Our Staff

As United Methodists we are committed absolutely to the ministry of all believers as fundamental to the Body of Christ being alive in the world.  We also give thanks that there are those called to guide and administer our gifts, time, talents, our resources in our daily efforts to be faithful to our mission.

  • Pastor - Rev. Brian Wharton

    Let me introduce myself, I'm Brian, the pastor of the beloved community, Hawkins First United Methodist Church.  Though I am a native East Texan I have spent a great deal of time elsewhere. The seven years prior to my arrival in Hawkins was spent as an Associate Pastor in Spring, Tx.  I am the son of an Army officer which explains my absences form this area and how I graduated high school in San Antonio.  I am a graduate of Sam Houston State University [B.S. 1983], U.T. Tyler [MPA 1995] and Asbury Theological Seminary [MDiv. 2010].  In between all of those degrees I've had three careers. First serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, then retiring from Palestine Police Department in 2006 to enter full time ministry.  I say that I am a life long Wesleyan, even though for a good portion of my life I would not have been able to define that.  The person I am has always had a spiritual commitment to love and grace, both linchpins of Wesleyan theology.  To these I have added a passion for mercy and justice.  As Wesleyans [United Methodists] our lives together begin in the love and grace we have been gifted through Christ.  That very same kind of love and grace should flow out of us in very practical ways.  Most notably in a church that is open to all and engages in its community through works of mercy and justice for all of our neighbors.

  • Ministry Asst. & Financial Secretary - June Edwards

    I am a long time resident of Hawkins and have been a member of Hawkins FUMC for seven years.  I have worked in accounting most of my work life so that role in the church seemed to suit me well.  I have been the Financial Secretary and Ministry Assistant for three years.  I love my job, my pastor and my church family.  This is a very welcoming and loving church.  I find that there is no better place to be than First United Methodist of Hawkins.

  • Accompanist - Tricia Ray

    I am a native of Ft. Worth.  My husband Mike, a native of Mineola, and I met as students at the University of North Texas and were married in 1970.  I taught English and Spanish in Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD until retirement in 2001, when we relocated to Holly Lake Ranch.  I worked briefly in the area before devoting myself once again to music, gardening and reading.  Being able to serve the Lord through music is a wonderful blessing for me.  I am grateful to the church for opening this opportunity to me.  All that I bring to worship through music is a gift of God, nurtured by my parents who supported me through all those years of piano lessons and practice!  The best praise I get is that the Lord has spoken somehow to a person through my playing.