2012 New Staff
FUMC Staff Updates
Some changes are on the way for our church staff. Two longtime staff members plan to retire this year and we are adding three new people to our staff.
Dr. Jim Terry, our Associate Business Administrator, plans to retire this fall. He has been on staff since 2000.
“Jim‘s attention to detail has been such an asset to the business office over the years. He is not only a valued co-worker, but he is also a good friend,” Larry Ammerman, FUMC Business Administrator, said
Virginia Covaleski, our receptionist, plans to retire at the end of the year. Virginia joined the staff in 1999. Prior to working as our receptionist she served as the Adult Education Assistant. “Virginia is delightful and is gracious to everyone she meets. She will be missed,” Mike Marshall, Executive Pastor, said.
New staff members:
Graham Alexander will arrive in mid-September to become our Manager of Audio Visual Services. Graham is a gifted young filmmaker who has spent the past few years studying and working in California. He is originally from east Texas and is excited for this chance to come back to Texas
Peggy Graff will serve as our interim organist beginning September 9. She is the wife of Rev. Chuck Graff and has been the organist at FUMC Church in Grapevine. She is a teacher with the Birdville ISD were she teaches choral music. Choirs under her direction have consistently earned awards at choral festivals across the country. Peggy holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Sacred Music from Southern Methodist University.
Martin Leathers joined the staff in mid August. He is our new Associate Youth Director. Martin is a graduate of Furman University and holds a Bachelor of Art - Religion degree. He served as a youth intern for Brentwood United Methodist Church in Tennessee and until recently was the Youth Director at Berea Friendship United Methodist Church in South Carolina.
Melinda Folse Smoot, long-time church member, joined the staff as our Director of Communications on August 27. Melinda is a graduate of Texas Tech and holds a Bachelor of Arts – English/Communications degree. She brings several years of her professional experience in Public Relations/Marketing to her new position.