In the United Methodist Church, pastors are appointed to serve a particular mission field and/or church for one year at a time.
In 2017, Bishop Mike McKee appointed Rev. Jessica Wright to FUMC Allen as our associate pastor. This year, the Bishop and Cabinet have appointed Jessica to serve as the Associate Director of the Center for Missional Outreach of the North Texas Conference, effective July 1, 2022.
This move is a wonderful opportunity for Jessica to live into her calling to nurture more understanding, compassion, and justice in our communities as she works to equip clergy and churches to serve with their neighbors. This appointment is also a recognition of Jessica’s gifts and graces by our Bishop and Cabinet of the North Texas Conference.
Following the Change the World Allen kickoff this weekend, Jessica and her husband, Andy, will be taking a previously scheduled vacation from May 16-27. She will be back in worship on May 29, and we will be making plans to celebrate her ministry at FUMC Allen in June.
Jessica will preach her final sermon at FUMC Allen on June 26. Our Staff-Parish Relations Committee will be working with our district superintendent, Rev. Debra Hobbs-Mason, to determine who our next associate pastor will be.
Please join in expressing our gratitude to Jessica, Andy, James, and Ethan for the blessing they have been to all of us and in praying for their family in the transition.