Service Times
Worship Services:
Sunday mornings:
8:45am Early Service in the Chapel
10:50am Traditional Serivce in the Sanctuary

Sunday evenings:
6:00pm The Light-Contemporary Service in the Family Ministry Center

2nd Wednesday of the Month:
5:30pm Mid-Month Eucharist in the Chapel

Sunday School:
9:45am

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Church Staff

Dr. Gregory S. Neal – Senior Pastor

Greg is a teaching-pastor, a Biblical scholar, a theologian, and a United Methodist Elder with more than 25 years of pastoral experience in the North Texas and North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Duke University, and Trinity Graduate College, Dr. Neal’s academic specializations include the Biblical Languages, New Testament Studies, Systematic Theology, and the Sacraments. A noted author of books and articles on Holy Communion and the other Means of Grace, Dr. Neal is a lecturer, preacher, teacher, and retreat leader in great demand across the country by churches, Districts, Conferences, and Colleges. As Rector of Grace Incarnate Ministries, Dr. Neal’s Audio and Video Sermons, Audio Bible Studies, Articles and Papers reach around the planet, with thousands of regular viewers, listeners, and readers in more than 70 countries on every continent. You can watch his sermons on his website or on YouTube.

A 5th generation native of Texas, Greg enjoys sports, travel, photography, astronomy and astrophotography, the culinary arts and fine dining, computers, website design, and cruising on the opens seas. He is an avid reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy, enjoys watching Star Trek, Stargate, British Comedies, 24, and Doctor Who. His musical tastes range widely from classical and jazz to 70s and 80s rock & roll. Greg collects Communion Chalices, clerical vestments, books, movies, and Holland America Line Cruise memorabilia. He enjoys spending time with his mother, his friends, and his Basset Hound puppy, Fannie.

Email: greg@fumccommerce.org

 

Rev. Brian Dierolf – Associate Pastor/Campus Minister

Rev. Brian Dierolf serves as FUMC Associate Pastor and Campus Pastor of the Wesleyan of A&M Commerce. Brian was Ordained in Full Connection in June 2015 and was appointed to our church in July 2015.

He began ministry as a college student at the University of North Texas, were he was the Pastor’s Assistant at the Denton Wesley Foundation. He then served three rural churches as a Youth Minister and attended seminary. Brian has a B.A. in Psychology from UNT and a Masters of Divinity from Brite Divinity.

Brian was the Associate Minister at FUMC DeSoto for four and a half years. He then served FUMC Grand Prairie as Associate Pastor for three years prior to joining our staff. While at DeSoto and Grand Prairie, Brian led youth ministry and started new mission/outreach ministries.

He is married to his college sweetheart Lauren! She is a middle school English teacher with a background in journalism. They both spoil their dog Ella. Brian loves listening to jazz, cheering on the Texas Rangers, reading Science Fiction, watching crime shows along with funny movies and eating all kinds of food!

Email: brian@fumccommerce.org

 

Mariann Andrews – Office Administrator

Mariann was born in Greenville, TX and has called it home for the past fifty years. She graduated from Greenville High School, and then traveled down the interstate fifteen miles to Commerce. She graduated from East Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. Mariann entered the world of banking and for the next twenty five years made that her career. She commuted to the Dallas area where she held the position of banking center manager. Mariann was excited to make a career change in 2002 to serve as office administrator for First United Methodist Church. One of her greatest joys is all the new friends she has made while at FUMC.

Mariann and her husband, Mack, another Hunt County native, enjoy time shared with their family. Their daughter Emily, son-in-law Michael, grandson Matthew, and granddaughter Claire also live in Greenville. They are discovering all the wonders of being grandparents. Their daughter Julia, daughter-in-law Eve, and granddaughter Ruthie live in Iowa, and they keep the phone lines busy.

Email: mariann@fumccommerce.org

 

Shelly Oats

Shelly Oats – Director of Children’s Ministries

Shelly was born in Wichita Falls, TX.  Her family moved back to Commerce shortly after and she has lived in and around Commerce since.  She graduated from Commerce High School and received her Bachelor of Science degree in education from Texas A&M Commerce.

All of Shelly’s adult life has been dedicated to children.  Her teaching experience includes 18 years in both public and private schools in the kindergarten and pre-k levels. She has volunteered with children’s after school activities at FUMC- Commerce for many years.

Shelly and her husband, Chad, have been married for 22 years.  Their greatest blessings are their three children, Cameron, Cason and Carrigan.

Email: shelly@fumccommerce.org

 

Bonnie Smith – Communications Specialist

Bonnie was born and raised in northeast Texas. She moved to Commerce to attend Texas A & M University-Commerce in 2000. She attended FUMC Commerce’s Wednesday evening Blue Jean Church service as well as Sunday services. She graduated with her bachelors in Business Administration in the spring of 2002 and her masters in Business Administration in the fall of 2003. She married her longtime friend Mike Smith in 2004 and joined FUMC Commerce the same year. They live in Commerce with their sons, Brit and Zach, and dog, Batman. She has also taught undergraduate marketing for A&M-Commerce as an adjunct instructor. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, listening to music, and watching TV. She also enjoys traveling and has been to the Bahamas, Cancun, Ireland, and various places in the States.

Email: communications@fumccommerce.org

 

Dr. John Burkett – Church Organist

Born in Montgomery, Alabama, John Burkett began studying the piano and the organ at ages 6 and 9 respectively. Pre-college study with Harald Rohlig, Mark McGowin and Gene Jarvis led to further study at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels at Florida State University, the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois.

After a year’s teaching experience in Nebraska at Kearney State College and the University of Nebraska, Dr. Burkett came to ETSU (now Texas A&M-Commerce) in 1972 where he teaches a wide variety of courses. He has played for Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian churches since the age of 13 and has served as organist to the First United Methodist Church of Commerce, Texas, since 1975.

As a composer, Dr. Burkett has written numerous hymn-based compositions for solo organ and solo piano, most of which remain unpublished. In 1995, however, he co-authored 101 Favorite Hymn Harmonizations for Keyboard, which was published by Abingdon Press of Nashville.

 

Nevin Jackson – Contemporary Worship Leader

Nevin Mark Jackson joins the staff of First United Methodist Church Commerce as the Worship Leader for The Light, our contemporary service on Sunday nights. Nevin brings background and experience in leading worship in a variety of styles, including traditional, contemplative, and multicultural. He has been a resident of Commerce for almost twenty years, moving here to attend Texas A&M University-Commerce to study English and Counseling. Before coming to FUMC Commerce, Nevin served as the Music Minister and Youth Minister for over a decade at First United Methodist Church in nearby Wolfe City, Texas. In his spare time, Nevin enjoys playing the piano, reading, spending time with family and friends, and taking care of his pug, Sam. He is passionate about helping the church connect to God through music in a way that then inspires them to go out into the world to serve others, empowered by the love and grace of God.

Email: nevin@fumccommerce.org

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