Our Staff

    Our pastors

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    Dr.John Allen

    Senior Pastor

    On a typical Sunday, John presents the sermon for worship. During Sunday school and 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!

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    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 into 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…”

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    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.

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    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 Magill
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    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 superpower, it would be replication. Then she could be in more than one place at a time. Talk about multi-tasking!

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    K.J. Roelke

    Communications Director

    During the week, you can find KJ strategizing, researching and creating content that helps share what God is up to in our church and in the world. As the Communications Director, he’s pretty much responsible for all communications that don’t come out of someone else’s mouth…and even then he might have had a hand in it.

    When KJ is not at work, you can find him waking up early to support Liverpool Football Club or staying up late to record a new episode of his podcast, The Janchi Show. Married to his high-school sweetheart, Sara, their home is completed by a cat named Ellie. If he had a superpower, it would be to communicate with his mind “because it’s hard to talk good sometimes.”

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    Amy Smith

    Connections Coordinator & Pastoral Assistant

    During the week, you can find Amy assisting our Senior Pastor with his administrative and organizational duties. As the Connections Coordinator, she manages our guest and membership databases and follows up with our guests. Amy will also be working as a liaison with our hospitality teams and office volunteers.

    When Amy is not at work you can find her losing her mind over her crazy home. From her husband, 3 boys, 2 cats and 5 chickens, there is plenty of commotion. She sometimes will hide out in her vegetable garden or read a book for some quiet time. And in her spare time, she helps out with Scout Troop 121 as their advancement chair. If Amy was a sandwich, she would be a grilled cheese. Plain and simple but with a spicy side of tomato basil soup.

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    Tim Thompson

    Youth Pastor

    On Sundays and Wednesdays, Tim leads all youth ministries and youth activities for our church. During the week, he coordinates teachings, events, and encourages the volunteer team. He also disciples students in our community and connects with the parents of our students as well.

    When Tim is not at work, he is either playing golf, playing guitar, watching the Rangers play, or reading books. He likes playing sports and he’s pretty good at all of them, except volleyball. If Tim had a superpower it would be telekinesis, because “Seriously, it is the best superpower to have! I would never have to get up to get the remote ever again!”

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    Lova Villarreal

    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 includes 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 superpower, 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 Villarreal
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    Trey West

    Technical Arts Director

    During the week, Trey could be anywhere in the church creating, assembling, and/or checking the audio, video, lighting, and staging components for our special events and Sunday worship services. On Sunday mornings, Trey serves as the worship service producer, double-checking all our audio, video, lighting, and staging components are ready for worship, and supporting David and our incredible AVL volunteers.

    When Trey is not at work, he is supporting his favorite teams (Auburn, Cowboys, Rangers, Mavs, USWNT), binging “The Office” with his wife, Becca, walking his dog, Eddie, enjoying great food with friends and family, or planning his and Becca’s next trip.

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    Leslie Blum

    Interim Worship Director
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    Cindy Johnston

    Interim Children's Director
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