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.”
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 Ministry
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.
Eric and Kelsey Carter
Eric was born and raised in Altavista, Virginia. Kelsey was born in Ohio but raised in Altavista, Virginia. We have known each other since we were children. And that’s right, we were high school sweethearts. We were traditional bandies, Eric was the drum major and Kelsey, the color guard captain. What a pair! Eric went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics and Kelsey, her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. We married in 2010. After Eric’s employment with American Eagle Airlines in 2011, we moved to Texas (900 miles from our families) to start his airline pilot career. Kelsey went back to school and received her Masters of Teaching in Science Education from the University of Texas at Dallas. With her goal to be in informal science education. Kelsey received the call to youth ministry. After much discussion, Kelsey and Eric decided it would be a team effort to lead the Youth Ministry. We are so happy to be part of First United Methodist Church Cedar Hill.
Jeremy was born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessere. He is a University of Texas at Tyler graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a music minor. He has been an educator for 9 years. He has been married for 23 years to an amazing English teacher and they have 4 children. He has a passion for teaching, whether it be music or mathematics. His hobbies include… all things MUSIC! Favorite sports teams… Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavs, Houston Texans, Tennessee Vols, and Tennessee Titans.
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.
CEP (Children’s Enrichment Program) Director
Cindy was born and raised in Chicago and went to college at Pan Am University in southern Texas and DePaul University in Chicago. She received a BS in Commerce and major in Accounting. She also attended Dallas Theological Seminary. Cindy has been in Children’s Ministry since age 18.
Jessica Pena and Jeri Barnett
High Rise Day Hab Directors
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.
Jeri Barnett has a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and a Masters from Grand Canyon University. She taught Life Skills in Cedar Hill for 29 years before coming to High Rise.
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.