Staff & Leadership

  • Rev. Marsha Engle Middleton, D.Min.

    senior pastor

    Rev. Marsha Middleton, D.Min. serves First United Methodist Church Grand Prairie as Senior Pastor. Previously the Board of Ordained Ministry Officer for the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, Pastor Marsha served as a preaching pastor/pastor-in-charge of congregations throughout North Texas for 29 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion from Austin College, a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Evangelism also from Perkins. Pastor Marsha is passionate about church renewal and has a heart for sharing Wesleyan faith with others. She is married to Blake, a software engineer. They have two young adult children, Hannah and Ben.

  • Jayme Jones

    Director of Children's Ministries & Office Administrator

  • Julie Harding

    minister of outreach

  • rita cleghorn

    Business Admin.

  • rick cleghorn

    Facilites manager

  • eric shirey


  • Joaquin martinez

    lay minister of ccm

  • tony celaya

    worship leader of ccm and assistant youth director


  • terry greer

    youth director

church council 2024

Staff-Perish Relations


Jeannine Manley


Linda Toomer

Frank Shull



Ron Liles

Council Chair

Dale Jones


Tommy Garrett



Gail Wills


Ron Wilhelm

Chuck Edwards

Steve Young

UMM President

Dave Crittenden