Meet our leadership
Say hello to the leadership team at Royse City First United Methodist Church.
Christopher Everson - Lead Pastor
Hi everyone! Rev. Christopher Everson here. Welcome! I love serving as the pastor at Royse City First United Methodist Church. I've served in various ministry settings since I moved to Texas in 2000, and have served in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church since 2001.
Before I answered my call to ministry, I taught music in the public schools in Wichita, Kansas for 4 years. I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music Education from Friends University in Wichita, KS in 1995. I earned a Masters of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in 2005.
During my free time, I love to watch baseball, play guitar, play golf and spend time in the backyard smoking meat in my Kamado Joe Classic.
I am married to Tracy, the love of my life. We have three adult children (Deborah, Timothy, and Jacob) and one grandson (Samuel).
Michelle Rives - Administrator
Hello, I'm Michelle Rives. I grew up in Rowlett, Tx with my parents and 5 siblings. I attended Texas A&M-Commerce for Elementary Education. I began working at the age of 16 at my childhood church, Zion Lutheran Church and School, starting in child care and soon became the church receptionist for several years. Then I started at a Lutheran church in Rowlett as the Assistant Director of Child Care.
I then had two amazing sons, Tyler now 17, and Hunter now 15, and became a stay-at-home mother. After facing a life-changing tragedy, God opened my eyes and led me to officially begin helping others through biblical counseling. I attended Light University to earn my Master Certified Biblical Counseling Certificate. I am honored to serve as part of the Higher Hopes Counseling Team!
Lindsey Masterson - Youth Director
Hello Youth and Parents! My name is Lindsey Masterson. I grew up in Sanger, Texas and moved to the community in July 2019. I graduated from Texas Tech University in 2008 with a degree in Music Education. Previously, I taught elementary music at the Early Education Center in Krum, Texas for nine years. I absolutely love teaching and working with kids!
I’ve been married to my best friend Andrew since May 2010. We have a son named Miles who definitely keeps us active and on our toes, and we wouldn’t haven it any other way!
In my free time I enjoy reading, traveling the world with my little family, and spending time with my friends.
Wanda Pille - Children's Coordinator
Hey kids and parents! I'm Wanda Pille. I retired in 2016 from Wilson Plywood and Door as Accounting Clerk. In church, I always worked in VBS and taught kids in Sunday School up to 3rd grade. That was always a passion for me- to work with children. After retirement, I wanted to be more involved in my church. God has answered my prayers and placed me in the children's ministry as Children's Coordinator. Now I get to have fun all the time!
Tom and I have been married for over 30 years. We have two children (Dean and Traci), six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. In my free time, I love watching good movies and being with friends.
Jo Mellody - Connections Coordinator
Hey there! I'm JoNell Mellody! I am retired from Royse City ISD where I worked as the Community Relations Director and founding Director of RCISD Education Foundation.
I also served 5 years as Royse City First Methodist’s office administrator and has been involved in church programs since 1983.
I am married to Jim Mellody and we have two daughters Candon and Casey, son-in-law Danny, and grandchildren, Lily, Lane, Ollie, and Cami.
I would love to help you get connected here at Royse City First United Methodist Church. Take a moment and say hello!
Lori Gilkinson - Praise Team Leader
Hello, I'm Lori Gilkinson. I'm originally from northeastern Ohio. My husband Dean's Air Force career brought us to Texas and we decided to make this our home when he retired from the military. We have two married daughters and two awesome granddaughters, and love to spend as much time as possible with them.
I have been involved in the music ministry of several churches and feel blessed to lead our Praise Team in creating a worshipful experience of God's presence through contemporary Christian music.
I'm a senior branch office administrator for a financial services company. In my spare time, I like to read and watch the Texas Rangers. I also enjoy exploring flea markets and shops, always looking for a bargain that can be restored or repurposed.
Alan Raines - Choir Director
Hi there, I'm Alan Raines! I grew up in Gainesville, Texas and have served in churches in Houston, Waco, Georgia, California and most recently at Highland Park UMC in Dallas! I received my undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University in Organ Performance and my masters and doctoral degrees in choral conducting from UCLA. I've also served on the faculties of Georgia State University, Stetson University and Baylor University."
I have four boys that I'm extremely proud of.
I look forward to expanding the music ministry of Royse City First United Methodist Church and can't wait for you to join our choir!
11 am Traditional Worship Leaders
Our 11 am traditional service is blessed to have a rotating group of worship leaders. Liz, Susanne, Erin, and Rachel will help lead liturgy and music during our traditional service. Each has a love for Royse City FUMC and a desire to help lead the congregation in worship to our savior Jesus Christ.
Richard Davis - Our Daily Bread Site Manager
Hello everyone, I'm Richard Davis. I've been a member of Royse City FUMC for many years and have served on many boards and committees. I currently play keyboard with the Praise Band at the modern service and am accompanist at the traditional service. I also teach the Steward Memorial Sunday School class. My other calling is director for Our Daily Bread food pantry.
I was raised here in Royse City and attended The University of Texas at Austin earning a B.S. in Chemistry in 1970, then received as M.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 1972. Most of my working years were spent at UT Southwestern Medical Center in biomedical research before retiring in 2012.
My wife Pam and I have two grown sons (Nathan and Stephen) and one granddaughter (Kayden Grace.) My leisure time is spent gardening and reading.
Tara Garcia - Treasurer
Hello, my name is Tara Garcia. I am so excited to be a part of the FUMC family. I am born and raised in the Fate/Royse City area. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for fifteen years. We have three children: Devyn, Alexis, and Macyn. We enjoy watching our children play Basketball and Soccer. We enjoy spending time together playing board games and going to the movies. A little about me, I collect gnomes, and love anything leopard and sparkly! I love showing God's love to others by serving where and whenever I can.