• Tom robbins

    Senior Pastor

    Dr. Robbins came to the First United Methodist Church of Temple in 2006. After serving four years as an Army officer in an armored cavalry regiment, Dr. Robbins moved to Texas in 1989 to begin seminary. He completed his Masters of Divinity at Brite Divinity School at TCU in 1993 and his Doctor of Ministry degree in Evangelism at Perkins School of Theology at SMU in 2013. Prior to his appointment at FUMC Temple, Tom served churches in Waco, TX, Ovilla, TX and Haslet, TX. Dr. Robbins is an ordained Elder in Full Connection with the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Tom and his wife, Shannon, have two daughters: Lindsey and Caitlyn Su. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and raising cattle. Tom has horses so that his wife will stay married to him.

  • Brian Longley

    Associate Pastor

    A native of Central Texas, Brian began his appointment at First United Methodist Church of Temple in 2017. Prior to joining the pastoral team in Temple, Brian served as Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Hico, TX. His educational preparation for ministry includes Clinical Pastoral Education at UK HealthCare (2016), a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY (2016) and a B.A. in Religion from Baylor University (2011). Brian and his wife, Megan (Phoenix, AZ), welcomed their daughter Aubrey in 2017. In his spare time, Brian loves to share meals with friends, fish, embarrass himself on the tennis court, and watch college sports. Perhaps his greatest achievement was his victory in a watermelon eating contest.


  • Ken Jarrell

    Associate pastor & Director of Youth Ministries

    Ken has lived and taught in Temple for 15 years. He is a certified candidate for ministry and has been a member of FUMC for 2 years. Although Ken grew up in Dallas, his family has been in the Temple area for over 150 years. Ken attended Texas A&M and has his Masters in Education Administration. Ken is attending Iliff School of Theology’s online program for his Master of Divinity. Ken has been married for 17 years to Abbey, who volunteers in the children’s program and teaches at Scott Elementary. Ken and Abbey have two children; Andrew who is ten and Mallory who is seven. Ken is an ultra-marathoner which means he runs races over 26.2 miles though he is always ready for a 5K if you need a pacer.

  • Amanda herridge

    director of children's programs

    Amanda has been the Director of Children's Programs since June 2013. She is a graduate of

    Burnet High school and an alum of Texas Tech University. She taught English as a Second or Other Language for 5 years prior to coming to Temple FUMC. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing with her labrador and can almost always be found with a large cup of coffee in hand. 

  • Melissa piland

    administrative assistant

    Melissa has been a member of FUMC Temple since 1993 and has been on staff for 15 years. She and her husband Scott enjoy spending time together as a family with their beautiful daughter. Melissa loves reading and is frequently spotted at Hobby Lobby or watching Downton Abbey while sipping chai latte. 

  • charlie davis

    church administrator

    Charlie has been working at FUMC Temple since July of 1998, and member since 1954. Charlie is a Temple High graduate, Class of 1972. He continued his education at Baylor University and aquired his BBA in 1977. His children and grandson, Creed, are very important to him. Interests and hobbies include cattle ranching and Civil War History.  

  • Pete eimen

    finance secretary

    Pete Eimen grew up in eastern Iowa. He has a BA in Accounting from Michigan State University and an MA in Accounting from the University of Iowa. He spent most of his career as an internal auditor in the banking and healthcare industries. Pete and his wife Linda have lived in Temple and have been a part of FUMC since 1987. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. He joined the staff of FUMC in 2010. He enjoys reading, following many sports, travel, and table baseball. 

  • Grace Hoel

    Program Director

    Grace is a Central Texas Local, born in Temple and raised in nearby Harker Heights. She graduated from Baylor University in 2016 with a BS Ed and majored in Recreation and Leisure Services. She has experience in camping ministry and loved becoming involved with the Baylor Wesley Foundation while in college. Currently serving as Program Director, she serves with our youth and children's activities in many capacities while also managing media outlets for the church.  Grace enjoys the outdoors, naps, and visiting friends all over the country. She is currently pursuing the call into ministry and is excited to begin this new journey. 

  • Kay Birkholz

    INTERIM director of mother's day out


  • Dr. Carl Bradley

    organist

    Dr. Bradley has been organist at FUMC since 2007 and has served as a church

    organist since he was 14 years of age. After graduating from college with a bachelor’s

    degree, he entered the field of education where he has been a teacher, public school

    administrator, and university administrator since 1961. Dr. Bradley currently teaches

    child development and education classes at Temple College and is a supervisor for

    alternative certification through the Texas Education Agency. His graduate degrees are

    from Texas A&M University/Commerce. He and his wife, Becky, frequently give organ

    and piano concerts throughout Texas. Outside of music and teaching, Dr. Bradley

    enjoys cars, sports, and gardening.

  • craig pitrucha

    sanctuary choir director

    Craig has been facilitating worship through song since 1984. He is retired from teaching after being a choir director for 25 years in the Belton Independent School District. He graduated from Temple High School and the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Craig has led music at Temple Evangelical Brethren Church, First Christian Temple, Grace United Methodist in Copperas Cove, and Salado United Methodist Church before coming to FUMC Temple in August of 2011. Craig loves to read, watch the Cowboys, and fix anything that is broken. He has been married to Meg Chamlee Pitrucha since 2008.

  • Dr. van miller

    Pianist