Denise Adams, Nursery Director

A long-time member of First UMC Palestine, Denise has been very active in the children’s Sunday School program, running the computer lab lessons for Power Xpress.  Denise took over as Nursery Director in January 2009.

Jodi Bainum, Preschool Director

Jodi Bainum is our new preschool director. She received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education at Stephen F. Austin and her Master of Education through the University of Texas at Tyler.  She was a public school teacher for nine years.  She has worked for Palestine ISD and Elkhart ISD as a kindergarten and preschool teacher. Jodi has been married to her husband, Shane Bainum, for six years. They have two boys, Kaï and Reïd.Click here to contact Jodi.

Caleb Estrada, Director of Chancel Choir and Glory Bells 

Caleb became Director of Music Ministries in April 2008. He directs the Chancel Choir and Bell Choir and coordinates the other music ministries for Sunday worship services. Caleb has a strong background in music with a music education degree from Stephen F. Austin University. He is also a music teacher for the Jacksonville Independent School District. Click here to contact Caleb.

Elisa Giron, Housekeeper

Elisa has been working for First UMC Palestine for the past two years. She is a dedicated wife and mother of three.

Jennifer Kimble, Administrative Assistant

In addition to welcoming visitors to the Church Office, she creates communications for print, social media, and email to our members and the public. She also schedules events and provides technology support for services and other church events. Click here to contact Jennifer.

Larry Lamely, Facilities Manager

Larry is responsible for all the church site facilities. He also handles the physical arrangements for all functions scheduled with the church office. Larry has been a volunteer at First UMC Palestine for many years and joined the staff full time in 2005. When not attending to church matters, he volunteers his time with the Boy Scouts and other service groups in Palestine.


Adrian Lucio

Adrian is our new Youth Director. After years of a successful stand-up comedy career, he decided to move on to his next calling, youth ministry. Adrian loves using his background in stand up to reach out to youth in the city of Palestine. Adrian loves God, his family, and coffee (in that order). Click here to contact Adrian.


Vickie Shaffer, Financial Administrator

Vickie joined FUMC Palestine in 2008 after working for Lakeview Methodist Conference Center. Vickie enjoys gardening and antique shopping. Click here to contact Vickie.



Tracy Spray, Children's Director

Tracy joined FUMC Palestine in 2017 as Children's Director. She also teaches life skills at Westwood High School in Palestine. Tracy is interested in expandijng the Children's Program and offering more family activities.

Monroe Walker, Organ and Piano Accompanist

Monroe joined First UMC Palestine as Church Organist in August, 2002. He came to us with 17 years experience in church music. He also serves as Fiscal Director responsible for all business matters at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center.


Service Times

Contemporary Worship-Sunday 9AM
Sunday School-Sunday 10AM
Traditional Worship-Sunday 11AM

Find Us

422 S. Magnolia
Palestine, TX  75801
Phone:  903-729-6205
Preschool:  903-729-2710
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