Gary Turner

Senior Pastor
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As a third generation Methodist minister Rev. Gary Turner has lived and served in many towns in central & north Texas and the Texas Midwest. He is a graduate of Comanche High School and was graduated from McMurry College in Abilene with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion with a Speech minor.

In April 1975 he was licensed to preach in the United Methodist Church and began serving his first church in Tye, Texas, in June. In May of that same year he was married to Carol Louise Criswell at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Abilene. They have three children and four grandchildren.

Rev. Turner received his Master of Theology degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and was ordained an elder in the Central Texas Conference. He served churches throughout Central Texas including ten years as pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Cisco.

In 1992 and 1993 he took a leave of absence and was employed as Crusade Coordinator for the Greater Fort Worth Luis Palau Crusade. He then went on to work for Promise Keepers as Conference Director for the first Men’s Conference in Texas on June 11, 1994, in Denton at the University of North Texas.

From 1988-1992 Rev. Turner served as Chaplain for the Fort Worth Senior Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. He currently serves as an associate chaplain at DFW Airport Interfaith Chaplaincy joining the Chaplaincy in December of 2011 while serving as Senior Pastor of the FUMC, Euless. He currently serves on Friday morning in Terminal D with visits to Terminal E and Corporate Aviation and conducts a 15 minute Prayer Service. He works closely with the American Airlines Honor Team in providing a dignified transfer to fallen military of all branches.

Rev. Turner was appointed transitional intentional interim pastor by Bishop Mike McKee in June. He has previously served as interim senior pastor at Western Hills UMC in El Paso and First UMC of Corsicana. He took retired status in Central Texas in 2012 after serving six years as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Euless.

Gary enjoys sports and spending time with his family. He also enjoys flying and is a licensed pilot.

Boston White

Director of Student Ministries
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Boston has been in The United Methodist Church her entire life. She grew up in Princeton, Texas and graduated high school in 2011. After graduation, Boston attended Collin College, where she completed her Associates of Arts Degree. She continued her education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University majoring in Communications with a minor in Psychology, graduating last year with her Bachelors of Arts. Currently, Boston attends Brite Divinity School at TCU where she is working towards her Masters in Divinity.

Boston received her call into ministry over 5 years ago and feels called to be an Elder in the United Methodist Church. She is currently a certified candidate for ordained ministry in the North Texas Conference and has been a part of youth ministry for 6 years. She 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.

In December 2019 Boston and her fiancé Jared will be getting married!

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

Nikki Thirasant-Meyer

Finance Administrator

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