and Timmy.


Rev. Christina Hildebrand, Minister of Children and Families

Christina serves First UMC as Director of Children & Family Ministries and is a Deacon of the United Methodist Church. Christina and her husband Stefan have three children: Andrew, William and Sarah.


Rev. Paul Maletic, Minister with Youth

Rev. Paul Maletic joined our church staff in 2008. Paul attended Southwestern University, Class of 2004 and also graduated from Perkins School of Theology at SMU in 2008. Paul is ordained as a Deacon in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church. Paul previously served Walnut Hill UMC in Dallas. Paul brings excitement and energy to our youth ministry.


Program Staff:

Melissa Bloom, Assistant to Children and family Services

Melissa has been an integral volunteer at First UMC Rockwall with Sunday School, M&M Kids, VBS, special events, and our children's team. Melissa is a graduate of Texas A & M. She is married to Jim Bloom, a paramedic, and has two children; Ethan and Caroline.


Chris Conway, Assistant to Children and family Services

Chris joined the church staff in March 2012. She is a graduated from Boston University with a degree in elementary education, and taught for 9 years at R.Q. Mills Elementary in Dallas. Chris has attended First UMC Rockwall with Neil Conway since 2000. Neil and Chris have two children Seth and Maya.


Sandy Heard, Connecting Ministries

Sandy shepherds our worship guests, lead our “First Impressions” and guide our new members into a connection with our church.





Shirley Womack, Membership Services

Shirley shepherds our worship guests, lead our “First Impressions” and guide our new members into a connection with our church.  Shirley is a graduate of Texas A & M, recently retired from a thirty-one year teaching career and is married to Larry Womack.  They have two sons, Matt and wife Melissa, Marcus and wife Alyssa and three grandchildren, Abby, Lucy and Clare.

  Nancy Farrell, Music Ministry Assistant

 Nancy Farrell joined the staff of First UMC Rockwall in
 September of 2015 after previously directing Children’s Music
 from 2009-2011. After retiring from a 28 year teaching career in
 2011, with the last 18 years being in Rockwall ISD, Nancy & her
 husband, Brian, relocated to Arkansas and Georgia and returned
 to Rockwall in August, 2015. Nancy graduated with a B.M.E.
degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and did post graduate work at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago. Nancy & Brian have been married for 33 years & have one son, Christopher, who is a wildlife biologist living in Lindale, TX.

  Leia Browning, Youth Choir Director

 Leia Browning joined our music staff as Youth Choir Director, effective
 September 1, 2016. Leia brings an impressive resume' of church music
 experience, is an accomplished vocalist, and is the current choral
 director of Rockwall High School.

 Leia has served churches in San Antonio, Baton Rouge, Garland and
 Dallas. She has a calling to minister with youth in and through music.
 Leia is excited to be a part of our music staff and church. Leia is
 married to Eric and they have two children, Lucas and Montana.

June Overholt, Pianist & Organist

June joined the FUMC Rockwall staff in 1997, and has served churches in Kansas and Texas.  She has accompanied groups and soloists throughout the United States.  June is married to Bob, has one son, Jason and one granddaughter, Jaden



Open Door Band:

Drew Allain, Bass

Lauren Atkins, Vocals

Nick Byrd, Guitar & Vocals

D.B. Denney, Drums


Administrative Staff:

Greg Humphries, Director of Finance and Administration

Greg Humphries joined the staff as Director of Finance and Administration in January of 2002. Having graduated from Texas Tech University with a BBA in Marketing, Greg worked twenty-six years in pharmaceutical sales management. During this time he had the opportunity to manage the various sales divisions of Winthrop Laboratories, a division of Eastman Kodak.  After joining the staff of First UMC, Greg returned to school to attend the National Institute of Church Finance and Administration at Emory University, Candler School of Theology and received his certification as a Church Business Administrator in 2009.  He also maintains his certification through the General Council of Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church. His family and he; wife Darlene and daughter Claire, have been members of First UMC of Rockwall since 1992.

Jackie Metzger, Finance Manager

Jackie joined the staff of First UMC Rockwall in May, 2011, as Finance and Office Assistant, assuming the job of Finance Manager in September, 2013, when Bonnie Klein resigned after 20 years. Jackie has lived in Rockwall since 2005 and has three grown children and five grandchildren. Her oldest daughter, Jennifer, is a first grade teacher at Stevenson Elementary. Jackie has a real estate license in Ebby Halliday’s Alumni program and owned and operated a bed and breakfast inn in Galveston for seven years. She is a member of the Becomer’s Sunday School class and enjoys photography and spending time with her grandchildren and recently organized, Celebration, a small group for single women 55 and better here at First FUMC Rockwall.

Debbie Weigant, Finance and Office Assistant

Debbie re-joined our staff in 2013 working in Finance Administration on Mondays.  She retired from a 23 year career in Finance/Procurement at Raytheon-Greenville Division.  She is active in our Chancel Choir and is married to Ronnie Weigant, both members of the Harmony Sunday School Class.  Ronnie and Debbie have a blended family of 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

Jennifer Potter, Membership Services

Jennifer Potter joined the staff at First UMC Rockwall as Membership Secretary in March 2008. She grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from Johnson and Wales University in 1989 with a Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management.  She has been married to Steven Potter since 2003 and has one daughter Leahia, Jennifer  has been a faithful member of First United Methodist Church since 2006.

Beth Boulware, Receptionist & Membership Assistant

Beth Boulware joined the Church staff in January, 2011 as Church Receptionist. In addition she has prepared the Church newsletter since November, 2009.  She and her husband Bob have been members since 2002. Beth retired from AT&T after 29 years. She is active in Bible studies and is a member of the J.E. Wilson class. Her hobbies include anything that involves her grandson.

Ruth Sears, Membership/Associate

Ruth joined the Church Staff as Membership Secretary volunteer in early July, 2009. She and her husband Curtis, and college age children Matt and Emily , have lived in Rockwall for 12 years. She began her career in Kansas City, and retired from AT&T after a 30 year legal career beginning at Southwestern Bell and a judicial clerkship for the Missouri Supreme Court. She is active in Bible Studies, GED tutoring, Vasebreakers Sunday School class and Sailsetters. Ruth enjoys reading, traveling, biking, movies and music. 


Other Staff:

Susan Gallander, Director of "The Ark" Preschool

Susan Gallander has been selected by the ARK Board of Directors, Jennifer Briscoe, Chairperson, as the new Director, effective May 9, 2011. Susan graduated from the University of Texas in Austin, has taught on the secondary level, has been an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University in Commerce, and is a published curriculum writer. Susan brings a depth of experience and desire to the ARK and is excited about this opportunity. Susan is married to Ty and they have two children, Lauren and John.

Erika Manning, Wedding Coordinator