After five wonderful years, Pastor Alan and Teresa are being transferred to a new post in the Houston area. God’s richest blessing to you as you begin a new chapter of Cheatham Memorial’s History with the McGlocklin’s. God Bless you!
Peace and Grace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Paula and I are looking forward to being in ministry with you starting in July. It has been a very long journey for us to be able to move from California to Texas, but we have been trusting in God’s timing for this move to occur. For the last year and half Paula has been living in Forney Texas, renting a house with our two older adult children in order to care for her grandmother while I stayed in California to finish merging seven United Methodist Churches in San Bernardino. My undergraduate degree is in Civil Engineering. I worked for 20 years in the Civil Engineering field before finally responding to my call.
While attending seminary I served as a local pastor in 2005 doing the initial work on planting a new church. I was commissioned in 2007 and ordained a full elder in 2010. I served St. Paul’s United Methodist Church through June 2018 when it merged with 6 other United Methodist Churches to become New Beginnings United Methodist Church. This past year I was appointed the founding Executive Pastor of New Beginnings UMC to complete the merger process, take them through a visioning process, put together a new staff and do all the legal business necessary to establish the new corporation.
I was born, raised and have lived my whole life in Southern California. Paula was born in Shreveport, LA before moving to California at the age of 10. We have three children who have all moved to Texas in the last 2.5 years. Christine, 29, is a lead graphic designer for a Fast Signs shop in Dallas. Daniel, 27, works for Amazon in Dallas in the heavy item warehouse. Natalie, 19, lives in Waco attending Baylor, plans on attending law school and hopes to be a District Attorney.
I have travelled all across this great nation of ours, having been in every state but Alaska. What I know is that life in each region is lived differently. Each state and region is rich with local cultural norms, flavors, foods, hospitality, pace of life and ways of living. My hope is that you all will help me discover what life is like in North East Texas over the next year as I settle in and become part of your community life. We cannot wait to arrive, unpack and begin serving and worshiping the Lord with you.