Our Staff
Pastor Jeff Miller

                               Lead pastor


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

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


  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


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


Carol is the Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Belton, Texas, a position she has held for more than 28 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 one great grandchild. 
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!
Jilliane Bounds
Children’s Director
Howdy y’all!  
What a blessing it is to be a part of such an amazing ministry!  Children’s Ministry is very dear to my heart, and I am thrilled to be serving Christ with this fabulous group of children.  As Children’s Director, I have the opportunity to plant the seed of faith in the children of our congregation and the community.  My favorite part of Children’s Ministry is seeing the joy and excitement that the Lord has bestowed to the children.  
My name is Jilliane Bounds and I am proud to be your Children’s Ministry Director.  I am a native Texan. I was raised in Georgetown, attended college in Belton at UMHB, and now reside in Temple.  My husband, Cory, and I met in 2007, married in 2008, and had our precious daughter, Addison, in 2009.  We welcomed our second daughter, Annalise, in February 2018.  
I began employment as part of the nursery staff in February of 2014.  Being involved with this church has given me a desire to take a more active role in the cultivation of children’s faith.  I was blessed with that opportunity in June of 2014, when I directed the preschool portion of VBS.  It was a life altering moment for me.  That is when I knew what God’s intentions for me were.  I am excited to further pursue this calling as your Children’s Ministry Director!  
Favorite Scripture:
Isaiah 41:10  “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you.  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”.
James Richardson
Youth Director
My name is James Richardson and I am born and raised in Central Texas. A graduate of Belton High School, I am currently finishing my degree at Arizona State University and will graduate with a Bachelor’s in History. When I’m not at church, you can find me working the paint desk at Home Depot or relaxing at home with my family and 2 cats.