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…
Interim Music Director (Traditional Music)

Rev Brian Hardesty-Crouch

33Brian Hardesty-Crouch joined our staff on July 15 2024 as our interim director of traditional music. He has served as a children’s choir director in Garland, an interim director of music in Lewisville, and interim pastor in Wylie, The Colony, and Melissa. He has sung with the Texas All-State Choir, the SMU Opera Theatre, the Dallas Opera Chorus, and the Dallas Symphony Chorus. I really enjoyed singing on the 1812 Overture with the Dallas Symphony and Chorus at Flagpole Hill…
Interim Worship Leader (The Table)

Jeff McPherson

Jeff McPherson is one of our worship leaders at The Table, our modern worship service at 8:30am.  Jeff grew up at FUMC Allen before becoming an audio engineer at Texas Instruments. He has served as a worship leader at FUMC Denton, UNT’s Wesley Foundation and has served as both a full-time and volunteer counselor at Bridgeport Camp and Conference Center. There he discovered a joy for teaching youth and giving them opportunities to lead worship. Jeff spends his free time rock…
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…