Appointed Pastors

Dr. John Allen, Senior Pastor

On a typical Sunday, John presents the sermon for worship. During Sunday school and the fellowship time, John is roaming the building, meeting new friends and saying hello. He leads the staff, participates in pastoral care, teaches, and is available for spiritual counsel and prayer.

When not at the church, John likes to read, watch movies, work out, and attend sporting events. His greatest passion is his grown kids and grandkids. Spending time with them is his greatest joy in the world. If John were an ice cream flavor, he would be chocolate because everyone loves chocolate!


Cindy Palmer, Associate Pastor

On Sundays, Cindy helps with the worship services and occasionally gets to preach. During the week, she is involved with benevolence and membership care ministries, which involves meetings with those coming in to the church seeking financial help and members of the congregation needing emergency assistance. Cindy does pastoral care, along with oversight of Christian education, adult ministries, and First Methodist Preschool.

When Cindy is not at work, she likes to work in her yard and house. She likes to read and work on puzzles. If Cindy could live anywhere in the world, she would live in Austria or Switzerland and spend her time spinning on hillsides and singing "The hills are alive..." Contact  .

Chiv In, Associate Pastor

Chiv splits his time between First Methodist Carrollton (quarter-time), the Cambodian United Methodist Fellowship congregation in Carrollton (quarter-time) and overseeing a network of church plants in rural Cambodia (half-time). On Sundays, he helps lead our services and preaches at the Cambodian Fellowship in the afternoons. During the week, he does pastoral care and hospital visits for both Carrollton churches, and he does long distance discipleship training and pastoral care for the churches in Cambodia via phone calls and Skype (at all hours of the night, when necessary!)

When Chiv is not working, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife Emara and their many children and grandchildren. If Chiv were a dinosaur, he would be a velociraptor because he never slows down and he doesn't take no for an answer. Contact  .


Dr. David Bales, Worship Pastor

In a typical Sunday morning worship service you'll find David leading the music ensembles (band and vocals, choir and orchestra) and he's usually leading worship from the piano. During the week, he rehearses ensembles and plans music and other elements for worship, including writing arrangements for the various ensembles.

When David is not at work (and actually not working away from work), he likes to be with his family, enjoying a card game like UNO or Kittens in a Blender with his daughter Savannah, watching Doctor Who with his son Noah, or cooking with his wife Sarah. If David were an ice cream flavor, he would be Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Therapy, because it's Sarah's favorite. Contact 

Rachel Knight, Connections Director

On a typical Sunday, Rachel is connecting with our newest guests and members to make sure they know the who, what, when, where and why of First Methodist Carrollton! She leads the Hospitality team to create a safe and welcoming experience for all who enter the FMC doors. You might also see her on stage, welcoming and sharing about the community life and culture of FMC (yes, we give her a microphone!). During the week, she helps the staff and key volunteers with strategic planning, social media, and outreach.

When Rachel is not at work, she drives up and down Hebron Parkway shuffling her two kiddos, Asher and Banner, to school and activities. (She loves the car conversations!) Or you might find her exploring new coffee shops and restaurants and the occasional new fashion trend. Rachel loves to find new closets and drawers to organize and anything outdoors feeds her soul! if you can't find Rachel, she is probably at Disney World or on a beach... If Rachel had a superpower, it would be teleporting because she loves to travel to new places and frontiers! Contact

Jenn Magill, Director of Operations & Finance

On a typical Sunday, Jenn is making sure all the details are attended to and the building is ready for Sunday services and activities. During the week, she is responsible for the administrative and operational functions of the church, including management of the physical facilities, supervision of the custodial and facilities staff, church calendar system, security, contracts related to building use, and administration of the financial operations and assets of both the church and preschool.

When not at work, Jenn keeps busy with her family. She is married to Chad, and has two children, Kenzie and Mason. Between running carpool, taking kids to their miscellaneous practices, and keeping up with her teenage daughter's social life, she doesn't have a lot of free time. But, she does love to read and find all kinds of new things to craft or cook on Pinterest, as well as float in her pool! If Jenn was an ice cream flavor, she would be Grape Sherbert because she loves almost everything purple, and she is sweet with a small bit of tang. :) Contact Jenn.  

Dedra Rainey, Children's Fine Arts Director

During a typical week, Dedra can be found singing and dancing with preschool and elementary-aged children. She teaches them a variety of songs - some just for fun and some to sing in church. During the summer, she gets to help with Vacation Bible School and leads WACKY Camp (Worship Arts Camp for Kids, Y'all!).   

When Dedra is not at work, she homeschools her four children and has an embroidery business she runs out of her home. In her "spare" time, she loves to spend time with her husband Doyen and their kids, read, sing, act and go on the occasional run. If Dedra had a super power, it would be replication. Then she could be in more than one place at a time. Talk about multi-tasking! Contact

Lauren Shirley, Communications Director & Missions Pastor

On a typical Sunday, Lauren is the service producer. She coordinates details with the pastors, oversees the tech team, and assists the worship team with anything except actually creating music. During the week, she maintains the tech equipment, manages the website, social media, and print production, wrangles the copier and cutter, oversees marketing and design for upcoming events, and occasionally dabbles in video editing and stage design. She also serves as the Missions Pastor. 

When not at work, Lauren likes to read and write, attempts to keep her garden alive, and cheers on the Texas Rangers. She enjoys coordinating classes for Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. If Lauren were a dinosaur, she would be a pterodactyl because flying is more fun than being eaten. Contact Lauren.

Lova Villareal, Nursery Director

On a typical Sunday, Lova greets the children upon arrival. She helps parents get the kids checked in and leads them to their Sunday class. Lova coordinates the teachers and volunteers, as well as the curriculum, which include the lessons and crafts, for the kiddos 4 years old and younger. She also works with the Children's team to help plan fun events for all our kids! During the week, Lova is the Assistant Director for First Methodist Preschool. Lova loves helping children grow in Christ and develop physically, emotionally, and academically.

When Lova is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. If Lova had a super power, she would be a time traveler, because she would then have the ability to go back in time to meet Jesus. She can only imagine how that would be! She could also go back in time to see loved ones missed or visit the future! Contact Lova.