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Leadership

Pastor & Staff

Reverend Samantha Parson

Pastor

Rev. Samantha Parson, or Pastor Sam, as she is  known to her congregation, began her appointment to FUMC Jacksboro in July of 2019.  She is the successor of Pastor Cassandra Wade, and is the XXth pastor of our church.

Pastor Sam 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. Pastor Sam 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.

Pastor Sam 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, and currently teaches Biology at Jacksboro High School.

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 is a 2019 graduate of William Jewell College in Missouri, and is working toward her Masters Degree in Vocal Performance at Texas Tech University.

Karlene Boucher

Music Director and Choir Master

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. 

Nikki Casteel

UCYF - Youth Director

Nikki Casteel has been around the church in some form or fashion as early as she can remember. Nikki was a member of the Memorial Christian Church in Graham, Texas. When her family moved to Lubbock, Texas, she joined the Christian church there. During her youth she was active in youth group and was selected to be a part of CYLS ( Christian youth leadership program). Also during high school Nikki received a call to ministry.

Upon graduation from high school, Nikki first attended TCU. She left TCU to accept a position at the First Christian Church in Brownfield TX. She served in the position of Youth and Children’s Director for almost two years. Nikki finished up her college in Colorado, relieving a BA in Speech Communication from Colorado State University.

After graduating from college, Nikki moved back to Texas. If not at the church or some other youth activity, Nikki can be found either reading a book or trying out a new hobby. She also is an animal lover with 2 dogs and a cat. Nikki’s other great passion besides Youth Ministry is foster care.

Jamie Flaniken

CCF - Children's Director

Bio and photo coming soon...

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

Known by her friends and family as “the baby whisperer," Crystal has a way of bringing a smile or giggle to even the grumpiest babies!  

When she’s not cuddling on our precious little ones at church, Crystal works at the local grocery store.  She also enjoys painting, reading, writing, and singing.

When you drop off your child at our nursery, you can be assured that he or she will be in very loving, caring, and capable hands!