Rev. Allyson Paxton
Pastor Paxton grew up in the Dallas area. She received Bachelor’s
and Master’s degrees in Education from Texas Christian University and worked in
both education and business before answering the call to full time pastoral
ministry. She and her husband, Joe,
have lived in Fort Worth, San Francisco, Kansas City, and Charleston,
S.Carolina. They have a wide range of life experiences and a deep love for the
United Methodist Church. They have two grown children, Jennifer and Jason, and
two beautiful grandchildren.
Pastor Paxton received her Master of Divinity Degree from Perkins Seminary at S.M.U. She is an Elder in the United Methodist Church and has served as an associate or senior pastor at churches in Colleyville, Fort Worth, Arlington, Red Oak, and Midlothian. Pastor Paxton has served the broader United Methodist Church in many areas. Her greatest involvement has been with District and Conference Boards of Ordained Ministry. She has been a clergy mentor to many people in the process of candidacy for ordination. Pastor Paxton was instrumental in the development of the Walk To Emmaus program in our Central Texas Conference and has served in leadership on more than forty Emmaus and Chrysalis weekends.
She has a passion to help the churches she serves become the best that they can be in every way. That includes in making disciples, in wise stewardship of all assets, in development of healthy emotional and spiritual dynamics, in careful discernment of the work and will of God in scripture and teaching, and in the calling and training of new leaders for each new generation.
When asked about her perspective on ministry, she will tell you, “I am passionate about helping people understand God’s extraordinary love and constant presence in their lives. I thank God every day for the calling that has been placed on my heart and the passion and skills to answer that call as a pastor in the United Methodist Church.” Contact Allyson here
Rev. Eddie Kahler
Eddie grew up in
Canyon, TX, and attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, where
he earned a BA degree in Christian Ministry. While at UMHB, he became a
church intern of FUMC Temple and began his journey towards ordination through
the Central Texas Conference. Following graduation from UMHB, Eddie attended
and graduated from seminary at Duke University Divinity School in Durham,
During his time in Durham, Eddie served an urban United Methodist church in downtown Durham, as well as a rural UM church in a nearby farming community. He also spent a year serving in college ministry at the historically black university of North Carolina Central. These experiences opened his eyes to ministry beyond the walls of the church in addressing issues such as income inequality, poverty, and racism.
He is passionate about asking the question, “What if we took this seriously?” This question is reflective of Eddie’s greatest desire for the church – that they would actually be who they say they are – God’s people in community with others.
In his spare time Eddie enjoys cooking with his wife Laura, playing with their dog Ruby, and geeking out about all things Methodist. Contact Eddie Here.