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Upcoming Events
MAY

22

MON
Cub Scouts
6:00 PM
MAY

23

TUE
Boy Scouts
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
MAY

24

WED
Emmaus Reunion Group Meeting
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
A Women's Emmaus group meets in the Ed. Building, The Men's Emmaus group meets in the Family Life Center. Nursery upon request
Pathways
5:00 PM to 6:15 PM
UMYF
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
begins again
Adult Choir Rehearsal
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
in the Sanctuary
MAY

25

THU
Hooks & Needles
4:00 PM to 5:00 AM
MAY

28

SUN
contemporary service
8:30 AM
in the Family Life Center
Sunday School
9:30 AM
For all ages
Traditional Church Service
10:45 AM
Nursery and Children's Worship offered during services
MAY

29

MON
MAY

30

TUE
Boy Scouts
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
MAY

31

WED
Emmaus Reunion Group Meeting
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
A Women's Emmaus group meets in the Ed. Building, The Men's Emmaus group meets in the Family Life Center. Nursery upon request
Pathways
5:00 PM to 6:15 PM
UMYF
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
begins again
Adult Choir Rehearsal
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
in the Sanctuary
JUN

01

THU
Hooks & Needles
4:00 PM to 5:00 AM
JUN

04

SUN
contemporary service
8:30 AM
in the Family Life Center
Sunday School
9:30 AM
For all ages
Traditional Church Service
10:45 AM
Nursery and Children's Worship offered during services
JUN

05

MON
Cub Scouts
6:00 PM
JUN

06

TUE
Boy Scouts
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Senior Pastor

Rob Clopton

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Even though he grew up in Houston, Rob spent much time in the rural area of Montgomery County on his family's farm.  He came to know both the rural and city life, and that exposure to both cultures benefited him greatly in his adult life.

After graduation from high school in Houston, he attended Sam Houston State University and obtained a degree in Criminology. While at college, he met Sandra, his wife of almost 39 years.

He had aspirations to someday work for the FBI or Federal Marshals.  Experience was needed first, so Rob joined the Houston Police Department in 1975.  After working the streets of Houston for three years he decided there had to be an easier way to make a living.  So, he began a new career in sales and marketing.  For over 20 years, his customer base included schools and school districts, and eventually he became the sales trainer for the company.

While active in the lay ministry for many years, there was always a nudge from God to pursue the pastoral ministry. In 2003, he received his first appointment at First UMC-San Marcos as an associate pastor.  He has since pastored several churches in the SWTX Conference.  For the past six years, he was pastor at Flatonia UMC.  In 2012, Freyburg UMC and Flatonia UMC were yoked together and he was pastor at both churches.

Sandra and Rob are blessed with two grown children, and two grandchildren.  Rob enjoys the outdoors, whether it's camping or fishing, or an occasional visit to his property in Montgomery County where maybe a fence needs mending or a tree needs cut down.  If time permits, he enjoys fishing in the lake that sits on the property (it does have some good size bass in that lake).  

Folks sometimes ask him how he went from law enforcement to sales to the pastorate.  This is what he says, "In my days of being a police officer, I was trying to change the world; I still am, just a different way.   In my days of sales, I was in the business of promoting a product.  I am still promoting though.  Now, I am promoting the greatest gift to humankind, which is a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ."

Here is a short list of his favorites:

Favorite Movie:  "The Cowboys"  with John Wayne (that character reminds him of his dad). 

Favorite Food: Fried Fish (salt or fresh water fish as long as it is fresh)

Favorite Sports Team:  Houston Texans ( He can't get the Houston out of his blood)

 


Associate Pastor

Leo Carrasco

 

A Short Story about Pastor Leo

          I have been asked to introduce myself in the form of a brief biography.  My full name is Leo Reynaldo Carrasco.  I was born in El Paso Texas in 1943.  My father was stationed at Fort Bliss before he was shipped overseas during World War II.  After the war my mom and dad moved to Brownsville Texas where I grew up.

          I am a third generation Methodist and for the most part grew up in the church.  Most of our family was very active in El Buen Pastor United Methodist which is a member of the Rio Grande Conference.  I have been married to my wonderful wife Luvy for 38 years and have been blessed with four loving children.

          I grew up in the restaurant business and my younger brother Sammy and I took over my father’s restaurants after my dad retired.  Twenty six years later I sold my half of the business to my brother Sammy.  Halleluiah! 

          When I retired I knew I wanted to pursue my call to ministry as a licensed local pastor.  I had been a certified lay speaker for years and very active in Emmaus.  My wife Luvy and I had also been involved in prison ministry for years.

          Becoming a pastor as a second career has been the best decision I have ever made.  My only regret is that I waited so long because I love being a pastor and find it the most rewarding work I have ever done.  My prayer and plan is to continue doing ministry as long as my health and the Bishop and cabinet allows. 

          At present, I am the associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in Lockhart Texas.  Prior to this appointment I have served at Industry United Methodist Church , Memorial UMC in North East Austin and First Methodist Church in Hebbronville Texas.

          It is a joy and challenge for me to join all of you here in Lockhart.  I believe in God's providence and know that it’s going to be just fine.  

           Blessings to you all,    
           Pastor Leo


Choir Director

Brittany Garza

Brittany Garza is our choir director at FUMC Lockhart and we are so proud to have her and her talents to lead us in our musical worship. She directs the choir at our late service which begins at 10:45 a.m. Sunday mornings.

Brittany was born and raised in the town of Harlingen, TX. She graduated from Harlingen High School South in 2009 where she was involved in the choir for several years. She moved to Brownsville, TX where she continued her education in music the following Fall. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she was employed at the UTB Music Academy giving music lessons to young children and serving as the preschool coordinator. Brittany received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education at the University of Texas at Brownsville in Spring 2009. Prior to working at the First United Methodist Church of Lockhart, Brittany was a section leader, soloist, and children’s choir director at the Treasure Hills Presbyterian church in her hometown. She is currently living in San Marcos, TX pursuing a master’s of music degree  in choral conducting at Texas State University. She greatly enjoys working with the FUMC choir and helping utilize their talents to lead them in musical worship.


Pianist

Margaret Riddle

Margaret Riddle is the new pianist for First United Methodist Church of Lockhart, of which she is a member of the congregation.


Organist

Jane Brown

Jane Brown, a native of Lockhart, graduated from Lockhart High School and the University of Texas with a major in Business Education.  During high school she played the organ for FUMC, Lockhart.  Jane was married to the late Gary Brown and has two children, Mike and Dana, and three grandchildren, Ellie, Ryan, and Isabelle.  In 2007, Jane retired from teaching fifth grade and reading at Navarro Elementary, where she taught for twelve years.  Through the years, she has accompanied many local choirs, and she served as the organist for FUMC Lockhart for twenty-five years.  She now enjoys volunteering, being a member of different clubs, being interim organist, and spending time with her grandchildren.


Director of Youth Ministries

LeEster Burch

LeEster Burch grew up in Pflugerville, Texas. During high school, she, along with several classmates, started a singing group called “JC & Company”.  This group, which had a tremendous impact on her maturing faith, still maintains close contact even after all these years.  After high school, she attended college and graduated from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa in 1985. She has taught kindergarten through eighth grade the past 26 years and loves working with youth of all ages. Currently, she teaches language arts to sixth graders at Lockhart Junior High School. She is married to Stan and they have two children. Savannah is a graduate of Texas A&M University.  She works for Rice University. Scarlett, her youngest daughter, plans to pursue a degree in a nursing or medical field upon graduation.  LeEster enjoys the mountains, Texas wildflowers, cooking, riding trains and (most of the time) her four cats.


Office Manager

Sherry Wallsmith

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Sherry Wallsmith grew up in Orangefield, Texas and graduated from high school there. She met her husband Richard, in Houston, where she worked for the University of Houston, main campus. She was a secretary for five years in the College of Education for an assistant dean and then part-time in the Physics Department. Richard and Sherry moved back to Richard's hometown, Luling in 1991. Sherry worked as Church Secretary at the Central Baptist Church in Luling for six years before coming to First United Methodist Church in Lockhart in July of 2009. Richard and Sherry have four children and one grandson.