MEET OUR AMAZING STAFF
Pastor Rob Grant came to Alvarado Methodist in July 2022 from the First United Methodist Church of Columbia of the Brookhaven District of the Mississippi Annual Conference. His wife, Erin, is also an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and was Co-Pastor at the church in Columbia. Previously, he served three other appointments, the last of which was pastor of three small churches in north Mississippi for eight years.
Born and raised a Roman Catholic in Savannah GA, Pastor Rob has a BA in English from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville GA. There The Wesley Foundation (United Methodist) campus ministry became a large part of his college experience. As he approached graduation, he knew God had been preparing him for the work of ministry. In February of 2000, Pastor Rob joined the United Methodist Church and served as an intern at the Wesley Foundation. After graduation he attended Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky where he earned his Master of Divinity (MDiv). More importantly, that is where he met Erin. They married in 2004 and served in Mississippi beginning in the summer of 2007. Pastor Rob is an ordained Elder of the United Methodist Church as of June of 2014.
Pastor Rob has a heart for hands-on ministry, reaching beyond the local church and being connected to the community, helping with disaster relief and in local community food pantries. His love for campus ministry encouraged his participation in Methodist Conference boards.
Pastor Rob and his wife have three beautiful children, two daughters and a son, who now call Alvarado home and are enjoying small town life and involvement in school activities.
Youth Ministries Director, Tanner Smith
Tanner is recently married to his wife Hannah. They are both originally from Robinson, Texas.
Tanner received an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and is currently working
towards his Masters of Divinity at Perkins School of Theology at SMU. He has served in youth ministry in other settings for several years.
He is passionate about serving youth and helping them become the people that God created them to be. He is excited to be leading the youth ministry here at Alvarado Methodist.
Remington Hill is a Music Education Major at Southwestern Adventist University. Originally from Colorado, Remington loves everything Texas has to offer, including the heat! Her favorite hobby is singing but she also enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, spending time with friends, anything in the sunshine and taking care of her cattle on the ranch. Remington's desire is to inspire and lead others to Jesus through the ministry of music.
Childrens Ministry Director, Erica Pulaski
Erica Pulaski and her husband Michael have 3 children, Andrew, Oscar and Isaac. They have been members of Alvarado Methodist for almost 11 years now. Erica is one of the three Children's directors here at FUMC Alvarado and the Administrative Assistant at Alvarado High School. Her desire for the children's ministry is to teach our children the love of God, how each of them are so very special in their own way and help them discover the light of Christ in them!
In her spare time, she loves to travel with her family, watch football and fellowship with family and friends!
Childrens Ministry Director, Lisa Thorley
Lisa Thorley has been a member of Alvarado Methodist for 22 years and is happily married to Darrell. They both have 2 sons; Trevor and Lucas and share 3 grandchildren. Lisa has worked for Alvarado ISD for 17 years and is currently at the High School.
Lisa loves being one of the 3 children’s directors. She believes that children need to grow up around the word of God so that they will lean on God and God’s word as adults.
Lee Ann Clay
Lea Ann has worked in the Alvarado Methodist nursery since 2012. She was raised in the Methodist Church in Mansfield, Texas. She moved to Alvarado in 2002. Lea Ann’s twin children have been raised in Alvarado Methodist Church. She has been an administrative assistant for Alvarado ISD’s athletic department for 11 years. She loves all
sports and the rodeo.
She is Alvarado ISD’s biggest sports fan!
Melissa has been the Administrative Assistant since March of 2020. Married for 35 years, she and her husband, Joe have two daughters who have blessed them with 3 grand-daughters. Melissa and her family own and manage Angel Path Christmas Tree Farm in Burleson.
She feels very blessed to be a part of the Alvarado Methodist Family!
Suzanne was blessed to be adopted into a loving Christian family at 2 months of age and raised in that atmosphere. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at the age of 6. Suzanne began her career at 18 and has enjoyed office work all of her life. She especially enjoys working with numbers because they always make sense! In 1991, she wrote the manuals, titled "Freedom Ministry". Through this ministry, Suzanne has led groups and individuals find freedom in Christ. This has been a very rewarding part of her life.
She has two grown children, 8 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. Family is an important part of her life. She treasures the time she spends with them. Suzanne strives to represent the Lord in all that she does.