Ministry Staff

Ministry Staff

Meet the people who Can connect you to the various ministries of First United Methodist CHURCH of Allen
Executive Pastor

Rev Josh Esparza

Rev Josh Esparza is our executive pastor at FUMC Allen, responsible for Missions and Care & Support Ministry. Josh, a Dallas-Ft Worth native who grew up in Frisco, TX, spent the past four years serving as the campus pastor of Owenwood Farm and Neighbor Space, the second campus of White Rock UMC. He was also an associate pastor at White Rock UMC. Josh began at Owenwood in 2018 with a vision for a faith community that made a spiritual and…
Music & Worship Ministry

Michael Link

Michael “Mike” Link holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University (Macomb), a Master of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music (Chicago), a Master of Science degree from Concordia University (Austin) in Administration, and Certification in Church Music from Perkins School of Theology. Mike most recently comes to FUMC Allen from Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Carrollton where has been the past 17 years and University of North Texas as Adjunct Professor in Music Education where…
Adult Discipleship

Adam Lubbers

Adam Lubbers joined the FUMC Allen staff in July 2021 as our Director of Adult Discipleship. He came to us from Chapel Hill UMC in Farmers Branch where he served as youth minister and pastoral intern for three years.  Adam is originally from Granbury, TX, and became an active United Methodist in high school. He went to college at Abilene Christian University, where he studied history and the Bible. While at ACU, he met his wife, Courtney, and they were married…
Associate Pastor

Rev Maxie Moore

  Maxie Moore is the FUMC Allen Associate Pastor in charge of our Welcoming Ministries and our Senior Adult Ministry. She leads our Hospitality Team who strives to extend radical hospitality to everyone who walks through the doors of our church.  She also supports our Community Connect Team, which seeks to equip all church members to be evangelists and develop relationships with our community. Maxie has a passion for teaching and, especially, for leading Disciple Bible Study. Maxie and her…
Youth & Young Adult Ministries

Ed Whipple

Ed Whipple, our director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries, serves to guide our students in their journey with Jesus Christ. “I value the role of the church, and I desire to do my part in helping raise generations of believers in Christ.” Ed is pastor for our youth at FUMC Allen as well as the staff contact for our college and young adult ministries. He has directed numerous youth events, including local and international mission trips,camps, and retreats.  Throughout…