Our Staff
Pastor Jeff Miller

                               Lead pastor

PastorJeff@fumcmail.org

Originally from Detroit, MI, he grew up in Michigan and Southern California, but has spent most of his life in Texas. He remains a Detroit Tigers fan.
 
He is married to Jannette Miller. They enjoy being partners in ministry as both are ordained elders in the UMC. Jannette currently serves as an attorney for Methodist Justice Ministry in Fort Worth. Jeff has two daughters: Amy lives in Austin, and Allison lives in Tulsa, OK. Jeff has five siblings living in various parts of the US. Jeff appreciates the values and morals in Dr. Seuss stories and has been known to use them in sermons. His favorite book of the Bible is Paul’s letter to the Philippians, because it speaks of the joy from a life in Christ.  A key verse for his life is John 15:16: “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you.”
 
Raised Roman Catholic, Jeff formally committed his life to Christ in January 1980 in the Church of the Nazarene. Shortly afterward he experienced a call to ministry. He has served as youth minister, director of Christian education, Chaplain of Texas Wesleyan University, and has pastored Perrin UMC, Bethel UMC in Weatherford, First UMC in Coleman, First UMC in Breckenridge, and First UMC in Killeen. He also served as a Chaplain Candidate in the US Naval Reserves. He has led First UMC Killeen through the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) process and serves as the HCI coach for St. John’s UMC in Georgetown. Jeff participated in the Advanced Church Leadership Institute through Asbury Theological Seminary.
Jeff has a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Point Loma Nazarene College, a Master of Religious Education from Nazarene Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at SMU, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M). He is listed in Who’s Who in Religion, Third Edition.  
You can contact each of our staff by using the email link provided in their bio.
Jon Carman
                                              Associate and College Ministry Pastor
                                                        Associate@fumcmail.org
 

My name is Jon Carman. I am married to Amy Smith and we are celebrating our tenth anniversary this summer. We don’t have any kids but do have a dog named Romulus who is a constant joy. While originally from Southern California, we have been Texas for five years now pursuing higher education in biblical studies. I am currently a PhD Candidate a Baylor getting my doctorate in New Testament. My dissertation focuses on the role of humor in the Gospel of Mark. My interests include camping and hiking, reading, trail-running, and music. Some fun facts– one of my favorite albums is Graceland by Paul Simon, one of my favorite books is The Idiot by Dostoevsky, and one of the most fun things I have done was perform at South by Southwest.

Kelli Quinn

Administrative Assistant

AdminAssistant@fumcmail.org

  Kelli and her husband, Rodney, have been  married since 1987, have three children, two  grandchildren, and assorted cats.  
 
Favorite Scripture: 
1 John 4:19  ~ “We love because God first loved us.”  
 

Elizabeth Smith

Business Administrator

Churchmail@fumcmail.org

Elizabeth grew up an Army brat which means she attended 10 different schools from 1st to 12th grade.  She credits this upbringing to her ability to easily adapt to situations. She has 3 grown children and 4 beautiful grandchildren, and a poodle named Henri. She has been married to Randy for 25 years.  Her favorite place to be is in her backyard in God’s glory that she calls her garden.
 
Elizabeth is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Belton.  She has an Associate degree in Business.  
Elizabeth has been working at Belton FUMC for since 1996 as our business administrator.   
 
Favorite scripture:
Psalm 46:10 “Be Still and Know”  
 
The church phone number is (254)939-5703.

Carol Scherer

Director of Music Ministries

MusicDirector@fumcmail.org

Carol is the Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Belton, Texas, a position she has held for about 30 years. Prior to that she was assistant director of music and played the organ and piano at worship services.  She has an Associate Degree in Sacred Music from Perkins Theology School at Southern Methodist University.
 
Carol raised four grown daughters, has two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. 
 
Favorite scripture:
Psalms 46:10  “Be still and know that I am God”
Each of our staff would love to connect with you about what they do!

Hi! I am Mandy, I live in Killeen with my husband Gerry and two boys Morgan (11) and Myles (9). We also share our home with two large dogs, two cats, a dwarf hamster and fish. I am originally from Indiana and have now been in Texas for about 17 years. It’s hot here! I enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping,trail running, photography, gardening ,science and reading. We have a goal of seeing every National Park in the US. I love teaching kids that God loves and accepts them, and enjoy watching them share that love with others as they grow.

Mandy Manalang
Children’s Ministry
 
Hi! I am Mandy, I live in Killeen with my husband Gerry and two boys Morgan (11) and Myles (9). We also share our home with two large dogs, two cats, a dwarf hamster and fish. I am originally from Indiana and have now been in Texas for about 17 years. It’s hot here! I enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping, trail running, photography, gardening, science and reading. We have a goal of seeing every National Park in the US. I love teaching kids that God loves and accepts them, and enjoy watching them share that love with others as they grow.
 
James Richardson
Youth Director
 
 

Many changes happened in society in the last year and in my own personal life. I went from working at Home Depot to getting a job as a teacher in Gatesville. I got engaged to an amazing woman and we are planning for an wonderful winter wedding in December. Because of these changes, I unfortunately cannot give the youth group the amount of focus it needs during the post-pandemic rebuilding process. For these reasons, I will be stepping down from my position of Youth Director and the duties given to me as such effective the 6th of June. It has been an honor to serve as your youth director and I know that the church will continue to help the youth grow in their walks with Christ through their prayers, gifts, time, and most importantly, service.

 

Your brother in Christ,

James Richardson