People

People

Worship Accompanist

MJ Wright

Myung-Jin (MJ) Wright joined our staff as our worship accompanist in August 2019. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in piano performance from the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. She has been pursuing a doctorate of musical arts at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton since 2012. MJ has worked as a staff pianist at the Juilliard School of Music, National University of Singapore, and Singapore Lyric Opera. She has also served as a…
DARING Youth Choir Accompanist

Cassidy Thomson

Cassidy Thomson is serving as the accompanist for the DARING Youth Choir for the 2019-20 school year. She accompanies the choir on piano at all rehearsals and performances, including the annual youth musical production.  Cassidy has been a member of FUMC Allen since sixth grade and was involved in the DARING choir and youth orchestra as a teenager. She recently graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minors in mathematics and business. She plans to return…
Assistant Youth Minister

Tori Cantu

Tori Cantu serves as our assistant youth minister. She attended FUMC Allen before moving to Kansas to study at Tabor College on a soccer scholarship. At Tabor, she received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology. While in college, Tori served with Project Transformation in Sherman/Denison and found a passion for working with youth and young adults. Most recently, she was a summer intern at Creekwood UMC and discovered a calling to youth ministry. Tori loves sports, fishing, and gaming. She…
Senior Pastor

Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch

Rev. 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 water wells…
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 has been married 27 years to her husband, Brian. They met at the University of North Texas, both earning their Bachelor…
Music Admin Assistant

Terry Fecht

Terry Fecht currently serves as Music Administrative Assistant after 35 years as primary organist and pianist at FUMC Allen. Terry is now responsible for music administration for adult, youth, orchestra, handbells, and children as well as scheduling the times and services in which these groups play. Terry also accompanies the Project Praise children’s choir. Terry and husband Ron have three grown children, son Chris and wife Caryn, granddaughter Natalie and grandson Ryan; daughter Anne and husband Erik Hanson, grandson Asher…
Church Administrator

Larry Wright

Larry Wright serves as the Church Administrator for FUMC Allen and has responsibilities including facilities management, financial oversight, HR, risk management, policies and procedures, as well as anything else needed to help the pastors and church members be as effective as possible …to be a church that embraces all generations on a life-changing Christian journey to change the world. Larry graduated from Rice University in 1987 and served as a pilot in the United States Marine Corps before God called…
Communications Director

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…
Financial Secretary

Jim Ragland

Jim Ragland serves as the Finance Secretary where he is executes the multiple financial tasks necessary to support the church.  As a retiree from the corporate world, his desire has become serving the church and using his experience and skills as a ministry that empowers the pastors and staff to focus on bringing people to Christ.  While his past corporate career provides experience in business, his Christian life provides the guidance and character required to be a follower of Christ…
Info Tech Administrator

Alan Quick

Alan Quick has been the Information Technology Administrator since the days of Windows 95. He believes technology should enhance worship and ministry without distracting from them.  He leads a team of other volunteers to ensure cost-effective technology efficiently and reliably serves the missions of the church.  Major systems supported include Wi-Fi, classroom TVs with laptop connectivity, office and volunteer computers and servers, large area projection systems, office phones, security cameras, closed circuit broadcast of Sanctuary, hallway digital signage and photo…
Facilities Maintenance

Jeff Horne

Jeff Horne oversees and does Facilities Maintenance at FUMCA. Jeff was a third generation farmer, where he learned many of the skills that help him in his maintenance ministry at the church. Jeff is married to Crystal. They have three adult children, and four grandchildren. Jeff plays many different stringed instruments, including guitar, mandolin, and steel guitar. Fun Facts:  In his spare time Jeff enjoys restoring vintage motorcycles, camping, bicycling, and kayaking.
Membership Secretary

Elizabeth Fairchild

Elizabeth Fairchild is the Membership Secretary at FUMC Allen.  Elizabeth helps to keep members’ and guests’ information updated.  With the tremendous support and nurturing of the FUMC Allen community, Elizabeth and her husband Brock have raised their three children, Brennan, Ashlyn and Sabrina.  She can often be found hanging with the youth or with her Sunday School class. Fun Fact:  Elizabeth loves all furry pets, gardening, reading, snow skiing.  Her education is in Engineering which has made her pretty good…