People

People

Adult Discipleship

Adam Lubbers

Adam Lubbers joined the FUMC Allen staff on July 18 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…
Elementary Ministry

Susan Hale

Susan Hale is our Director of Elementary Ministry. Susan Hale has been on staff at FUMC Allen since 2010 and has served as the Director of Adult Discipleship and the Director of Care and Support Ministry. 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…
Modern Worship

Josh Vigran

Dr Joshua Vigran is the worship leader for First United Methodist Church of Allen’s modern worship service The Table. 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…
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…
Recreation Ministry

Tori Cantu

Tori Cantu serves as the leader for our Recreation Ministry. 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…
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…
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 29 years to her husband, Brian. They met at the University of North Texas, both earning their Bachelor…
Music Ministry

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…
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…