FUMC MARBLE FALLS 

Senior Pastor : Rev. Ellen Ely                                          revellen@fumcmf.com

   

      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 resently 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.

Associate Pastor : Rev. Clay Walden                                    Clay@fumcmf.com

   

      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 Womens 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.

Pastor of Visitation: Rev. Tommie Tucker                     Pastor Tommie's Email

   

     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.

Music Director  :  Joni Bedard                                        jbedard@fumcmf.com

  

      Joni is married to Keith Bedard, and they have two children, Timothy and Teri.

     Born in Wichita Kansas and raised in Omaha Nebraska, Joni started her music career in school and church choirs at the age of 7. She studied voice and piano at the University of Nebraska and San Francisco State University then pursued her singing career traveling across country and Canada with summer stock theatres, dinner theatres and, yes, a disco band.

     Joni  completed her certification studies in Church Music at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She is a member of Chorister's Guild, Agehr & The Fellowship of Methodist Musicians. Through the Southwest Texas Conference, she attends adult and youth choir rallies yearly and participates in several Choral Clinics to keep her skills and music awareness updated to the ever-changing music trends in music ministry.

     Joni Bedard began her ministry as our Director of Music Ministries here at FUMC in 1998 when she stepped out of the choir loft and into the job she feels God has groomed her for her entire life.

Education  :  Janiece Collier                                            janiecec@fumcmf.com

  

     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.

Administration :  Pat Crawford                             pat.crawford@fumcmf.com

 

 

     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.

 

Administration Assistant :  Debra Jette                  debra.jette@fumcmf.com

 

 

     Debra McKinney Jette is a lifelong member of FUMC Marble Falls, having joined as a preparatory member at age 1 when her parents moved here from Oklahoma.  She is a proud, orange-blooded Longhorn, graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where her 2 sons, daughter-in-law, and daughter, were members of the Longhorn Band.  Oldest son, Justin and wife Jeanna live at Double Horn Creek and have two sons, Quincy and Max.  Bryan lives in Austin and works at CoMerica Bank. Lauren lives in Shiner and is Managing Editor of the Yoakum Herald Times newspaper. Debra taught English, Drama and Journalism at MFHS for 24 years.  She then commuted to Austin for 7 ½ years as an administrative assistant in an international corporate tax firm before taking the FUMC administrative assistant job.  She is delighted to be back in Marble Falls full-time, and especially working in her church.  “It has been wonderful to get re-acquainted with people I’ve known in the past, and to be able to be more active in my church again.  I love working with the wonderful people on our staff and in our church family!” 

Children's  Director :  Sara Hurston                    sara.hurston@fumcmf.com

 

      Sara was born in Dallas Texas 1976 but moved to Ozark Arkansas when she was 6 months old to live with her grandparents who raised her.  She graduated from Ozark High School in 1994 and after graduation attended Arkansas Tech University in Russellville Arkansas. 

     She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in December 1998 with a double major in Speech Communication and Theatre with a Minor in Business Management and Marketing.

     In 2001 after dating for a year she married her husband Bobby whom she met on a blind date while working as a DJ for a local radio station in Russellville.  She moved to Fort Smith Arkansas after marriage where she started to raise their four children; Austin, Nicole, Katelynn, and Nicholas.  In 2003 they moved to Oklahoma City where Sara found her true calling Children’s Ministry. 

     She began working with children and youth at her local Presbyterian church in 2006 and served in various leadership roles including adult, youth, and children’s Christian education, but she always felt like the children’s area is where she enjoyed serving the most.  In 2009 with all of her children in school she decided to go to back to work and accepted a part time position as Director of Children’s Ministry at First United Methodist Church in downtown Oklahoma City.  She remained there until May of 2016 when the Lord pressed on her heart that it was time for a change and moved her to a new adventure.  Little did she know the adventure the Lord had in mind would move her back to her early roots in Texas to Marble Falls FUMC where she currently serves as Director of Children’s Ministry. 

     Sara could not imagine doing anything else with her life and feels that this is not a job but a place where she gets to come have fun each day.  She never knows what new adventure is waiting around the corner when God is in control and she would not have it any other way.  Her inspiration for leading children over the years can be summed up by the following description Jesus used to show his feelings toward little ones.  “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14)

   
 

Youth  Director :  Grayson Davis                        grayson@fumcmf.com          

 

    Grayson was born in Orangeburg, SC. He is married to Rebekah Davis, who is a Patient Coordinator at Nunnally, Freeman & Owens. Grayson attended Clemson University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management in 2013.

    

     Upon graduation, Grayson returned home and served as the Student Ministry Intern, Worship Leader, and Interim Student Pastor at Saint George Baptist Church. In 2015, he and Rebekah moved to Wake Forest, NC where Grayson attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to receive a Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry. Grayson’s desire is to introduce students to the good news found in Jesus, to help them grow in their relationship with God and live a life that glorifies Him.

Missionaries  :  George & Genny Olsen : Visit their newsletter HERE

Missionaries  :  Ray and Lyda Zirkel