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First United Methodist Church of Marble Falls
Ministry Staff

Ellen Ely

Senior Pastor : Rev. Ellen Ely                


      Ellen was born in El Campo, TX and grew up working in her family’s furniture store. After graduating from El Campo High School and Wharton County Junior College, Ellen attended the University of North Texas where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing in 1985. After 10 years of working in retail and banking and coming to terms with her call to ministry, she moved to Dallas to attend Southern Methodist University’s Perkins’ School of Theology.

     While in school she worked as a children’s minister at First United Methodist Church of Rowlett. After completing her internship at First United Methodist Church in San Angelo, Ellen remained there two more years, serving as their associate pastor. She has also served churches in Lakehills (Bandera County) and Burnet. 

     Ellen is married to Wade Hibler, who recently retired as the County Agent for Agricultural and Natural Resources in Burnet County. Their daughter, Hailey Hibler lives in Lubbock. Ellen has a strong passion to reach out to a hurting world and make disciples for Jesus Christ and draws on 1 Peter 5:2 in her call to ministry, “tend the flock of God that is in your charge...”. Because of this scripture verse, Ellen is also passionate about serving the people of God as their pastor and shepherd.

     Above all she is thankful for God’s goodness in her life and has been frequently heard to say, “thanks be to God!”. Ellen looks forward to meeting many new friends in her work and service through First United Methodist Church of Marble Falls.

Clay Walden

Associate Pastor : Rev. Clay Walden           


      Clay Walden is the oldest of two and spent most of his early childhood in San Antonio. His family moved to Corpus Christi when Clay where he would graduate High School and earn a BA in Religious Studies from Hardin Simmons at the South Texas School of Christian Studies.

     His wife of three years, Iona Minshew, grew up in Fort Worth. She graduated from Texas Women's with her Library Science degree and is a local librarian in Marble Falls Public Library. 

     Clay has served in Ministry at Annaville Baptist Church and FUMC Beeville as a youth director, and as the Senior Pastor at FUMC Skidmore, Falfurrias, and Premont. He loves to learn, read books, and watch basketball.

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Pastor of Visitation: Rev. Tommie Tucker


     Tommie Warren Tucker was born in Denver, Colorado and grew up in both Colorado and Wyoming.  After graduating from high school at Campion Academy in Loveland, Colorado, he attended college for a short while and then served for 22 years in the United States Army.   He was a broadcast journalist and served in Germany with the American Forces Network, Europe in West Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich, and in Vietnam with the American Forces Network, Vietnam in Saigon and Pleiku. 

     Following his military service, he worked for 20 years at Fort Hood, Texas, specializing in Audio/Visual technology and Computer science.  In 1988, Tommie became a Lay Speaker in the United Methodist Church and had the opportunity to preach in many churches in the Central Texas Conference and the Southwest Texas Conference.  He was very active in the Walk to Emmaus movement and served on the International Steering Committee and as the Central Jurisdiction Walk to Emmaus Regional Representative. 

     He began his active pulpit ministry as a licensed local pastor in 2004, serving in Kempner, San Angelo and Granite Shoals prior to retiring in 2015.  Since then, he has been serving as a part-time minister, the Pastor of Visitation, at FUMC Marble Falls.


Interim Music Director:  Melody Pauling

Janice Collier

Education:  Janiece Collier                 


     Janiece was born in Arkansas and met her future husband, James Collier, while they both attended Arkansas Polytechnic College and sang in the Acappella Choir. Some time after James' service in the Air Force was cut short because of serious illness, they were married in Denver at Warren UMC. The couple moved to Austin while James attended UT and their two daughters, Sara and Susan were born.

     Later, while living in Hurst, Texas, Janiece received a Christian Education Certification at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She then volunteered as Education Director at St. Paul's UMC in Hurst.

     Retirement brought them to Marble Falls, and in 1989, she began working part-time as our Education Director. She consistently recruits new Sunday School teachers and helps new members find just-the-right Sunday School Class. She is especially fond of teaching preschoolers.

Pat Crawford

Administration :  Pat Crawford                    


     Pat was an Air Force brat, born in Austin, Texas.  She moved almost every year of her childhood, living in many interesting places including England, Hawaii, Washington D.C. and graduating from high school in Stuttgart, Germany.  She started college at Dallas Baptist University and then transferred to Texas State University where she majored in Commercial Art.

     Pat married Chris Alton, her college sweetheart, and had two daughters.  Rachel Alton lives in Austin with her daughter, Kinley.  Emily Alton lives in Horseshoe Bay and works at Chili’s.  Chris passed away in 2005.  In 2012 Pat was blessed to meet and marry Jim Crawford, a fishing guide on Lake Buchanan.  They reside in Meadowlakes where Jim enjoys playing golf when he’s not working.

Stephanie Devault

Children's  Director : Stephanie DeVault


    Hi Church! I am so excited to be a part of your family. I was born in Austin, Texas with some time in Albuquerque, New Mexico mixed in. I am a Texas girl at heart, but I do love the desert and enchantment of New Mexico! I have my undergraduate degree from North Texas in Rehabilitation with a minor in Psychology. My Master’s degree is from Texas State University in Recreational Therapy. I am also licensed in this area.
Now, the good stuff! I love people and love building relationships with people! That is at the core of who I am! I always say that I am relational! I love kids! They have such an innocence and natural zest for life! It kind of amazes me! I love trying new things, but am content redoing things I love. I am always up for adventure (within reason). I love running, day trips to nearby places, concerts (mainly Texas Country), St. Louis Cardinals baseball and most recently The St. Louis Blues hockey team, game nights, evening walks, hanging out with my friends and family. Honestly, so much! I’m pretty much a yes person! I have serious FOMO( Fear of Missing Out)!

Allen Young

Youth Director : Allen Young                    


    Allen was born to Jerry and Shannon Young in the year 1997 in Victoria, before his family moved to Corpus Christi shortly after. His childhood, teenage years and early adulthood were all spent in the same town.

     Allen grew up in the church his whole life, it was always something that brought a sense of peace, comfort and fulfillment to his life. At the age of 16, while volunteering at youth camp for inner city kids from Corpus, Allen felt the Lord’s call to ministry on his life for the first time. After this, the steps he took in life were all about ministry.

     He attended Del Mar Community College, where he met his wife Ashlyn Young. They were married in May of 2019. After Del Mar he switched to Stark College and Seminary where he would graduate with his Bachelor of Arts in Ministry.

     Allen hopes to continue his education with a Master’s degree at some point, but as of yet does not know when. Allen enjoys fishing, hiking, video games, board games and playing guitar. He and Ashlyn are excited to be here and be part of this church family!

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Communication Coordinator : Dorothy Hecimovich                  


    Dorothy has a long history with First United Methodist Marble Falls and is very excited to have come "home" and to live and minister with the congregation she considers family.

    She originally lived in Marble Falls from 1998 - 2003 when her father, Rev. Richard Young, was the senior pastor at FUMC Marble Falls. She attended Marble Falls Middle and High School and graduated from Faith Academy.

    She attended McMurry University in Abilene, TX to receive her BA in Graphic Design and met her husband, Brian Hecimovich while there. She has worked professionally in church media ministry for over 14 years and her love for communications and tech stemmed from helping with K.I.D.S. church right here at FUMC Marble Falls where she felt a calling to be a "missionary in media."

    Brian and Dorothy joined FUMC Marble Falls in 2015 while living in Blanco, TX and were active members until 2018 when they moved away. They are both very happy to be back in the Hill Country and back at FUMC Marble Falls. Brian is now the head Band Director at Fredericksburg ISD and hopes to make it to the choir as much as his busy schedule allows.

    Dorothy has a spoiled dog named Adobe, after the design software, and is a self-professed "font nerd."  She enjoys reading young adult fiction - especially sci-fi, watching crime and medical mystery shows (so long as they aren't too scary), playing board games, drawing and painting, and crocheting. She has an affinity for personality tests like StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, and Myers Briggs, so if you ever want to geek out with her, she is always up for a chat. She also loves singing, and will likely be up in the choir as much as her Sunday technology duties allow (so if you want to volunteer to help make that happen, PLEASE feel free to contact her to learn how you can help out.)

Missionaries  :  George & Genny Olsen
Missionaries  :  Ray and Lyda Zirkel


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