Rev. Abril GoForth, Senior PastorRev. Abril Goforth

Senior Pastor

Abril Goforth is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. She is trained in conflict resolution and is currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry degree in Church Leadership at Wesley Seminary in Washington, DC.

Abril has many interests. Missions in the community is one of them. Her vision for the church is one that is wildly diverse, where people of every age, nation, race, and identity gather in the name of Christ.

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bridgetmaloneyBridget Maloney

Director of Faith Formation

Bridget is an Aggie who earned a MA in Counselor Education at Sam Houston State University and an MDiv at Brite Divinity School. Her calling and joy throughout her ministry has been working with children, youth and their families. She joined the staff of FUMCD in 2016. She is passionate about including those 18 and younger in the life of the church and helping them listen for and follow God’s calling in their lives.

In her free time, Bridget is active in Junior League, enjoys traveling with friends and family and spending time with her dog, Kringle.

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Dr. Caleb Chang

Director of Music Ministries

Caleb received both Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from University of North Texas. He has been conducting choirs and teaching voice lessons for over 10 years in the United States, and he actively performs as a professional baritone soloist. He has also devoted his musical talents to military events and ceremonies while he served in the U.S. military.

Caleb is a choir director and music professor at Hill College. As a Christian musician, his motto is reflected in the words of J. S. Bach, “To be a diligent musician who gives all of himself for God’s glory.”

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Boeun KimBoeun Kim Lee

Associate Director of Music Ministries

Boeun started taking piano and voice lessons at the age of five, and she is crazy talented. She has a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and collaborative piano as well as a master’s degree in vocal and piano performance. We are so blessed to have Boeun’s phenomenal talent each Sunday.

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Erika HemphillErika Hemphill

Director of First Methodist School

Erika is a 40+ year resident of Duncanville and a proud Duncanville High School graduate, where she met her high school sweetheart/husband.  She received her BS in Computer Science Engineering from Southern Methodist University and teaching certification from East Texas State University.  She worked as a programmer in the telecommunications industry before beginning her teaching career. 

Erika taught math at Reed Middle School in Duncanville before her two children were born.  She came to First Methodist School in 2002 when her children enrolled in school as toddlers.  Her daughter and son both graduated from FMS's kindergarten program.  In her spare time, Erika likes to garden and participate in Bible Study Fellowship International.

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Melissa BoyleMelissa Boyle

Finance Manager

Melissa Boyle serves in the position of Director of Finance for First United Methodist Church Duncanville. She is excited for the opportunity to serve the church and the opportunities that working with FUMC Duncanville will bring to her family!

Melissa has an undergraduate degree from Tarleton State University and a graduate degree from the University of North Texas. She also has over ten years of accounting experience and has been a Certified Public Accountant since August 2013. In previous roles, she's been the Director of Finance for both the City of Hillsboro and the City of Corsicana.

Melissa and her husband live in Hillsboro and have three boys; ages two, five, and seven. They keep their parents very busy! In her rare spare moments, Melissa loves to read books of any genre.

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Suszette White

Administrative Assistant

Suszette White recently retired as an Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Human Resources at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Serving in that role for twenty plus years, she provided key Administrative support for the Office of the Vice President. She often served as the liaison for the VP of HR, triaging critical and emotional matters with care and sensitivity.

Suszette is an active member and elder at the First Christian Church in Duncanville. She is also an active member and supporter of the ROISD Hawkette/ Highstepper Booster Club and is an avid scrapbooking enthusiast.

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Byron RodenburgByron Rodenburg

Director of Church Plant Maintenance

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