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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.
Aaron came to Hallsville June 1st 2018 after serving over 5 years at FUMC Pittsburg, 2 years at Linden UMC and 8 years as North District Youth Coordinator for The Texas Annual Conference. Aaron grew up in Linden, Texas and is very familiar with our area and culture. "I committed my life to ministry when I was 15 and always knew God wanted to use me in ministry, I didn't know that it could be this much fun and rewarding", Aaron says.
If he is not with fellow staff, students or adult volunteers, he is probably somewhere cooking and eating with friends or enjoying being outside.
Favorite Book: The Blindside: The Evolution of a Game
Favorite Bible Verse: Hebrews 12:1-2
Favorite Sport: Does watching students play dodgeball count?
Favorite Season: Fall
My Inspirations: Smelling coffee and sunshine
My Hero: Jesus… and also Johnny Cash
What I never say "no" to: Going to the beach or on a cruise
If I wasn't a Youth Director, Id be: A cruise director
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 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 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 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 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.