People

People

Co-Director Children’s Ministry

Martine Whitten

Martine Whitten joined our staff in September 2022 as FUMC Allen’s Co-Director of Children’s Ministry. Working in part-time capacity, Martine will be our first point of contact on Sunday mornings in the Children’s Wing, where she’ll be welcoming children and parents to Sunday School. She will also coordinate and communicate with our children’s Sunday School teachers. Martine and her family joined FUMC Allen in the fall of 2020. She and her husband Jack are parents to Rachel and Finn. Martine…
Missions/Care & Support Ministry

Rev Josh Esparza

Rev Josh Esparza is our associate 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…
Tech Arts

Melinda Cotton

As our Tech Arts Director, Melinda Cotton plans and oversees our weekly live stream church services. She also assists our staff in connecting with the congregation and community through video. Melinda has been attending FUMC Allen since June 2001. She has served as a children’s Sunday school teacher, VBS teacher, newsletter editor, and graphic designer. In 2011, she began working as a shepherd, lighting and set designer with the DARING Youth Choir. She served as DARING’s stage manager from 2013-2019.…
Worship Ministry

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…
Lead Pastor

Rev 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…