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

    Youth Choir Director &

    Adult Choir Accompanist

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  • Paul Bright

    Organist


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Church Staff


  • Interim 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 Spiritual Formation and Interim Director of Wesleyan Christian Academy

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  • Paul Hunter

    Facilties Director

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Our vision is to display the greatness of Jesus 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 every man, woman and child in our community to have the chance to experience and respond to the Gospel in action through our church.

What we believe

About God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He exists eternally in three persons: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is both holy and loving.


About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God. He lived a sinless human life and died on the cross to atone for our sins. He rose from the dead and ascended to heaven and will return again to earth.


About The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. When we receive Jesus as the leader of our lives and the forgiver of our sins, the Holy Spirit comes to live within us. He provides us with power for living, enables us to understand spiritual truth, and guides us in doing what pleases God. As Christians we seek to live under his control daily.


About The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the final authority for determining our Christian beliefs and how we are to live.


About Human Beings

People are made in the spiritual image of God - we are rational and moral beings. Because we are God’s creation made in God’s image, each person possesses great self-worth. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of self-centeredness which the Bible calls “sin.” This attitude and its resultant actions separate us from God, others and ourselves.


About Being Made Right With God

Becoming right with God and having our relationship with God restored is what the Bible calls salvation. Salvation is God’s free gift to us. We can never earn it or achieve it by self-improvement or good works. We accept God’s gift of a new life when we turn from our self-ruled life and accept Jesus as our Savior. The new life that God gives us is an abundant life in this world and eternal life in the world to come.


About The Kind Of Life We Are Called To Live

Though we are not made right with God by our own goodness, “good works” are not optional for the Christian life. When we give our lives to Christ, it is expected that we will grow towards loving God with all our being and our neighbors as ourselves.


About Baptism

Baptism is a celebration of God’s grace! For many, baptism is an outward and visible sign of an inward transformation that takes place as we accept God's saving grace through Jesus Christ. For infants and young children, baptism is the recognition of God’s grace already at work in their lives, extending to them the offer of a personal relationship with Jesus. It is also the anticipation of God's grace in their lives, as their parents and the family of faith make a covenant with God to raise them, so that they may one day accept Jesus for themselves.  In both cases, baptism is a community celebration that is primarily about the activity of God, and is therefore not repeated. Baptism is also the means by which we are initiated as members into the local church. 


About Holy Communion

Communion is an opportunity for us to renew our relationship with Jesus Christ.  On His last night before his death, Jesus ate a special meal with His disciples. He charged His church with repeating this meal to remember His sacrifice and celebrate our new life through His death and resurrection. God offers this relationship to everyone, so all who desire to receive are welcome to participate.

 

“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.