Marsha Engle Middleton

Senior Pastor
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Reverend Dr. Marsha Engle Middleton has served congregations throughout the North Texas Conference since 1986, most recently at First United Methodist Church of Mesquite. She brings to The Colony a broad range of experience and talent in preaching and church administration. Pastor Marsha has a strong interest in evangelism and church renewal. During her tenure at her previous church in Mesquite, she provided leadership in debt reduction and in establishing Upward Sports ministries in the community. She has experience in church construction, and has provided leadership for the conception, construction and funding of three successful building campaigns.

Dr. Middleton holds a Doctorate in Evangelism from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

She is married to her husband, Blake, and they have a daughter, Hannah and a son, Benjamin.

Tish Davenport

Music Director
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Born to a musical family, Tish Davenport was raised in the United Methodist Church where her mother and father serve together as Organist/Accompanist and Director of Music, respectively. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Theory with a specialization in Choral Conducting at the University of North Texas, where she obtained her MM in Music Theory as well. She was awarded a teaching fellowship at UNT and has taught aural skills/musicianship classes for the past four years. Her undergraduate degree was from Loyola University in New Orleans where she studied flute performance with Richard Harrison on a music scholarship.

Tish was the principal flautist in her High School band, played in the pit orchestra for school musicals, and also performed with the Arkansas Youth Symphony where she was featured on pieces such as Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. She was also selected by audition to study flute at Tanglewood (part of the Boston Symphony Summer Series). While studying at Loyola she served as principal flautist of the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Loyola’s Symphony Orchestra. In her junior year, she performed Khachaturian’s Flute Concerto (originally written for violin) with orchestra as a winner in the Concerto Competition.

Following graduation, Tish joined the United States Marine Corps and spent 2 years in the Quantico Marine Band followed by two years in the Marine Forces Pacific Band in Kaneohe Bay, HI as a flautist and pianist for a variety of different ensembles (marching and concert bands, jazz combo, big band, and even dance, rock, and country bands).

Having studied voice briefly with Barbara Hill-Moore (SMU) and, more extensively, with Kathleen Terbeek (TCU), Tish currently sings with the Dallas Symphony Chorus, of which she has been a member since 2006. Her professional affiliations include organizations such as the Church Music Institute, Choristers Guild, The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, Society of Music Theory, GaMuT (Graduate Association of Musicologist and Theorists, UNT), and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Boston White

Director of Student Ministries
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Boston has been in the Methodist church her whole life, and was born and grew up in Princeton, Texas. After graduating High school Boston went onto Collin College where she completed her Associates of Arts Degree and currently attends Southeastern Oklahoma State University where she majors in Communication with a minor in Theater. Boston received her call into ministry three years ago and feels called to be an Elder in the United Methodist Church and plans after completing her Bachelor’s Degree, to attend Perkins School of Theology at SMU in Dallas. Boston has been a part of youth ministry for 5 years and loves working with and for the youth of the church. She believes our youth are the future of the church, but they are also the present and we as the church and body of Christ must always remember that.

“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set an example in speech in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”   1 Timothy 4:12

Martha Holcomb

Administrative Assistant
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Martha joined the staff of First Church in 2003. Martha and her husband, Michael, moved to The Colony in 1989 and joined First Church in 1991. They are actively involved in the activities of their two sons, Clark and Austin.

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