People

People

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…
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…
Church Administrator

Cliff Bohaker

Clifton “Cliff” Bohaker joined our staff in December 2021 as our church administrator. Cliff was born in New Hampshire and has spent more than 18 years working in the non-profit sector, focusing on operations, finance, and human resources.  In his down time, Cliff loves to hike, bike, camp, backpack, cook, and bake. He started golfing a couple years ago and has developed a love/dislike relationship with the sport.  “I am excited to meet each of you, join the FUMC Allen…
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…
Facilities Maintenance

Ray Bond

Ray Bond, our facilities manager, was born in Mission, Texas. He graduated from Gorman High School in Eastland Country. Ray left college to join the Army. He worked his way through the construction trades, specializing in HVAC. Ray and his wife, Dee Ann, have been married for 35 years. They have two daughters, Amy and Kari, and a granddaughter, Natalie, who graduated from high school this year. He enjoys kayaking and fishing, and recently started to learn fly fishing and…
Senior Pastor

Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch

Rev. Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch has a passion for collaborating with others to create life-giving, dynamic worship experiences that draw worshipers into a joyful encounter with the living God. She is a gifted preacher storyteller who loves the work of crafting a message that proclaims the Good News at the crossroads between the biblical narrative and our everyday lives. Mary Beth loves mission work, partnering with local elementary schools, food pantries or homeless ministries. She also enjoys short-term mission trips, most recently digging…
Executive Assistant

Lisa Romans

Lisa Romans serves our staff as our executive assistant. She is passionate about growing as a disciple of Jesus and helping others to do the same. She has both attended and taught various Bible studies over the last three decades. Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) is one of her favorites to attend, and she loves studying Old Testament history! Lisa and her husband, Brian, met at the University of North Texas, both earning their Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science.…
Communications

Alison Thomas

Alison Thomas has been the director of communications at FUMC Allen since 2009. She is responsible for our website, social media, printed materials, church communications, and graphic design. Alison joined FUMC Allen in 2000 as the children’s choir coordinator in the Music Ministry department. Alison is the daughter of an Air Force pilot with roots in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. She has known she was going to be in the word business since she was 17 years old, when she first…