Rev. Dr. Marsha Engle MiddletonSenior Pastor
Reverend Dr. Marsha Middleton has served congregrations throughout the North Texas Conference since 1986, most recently at First United Methodist Church of Mesquite. She brings to The Colony a broad range of experience and talent in preaching and church administration. Pastor Marsha has a strong interest in evangelism and church renewal. During her tenure at her previous church in Mesquite, she provided leadership in debt reduction and in establishing Upward Sports ministries in the community. She has experience in church construction, and has provided leadership for the conception, construction and funding of three successful building campaigns.
Dr. Middleton holds a Doctorate in Evangelism from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.
She and her husband, Blake, have been married for 10 years, and have a daughter, Hannah and son, Benjamin.
Rev. Rebecca GroganAssociate Pastor,
Education Minister & UMYF Director
Rebecca graduated from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in 2006. She received the Jane Marshall Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership in Christian Worship for Demonstrated Excellence in the Study and Practice of Christian Liturgy and Worship. She was on the editorial staff for the Student Journal for four years and instituted the use of theological students’ visual artwork in the Journal. Rebecca became a member of the Order of St. Luke, a monastic organization, while in school. It is an organization interested in promoting dynamic liturgical works and study. As a member of CIVA, Christians in the Visual Arts, she works and promotes visual arts within the community of the church and worship.
Rebecca has 15 years of experience as a member of a church staff, the majority of those years spent in youth ministry. Rebecca was commissioned as an elder at the 2007 Annual Conference and continues her ministry with the wonderful members of this church as their Associate Pastor.
Rebecca and her husband Gary have two sons, Kevin and Grant and four boisterous dogs. They both love snowboarding and wish there were snowy mountains in Texas!
Sonja Poorman RoebuckMinister of Music
A graduate of Ball State University and the University of Miami, Sonja has been the Minister of Music at FUMC, The Colony since 1998. Before that she served in Methodist, Baptist and Presbyterian churches in South Florida and Texas. With a background as a music clinician, community chorus director, private music instructor and music director at elementary through college levels, she brings the experience of working with all age groups to her church work.
Sonja has also been employed in the editing and production areas of the music publishing industry. As an active ASCAP composer (using her maiden name of Sonja Poorman), she has over 100 sacred and educational choral works published by Alfred Publishing Company, BriLee Music Publishing Company, Carl Fischer, Shawnee Press, Warner Bros. Publications and Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation.
Sonja and her husband Randy have one son Brandon. They enjoy traveling, biking, hiking, attending concerts and cheering Brandon on at his many sports activities.
Martha HolcombAdministrative Assistant
Martha joined the staff of First Church in 2003. Martha and her husband, Michael, moved to The Colony in 1989 and joined First Church in 1991. They are actively involved in the activities of their two sons, Clark and Austin.
Sue GuillotFinancial Administrator
Pianist Sung-Yun Kim, a DMA candidate at UNT for piano performance, has won many piano competitions in South Korea and the third prize winner in the International Piano Workshop Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. He has performed with the Keimyung University Orchestra, the Daegu New Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Bulgaria Varna Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a Collaborative pianist, he has appeared in recital with performed with Julianne Baird, voice professor at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey and Ewa Iz.ykowska-K?osiewicz, voice professor of The Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music of Poland and has performed with the Keimyung Opera, the Daegu Male Choir that received second prize in International Choir Olympics Official Competition and first prize in competition held by president of S. Korea, the Keimyung University Choir and the UNT A Cappella Choir, the Recital Choir, the Grand chorus, the UNT Symphony Orchestra, the UNT Concert Orchestra, TWU Opera, and the North Texas Chamber Choir for GIA publications.
Sung-Yun Kim is a staff pianist at Texas Woman’s University since 2011. He was an Adjunct faculty and a collaborative pianist-in-residence at Southeastern Oklahoma State University (2008-2010). He has also served as a Teaching Assistant at the University of North Texas (2007-2008).
Sung-Yun received his bachelor of music degree in piano performance and his musical training at the Keimyung University with First Prize, in Daegu, South Korea. Under the tutelage of Joseph Banowetz, he earned his master of music degree in piano performance and is anticipating receiving a doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance from the University of North Texas.
He has served as a pianist in First United Methodist church in The Colony, Tx since 2006.