Dr. George Shultz
Dr. George Shultz has been a member of our congregation since 1993. From 1995 to 2016, George was a missionary, teacher, and Bible translator in Cameroon. He helped translate the New Testament into the Kom language while there and has taught others to continue that work with the Old Testament. He still works for Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL as the Corporation Secretary.
Director of Music Ministries
Santhia Collins, originally from Atlanta, Ga, surrendered to God’s call to the ministry through music at the age of 12. After beginning to study piano at the age of 7, Santhia continued to participate in the music ministry of her church as a vocalist and accompanist. Moving to Birmingham, Alabama, she studied Music Education at Samford University with voice as her principle and piano as her secondary. She taught choral music in the Bay City ISD before serving in churches in the Texas Baptist Convention and in the Texas and New Mexico Conferences of the United Methodist Church. In the past 32 years, she has had the opportunity to serve God in many ways musically and prays that he continues to bless her ministry here in this wonderful and welcoming church and community.
“My passion is taking the notes and the words on the page and presenting them creatively to speak to the hearts of the musicians and the listeners.”
Director of Office Ministries
Nancy was a teacher and counselor for over 30 years with a BA in English and sociology from McMurry and a Masters in Guidance and Counseling from Angelo State University. She has taught everyone from babies at a private pre-school to senior adults at Mountain View College. Nancy has been in a church choir since junior high and loves to praise God through music. The people she sees in the office make her smile on a daily basis. She is thankful to be able to serve God with this loving church family.
Director of Children’s Ministries
Patty Brooks has been a member of the First United Methodist Church of Cedar Hill, Texas, for 28 years. She has a Masters in Christian Education from DBU, 20 years of experience as a Sunday School teacher and coordinating church events, 40 years of experience with Vacation Bible School, and over 10 years of doing children’s sermons. Patty is excited to add Children’s Director to her title as Minister of Enthusiasm here at First Methodist.
Vincent Stevenson & Colleen Alvarenga
Directors of Youth Ministries
Vincent Stevenson and Colleen Alvarenga come to the youth ministry as a husband-and-wife team. Vincent is originally from Fort Smith, Arkansas and Colleen is from Forest Falls, California. Both have extensive backgrounds in education, particularly focused on the education of adolescents. Vincent holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with concentrations in both Mathematics and History, as well as a Master of Education in Educational Leadership. While Colleen holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English Literature and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in English and a minor in Cross-Cultural Studies. The Alvarenga-Stevensons have found their church family at First United Methodist Church Cedar Hill and are excited about serving through the youth ministry.
Grace Anderson was born in Dallas, Texas, and received her BME from Texas Christian University in Choral Music Education. She completed her degree summa cum laude with University Honors and was the 2017 School of Music Departmental Scholar. Grace is the Choir Director at Brown MS in Forney ISD and has also worked as the Assistant Choir Director at Eaton HS in Northwest ISD. Grace has a passion for teaching and reaching others through music. She’s excited to serve the music ministry at Cedar Hill United Methodist Church!
Larry was born in Amarillo, Texas and has a BBA from UTA with a CPA. He has been married for 38 years to the same woman; they have two daughters. Larry started playing cello at age 10, and for 18 years he has been playing with civic orchestras. He is also CFO of CityHub.Biz, Cedar Hill.
Director of CEP (Children’s Enrichment Program)
Cherrill was born in Memphis, Tennessee and attended Strayer University. She has worked with children and has been in Children’s Ministry since age 18.
She loves the Lord and children are her passion!
Director of High Rise Day Habilitation
Jessica Pena is a graduate of South Grand Prairie High School and has a BS from Lamar University. She worked for 4 years at Sensory World Private School in Farmer’s Branch before coming to High Rise. She will soon complete her Masters of Special Education from Grand Canyon University.
Director of Facilities
Aaron was born and raised in Cedar Hill. He is our long time Facilities Manager, Charlie Byrd’s grandson, so he has learned from the best by helping Charlie since he was 11 years old. Aaron loves music, is the worship leader, and works with youth at his church.
Whitney and Carolyn James
Whitney James has been on our dedicated nursery team for many years. She is now joined by her mother, Carolyn, in caring for our children through age four during worship services.