Pastoral Staff


  • Rev. Pam White

    Senior Pastor

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  • Rev. Dretha Burris

    Associate Pastor

     

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  • Rev. Georgiennette Haddock

    Hispanic Church Pastor

     

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Worship Ministry Staff


  • Don Shelley

    Director of Worship Ministries

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  • Sandy Shelley

    Adult Choir Accompanist

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  • Paul Bright

    Organist


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Church Staff


  • Brittany Wright

    Youth Director

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  • Vicki Cox

    Pastoral Secretary

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  • Karyl Dunne

    Financial Secretary

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  • Liz Harper

    Director of

    Children's Ministries and

    Director of

    Wesleyan Christian Academy


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  • Paul Hunter

    Facilties Director

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  • Kim Bonar

    Director of Communications

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  • Breelyn Zimmer

    Assistant Director of Children's Ministries



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Our vision is to share the love of Christ in the way we live and love others. We are a people who care for, welcome and support those around us in a way that can only be inspired by God. It's our hope that people who visit our church or interact with our people walk away feeling encouraged, refreshed and drawn closer to God. We want everyone in our community to have the chance to experience and respond to the Gospel in action through our church.

What we believe

Scripture is full of praise of God and God’s mighty acts. Primarily, God is love. God’s love is the foundation for God’s action in the world and in our lives, and God’s grace is the way this love is freely given to us. Scripture begins with a sharing of God’s grace in creation, shows God’s grace in the in reconciling of the world through Christ, and in between is full of examples of God’s grace in action, giving us a framework by which to understand God’s action in our own lives.


God’s most amazing gift of grace was offered to us through his son, Jesus Christ.

We believe in Jesus as Savior, as the one through whom God has freed us of our sin and has given us the gift of whole life, eternal life, and salvation. We speak of this gift as the atonement, our "at-oneness" or reconciliation with God. We believe that in ways we cannot fully explain, God has done this through the mystery of Jesus' self-giving sacrifice on the cross and his victory over sin and death in the Resurrection.


Our Faith Journey

Christian faith is grounding our lives in the living God as revealed especially in Jesus Christ. It’s both a gift we receive within the Christian community and a choice we make. It’s trusting in God and relying on God as the source and destiny of our lives. Faith is believing in God, giving God our devoted loyalty and allegiance. Faith is following Jesus, answering the call to be his disciples in the world. Faith is hoping for God’s future, leaning into the coming kingdom that God has promised. Faith-as-belief is active; it involves trusting, believing, following, hoping.


Scripture

In thinking about our faith, we put primary reliance on the Bible. It’s the unique testimony to God’s self-disclosure in the life of Israel; in the ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ; and in the Spirit’s work in the early church. It’s our sacred canon and, thus, the decisive source of our Christian witness and the authoritative measure of the truth in our beliefs.


In our theological journey we study the Bible within the believing community. Even when we study it alone, we’re guided and corrected through dialogue with other Christians. We interpret individual texts in light of their place in the Bible as a whole. We use concordances, commentaries, and other aids prepared by the scholars. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we try to discern both the original intention of the text and its meaning for our own faith and life.


Some excerpts from "United Methodist Member’s Handbook, Revised," George Koehler (Discipleship Resources, 2006),


 


“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, 

at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” ― John Wesley

History of First United Methodist Church

The First United Methodist Church of Rowlett dates back more than a hundred years when the first congregation meetings were held in the Big A school house near the Big A Cemetery. It is believed this first group was non-denominational, but in 1895 the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, of Rowlett was built at the present church site. Mr. Dan Hausley, a gin operator in the agricultural community of Rowlett, donated a small tract of land. With donations from Methodists, the community and other denominations, a building was built the same year. For several years both Methodists and Baptists met in this small building, with Baptist and Methodist pastors serving at various times until 1920. In 1921, the original building was demolished and a white frame building was erected. During the 1930's, the church experienced a bleak period. With many people moving away, the church could not meet its obligations, the doors were closed. 


In 1940 the Conference once more took over and with the help of devout leaders such as Mr. J.E. Coyle and Mr. Joy Richards the doors of the First Methodist Church of Rowlett were again open. The church still did not have a full-time pastor with pastors having to travel many miles to serve this tiny congregation. However, the church continued to grow and many dreams were realized when in 1962 a sanctuary was built on three acres of land donated by Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Coyle, Sr. The Rev. Kermit Van Zandt was pastor at that time. In 1966 the church received Rev. Ralph Burke as the first pastor to serve this church full-time. The church continued to grow, and in 1969 the Fellowship Hall was built and the white frame building was donated to the congregation in Rockwall. Mrs. Mattie Mae Taylor donated the office addition in 1976. The wing that houses the nurseries was built in 1980. Dr. John Allen began his service as pastor in June of 1986. 


With God's love and the dedication of our congregation, an education and activity building was completed in 1990. This addition helped make possible an expanded program for children and youth. Within a few months of moving into this facility, attendance in our Sunday School doubled. In 1996, the current sanctuary was completed as well as new choir facilities, a youth room and 20 classrooms.


After many years in the making, the Lighthouse - the youth building - was built in 2016 under the leadership of Rev. Jan Davis. The congregation continues to move forward in mission and ministry. No longer a small church, the First Rowlett United Methodist Church can provide a variety of ministries to every age and situation. The church community continues to be the warm and friendly place where names are important and people

come first.