• Dr. 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.

  • Rev. 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), have two daughters Aubrey (3) and Madilyn (1). In his spare time, Brian loves to spend time with family, share meals with friends, attempt to play tennis, fish, and watch college sports. Perhaps his most remarkable achievement is a victory in a watermelon-eating contest.

  • Melissa Piland

    Administrative Assistant

    Melissa has been a member of FUMC Temple since 1993 and has worked for the church since 1998. Melissa graduated from Temple College. She and her husband have two children. Melissa enjoys her children, reading, and sparkling water. 

  • Kay Birkholz

    Director of Adult, Women's, and Evangelism Ministries

    Kay is currently Director of Adult, Women, and Evangelism Ministries. She has worked on staff of FUMC Temple in different capacities since she and her husband became members in 1976. Forty-three years ago Kay was one of the founders of our Preschool & Mother’s Day Out Program. She was Director of Children and Family Ministries 1987-2004. This past year she served as interim director of our Preschool & Mother’s Day Out Program.   

    She graduated from Bangs High School and continued her education at Howard Payne University School of Business, Central Texas College, Temple College and SMU Perkins School of Theology.

    She and her husband, Howard, are the parents of three grown children and five grand boys. Her greatest joys are spending time sharing God’s love, family, travel, and enjoying old & new friends.  

  • Kit Tomlinson

    Youth Pastor

    Kit comes recently from the town of Llano, Tx and is a Deacon in the UMC. After graduating from Texas Tech University with a bachelors degree he graduated Asbury Theologically Seminary with a MA in Youth Ministry. He has served in youth ministry since 1998. He has a wife, Leslie, and two children, True & Jedidiah. He spends his free time with his dogs and workin out.

  • Tara Sutherland

    Director of FUMC Temple Preschool & Mother's Day Out

    Tara Sutherland became Director of the Preschool & MDO program in June 2018. She graduated from Belton High School and continued her education at Texas Tech University. She graduated with a degree in Human Development and Family studies. She has a teaching certificate in Early Childhood-4th grade. She taught 1st grade for ten years prior to being the director. She also attended FUMC Preschool/MDO as a child. She lives in Salado with her husband Brian, son Conway, and dog Brewster. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and reading a good book.  

  • 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. 

  • Adam Dubberly

    Director of Contemporary Worship

    Adam began his ministry at FUMC Temple in 2019 as the Director of Contemporary Worship. He lives in Temple with his wife Lindsay and two boys Lincoln (4) and Hayes (1). He is a graduate student at Truett Seminary in Waco and has experience leading worship in a wide variety of contexts. He is a lifelong Texas Rangers fan, loves to collect vinyl records, and travel with his family.

  • 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, play dominoes, and fix anything that is broken. He has been married to Meg Chamlee Pitrucha since 2008.

  • Dr. Jonathan & Mrs. Emily Gary

    Directors of Children's Choirs

    Jonathan & Emily Gary have been married for 16 years and have two children, John Mark & Michael. Emily Gary served as a public school music teacher for six years. Three of those six years was teaching music to kindergarten through fifth graders. Emily has a bachelor's and master's degrees in music. 

    Jonathan Gary is licensed to teach Kindermusik (an early childhood music program). During graduate school he served on a church staff as a Director of Children's Music & Ministry. He has a bachelor's and master's degrees in music plus a doctorate in education. 

    Emily & Jonathan love ministering to the children of the church through music and fun! 

  • Dr. Carl Bradley


    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.

  • Samuel Davis


    Samuel Davis has been the Assistant Choir Director at Temple High School for three years.  Previously, he taught at Palo Alto and Live Oak Ridge Middle Schools in Killeen ISD.  A native of Belton, he was a Texas All-State Choir member for four years and received multiple Outstanding Soloist awards at the Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest while under Craig Pitrucha’s direction.  He later received a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, where he won several National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions.  He frequently performs as a soloist and accompanies soloists and choirs in the area.  Previously serving as pianist at Fellowship Baptist Church and Lakeview Baptist Church, for the last three years he has been the Director of Music at Grace United Methodist Church in Copperas Cove.  His parents are Bruce and Janese Baugh of Belton, and his sisters are Julie Davis of California and Stephanie Martinka of Bartlett.    

  • Amy Robbins

    Amy Robbins is our business administrator, and truly the most amazing member of our staff. She has two daughters - Chelo and Amelia - She comes to us from the district office. She got a Bachelor of Science from Framingham State College in Psychology with a concentration in Geriatrics. She loves all sports team from the New England area. She can also do card tricks

  • Laura Stinnett

    Director if Children's Ministries

    Laura joined our staff in August of 2020 as the Director of Children’s Ministries.  Laura has worked in many churches, big and small, in her over 29 years of Children’s Ministries.  She is also certified in Christian Education from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.  Laura loves to be a part of district and conference events along with writing material for United Methodist Publishing House and Cokesbury.  In her spare time, she loves to go shopping, especially Vera Bradley.  Also, Laura spends time with her parents, Ed and Mary Martha, sister Susan, brother and Sister in Law, Randy and Richelle.