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 police service in 1996 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 it.  The person I am has always had an 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 in Christ that then should flow out of us in very practical ways, most notably in a church open to all and 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.

  • Youth Director - Samantha Wilkerson

    Hi! I am Samantha and I am the Youth Director here at Hawkins First United Methodist Church. Currently, I am a student at UT Tyler and pursuing a B.S. in Speech Communication. I have lived in East TX for six years now and have come to love this area. I grew up in Pearland, TX and then moved in 2007 to Round Rock, TX. In 2011, I graduated from Round Rock High School. GO Dragons! When I was 12 years old I gave my life over to my savior Jesus Christ! That was the BEST decision I could have made for my life! Since then, I have a calling to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and spread his gospel to all people! I have aspirations in the near future to attend seminary and become an Ordained Pastor in the United Methodist Church. I have a passionate and servant heart for people to know the wonders of God's unconditional love for us. For now, God has placed me in Hawkins,TX to show his love and grace to the youth in this community and I am truly grateful to serve this community. I am excited to be the hands and feet of Christ to Hawkins, TX! 

  • 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.