The staff of First United Methodist Church is eager to get to know you and provide you with information you might need about our church family. Staff can be contacted through the church office, 972-335-4380, or at their personal email addresses.
Mark Vowell is a lifelong Methodist, and a third-generation North Texas Conference Pastor. A Navy brat, Mark was born on Guam, baptized by his grandfather in Archer City, Texas, and raised in the congregation at First United Methodist (UMC) of Gainesville, Texas. He attended the University of Oklahoma on a Navy ROTC Scholarship. Mark spent 10 years on active duty as a Naval Flight Officer, serving as a Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander of a crew of 12 aboard P-3C Orion aircraft, tracking Soviet submarines in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean. Following active duty, Mark continued to serve in the Naval Reserves and retired as a Commander in 2001.
In January of 1989, Mark followed a call from God to full-time Christian ministry by taking shore duty orders to Dallas as the Enlisted Programs Officer for Navy Recruiting in North Texas and beginning studies at Perkins School of Theology (SMU). Mark resigned his active duty Navy commission in 1992 to serve as the Director of Youth Ministries at Tyler Street UMC in Oak Cliff. Mark received his Masters of Divinity in 1996 and was appointed as associate pastor at Tyler Street.
Mark has served as senior pastor at Westview Greenville, First Whitewright, Ridgewood Park in Dallas and Spring Valley in Dallas. He was appointed as senior pastor at First Frisco in July of 2013.
Mark has served in a variety of Conference leadership positions including, Chair of the Church Revitalization Task Force for 250-749 membership churches, Executive Committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry, Committee on Preparations and Qualifications, Board of Directors of the SMU Wesley Foundation, Chair of the Director Search Committee for the SMU Wesley Foundation, and Chair of the Metro District Trustees.
Mark is married to Shannon. Shannon is a gifted writer and teacher, and has been a regular contributor to the United Methodist Reporter. She loves ministering through Sunday School, small group discipleship and music. The Vowells have four children at home.
Mark's passions include preaching, relational evangelism, and helping folks get grounded in scripture. He believes that the church really is God's primary plan for reaching the world with the love of Jesus Christ. He loves to be part of connecting churches with the dreams that God has for them. Those dreams are always bigger than our dreams, and they are always wonderful.
Keva just recently joined First Frisco as Associate Pastor. She loves getting to know people and helping them grow closer in their relationship with the Lord. Her greatest delight is to share about Jesus Christ either through preaching to a crowd or just sitting and visiting one-on-one.
Blessed with wonderful Christian parents, she grew up in Winters, Texas (a small town near Abilene). She graduated from Texas A&M University and Southern Methodist University with engineering degrees and worked in the telecommunications area.
Though she had a wonderful career, in 2001 she knew without a doubt that God was calling her into fulltime ministry. She left the business world and entered seminary at Perkins School of Theology at SMU. During her time in seminary she worked as an Associate Pastor at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas.
Following her graduation from seminary in 2005, she became a minister in the British Methodist Church for four years where she served in a circuit in South Yorkshire, as well as traveled around the U.K. preaching and sharing her faith.
In July 2009, Keva returned to Texas and had the privilege of being appointed at First Church Carrollton as Associate Pastor. There she was very involved in discipleship, evangelism, membership care, and preaching. She served at First Church for four years prior to coming to Frisco.
Recently she finished her Doctorate of Ministry degree at Perkins School of Theology where her focus was on evangelism. She loves serving in the local church and community, but also has a heart for foreign missions.
Keva has two wonderful children: LeeRand, who lives in Houston, and Kevin who lives in Arlington with his wife, Liz, and their baby son, London. Besides enjoying babysitting her new grandson, Keva is an avid runner, enjoys golf, skiing (water and snow), biking, traveling and a really good book.
Cathy joined the staff as associate pastor in October 2009. She has a passion for people and for programs which impact the way people live and love, including programs such as Stephen Ministry, DivorceCare and Financial Peace University and has the ministry responsibilities which fall under Care and Community.
Cathy is a Local Pastor and will complete Course of Study classes in the next few years. During that time she will continue to be busy loving and caring for the people of Frisco through teaching, preaching, missions, and ministries.
Prior to answering God’s call to ministry, Cathy worked in the legal field for over 30 years in areas of training, human resources and office management. Cathy and her husband Brad have two sons, Mitch Murray and Lance Partridge. Cathy and Brad are both very active people, and especially enjoy spending their time together and with friends and family.
Bill is happily married to Cessie. They have raised five children: Ben, Sara, Katie, Becca, and Marde. Bill and Cessie have over the years been actively involved in community theatre, with Bill normally on stage, with Cessie managing back stage. In addition, Bill is an avid sportsman, having "grown up" on the tennis court.
Over the last seventeen years, he has been employed at Princeton ISD as technology director, having served as computer science, math, speech teacher for six years at the Law Magnet High School with Dallas ISD. Bill looks forward to retiring from his school duties in the next few years so he can devote full time effort to his calling to ministry.
Philip grew up in Richardson. He graduated from Berkner High School where he was extremely active in the music department, playing in the drum-line with The Might Ram Band and singing in every ensemble available. From there he went to college majoring in Music Education. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 2000. Since then he has always had an active presence in a church community, starting with his home church FUMC Richardson where he was a Music Associate in charge of K-12 music. From there he took a pause in his career path to chase his dream to be an actor. He has done dozens of stage shows throughout the metroplex. He has done several commercials and even been seen in the Oscar Award winning movie "No Country For Old Men."
Philip has a great passion for music and art of all forms. He is currently overseeing the Music department at FUMC Frisco which includes all the children's music ensembles, the youth band, the adult band, the adult bell choir, the adult chancel choir as well as the AV department. "I feel extremely happy and blessed to work with such an amazing staff and to serve at a church with such heart and devotion to spreading the Word!"
Jesseca is new to the staff as of May 2013, serving as the director of Spoken Culture, the young adults ministry.
She grew up in the suburbs of Dallas and has been involved in many different denominational churches. Jesseca came to understand the grace of the Gospel when she was 18 and the next thing she knew she was at a Bible college studying pastoral ministry. Jesseca earned a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Criswell College and will be pursuing her masters in the spring as she feels she just scratched the surface of knowing who her Creator is. She is an avid lover of Justin Timberlake, Pixar, and you can win her over with chocolate, as she has a big sweet tooth. Jesseca’s passion is to teach from Scripture and to serve others in love and so she is so excited to have the opportunity to join in this life journey with other young adults of FUMC to explore the faith and experience living life completely for Christ.
Troy has just joined our staff in August 2012 serving as Director of Student Ministries. Troy has over 13 years of experience in leading students - from the bayous of South Louisiana, to the beach communities of Southern California, and the concrete jungles of North Dallas. Educationally, Troy has a bachelor's degree in religious studies from Liberty University, a double-masters degree in Theology and Philosophy from Criswell College, and is almost done with his doctorate in Philosophy and Culture from the University of Texas at Dallas. Troy and his family have called Frisco home since 2002- although he loves to go back to his 'first' home to indulge in Cajun delicacies like boudin, cracklins, etoufee, and gumbo.
When Troy is not hanging out with students he can be found out and about with his beautiful wife Michelle, and his three awesome kids: Azlyn (6), Asher (4), and Adelaide (2). Troy enjoys reading voraciously, writing profusely, and trying to stay in shape occasionally (he's getting pretty old). He also loves tacos, BBQ, and of course a good old fashion Louisiana crawfish boil!!
Troy is excited (or as he says 'stoked') to be a part of the Frisco FUMC Family, and can be reached anytime to assist or serve your family.
Michelle's bio coming soon.
Sarah is new to the staff as of August 2012, serving as Director of Children’s Ministries. She has a degree in Applied Learning and Development from The University of Texas in Austin and taught school for 4 years before owning her own business for 4 years.
Sarah is married to Chad and they have one son, Miller, who attends Friends In Christ Preschool. They are active members of FUMC, and they are involved in the Crossroads Sunday School Class.
Teaching children has always been a passion for Sarah. She is excited to be serving her Lord by leading and loving His youngest disciples!
Kerry Prasifka has served as Nursery Director from 2003 to 2005, and again from 2008 to present. In 1994, Kerry graduated from Texas A&M Commerce with a degree in English and Secondary Education and taught middle school in the public school system for six years before she and her husband, Jason, began having children in 2001.
Kerry and Jason have been members of FUMC Frisco since 1999. Kerry spent her childhood living in many different places, including Louisiana, Maryland, Guam and Midlothian, Texas. But having lived here since 1998, she now considers Frisco her home town. In addition to serving as nursery director, Kerry currently teaches at Friends in Christ Preschool twice a week. She thoroughly enjoys both positions and feels extremely blessed to be a part of the FUMC staff and congregation.
Homer Laird joined the church staff as Director of Admin Services in September, 2012. He is a native Texan, having grown up in Channelview (just outside of Houston) and is a lifelong Methodist. Prior to transferring his membership to FUMC in January, 2012, Homer spent over 35 years in the travel and hospitality industry (airline and car rental) in various marketing and sales capacities. During that time, he was responsible for managing multi-million dollar relationships, negotiating contracts, and overseeing/implementing several large-scale projects. He has two beautiful daughters, one of which is also a member of FUMC; the other resides in Northern California, also working in the non-profit sector. Homer wants to do all possible to ensure that all members and guest users of our facility and campus have a positively memorable experience.
Since August 2002, Lesia has served as Church Secretary for First United Methodist Church of Frisco. A native Arkansan, she held a similar position at Cabot United Methodist Church until moving to the North Texas area in April 2002.
Lesia is married to Tom and they have two daughters, Kristen and Katie. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, family activities, and watching HGTV.
Martha has worked as the Financial Secretary since March 2007. She has been a member of FUMC Frisco since 1998 and lived in Frisco since 1994. She and her husband Marc have three children: Amanda, Zachary, and Matthew.Martha grew up in Dallas and graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelors degree in Accounting. She is a CPA and worked in the corporate world for five years before staying home with her children. She is excited to be back at work using her degree and helping the church.
Stacy has served FUMC Frisco for several years; first, as the Director of Children’s Ministries from 2004-2006, and then as the Director of Youth Ministries from 2008-2012. Along the way, Stacy has always tried to help the church body stay connected through communication and is excited to serve as Communication Secretary.
Stacy is an Okie at heart, having grown up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She loves spending time with her family, which includes her husband, Andy, their children, Aubrey and Chase, her four sisters and their families, and her parents. Family is important to Stacy and the FUMC Frisco family is part of her heart. Stacy loves the people and ministries of First Frisco and is honored to serve God, our church and YOU!
Patti and her husband Bob have three children and have lived in Frisco for over ten years. They are active members of FUMC and are happy to call it their church home.
Patti enjoys her position at Friends in Christ and makes it her goal to provide a safe, loving environment for children to grow in body and in spirit.