Taylor Smith was born in Memphis, TN but raised in McKinney, TX where he was an active member of Stonebridge UMC. From an early age, he was highly involved in the children and youth program, regularly attending Wednesday night youth group, mission trips, and church camps. He first felt a call to ministry at a young age while in worship at Bridgeport Church Camp, a grounding faith experience which has sustained him in his ministry all these years.
Taylor continued to ask hard questions about the faith, inspiring in him a passion for theological inquiry. This passion led him to McMurry University in Abilene, TX where he studied Religion, New Testament Greek, and Sociology. Throughout his undergraduate program, Taylor had several opportunities to explore vocational ministry, serving as: a youth intern at a UMC church camp in Alaska, an intern at his home congregation, and eventually as a Youth Director during his final year of college.
In 2013, Taylor’s life was changed when he met his (now) wife of 7 years, Katie May Smith. Ironically enough, the two met while serving as counselors at Bridgeport Church Camp. Katie received a degree in Psycho-social Rehabilitation from The University of North Texas. She has a background in and passion for the mental health field. Currently, Katie works as a fitness instructor at Pure Barre Preston Hollow and Pure Barre Plano.
In 2017, Katie and Taylor moved to Durham, NC where Taylor received his Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. While in seminary, Taylor served as the Student Associate Pastor at Pittsboro UMC; but he claims to have learned just as much about ministry in North Carolina through the Crossfit gym that he and Katie attended and at which he began coaching. Taylor got to share life with people from all different faith, race, ethnic, and cultural, and religious backgrounds in the Crossfit gym. And it was this experience in ministry beyond the church walls that lead Taylor to explore church-planting.
Upon completion of his MDiv., Taylor was appointed to Urban Village Church in downtown Chicago, IL as a Church Planting Fellow. He primarily served at the South Loop site of the multi-site urban congregation. There, Taylor was immersed in the wild world of church-planting before being appointed to Uptown, Dallas in 2018 as the Lead Church Planter for the Heart of Dallas mission field.
After wrapping up his ministry in Uptown, Taylor was then appointed to Flower Mound UMC where he has been serving as the Associate Pastor and Director of Adult Discipleship and Outreach Coordinator. His time at Flower Mound could be characterized as one of unsubstantiated growth. In three and a half years, he’s explored new leadership opportunities, launched new ministry programs, shut-down ministries, pastored people in all walks of life, preached and “teach-ed,” assisted in building renovation campaigns and, above all, experienced the grace of God through the congregation’s generous and loving spirit.
On April 21, 2020, Taylor and Katie welcomed new life into the world, Lachlan May Smith (pronounced Lock-Lin). Coming up on two, Lachlan remains a complete bundle of joy, full of laughter and smiles, and quite the adventurous soul! Together, with their dog Luna, The Smiths are a happy family of four who can be found taking walks, working out, watching Netflix, reading books, and enjoying good gourmet food and the company of friends.
Taylor has a deep passion for Christian theology and Biblical education. He’s enjoys exploring Scripture in a manner that invokes critical thought, a convicted spirit, and a challenging call for the Body of Christ to continue sharing the radical love of God in the world. He has a ton to learn and is thrilled to share his spirit of curiosity with the people called Methodists at First United Methodist Church the Colony.
Tonya Haynes-Blankenship was born in central Florida and lived there until the age of fourteen. Her family moved to Dallas, Texas. Tonya’s parent’s prayed for children who would play stringed instruments and sing. Ms. Blankenship started playing violin at the age of eleven, then switched to the cello one year later. She felt called to music ministry at a very young age. She was trained in the local church and by her parents, who were pastors. Tonya graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Radio, television, and film, and worked in news radio for over twelve years. She continued to work in church ministry.
Tonya worked for First Denton for over twenty years in their music department as both administrative assistant and worship associate. She loves developing the younger generation in music and leadership. Her gifts are in team building and development.
Tonya has two children – Chelsea, 19 and Brady, 18. They both attend college in Arkansas. Her hobbies include spending time with her children, time at the lake, and singing/playing cello with sisters and churches across Texas.
Director of Music Ministry
Laura serves as Music Director at First United Methodist Church The Colony (FUMCTC). She leads the Chancel Choir and the Children’s Choir – cultivating skills for expressing faith in Christ through music. Laura learned to worship through song at her childhood church while growing up in Arlington, Texas. She attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where she earned both a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and a Master of Arts in Teaching. Since college, serving in a church choir and leading music at church has been an important part of Laura’s faith journey. Her professional career began with teaching middle school choir for eight years, first in Mesquite, Texas and then in Carrollton, Texas. Since 2012, she has grown a private voice studio at several middle schools in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD and in her home for singers of all ages. Prior to joining FUMCTC, Laura directed the Joyful Noise children’s choir at Spring Valley United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Laura loves helping children and adults develop their voice and musicianship in a positive and healthy way. When she isn’t singing, teaching, and leading worship music, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband, Tim, and their children Leah, Hannah, and Noah.
Director of Children's & Student Ministries
Amy Reddoch is our Director of Children’s Ministry. Be fore taking the position in January 2020, she volunteered in Children’s Ministry for 10 years in many different aspects. Amy has a Bachelor’s of Music from Baylor University (Go Bears!), and a Master of Music from Eastman School of Music. Along with working at the church, she is also a percussion instructor in Plano ISD and a Director with Thirty-One Gifts. Amy lives in Frisco with a husband, Mark, and two daughters, Allie & Sasha. Amy is always looking for new ways to work with the Kids of First Church, and loves new ideas as well as simply being with the kids and sharing God’s heart.
Min Kyung Kim
Min Kyung Kim serves as pianist at First United Methodist Church the Colony and piano faculty at Grayson College. She recently earned her doctoral degree in Piano Performance and Music & Medicine under Joseph Banowetz and Dr. Kris Chesky at the University of North Texas. Min Kyung completed a bachelor degree in Piano Performance in South Korea and Master’s degree in Piano Performance with Joseph Banowetz at UNT. As a pianist, she has performed throughout Asia and North America. She was recently awarded as a first-prize winner at the 2018 Golden Classical Music Awards International Music Competition and performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Ms. Kim and her colleague, Jake Moon recorded a Complete Music for Piano Duo and Duet, Volume two of Dmitry Shostakovich for Toccata Classics in London in 2016. She has also appeared in performances in the 250th Anniversary of Mozart in Korea, International Keyboard Institute & Festival in New York, and numerous solo recitals and chamber recitals. Min Kyung lives in Lewisville with her husband, Hyunchan.