Our Ministry Team

Meet our Ministry Team

Rev. Samantha Parson – Pastor

Samantha graduated in 1992 from Texas A&M with a degree in English & History and worked in both public and private education until committing to her call to ministry in 2004. She attended Asbury Theological Seminary and graduated in 2011. Samantha has been blessed to pastor the oldest church in the North Texas Conference, Virginia Point UMC (1837), and the oldest Methodist church in Collin County, Cottage Hill UMC (1846). She has also served as pastor at Chambersville UMC, associate at Prosper UMC, and most recently as the Associate Pastor of Discipleship at First Methodist Sherman. She considers her work in ministry to be a privilege to carry out, and loves helping others develop and strengthen their spiritual walk of faith through all the means of grace that are available to us.
 Samantha has been married to husband, Craig since 1990. She credits him for encouraging her throughout her ministry endeavors. Craig has served alongside her in ministry through music and adult education in each of her ministry appointments. He is a science educator who has over twenty five years of experience as a teacher and administrator in secondary public schools. They are the proud parents of daughter, Jacqueline, who has survived growing up first as a “church baby” then as a “preacher’s kid” throughout Samantha’s years in ministry. Jacqueline graduates in May from William Jewell College in Missouri, and will be looking forward to her next steps after graduating back in Texas.

Karlene Boucher – Choir Director

Karlene has been a member of our staff since September 2015.  She brings her passion for church music by directing our choir and accompanying the congregational singing on the organ and piano.  Karlene also directs our Christmas Cantata and arranges for special music throughout the year.  Karlene is the mother of two grown children and grandmother to four grandchildren.  When she is not preparing for music at FUMC, she enjoys participating in several civic music organizations in Wichita Falls (where she lives) and teaching young people to fall in love with the piano.


Judy Craft – Office Manager

Judy has been running the church office for nearly four decades.  She came to work for us temporarily and has not left – thanks be to God.  She keeps order to our calendar, our finances, and is an integral part of our Sunday morning AV team.  Judy grew up in Jacksboro and this church.  She is the mother of two grown children and grandmother to one grandchild.  Judy enjoys gospel music concerts, reading, and ranching.


Crystal Rose Venable – Nursery Director

Our newest staff member, Crystal, is known by her friends and family as “the baby whisperer”.  Indeed, she has a way of calming and bringing a smile or giggle to even the grumpiest little one.  When she’s not cuddling on our precious little ones at church, Crystal works at the local Dollar General Store.  When you drop off your child at our nursery, you can be assured that he or she will be in very caring, capable hands!

Find Us

First United Methodist Church
406 North Main Street
Jacksboro, TX 76458

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Sunday School: 9:45
Worship Service: 10:50

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