Maureen Bowman became the director of Children’s Creative Playday Preschool in August 2012. Maureen is a familiar face at Children’s Creative Playday Preschool, where she has been employed since 1992. She has worked as a teacher of two year olds, an office aide, and assistant director.
Maureen bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her associate’s degree in early childhood education are from universities in her home state of Ohio. She and her family have lived in Allen since 1991. Maureen and her husband Lee were married in 1984. They are the parents of two daughters, Colleen and Lana, and one granddaughter.
Pam Brant is a native Texan and grew up in the small town of Forestburg. She attended Weatherford Junior College where she received an associate’s degree. She continued her education at the University of North Texas in Denton where she received a degree in Library Science and Psychology. Pam is married to Mark and lives in Lucas. They are the parents of two daughters. The oldest, Laura, graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Marketing and Business Administration. Alyssa currently attends the University of Texas in Austin majoring in journalism. Her past job experiences includes working in the special library field. She became a stay-at-home mom following the birth of her daughters. When they were older, she started working part time doing various jobs, such as preschool aide, confirmation coordinator, and some retail. She enjoys the loving atmosphere of the church and is glad to be back on staff.
Teresa has been the Assistant to the Senior and Executive Pastors since 2001 when she was offered the position on Good Friday. She describes her job as the “best one in the world” and has found FUMC Allen a great place to use her God given talents. The message she received from God was “I’ve groomed you for this position and gave you these gifts for my church.”
Teresa gifts include creating written media, such as our Sunday bulletins, managing the database for members and visitors, creating statistical reports for our senior pastor, and creating the media for Sunday worship and for the monitors throughout the church. Teresa’s administrative role includes assisting in the planning of funerals, weddings, baptisms, and worship services as well as purchasing and maintaining office equipment, and all other tasks that FUMC Allen requires as directed by God.
Teresa is married to Bruce and she has two children: Brittany, a graduate of Baylor University, and Trenton, a graduate of Allen High School.
Teresa believes “God has given us all gifts and we need to figure it out then you’ll be successful.” Her favorite time of the day is the quiet time she spends with Christ and her Bible. She also enjoys painting and drawing.
Jeff, originally from Corpus Christi, is a third generation Texas farmer. He, his dad and grandpa grew cotton, corn, and milo on their 2,140 acres of farmland. From that experience, his favorite phrase became “we need the rain.” That lack of rain brought him to North Texas where he lives with Crystal, his wife of more than 30 years. He’s worked at FUMC since 2005 as our maintenance manager.
Jeff and Crystal are the parents of three children–Holly, Karen, and Chris–and one grandchild.
Jeff enjoys traveling, camping, and water sports. He’s played guitar for 40 years and teaches private lessons. Jeff’s favorite guitarist and main inspiration has been Steve Wariner who plays guitar and is a singer and song writer. Jeff plays guitar for the 11:00am contemporary service on Sunday mornings as a member of the Resonate Praise Team.
Involved with music throughout most his life, Jeff has played in many bands. He also played for the Miss Texas Pageant and with stars, such as Mark Chestnut, Rusty Weir, and Freddy Fender. His favorite guitar, which he occasionally plays during this service, is a double necked guitar. While in school, Jeff studied photojournalism and once did freelance work taking pictures of wildlife and nature. He has had pictures published in the Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine.
Alison Thomas was raised the daughter of an Air Force pilot, born in Oklahoma City, OK, and growing up in Midwest City, OK, Smyrna, TN, Abilene, TX, and Bryan-College Station, TX, before settling in the Dallas area in 1984. She has known she was going to be in the word business since she was 17 years old, when she first studied journalism as a sophomore at Abilene High School. After her family’s move to Bryan, she was editor of the school newspaper and worked on the high school yearbook. Alison earned her bachelor of arts in English from Texas A&M University with a minor in journalism (’81) and her masters of arts in Rhetoric and Composition (’87). Alison also earned a writing certificate from Texas A&M in 1982.
Alison is married to Zack and together they own A to Z Doors, Inc., a commercial hardwood door installation and repair service. They are the parents of six boys: Charles, Zack, Chris, Andrew, and twins Cameron and Edward, all graduates of Allen High School.
Her resume includes four years honing her craft during her college years at a weekly newspaper, working as an information specialist for the Department of International Affairs at Texas A&M, teaching freshman English for two years while a graduate student at Texas A&M, and working at Electronic Data Systems for 10 years in proposal development and sales training. Following a two-year stint at Value Health Management in Dallas, she became a stay at home mom following the birth of her twins. During that time, she wrote for the Plano Area Mothers of Multiples, and she designed and edited the weekly newsletter for Vaughan Elementary as well as the Allen/McKinney Area Mothers of Multiples group, of which she was a founding member. Alison returned to EDS serving as contract editor and proposal manager and began working at FUMC Allen in 2000 in the Music Ministry department. She says FUMC Allen is a “wonderful place to work” and finds the flexibility an added bonus while raising six boys.
Larry Wright proudly hails from historic Burkburnett, Texas, graduating from high school as valedictorian. He graduated from Rice University in 1987 with a degree in chemistry and a commission in the United States Marine Corps. Larry served God the next seven years as an officer and C-130 pilot in the Marine Corps before God called him into occupational ministry. Larry is an ordained Southern Baptist Minister with a masters degree in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in churches in North Carolina, Lubbock, and Burkburnett in the roles of associate pastor, minister of education, and church administrator.
More recently, Larry served as the church business administrator at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas before coming to join the staff at FUMC Allen in August 2009. Larry is a Certified Church Administrator (CCA) from the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) and is actively involved in the national organization and the United Methodist Church Administrators’ organization. He is currently serving as a vice president of the Dallas Chapter of the NACBA .
At FUMC, Larry has the privilege of serving in the role of church administrator and has responsibilities including facilities management, personnel, financial oversight, risk management, policies, and procedures as well as anything else needed to help the pastors and church members be as effective as possible at honoring God by seeking, engaging, and encouraging people through a life-changing Christian journey.
“I have the best job in the world: I get to spend all of my time working to advance the Kingdom of God. What more could you ask for.”
Larry is married to Dr. Melynda Wright, who is the chairman of the math department at Highland Park High School. They have four children. When he is not working, he enjoys yard work, studying his Bible, and traveling with his wife.
Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33
Jim is from the small West Texas town of Ralls. He graduated Ralls High School and attended West Texas State University in Canyon before entering the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed at Lackland AFB in San Antonio and worked in the Chaplain’s Office of Wilford Hall Medical Center. When discharged, Jim began a 30 year career with Electronic Data Systems in Plano, TX, where he spent the majority of his time in computer operations and technology services. He then worked for BancTec in Irving as the telecommunications manager and later managed various Sprint Wireless retail stores in the North Texas area.
Jim and his wife Sandy have two adult children, Kelly and Lindy, and four grandchildren. Custer Road United Methodist Church has been their church home since 1982. Sandy was the administrative assistant there for 12 years, and they both have served as Stephen Ministers. Jim has also served on the Custer Road Finance Committee and has held positions as chair and vice chair. They are members of the Empty Nester Sunday School Class where Jim frequently teaches. Jim and Sandy both enjoy gardening and travel, but Jim really prefers fishing, both competitive bass fishing as well as periodic trips to the Texas Gulf coast.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in all situations, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6