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. Together they have 3 children, Trace, Parker, and Audrey. 

  • Shinia Kelsey

    Associate Pastor

  • Jenny LaBay

    Director of Children's Ministries


    Jenny LaBay joined our staff in 2019. She is married to Daniel and has a daughter and a son. She has lived in Hallsville since she was 10, and a member of FUMC Hallsville for almost as long. Previously, Jenny taught Preschool and Pre-K age children in Longview and Hallsville for 10 years. She has always enjoyed the company of young learners, and to be able to teach them about the love God has for them is something she adores. "I love to see kids laugh and play and share their life experiences with me as they grow in their relationship with Jesus."

  • Kaiti Lammert

    Director of Youth Ministries


    Kaiti Lammert is devoted to discipleship and striving toward a life of beauty. She has a passion for the formation of young people and is excited to be leading the Youth at Hallsville. Hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana, Kaiti loves good food, music, poetry and art. She spends most her days wrangling her 3 year-old Great Dane and 1 year old daughter, Lily. She and her husband, Michael, also have custody of 8 year-old twins who live in Haiti. Kaiti is an eternal optimist who believes in loving first, loving anyways, eating ice-cream for dinner, Nessie, and the life of the world. She would love to know you, and share our joy together.

  • Mike Clay

    Director of Music

    Mike Clay began serving as music director in 1996 at FUMC Hallsville and is very pleased to have returned in 2019. Mike has been teaching math at Hallsville High School for 28 years and also enjoys coaching the UIL Mathematics teams. Mike has been married to Laurie for 34 years and their son Samuel is also a math teacher with HISD.

  • Danyelle Meyer



    Danyelle Meyer joined our staff in 2012 and truly enjoyed her work in Children's Ministries before moving into communications in 2019. She is married to John and has three boys.  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!"

  • 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 has 3 children, and 5 grandchildren. Sheila has worked in the day care/preschool field for 33 years teaching and directing at First Friends for the last 20 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.”