Our Staff

Adam Young

Senior Pastor

Rev. Adam Young is a pastor who is committed to bringing diverse people together to live out the story of God’s grace in a transformative community of faith. Pastor Adam earned his Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology, graduating with honors. He has almost 15 years of ministry experience ranging from youth ministry to adult discipleship to cultural intelligence and racial reconciliation work. Pastor Adam is really interested in innovative ministry ideas, but above all in following Jesus. He grew up in a different denomination and was drawn to the United Methodist Church’s (UMC) message of grace and openness.

“I was able to ask questions and learn and grow in a way that I had not experienced before and it energized my relationship with God. The Social Principles of the UMC gave me confidence that the people of the UMC cared about living a vibrant, rich faith in the reality of the world. I think we can have a deep impact on the world when we allow the Holy Spirit to combine our spiritual lives with Jesus Christ’s mandate to love neighbor.”

Pastor Adam is married to Mallory Young, and together they are raising four rambunctious boys. Mallory is a Senior Pension Analyst at Pension Strategies, LLC. She loves to host people in their home and enjoys playing piano and flute. Adam also plays the violin and they love to perform duets together. Their boys are Kaden, 12, Colby, 9, Carter, 5, and Kai, 3. Many weekends are spent at the baseball fields, out on the lake with friends and family, or in the backyard by the barbecue. Come on over!

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Tonya Haynes-Blankenship

Administrative Assistant

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 wither her children, time at the lake, and singing/playing cello with sisters and churches across Texas.

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Laura Bateman

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.

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Amy Reddoch

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.

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Nikki Thirasant-Meyer

Finance Administrator
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Tonya Lillig

Director of Communications
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Min Kyung Kim

Pianist

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.

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Christine Barnett

Alternate Pianist
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