Staff

Senior Pastor

Clifton Stringer

Email Pastor Clifton   clifton@fumclockhart.org

Rev. Dr. Clifton Stringer joined First UMC Lockhart as Senior Pastor in July 2020, and we are delighted to receive him into our church family.

Both as an academic and as a pastor, Clifton is passionate about topics like the existence of God, the doctrine of the Trinity, the incarnation and work of Christ, the relationship between soul and body, and contemplative prayer.

He is an ordained Elder in the Rio Texas Conference, and has previously served United Methodist churches in Austin and Lakehills, TX. He holds a Ph.D. in Theology from Boston College and a M.Div. from Duke, and before all that earned a BA in English at UT Austin. When he’s not working he enjoys spending time with his wife, reading with the kids and driving them where they need to be, reading poetry, playing guitar, going for walks, and having good conversations with friends.

Learn more about Clifton at http://www.cliftonstringer.com/




Office Manager

Sherry Wallsmith

Email Sherry  office@firstmethodistlockhart.org

Sherry Wallsmith grew up in Orangefield, Texas and graduated from high school there. She met her late 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. 




Coordination Specialist for Multimedia Communications

Megan Creel

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Megan Creel started attending service at First UMC Lockhart in October 2016, having first encountered the congregation through its Children's Ministries. She was so won over by how gracious and lovingly the Education Team ministered to her children, she started attending Sunday services, and was welcomed into the Choir.

After many personal and small group encounters that healed old church hurts from her youth, Megan took a leap of faith and participated in a leadership and worship experience called The Walk to Emmaus. She had a beautiful, transformative experience there where she simultaneously became more of herself and more attuned to God through Christ.

Upon her return from that weekend retreat, Megan became very interested in applying her administrative and communications skills to help our church function better in all its vectors that work to bring the transformative grace of Jesus Christ to the community, and to make more disciples of Christ who will do the same. This has been her calling ever since.

Currently, Megan is a contracted staff member working in the Evangelism & Communications areas, with a focus on all things multimedia, and she is blessed to still sing with the choir. 

Megan has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from UT Austin, and 20 years of experience and corporate training in administrative structure, communication, and education. Previous to her work with the Methodist church, she regularly volunteered and lead teams in adult literacy programs, criminal reform, and child and youth tutoring and education. She has also homeschooled her two children for 15 years, been an entrepreneur in the visual arts, and is a published fiction author.

She lives in rural Lockhart with her husband of 20 years, their two teenaged children, and several assorted pets and plants.




Choir Director

Gregory Hilliard, Jr.

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Gregory A. Hilliard, Jr. serves as the Choir Director at First United Methodist Church of Lockhart, Texas.  He has over 10 years of experience serving on the music staff of churches throughout North and Central Florida, where he served as Music Assistant for the large music ministry of choral, handbell, and steel pan ensembles at Trinity United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, Florida. 

He is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Texas State University, and holds Graduate Assistant duties within the Texas State University Choral Department. Gregory also holds teacher certification in K-12 Music in Florida, and has previously taught several music curricula (including chorus, keyboard, guitar, orchestra, handbells/choirchimes, Orff, musical theatre and drama, music theory, and general music/music appreciation) at the elementary through high school levels. 

Additionally, Gregory also serves as the music director of Austin Harmony Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International.  From 2011 to 2018, he was the music director of The Capital Chordsmen, the award-winning chorus of the Tallahassee chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. He currently sings in The Marcsmen, an international competition-level chorus based in San Antonio, and serves on the performance team as tenor section leader. 

Gregory earned the Bachelor of Music Education in Choral Music Education and the Specialized Study Certificate in Sacred Music from The Florida State University. A member of ACDA, NCCO, NAfME, AGO, FUMMWA, Handbell Musicians of America, and an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, he maintains an active schedule as a baritone solo/choral vocalist, guest conductor/clinician, adjudicator, barbershop quartet/chorus coach, vocal jazz ensemble/contemporary a cappella group coach, and handbell musician.




Pianist

Margaret Riddle

Margaret Riddle is the 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.




 
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This Week's Events
JUN

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MON
Glad Baggers Mission Team
9:00 AM
Join this energetic hour of service at the food bank, bagging groceries for the clients of Caldwell County Christian Ministries (CCCM).

We meet at 8:30am to unload the truck, and begin bagging at 9am. Now indoors in the front of the Senior Activity Center on the corner of Bois D'arc and Medina Street.

Enter under the green awning. Masks and gloves required. All are welcome to help.

(updated 9/3/2020 MC)
Pickleball
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Beginning in January a Pickleball court was added in our Family Life Center.

Pickleball is a cross between badminton, tennis and ping-pong. It is played on a Badminton-sized court 20 feet X 44 Feet with wooden or composite paddles, a wiffle ball and a net that is lowered to 34 inches. Players volley the ball back and forth to try to score on the opposition. It was designed to be easy to learn for people of all ages and athletic abilities.

All are welcome to come check out and join in the fun on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
JUN

22

TUE
JUN

23

WED
NO UMYF meeting
So many travels! UMYF will resume meeting later in the summer, close to the start of the school year.

Email our Youth Minister, Javi Villarreal at javi@fumclockhart.org
Pickleball
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Beginning in January a Pickleball court was added in our Family Life Center.

Pickleball is a cross between badminton, tennis and ping-pong. It is played on a Badminton-sized court 20 feet X 44 Feet with wooden or composite paddles, a wiffle ball and a net that is lowered to 34 inches. Players volley the ball back and forth to try to score on the opposition. It was designed to be easy to learn for people of all ages and athletic abilities.

All are welcome to come check out and join in the fun on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
Choir Rehearsal
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Choir rehearsals are resuming with masks and extreme physical distancing inside the Family Life Center.
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