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 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.
Director of Music Ministries
Randall Capshaw received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas and a Master’s of Music in Choral Conducting from Texas Christian University. He has been a public school choir teacher for 14 years, teaching music and singing to students ranging from elementary to college. He has sung and directed music for several churches and professional choirs throughout the state and is happy to be helping with music for the community at FUMC Cedar Hill.
Grace Capshaw 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 a Choir Director in Wiley ISD and has also worked as the Assistant Choir Director at 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 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.