Ministry Staff

Ministry Staff

Meet the Ministry staff who helps connect you to the various ministries of First United Methodist Allen.
Director of Children’s Ministry

Mary Freeman

Mary Freeman is the Director of Children’s Ministry at FUMC Allen, working with children from nursery age to sixth grade. “I enjoy watching them grow both physically and spiritually. It is my desire to teach and equip children with the knowledge that God loves them unconditionally.” With a team of wonderful volunteers, Miss Mary leads a variety of special events at the church, including  Sunday school, Junior Youth Fellowship, On Deck, Bridgeport Camp. “These events allow time for relationships to…
Director of Nursery Ministries

Jenn Lunt

Jenn Lunt serves as the Nursery Coordinator for FUMC Allen.  Jenn is responsible for providing a safe and inviting nursery environment for our youngest members and visitors.  She wants each child to feel welcome and to know that Jesus loves them and protects them.   Jenn has a Bachelor’s of Science from UC Irvine and is a Certified Pre-K teacher at Children’s Creative Playday.  Her knowledge of science and early childhood education fuels her passion for teaching little ones about the…
Director of Sports Ministries

Matt Cobb

Matt Cobb brings passion, energy, and enthusiasm to his role as Director of Sports and Recreational Ministry. His extensive background in physiology, sports medicine, and exercise science will expand our sports ministry program here at FUMC Allen. He truly sees sports ministry as a way where individuals of all ages can come together to compete, engage, and grow spiritually with one another through the pathway of sports. Matt comes to us from Austin, Texas, via Texas State University in San…
Director of Children’s Creative Playday Preschool

Maureen Bowman

Maureen Bowman serves as the Director of Children’s Creative Playday Preschool.  As Playday director, she is responsible for providing a Christian education for children ages 18 months to 6 years while maintaining Minimum Standards for Child Care for the state of Texas.  Her educational belief is Early Childhood Education is essential for the complete development of the child.  She is passionate about providing a well-rounded education, which includes lots of exploration through play. Maureen loves helping young children learn and…
Children’s Ministry Assistant

Trish Morehead

Trish Morehead serves as the Children’s Ministry Assistant. Trish works with the children’s department to plan and facilitate weekly programming and special events.  Trish is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a degree in early childhood education. She is a former kindergarten and preschool teacher. She has a heart for working with children and seeing them grow in their faith community. Trish is a long time resident of Allen. She and her husband, Rod, have been married…
Coordinator of Special Kids Ministry

Susanne Means

Susanne Means grew up in Houston, TX, and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in Austin. After moving to Ft. Collins, Colorado, she earned her teaching certificate from Colorado State University. She returned to Texas where she met her husband, Mark. They have been married 18 years and have two sons, Cameron and Matthew. She worked as a special education teacher in Allen for 14 years and now works for the Collin County Tax Assessor in Plano.
Director of Youth Ministries

Ed Whipple

 Ed Whipple, our director of student 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.” He has directed numerous youth events, including local and international mission trips,camps, and retreats.  Throughout his career, he’s been involved with the following organizations in support of youth, college, and young adult ministries: Youth Specialties UM ARMY JUMMP Big House Mountain…
Youth Administrative Assistant

April Kwan

April Kwan serves as the FUMC Allen Youth Ministry Assistant. After growing up in a small town in Arkansas, she attended Texarkana College where she studied Office Administration. She previously taught preschool at Creative Playday. April and her husband Ed have lived in Allen since 2004 and have two children, Ella and Samuel. Fun Fact:  April loves doing DIY projects.
Director of Discipleship

Susan Hale

Susan Hale has been on staff at FUMC Allen since 2010 and has served as the Director of Adult Discipleship since June 2016.  She enjoys helping people grow in their faith by finding the right group to journey with.  She also loves cultivating new leaders for Faith Academy and Sunday school classes. Susan grew up in Virginia Beach, VA.  She earned her bachelor of arts in English from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.  She recently completed her United Methodist…
Care and Support Director

Ruth Swingle

Ruth Swingle is our Director of Care and Support and Senior Adults. She coordinates and shares with the pastoral staff any prayer or member concerns expressed.  The Care and Support team involves many volunteers that assist with visits, cards, care and prayer.  She is a trained Stephen Minister and Stephen Leader. A lifelong Methodist and a daughter of a church secretary, Ruth learned at an early age the importance being active in a church.  Ruth and her husband, Dennie, have…
Resonate Praise Team Directors

Dawn & Scott Horton

Dawn and Scott serve as contemporary worship leaders and directors of the Resonate Praise Team. They have enjoyed leading Resonate since 2003, and feel blessed to worship and encounter God each week with the congregation, not to mention serve alongside an amazing team of musicians who love the Lord and one another. The Hortons are long-time members of FUMC – Dawn was raised in our church – and they especially now appreciate the opportunity to raise their own two children,…
Worship Accompanist

Josh Vigran

Joshua Vigran is the worship organist and pianist for First United Methodist Church of Allen. He comes from a long line of musicians in his family and will continue this legacy as he serves our congregation in both traditional and contemporary worship. Josh has served as worship leader at a number of churches in California, New York, and Texas, and is passionate about creating an atmosphere where people can freely enter into the presence of the Lord. Josh will play…
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