Don was born in Los Angeles, and raised in Whittier, CA. He attended college in Bartlesville Wesleyan College in Oklahoma (now Oklahoma Wesleyan University). Originally an art major, he responded to a call to ministry and received his BS in Theology. His first church position was as the youth director of East Cross UMC in Bartlesville. Don received his Master of Divinity while at SMU Perkins School of Theology. He’s been married to Susan for 31 years. Susan took early retirement from teaching with Lewisville ISD and has been a stay-at-home mom for the last year. They have two children, Clari, a pharmacy tech at Flower Mound Pharmacy and Chris, who is attending the University of Houston. Don has served pastoral appointments at FUMC Lewisville, Holy Covenant UMC in Carrollton, FUMC Richardson, and FUMC Pilot Point. Don serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Episcopacy Committee for our Conference.
Don currently serves on the City of Denton Downtown Task Force and the Denton Together Coalition, a mayor’s task force formed to strengthen community ties in Denton. He also serves on the North Texas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry responsible for interviewing and recommending ministerial candidates for commissioning and ordination.
He was recently elected to the Board of Directors for RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program serving Denton County). RSVP’s mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through national service programs and volunteering in Denton County and surrounding communities.
He also mentors pastors serving cross-cultural appointments, candidates on ministry track and a student at Rivera Elementary School. Don has a passion for scripture, history and a genuine love for Christ and His Church. Don enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, reading, fixing things around the house and walking his dog, Taz.
John is a conductor, pianist, stage director and composer and has served as Director of Music and Worship at FUMC-Denton since July, 2001. He is the conductor of the congregation’s Chancel Choir and Men’s Ensemble as well as FUMC’s Connection Band. He holds degrees in music and German from Texas Tech and Indiana University. He also did post-graduate work at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, Germany as a stipend recipient of the German Academic Exchange Service. While at Indiana University he was the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including twice being awarded the $10,000 Elsie Sweeney Scholarship. He received grants from the Indiana Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts to support a Chamber Opera program he established within the university as well as a fellowship from the Indiana University Foundation which underwrote a private master class with Leonard Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. John made his European conducting debut with the Harlem Opera Ensemble in 1985 in Switzerland followed by performances throughout Europe, including appearances in Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Brussels, Monte Carlo and Lyons. Between 1988 and 1996 John worked in the opera houses of Germany conducting and stage directing a broad repertoire of opera, musicals and ballet. Returning to the United States, John served as arranger, music director, producer and musician in several theaters in Branson, Missouri, including work with Bobby Vinton and Japanese violinist Shoji Tabuchi. John has composed several major choral works including Passion–Seven Lasting Words and Hodie. Grace, Love and Dirty Socks, a children’s sacred theater piece written in collaboration with his wife, Jean Wilkinson Priddy. It was performed in Denton in 2004. A full-length musical Dreams premiered in Germany in 2006. His conducting credits include performances with the Symphony of Southeast Texas, The Abilene Philharmonic, the Lubbock Symphony and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. An active arranger, his works have been performed by several US orchestras as well as ensembles within the University of North Texas. In Denton, John has worked frequently with the Music Theater of Denton as a stage director and conductor including productions of Sweeney Todd, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story and Cabaret. John is the proud father of a daughter, Gillian. When not making music, John enjoys landscaping, carpentry, cooking and computers.
Gail has plenty of experience meeting new people due to the fact that she was forever “the new kid” growing up. Her family moved twelve times before she finished high school which allowed her to experience new places and different cultures. She’s lived in Denton since 1992 which seems like such a long time in one place for her! Her family joined FUMC-Denton in November of 2001 and she has been working for the church since April of 2007. You can find her in the main office each day juggling church calendar issues, maintaining the membership database, working on reports and statistics and helping those who enter the church doors each day.
Sueann works in the main office. Her responsibilities include coordinating communion, baptisms, funerals and many other worship related functions. She also serves as backup for Gail Warren and heads up the FUMC-Denton Television Ministry. She has been a member at FUMC-Denton since 2002.
Sherry has worked for FUMC-Denton since 2001, first as Food Service Manager for five years and since as Financial Assistant. She plans on retiring here after several more years, though Austin, where her two grandchildren are, pulls at her heart strings. With one daughter close by in Fort Worth and her mom and sister living with her in Denton, life stays interesting and her work here is never done, but is always blessed!
Martha has worked at FUMC-Denton since August of 1999. She knows all the nooks, crannies and cracks to be found. Her knowledge and careful attention to the facilities and to the members of the congregation along with her commitment to learning elevated her to the job of Facilities Manager a few years ago. While working at the church, Martha became a US citizen in July 2004 and in 2008 earned a certification in HVAC. During 2010-2011, Martha attended the various classes offered in a Certification Program by the National Association of Church Facilities Managers (NACFM) and wrote a paper concerning the operations here at FUMC-Denton. She became a Certified Church Facilities Manager (CCFM) in the spring of 2011 and is one of only two women with this designation across the United States. Her primary responsibility at the church now is the management of the custodial personnel who keep the building clean and ready for use by our church and community members. Her schedule often varies, but she is most likely to be found at the church between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm during the work week, Monday-Friday. Martha is also an active member of FUMC-Denton and works closely with the Hispanic Ministry. Martha came to the United States from Mexico and now lives in Sanger, TX. Her family consists of her husband, one son, two daughters, one son-in-law, and three granddaughters.
Chanel moved to Denton in December of 2006, after graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Child and Family Studies and a minor in Early Childhood Education. She originally began her work at FUMC-Denton as a teacher of two-year-olds in the Children’s Day Out program. In February 2009, she began serving as the church’s Childcare Director while continuing her care of twos at CDO. In July 2009, Chanel became the Director of FunStop K-8 Out-of-School-Time. She serves as the FunStop ex-officio on the church’s Children’s Ministries Committee and Finance Committee and is a member of the National AfterSchool Association. Chanel enjoys being a facilitator for providing valuable community resources to the children of our church home and Denton community through the mission of FunStop. Being a single mother of one, she understands the needs of our diverse families and the ever-changing population in our booming city.
Brandi was born and raised in Lewisville, and an active member of FUMC Lewisville. She graduated high school in 1997 – a “fighting farmer” and proud of it! She attended classes at UNT for two years as a music education major. Due to advancements in hierarchy at Cinemark Theaters, she took a promising career path over finishing school. After 14 years of service it became clear that God had different plans for her. She resigned her position at Cinemark and shortly after found FunStop. In two lightning-fast years, she has discovered that FUMC-Denton’s children ministry is exactly where she is supposed to be. She loves to read and be outside. She has two nieces, Jade and Jordyn, who remain a constant source of inspiration. She also has two fur babies, Charlie and Suzy Q. Most importantly, she loves God and His children.
As an active composer, S. Andrew Lloyd has written extensively for organ, piano, voice, choir, orchestra, and chamber ensembles. One of his recent commissions, Christe eleison, was written for Jerry McCoy and the Schola Cantorum of Texas as part of the 2015 Fort Worth Regional AGO Convention. Andrew Lloyd studied composition with Forrest Pierce at the University of Kansas, and with Jon Nelson, Andrew May, and James Worlton while in Denton, TX. Lloyd’s music has been premiered and performed at the Salt Lake Tabernacle, Bales Recital Hall at the University of Kansas, Libby Gardner Hall at the University of Utah, Arizona State University, Texas Woman’s University, University of North Texas, Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, and internationally in South Africa.