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Rev Chuck Horton
Rev. Chuck Horton began his ministry at Weatherford FUMC on July 1, 2021.
“I believe that God is as alive as ever, as loving as ever, and as powerful as ever. God yearns for all people to receive the Abundant Life that comes through Jesus Christ. This new life includes the forgiveness of our sins, the restoration of our relationships with God and others, and the gifts from his Holy Spirit that enable us to do ministry in partnership with him.”
-Rev. Chuck Horton
Pastor Chuck is married to Nancy, his wife of 44 years. They were college sweethearts, and their family includes four adult daughters and their husbands, and ten grandchildren. Their greatest joy is serving Christ together. Many times they have been blessed with front-row seats as they have witnessed God do awesome things in people’s lives. Their unceasing prayer is that God will use them at any time of his choosing, at any place of his choosing, to bless anyone of his choosing.
Some of their ministry is “planned” and some is “unplanned” as they try to always be ready to follow God’s leading. They have done ministry in churches, jails, parks, hospitals, stores, on city sidewalks and anywhere else that God opens opportunities for ministry. Whether Pastor Chuck is preaching to groups or ministering to people one at a time, his prayer is from the familiar hymn: “O use me, Lord, use even me, just as thou wilt, and when, and where, until thy blessed face I see, thy rest, thy joy, thy glory share!”
Chuck is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and has served as a pastor for 46 years, including a six-year stint as a district superintendent in Oklahoma.
He says, “As far as hobbies and interests go, there is no one thing I am interested in. I like history, reading, traveling, movies, camping, carpentry, yard-work, art, hanging around with young people, going on mission trips, my family, spending time with my wife, and when I have time I like to cheer for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Nancy and I have visited all 50 states, and hope to travel to the Holy Land someday.”
“If you are looking for a church fellowship to be a part of, we’d love for you to make Weatherford FUMC your church home; and if you have no pastor for you and your family, it would be an honor to me to be able to be your pastor. Grace & Peace to you.”
– Chuck Horton
Kelley has graciously and wonderfully led our youth program since June 2005. Prior to being youth director, Kelley worked at a local CPA firm that she dearly loved for twelve years. She struggled with giving up her love for accounting to go do something she had no clue about. After wrestling with God for a while, she applied for the position. She never knew what joy she would find in leading youth. Kelley enjoys helping guide youth on their faith journeys and loves seeing lives transformed. Her favorite thing is having youth come back after they graduate and help with various youth activities. Aside from her duties as youth director in our local church, Kelley helps dean junior and senior high CLUE at Canyon Camp during the summer and is the Cimarron District Youth Coordinator.
In May 2021, the opportunity came for Kelley to become the Financial Director and she jumped at the chance to be reconnected to her love of accounting. Kelley feels very blessed to being two things she dearly loves. She is married to Royce and they have three beautiful daughters: Melissa, Michelle, and Miranda.
Director of Christian Involvement
Director of Children’s Ministries
Mason’s faith journey started when he began to attend the after school program here at the Weatherford First United Methodist Church in the 3rd grade with his sister, Madison. As time went on, he continued to attend the after school program and eventually started to participate in the youth group. He was very active in the youth program from the 6th-12th grades and learned a lot.
Mason says that he is not a perfect Christian, but he tries to serve God the best way he knows how. He loves getting to be the Children’s Ministry Director as well as the Christian Involvement Director at the church where his faith journey began. He has made it his goal to do his best to make sure the children that come to the Weatherford First United Methodist Church also have a great start to their own faith journeys and to have as many members possible to help make that happen.
Reverend Torrey Curtis is a retired United Methodist Pastor who once served FUMC Weatherford as the senior pastor at the turn of the millennium. After more than 30 years of leading churches, Torrey retired to here in Weatherford and has made FUMC Weatherford his church home. He continues to fulfill occasional pastoral duties here in Weatherford, as well as serving as a guest pastor to other churches in the area when called upon. In addition, he is active in the Weatherford Rotary Club and has served on the YMCA board for more than a decade, where he can be found most days doing his regular mile and half swim. His children and grandchildren also live here in Weatherford and attend FUMC.
Assistant to the Pastor
Nancy Horton is the loving spouse of Senior Pastor Chuck Horton. After a long and successful career, Nancy retired in 2020? and now assists her husband in his work, with special focus on healing and prayer ministries.
Chancel Choir Director
Children’s Choir Director
Christopher directs the adult chancel choir as well as the children’s choir. After studying music, philosophy, and history at Oklahoma City University, Christopher spent over a decade performing in Oklahoma, Texas, and other parts of the country as a singer, improviser, actor, and director.
Christopher returned to Weatherford in 2020 and provided much of the vocal music during that period when services were recorded and people were unable to worship together in person. He formally joined the staff in the fall of 2022 when Maxine Page took a well deserved rest from directing the Chancel Choir.
Bell Choir Director
Maxine has directed the Ju-Bellation Handbell Choir for many years. She has been part of church choirs and instrumental groups in many churches. Maxine started Children’s Choir programs at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas and the First United Methodist Church in Clinton, Oklahoma.
She has always had a desire to be part of sacred music in the church. She views the purpose of music in the church service as a way to contribute to the worship experience through not only listening but through congregational participation.
Maxine has a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma City University in instrumental and vocal music. She has a Master’s of Education in Music from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Maxine acquired an Elementary Education Conversion degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma.
She has taught music and children’s choir, kindergarten through the eighth grade, in Oklahoma and Arkansas. She transferred to the second grade classroom in the fall of 1987. Maxine retired from teaching June 1, 2000.
Dr. Sophia Lee
Organist and Pianist
Dr. ChihChen Sophia Lee, Oklahoma State Licensed Professional Music Therapist (LPMT), Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC), is the Director of Music Therapy at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, Oklahoma in addition to serving as the Organist and Pianist here at the First United Methodist Church.
Carol Paxton is a superhero at the church. Always organized and efficient, she knows every nook and cranny of the church and how to keep the church running like a Swiss watch!
Sylvia Johnson spends every Sunday morning watching over our littlest angels, keeping them safe here in God’s house while their parents can attend Sunday School classes and church services.
Learning Tree Director
Laura does a great job running The Learning Tree preschool that cares for 2, 3, and 4 year olds in a Christian environment.