Jane Vaughan

Senior Pastor

Jane grew up in West Texas.  She got her BA in Psychology from UTPB in Odessa, Texas.  She also has an M. Ed. from Sul Ross in Counseling. She worked for MHMR in Midland/Odessa and was an adjunct at Odessa College and Midland College when she heard the call to work full time for the Lord.  Jane found her place at McCurdy School in Espanola, New Mexico and was there until she heard a call to ministry.  She served Andrews Chapel UMC in Roscoe, GA while she attended Candler School of Theology.  After moving back to the New Mexico Conference, Jane served churches in Albuquerque and Alpine, TX.  She was ordained a full elder in 2008.  She was appointed to the cabinet as the Clovis District Superintendent in 2012 and served there until her move to Altus First.

Jane has one son, David and a soon to be daughter in law, Jill.  She has four granddogs.  Her brother and his family live in Carrollton, Texas and sister, Sarah, lives in Huntsville, Al.

Morgan Mitchell

Youth Director

Morgan Mitchell joined us in June of 2017 as the Youth Director and leads students from 7th-12th grade.

Morgan grew up in Bixby, Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in Youth Ministry in 2017.

She enjoys traveling, drawing, skiing, eating, going to camps, and playing with her two cats. Morgan is committed to creating spaces and times when we can all open our eyes and hearts to the vibrant presence of God. To contact Morgan Mitchell directly, please email morgan@cableone.net

Amy Collingbourne

Children’s Director

Amy joined the staff in 2019 as the Children’s Director and leads students from K-4th grade.  She has lived in Altus since 1984.  Amy and her husband Michael have two children that keep them very busy with school activities. She is passionate about teaching kids about the love of Jesus and the power of prayer.

Nick Young

Music Minister

Nick Young has been with us as the music minister at FUMC since Summer 2017. A native of the Chicago area, he has lived in Altus since 2014. Nick also directs the choirs and the musical at Altus High School. In his spare time, Nick enjoys arranging his own music, cooking, watching movies and baseball, and spending time with loved ones.

Len Gregory

Nursery Director

Len has been taking care of our “babies” for over 19 years here at FUMC! As Director, she oversees our nursery facility.

Len grew up on a farm near Twin Lakes, Minnesota not far from the Iowa border. After attending Augustana College at Siox Falls, South Dakota, she moved on to Colorado where she met her husband. They have two daughters and and two grandaughters.

Len also served as Music Director at the First United Methodist Church in Healdton, Oklahoma for 16 years before settling in Altus.

Darlene Johnson

Finance Secretary

Darlene has served FUMC since 2005. She takes care of all the financial needs of the church.

If you have any questions in Mathematics, Darlene has the answer. She taught Mathematics at the High School for 21 years. She has two children and five grandchildren. Darlene enjoys traveling with her friends and family, Reading, tutoring Math students, playing Mah Jong, playing golf, and doing Bible Studies.

Arcelia Puga

Church Secretary

Arcelia is a California-girl at heart! She and her husband moved to Altus in 1999 and have since raised two wonderful kids who are now young adults.

On staff at FUMC since 2006, Arcelia knows everything that goes on around here and she’s always eager to serve anyone who walks through the door.

Arcelia speaks fluent Spanish. (Arcelia habla español con fluidez.)

Brianna Smith

Church Visitor

Brianna Smith was born and raised in Altus.  She has been married to her husband, Joshua for 8 wonderful years.  They have two beatiful children.

Since 2017 she have been a part of the praise band in the Gathering worship service as a singer.  She has actively been involved in the youth ministry since 2017.

She joined the fumc staff family as the Care Ministry Church Visitor in August 2019.

Mike Lessard

Kitchen Manager

Mike has served FUMC since 2005. Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Mike and his wife Nora moved to Altus in 1995 with the Air Force. He has called Altus his home ever since.

Every Wednesday night, you can enjoy one of Mike’s wonderful meals at our Worship on Wednesday (WOW) Night.

Mike loves hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren. 

 

Yadira Rocha

Church Custodian

Yadira was born and raised in California.  She moved to Altus in 1999 and have since seen her three wonderful kids grow up.

She worked in our MDO program in 2008 and has been on staff at FUMC since 2017 keeping our church looking nice and clean!  Yadira speaks fluent Spanish.

Paul Kennelly

Maintenance/Handy Man

I was born in 1955 and raised in the community of Albert Lea located in south-central Minnesota. Having lived there until the age of 28, where I had always worked in some form of public service, in 1983 My family and I had an opportunity to move to S.W Oklahoma.  Our son, Michael was age 6 and Daughter, Miranda, was age 3. Early into our new adventure we quickly discovered that we all had developed a strong affection for this part of the country and decided to make it our permanent home. Now, 36 years after the move, we are still proud to call ourselves “Okies”. My wife, Lynette (Hill) Kennelly is employed as a mental health provider at GEO, a privately owned prison located in Lawton. Oldest son, Mike is an Assistant Manager at the Altus Hobby Lobby. Daughter, Miranda, is a co-manager at Anglo’s Bar and Grill in Bartellsville, Ok, and our youngest, Callen, works as a Civil Engineer in Denver, Colorado. Myself, after leaving a long career in the motorcycle industry, and now semi-retired and employed as your Maintenace Man, I find this chapter of my life to be an extraordinary blessing from God in which I am thoroughly enjoying my time and duties here as well as getting acquainted with all the wonderful folks I have had an opportunity to meet.