Pete and his wife Daria met at Dan D. Rogers Elementary School in Dallas but did not start dating until they were students at Texas Tech University. Daria works in the Methodist Day School. They enjoy long walks through Terrell's historic neighborhoods, seeing the wildflowers and roses in East Texas, eating peach ice cream at the Ham Orchards, and just spending time together. They have two adult sons, Reagan and Austin who both live in Irving.
If Pete hasn't met you yet, he plans on it! Stop by and say hello!
Gerry Chambers, Church Secretary
After a 31-year career teaching high school Family and Consumer Sciences, Gerry explored several "new" career opportunities. Eventually, she settled in as a church secretary at FUMC Forney. After almost 5 years, God called Gerry to serve at her home church. Her service for this church began in mid-November, 2016; she continues to learn church business and to contribute to the welfare of FUMC Terrell each day.
Gerry and her husband, Terry, have 3 grown children, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. In her "spare time", she enjoys working in her craft room: Bible Journaling, card making, scrapbooking, and learning to draw.
Pastor Pete McNabb has been Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Terrell since being appointed by North Texas Conference Bishop Mike McKee effective July 1, 2017.
Pete's heart's desire is to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit to build the Kingdom of God with you in Terrell, America, and beyond. He believes that means living out our faith beyond the walls of the church, loving God and neighbor and building a better world.
An Eagle Scout and former Scoutmaster, Pete's life has been greatly shaped by Scouting and the Church. At age 49, he felt God calling him to leave a long career in journalism and enter the ministry. An avid runner and cyclist, Pete brings energy and enthusiasm to everything he does.
Geriatric Services from UT Southwestern Medical Center, but I entered graduate school at UT Dallas and earned a Master of Arts in Political Economy, studying all I could about our aging population. I did my graduate internship the AARP Regional Office in Dallas. It was also during this same time I began hearing the call to ministry in the United Methodist Church. So, back to school I went. This time I would attend SMU. I was consecrated a Diaconal Minister in 1996 while serving as an Associate Pastor at Lovers Lane UMC. In 1999, I was ordaineda Deacon in Full Connection. I’ve also served First UMC Mesquite, Walnut Hill UMC and Christ UMC in Farmers Branch. Over the past 22 year I have served as the President of the Christian Educators Fellowship, Chair of the Conference Older Adult Task Force, Chair of the Conference Equipping Disciples Team and as a Planner for the South Central Jurisdictional Singles Task Force.
I love teaching the Bible. I enjoy attending the annual, week-long Academy of Spiritual Formation. I still love to travel, especially going RVing in the mountains of Colorado when it gets so hot here. I have a good time playing cards with friends and trying out new recipes, watching Turner Classic Movies, and I love my cats—Baby Girl, Little Buddy (aka Puppykitty), Charlie and Gus.
Rev. Pat Grable, Minister of Discipleship
Although I was born in Temple, Texas, I didn’t grow up in Texas. I was a US Army Brat and I spent the first eight years of my life living in the Loire Valley of France. In fact, our last house was directly across the street from the castle of Langeais (built between 1465 and 1469). I graduated from Killeen High School because daddy’s last post was at Fort Hood, Texas. I’ve been living in the DFW area since attending UT Arlington as an undergraduate who thought she would be on a team to find a cure for cancer. After 8 hours of chemistry, I changed my major to Business Administration.
I was working for Texas Power & Light Company after college when I met and married the best softball player on my church coed team. He had his graduate degree and encouraged me to get mine. I thought I was going to become a Nursing Home Administrator after completing a Certificate of Gerontology and
Elizabeth Smith, Coordinator of Youth Workers
Elizabeth grew up in Princeton, West Virginia and moved to Texas to attend college. She earned her Bachelor's degree in "Learning and Technology" at Texas A&M-Commerce and has also recently completed her Texas Teacher Certification for Elementary and Special Education. Elizabeth married Chris Smith, also from Princeton; they now have two beautiful children. Along with working as the Coordinator of Youth Workers, Elizabeth has also worked as a teacher's aide for the Methodist Day School and has served as the Youth Director at FUMC Terrell. She loves working with children and youth and is excited to see what journey the Lord takes her in the future.
Kim Pfaff, Director of Parents' Day Out (PDO)
Kim grew up in and graduated from high school in Dallas. She and her husband, Ron, moved their small, but growing family to Terrell in the fall of 1995. Now, they have 3 daughters and 2 grandchildren.
Her 13-year career as Director of the Parents' Day Out program at FUMC Terrell began when she was hired as a teacher in February of 2000. She loves working with the little ones and watching their little personalities grow.
When not taking care of children, Kim enjoys baking, campling and spending time with her family.
Minister of Music
Erin Herndon, Accompanist
Erin has been the pianist and organist at FUMC Terrell since December of 2013. Before that, she was Director of Music Ministries at Good Shepherd Episcopal in Terrell and at FUMC Heath. She has also been in the music ministry at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas and at Williamsburg Baptist in Williamsburg, Virginia. Besides keyboards, her other musical abilities include a soprano voice, perfect pitch, and the ability to both sight-read and play by ear. She holds her BA in Music (Voice and Harpsichord) from the College of William and Mary, where she met photographer Jim Herndon, whom she married in 1994. A Dallas native, Erin has acted, sung, composed, conducted, and played keyboards for more than 25 theatres in the Dallas area. Erin likes cross-stitch, chess, apologetics, and rock history. Her favorite Bible verse is Galatians 5:22-23.
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