The staff of First Frisco United Methodist Church is eager to get to know you and provide you with information you might need about our church family. Staff can be contacted through the church office, 972-335-4380, or at their personal email addresses.
Mark Vowell is a lifelong Methodist, and a third-generation North Texas Conference Pastor. A Navy brat, Mark was born on Guam, baptized by his grandfather in Archer City, Texas, and raised in the congregation at First United Methodist (UMC) of Gainesville, Texas. He attended the University of Oklahoma on a Navy ROTC Scholarship. Mark spent 10 years on active duty as a Naval Flight Officer, serving as a Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander of a crew of 12 aboard P-3C Orion aircraft, tracking Soviet submarines in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean. Following active duty, Mark continued to serve in the Naval Reserves and retired as a Commander in 2001.
In January of 1989, Mark followed a call from God to full-time Christian ministry by taking shore duty orders to Dallas as the Enlisted Programs Officer for Navy Recruiting in North Texas and beginning studies at Perkins School of Theology (SMU). Mark resigned his active duty Navy commission in 1992 to serve as the Director of Youth Ministries at Tyler Street UMC in Oak Cliff. Mark received his Masters of Divinity in 1996 and was appointed as associate pastor at Tyler Street.
Mark has served as senior pastor at Westview Greenville, First Whitewright, Ridgewood Park in Dallas and Spring Valley in Dallas. He was appointed as senior pastor at First Frisco in July of 2013.
Mark has served in a variety of Conference leadership positions including, Chair of the Church Revitalization Task Force for 250-749 membership churches, Executive Committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry, Committee on Preparations and Qualifications, Board of Directors of the SMU Wesley Foundation, Chair of the Director Search Committee for the SMU Wesley Foundation, and Chair of the Metro District Trustees.
Mark is married to Shannon. Shannon writes, teaches, and leads First Frisco’s orphan ministry, Forever Families. The Vowells live in Frisco, where they enjoy being active in their daughters’ schools and in their neighborhood. Keeping up with two young adult sons currently serving in the US Navy, as well as with adult children living and working throughout the U.S., is a blessed challenge.
Mark's passions include preaching, relational evangelism, and helping folks get grounded in scripture. He believes that the church really is God's primary plan for reaching the world with the love of Jesus Christ. He loves to be part of connecting churches with the dreams that God has for them. Those dreams are always bigger than our dreams, and they are always wonderful.
Steve is a second-generation Methodist pastor in the North Texas Conference and has been an ordained member since 1985. He has a history of effective ministry in a variety of ministry settings; and has 14 cumulative years of experience as Executive Associate at University Park in Dallas and St. Andrew in Plano.
Steve and Connie have been married since 1986. They both have parents in the area, two grown children (Jacob and Erin) and a grandson (Luke).
Steve's strengths in ministry lie in teaching, administration and caring for God's people. He enjoys all sports, particularly golf and basketball. Steve and Connie have a log cabin in Creede, Colorado, where they hope to retire.
Cheryl is a native of Kansas City, MO (home of the Kansas City Chiefs) where she was baptized and raised in the Baptist Church. She joined The United Methodist Church after marrying her husband, Odis Jones, Jr. in 1985. She is an ordained Elder, serving at First Frisco as an appointed Associate Pastor with primary responsibilities in the areas of Evangelism, Discipleship and Pastoral Care. She attended Lincoln University-MO and Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree respectively in Speech Pathology. After practicing Speech Therapy for 20 years she answered the call to ordained ministry. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology (SMU). Cheryl was actively involved in her home church, Hamilton Park UMC and as a core group member of a church planted in Plano, All Nations Fellowship. Cheryl has served in several appointments throughout the North Texas Conference. She served as the Senior Pastor at St. James UMC (Sherman), Haven Chapel UMC (Denison) and Arcadia Park (Dallas). She served as the Associate Pastor at Tyler Street UMC (Dallas).
Cheryl has served in District and Conference leadership positions, including the Conference Committee for Lay Speakers, Committee on Status and Role of Women and as a District Representative for Clergy Women. She is a member of Black Methodist for Church Renewal and participates with the African-American Clergy Fellowship. Cheryl and her husband, Odis reside in Plano. Odis retired in 2012 but keeps himself actively involved. They don’t have any children of their own but there are plenty of children in their lives. She is a game person enjoying board games, card games, computer games, mind benders and also loves working all kinds of puzzles. Other activities that draw her attention are reading, traveling, bowling and tennis. Cheryl has a passion for people and feeds off of the energy of others. She loves sharing the love of Jesus through prayer, teaching and preaching.
Bill Meek assumed the position of quarter time associate pastor at First Frisco in June of 2007. He is responsible mainly for older adult care and pastoral visitation. Bill grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma, graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in psychology from Oklahoma State University, 1972, and a Masters of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Seminary in 1975. He obtained eight months of Clinical Pastoral Education in Chaplaincy at Ben Taub Hospital from 1975-1976.
Bill is happily married to Cessie. They have raised five children: Ben, Sara, Katie, Becca, and Marde. Bill and Cessie have over the years been actively involved in community theatre, with Bill normally on stage, with Cessie managing back stage. In addition, Bill is an avid sportsman, having "grown up" on the tennis court.
Over the last seventeen years, he has been employed at Princeton ISD as technology director, having served as computer science, math, speech teacher for six years at the Law Magnet High School with Dallas ISD. Bill looks forward to retiring from his school duties in the next few years so he can devote full time effort to his calling to ministry.
Program and Ministry Staff
Music and Arts Ministry
Cody Alarcon was born and raised in Austin, Texas. It was there, in Leander ISD, that he found his passion for music. He joined his first choir in the fourth grade at Naumann Elementary, and continued with singing all the way through his High School career at Cedar Park High School. On Wednesdays and Sundays Cody sang for Bethany United Methodist Church's Youth Choir and over the summer was fortunate enough to be apart of Bethany UMC's annual choir tours.
In 2015 Cody graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Music degree in choral music education. He studied secondary choral pedagogy under Dr. Alan McClung and elementary pedagogy under Dr. Don Taylor and Dr. Donna Emmanuel. During his time at UNT, Cody was awarded The George & Nesha Morley Choral Music Education Scholarship, The Dean's Camerata Choral Music Education Scholarship, and was selected as The University of North Texas Music Education Student of the Year (2014). While at UNT Cody sang as a member of University Singers, directed by Dr. Richard Sparks, and the jazz ensemble, "West End," directed by Dr. Cindy Bourquin Dicken.
Cody currently serves as the associate director of choirs at Creekview High School in Carrollton, Texas. He came to C-FB ISD from Keller ISD where he taught Middle School choir. Every choir under his direction has received sweepstakes, "Superior" ratings at UIL Contest and Sight-reading, and his choirs have earned "Crowd Favorite," and "Best in Show," in local choral competitions.
During the summer, Cody serves as the assistant camp director and registrar for the UNT All-State Choir Camp and is the bass section leader for Howard College All-State Choir Camp, in Big Spring, Tx. For the past four summers Cody has served as the Musical Director and Choreographer for The Church at Canyon Creek's annual summer musical. He's also functioned as the Worship Leader for Journey IFC's annual Vacation Bible School. Cody is an active member in ACDA, TMEA, TCDA, and Phi Kappa Phi."
Brad is the grandson to 2 senior pastors, a nephew to another, and the son of a music minister and doctorate. Thus, he was extremely blessed to be surrounded by a solid foundation of faith, love, Christian examples, and a exceptionally wide-range of music his entire life. Brad's parents signed him up for music theory lessons at the age of four. This was the birth of a life-long love of music study, appreciation, creation, and performance spanning across all genres. His early music education was traditional, starting with formal training in piano, vocal performance and French Horn while serving in youth music ministries at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church. As long as he can remember, music was everywhere and all the time.
Brad started dating his future wife Shannon when he was 17, although they met when they were 12, as they were both in their respective high school show choirs. While at Lakeview Centennial HS, Brad was not only the first student in the school's history to make All-State Choir, he was also the first to play in band, choir, football, and track. As fate would have it, Brad ended up following Shannon to college, changing his football scholarship commitment from the University of Arkansas to the University of Texas. 25+ years later, they have two boys, Nathan (who somehow ended up going to A&M - "WHOOP!") and Jordan ("WHEW!", UTD).
Brad's immersion into the wondrous world of Contemporary Christian Music began with a conversation in a park with a member of a newly formed praise band at Suncreek UMC in Allen. His volunteering to help out with piano and vocals quickly turned into music charting, followed closely by song selections and planning sessions with the pastoral staff. After a year, Brad was added to the staff as Worship Team Director where he helped to grow this ministry for over 15 years. Thankfully, this was a ministry that Shannon and Brad could experience together, as she also sang lead vocals with the Worship Team. During this time, the CONNECTION contemporary service was the fastest growing and most well-attended service at Suncreek.
Shannon (Summers) Vowell lived all over the world as an Air Force brat, but spent her high school years in the wilds of West Texas, where she graduated from Permian High School (Go, Mojo!). Wherever she lived, though, she sang! She sang in musicals, in her high school chorale and pop ensemble, and even as a country western performer on a dude ranch to earn money for college. Following an academic trajectory that took her to Yale and Cambridge, and an eccentric career path that meandered through art sales to radio promotions to writing for national magazines and newspapers, Shannon met Jesus and everything changed. Now she loves ministering alongside pastor-husband Mark and raising their many children (two still at home of eight altogether) in church. Shannon enjoys nothing more than worshiping God through music (except, perhaps, teaching God's Word); she is super-pumped to get to "make a joyful noise" alongside the children of First Frisco this year!
United Youth Ministry
Steve is a lifelong United Methodist who came to faith in Jesus Christ through the ministry of his home church in Colorado. Steve's faith was nurtured through worship, Sunday School, youth group activities and mission trips.
After graduation from high school, Steve served a four-year enlistment in the United States Marine Corps and made two deployments to Iraq. Steve helped with his home church youth group in Colorado whenever he was on leave. Following his discharge from active duty in 2005, Steve began working as a Department Manager at Home Depot, and moved to Texas to begin college studies at the University of North Texas. He graduated from North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Development and Family Studies in 2011.
While attending North Texas, Steve met Ashlea, his wife. Steve and Ashlea have two children, Dylan and Averie. Ashlea is a middle school Texas History Teacher.
Steve has always had a passion for youth ministry. In 2011, he began serving as the Youth Minister at Fellowship United Methodist Church in Trophy Club, TX. Steve just completed his third year and fourth summer in that position of leadership. He says,
"I am eager to teach and inspire the next generation. I love mentoring students in every aspect of their spiritual walk. I believe that through fellowship, worship and small group opportunities, youth will encounter Christ and grow in their relationship with Him."
Sarah Rozeboom is a student at the University of North Texas and is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Religious Studies. She was born and raised in Plano and grew up attending Custer Road UMC. Heavily involved in the youth group there, Sarah felt a call to youth ministry on a choir tour during her senior year of high school and has been pursuing ways to live out her calling since then. She’s been involved in the Denton Wesley Foundation as a student and as the worship intern this past year. Sarah enjoys exploring her faith and helping others explore their faith through worship and small groups. She has a heart for service. Some of her favorite mission trips were rebuilding homes in New Orleans and homelessness outreach in Denver. Sarah loves dogs, Netflix and hanging out with her friends. She’s super excited to join the First Frisco team in May and get to know the congregation, staff and especially the youth!
Trish is an experienced Children and Family Ministries Director, with 18 years of ministry and service. Trish began as an Assistant Director of Children's Ministries and HOPE School (Preschool) at the First United Methodist Church in McKinney in August of 1996 and was made the Director of Children's Ministries and Nursery Coordinator in 2000. From there, she went to Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church in Flower Mound to serve as the Director of Children's Ministries, serving infants to kids in 5th grade. Lastly, Trish served at Lake Highlands United Methodist Church in Dallas, where she served as the Director of Family Ministries and Christian Education.
Trish has led or created many exciting ministries and had great successes throughout her journey in ministry including: increasing attendance in Sunday School by 150%, creating and leading a praise worship for 1st to 5th graders, empowering laity to serve in ministry, and providing parents with the training and tools necessary to teach the Christian faith to their children. Trish has put her Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management, from Texas A&M, to good use in being an organized, resourceful leader. Trish is married to Mitch and they have two sons: Kenneth, 21 and Kevin, 19 who attend UNT in Denton.
Emily Harris and her husband Darren have been members of First Frisco since 2009 and have lived in Frisco since 2005. They have 2 children Dayne and Elizabeth (Ellie). Emily grew up in Granbury TX and received her degree in English Literature from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX. Emily grew up involved in Church and attended and worked as a counselor at Christian based summer camps during college. Emily felt compelled to follow the lord’s calling toward a career in Children’s Ministry. She feels blessed that she can serve the youngest members of our congregation and fill them with the love of Jesus.
In addition to being the Children’s Ministries Assistant, Emily is a part time Sales and Training Advisor for a British Health and Beauty Company, Boots International.
Nursery Director |
Kerry Prasifka has served as Nursery Director from 2003 to 2005, and again from 2008 to present. In 1994, Kerry graduated from Texas A&M Commerce with a degree in English and Secondary Education and taught middle school in the public school system for six years before she and her husband, Jason, began having children in 2001.
Kerry and Jason have been members of First Frisco since 1999. Kerry spent her childhood living in many different places, including Louisiana, Maryland, Guam and Midlothian, Texas. But having lived here since 1998, she now considers Frisco her home town. She thoroughly enjoys her position and feels extremely blessed to be a part of the First Frisco staff and congregation.
Since August 2002, Lesia has served as Church Secretary for First Frisco UMC. A native Arkansan, she held a similar position at Cabot United Methodist Church until moving to the North Texas area in April 2002.
Lesia is married to Tom and they have two daughters, Kristen and Katie. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, family activities, and watching HGTV.
Martha has worked as the Financial Secretary since March 2007. She has been a member of First Frisco since 1998 and has lived in Frisco since 1994. She and her husband, Marc, have three children: Amanda, Zachary, and Matthew.
Martha grew up in Dallas and graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelors degree in Accounting. She is a CPA and worked in the corporate world for five years before staying home with her children. She is excited to be back at work using her degree and helping the church.
Julie has attended First Frisco since 2002. She and her husband, Lee, have 2 children: Sydney and Brooke.
Julie grew up in Florida and Louisiana, but has lived in North Texas most of her adult life. She graduated from University of Texas at Arlington with a BBA in Marketing.
Before having kids, she held a variety of marketing and sales positions. Her most recent position was Marketing Manager at the Australian/New Zealand franchise headquarters of Mailboxes, Etc. in Sydney, Australia.
After being a stay at home mom for 12 years, she is extremely excited to join the staff at First Frisco and looks forward to serving the church.
Trisha is a a Methodist, born and raised, and there are three things she knows to be true and unshakable: the Lord God Almighty is King and Savior; there is nothing as moving as hearing hymns played on a church organ; Methodist women are the best cooks in town!
Growing up, the women of her family never let anyone go hungry and the men congregated in the kitchen to fellowship and to wait for the delicious food to be ready. Eating together was a time for sharing ideas and making bonds which would never be broken. Now, she has the pleasure of being able to cook and work in the First Frisco kitchen. She hopes that during the meals prepared in the kitchen, the family of Christ can share ideas, talk about God, and make bonds of brotherhood which won't be broken.
The First Frisco kitchen is God's kitchen and all are welcomed and fed. She is honored that it is the place where she is called to serve the Lord.
Friends IN Christ Preschool and Kindergarten
Patti has served as the Friends IN Christ Preschool Director since 2002. She has a degree in Elementary Education from East Texas State University and taught for five years in the Texas public schools before she left teaching to stay home with her children.
Patti and her husband, Bob, have three children and have lived in Frisco for over ten years. They are active members of First Frisco and are happy to call it their church home.
Patti enjoys her position at Friends IN Christ and makes it her goal to provide a safe, loving environment for children to grow in body and in spirit.