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.

Lesta Anderson

Associate Pastor
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Lesta has the heart of a Servant Leader and is compassionate and intentional in his service of the Lord Jesus and towards others.

Born and raised in East Texas, home town Nacogdoches, Lesta was active in Health Occupations, Football and Track & Field, and in band playing trumpet and baritone.  He was voted (runner Up) Most likely to succeed in the senior class of 1981. That same year, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Veteran (Administrative Specialist and Security Police), were he received specialized training in Emergency Medicine as an EMT with Special Skills.

He is a graduate of The East Texas Police Academy, Class 97-01 and has worked with Law Enforcement on the Municipal, State and Federal Level. Lesta is Bi-Vocational and since leaving service in Federal Government in 2008, he has been employed locally by the City of Dallas as a Code Enforcement Officer.

As a lifelong member of the Baptist tradition, and member of the National Baptist Convention, Lesta accepted his call to licensed ministry in 1997 while serving in his home Church, The Little Zion MBC and was Ordained in the Ministry in 2004 and served as Associate Pastor of Faith Fellowship MBC.

In 2011 Lesta enrolled in the Spiritual Direction Program of Southern Methodist University and is certified as a Spiritual Director. During that time Lesta was introduced to Methodist Theology and in 2012 become a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Dallas TX. Being active as Usher, Sunday school teacher, President of United Methodist Men, Church Council and would later answer the call to Licensed Ministry in The United Methodist Church. Lesta completed Local Pastor Licensing School in May 2015 and has been active in service to many local church congregations Methodist and Baptist alike. In October of 2015 he was appointed by The North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church to serve as the Associate Pastor of First United Methodist Church, The Colony. In 2016 Lesta began The Course of Study as required in the United Methodist Church.

Lesta is married to Brenda and they have two sons Brandon who is in the United States Navy, serving in Hawaii and Sidney who is an active middle schooler. The family loves to travel and Lesta and Sidney love fishing, hunting and camping. They reside in Arlington TX

You are welcome to contact Lesta at anytime. May you be blessed in Christ Jesus.

Dr. Elise Jeeyoon Choi

Music Director
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Dr. Elise JeeYoon Choi joined FUMC The Colony in October 2018. A native of Seoul, South Korea, Elise has over twenty-five years of experience working for church, community, children’s, and college choirs and orchestras. She has served as Director of Music Ministries at both large and small churches in Boston, New Jersey, Cincinnati, and South Carolina. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance from Boston University, a Master of Theological Studies (summa cum laude) from SMU Perkins School of Theology, a Master of Music in Organ Performance (with honors) from Westminster Choir College, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Sacred Music (with distinction) from Ewha Women’s University. Currently she is working on a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Choi founded and served as artistic director of the Bach Festival of Charleston and was a member of the adjunct faculty of Limestone College. She also taught organ at Boston University; served as rehearsal pianist for the University Chorale at Boston College and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble; served as a faculty member for the Pipe Organ Encounter Plus in Charleston; and currently serves as a member of the board of the Dallas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Dr. Choi has performed concerts throughout the United States, Korea, Hong Kong, and Europe; has won several organ competitions; and has received several music awards.

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.

Ko Eun Jeoung

Pianist