Meet Our Staff

Rev. Brady Johnston, Senior Pastor 

 

Brady and his family joined FUMC Midlothian in July 2016 and are proud residents of Midlothian. Brady has served in the United Methodist Ministry since he was 19 as a youth minister, associate pastor and senior pastor.  

 

In addition to his call, Brady is a proud husband to his beautiful wife, Annie and father to Kinsley and Emerson. Annie serves in the area as a speech therapist. Together they spend most of their time chasing their sweet girls. When the girls do settle down it’s typically to watch their favorite movie, Frozen. In case you are wondering, yes, Pastor Brady has all the songs memorized too and no, he does not sing them on Sunday morning.

Dr. April Fehler, Associate Pastor
 

April and her family joined FUMC Midlothian in July 2017. She has served as a part time associate pastor in the United Methodist Church since 2014. Passionate about serving the local community, she specializes in identifying the needs of the local community and in facilitating the development of programs that meet those needs. April is also a professor at the University of North Texas in Denton, teaching courses on research and community engagement.

 

April is married to Damon Fehler, a local attorney, and has two sons, Ian and Drew. As a family, they enjoy participating in Midlothian’s Scouting program, Scarborough Faire, the Ellis County Children’s Theater and Cook Children’s Hospital’s Magic Club. The Fehlers have been residents of Midlothian since 2006.

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Jason Westbrook, Youth Director 
 

Jason received his Bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University and has been with us since November, 2011 after 7 years of working with youth at Carolina Creek Christian Camp in Huntsville, TX. Jason handles all of the Youth activities including development of curriculum, planning events, recruiting and taking care of volunteers, creating opportunities to reach the Youth of our community and helps lead worship on Sunday mornings. Jason is married to his beautiful wife, Raquel who works alongside him in ministry and they have two beautiful daughters.

Keelee Allen, Children’s Director 
 

Keelee has blessed FUMC Midlothian as the Children’s Director since January of 2008. Keelee is passionate about children and passionate about Jesus, so Children’s Ministry is where she has found her fit in the Kingdom of God! Her bright smile and love for people helps children know they are welcome and wanted in our church family.

 

Keelee’s husband, Seth, serves in the US Marine Corp. They have four children: Bailey, Charlize, Tyler, and Truett. They are an active family in our community and are involved in various organizations. Her kids make life fun, interesting, more blessed, and BUSY! In Keelee’s spare time, you will find her taking pictures, hanging out with her family and friends, cooking, volunteering, and usually, barefoot. Despite her energetic attitude and busy life, her favorite verse is Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.”

 
Paul Martin, Choir Director 
 
Paul recently was called to be a part of the the FUMC Midlothian church family and is very passionate about enhancing the music at our church. He is currently the Director of Bands at Life High School in Waxahachie after moving to the area from Bryan, TX over the summer. While in Bryan, Paul was Director of Bands at SFA Middle School and led the orchestra at First Baptist Church, Bryan. His prior experience includes teaching at Lake Country Christian School in Fort Worth from 2011-2016 along with serving churches in Springtown and Azle. His first church appointment was at FUMC Grand Saline in East Texas while teaching in the Tyler ISD. Paul is a graduate from The University of Texas at Tyler with a degree in Music Education. Paul and his wife, Kristin, live in Waxahachie and enjoy spending their free time together.
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Mary Beth Mayo, Administrative Assistant 
 

“I am blessed to be able to live and work in my passion: serving and teaching others.” Mary Beth has served at FUMC Midlothian since November, 2014. She arrived with eight years prior experience as a church administrative assistant. She is fond of reading, loves a wide variety of music, and enjoys being outdoors – whether it be gardening, hiking or relaxing near the water. Mary Beth has two grown children, one in Waxahachie and the other in Austin as well as two grandchildren in each of those cities (a total of four). She enjoys watching them participate in their sports activities, school programs and learning to love and live.

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Babette Maxwell, Financial Secretary 

 
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Matt Sanders, Facilities Manager

 

Matt has been a member of the church for 15 years. He has always enjoyed using his God given construction abilities to serve our church and try to create a wonderful place to worship.

 
Valerie Dick, Media Director
 
Valerie has been a member of FUMC Midlothian since 2003 and joined the staff in April of 2018. She has served in Godly Play, ESL classes and various other ministries in her time here as a member. Valerie has a BA in Marketing & Management. In 2005, she left the corporate world to focus on her family and her small photography business which she ran for ten years.
 
Valerie is married to Chris and they are proud parents of two very active boys. As a family they love to spend time together and with their extended family. They like to be active, get outdoors, watch ball games and family sitcoms, and play sports and board games. Chris and Valerie both have helped coach their boys various teams and Valerie continues to play soccer.  Her favorite scripture is Romans 5:3-4.
“…but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

 

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Michelle Coffin, God’s Garden Preschool Director 
 

“I knew from an early age that I wanted to work with children. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education from Purdue University. I have over 25 years of experience teaching and working with children, including working for NAEYC accredited schools. I believe all children should have access to a safe, high quality early childhood education that includes a developmentally appropriate curriculum; knowledgeable and well-trained staff and educators in an environment that respects and supports our Christian beliefs.

I moved here from Massachusetts with my husband and three kids. After only a month of being in Texas, God brought me to serve at GGP! I am very excited to be part of a great team of dedicated teachers that are here for you and your child.