Who's Who

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  • Brian Brooks

    Lead Pastor


    Brian Brooks has been in ministry in the United Methodist Church since childhood and has been serving as a United Methodist pastor since 2000. He became Lead Pastor at First Methodist Hallsville in 2015. Before coming to Hallsville, Brian served in ministry at Hardin/Morton United Methodist in Missouri, Soules Chapel/Harmony UMC in Gilmer, TX, White Oak UMC in White Oak, TX, and Williams Memorial UMC in Texarkana, TX. Brian was born and raised in Longview, TX and is a graduate of Longview High School. Following high school, Brian attended Howard Payne University (B.S. in Exercise Sport Science) and Brite Divinity School (MDiv). Brian is married to his high school sweet heart, Hannah Brooks. Together they have 3 children, Trace, Parker, and Audrey. 

  • Shinia Kelsey

    Associate Pastor

  • Cole Cathey

    Interim Director of Youth MInistries


    Cole Cathey was born in Houston and raised in East Texas. He has been a part of the youth group since his senior year of high school. He worked alongside the prior Director of Youth Ministries for two summers as an intern. Cole is currently attending LeTourneau University majoring in Professional Flight and hopes to become a commercial pilot upon graduation. Cole started work as the Interim Director of Youth Ministries in February. 

  • Danyelle Meyer

    Director of Christian Education


    Danyelle Meyer joined our staff in 2012 and truly enjoys her work in Children's Ministries. She is married to John and has three boys. She has previously worked as a Pre-K teacher at a nearby church. She says, "I love God and thank him everyday for the beautiful world that he has made for us, and all the things he provides for us. I hope to be able to live my life to the fullest everyday!"

  • Darlene Suttle

    Church Secretary


    Darlene Suttle grew up in Central Oklahoma, and, as a young couple, she and her husband moved to East Texas where they operated a dairy farm for 20 years. After working as a volunteer, she was employed by First Methodist Hallsville as secretary and has experienced the growth of the church through all of the building programs in its present location. Darlene has been active in the women’s organization of the United Methodist Church, serving in leadership positions in the district, conference and jurisdictional levels. She served as a delegate to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1992. She has three daughters, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, and lives with her husband, Willis, on a farm outside of Hallsville.

  • Sheila Carlisle

    Director of First Friends Preschool


    Sheila Carlisle is a lifetime resident of Hallsville. Graduating from Hallsville High school, she attended Kilgore College majoring in Child Development. She is married to Charles “Bubba” and have 3 children, and 5 grandchildren. Sheila has worked in the day care/preschool field for 32 years teaching and directing at First Friends for the last 19 years. “God gives us these precious little people to love, teach and share Christ with. What an honor it is to get to share a part of my day with each one of them.”

  • Pat thompson

    Facilities Coordinator

    Pat Thompson has served at First Methodist Hallsville for 8 years as Facilities Coordinator, and takes care of cleaning the church facilities and setting up for special events, and works with the trustees to keep the church in good repair. Pat attends church at St. Luke's UMC in Kilgore. Pat is also very active in the East Texas Emmaus Community.

1256 W. Main / Highway 80 W

P.O. Box 365

Hallsville, TX  75650


Traditional Sunday Worship 8:40 AM

Contemporary Sunday Worship 11:00 AM

First Friends 903.660.5025