Our Leaders

Rev. Steve BrooksSenior Pastor
 
Steve grew up on the 4 generation family cotton, wheat, and cattle farm south of Tulia, TX.  He was active in sports, showing steers, and his youth group at First United Methodist Church.  He got his bachelor’s degree in History from Texas Tech (where he met his beautiful bride, Alayna) and then went on to seminary at Asbury Theological Seminary. Steve has pastored several churches in the Northwest Texas Conference, and believes that our mission in life is to grow more like Christ every day and invite people to join us on that journey of God making us new though his grace. He is an avid sports fan and loves to watch the Rangers, the Cowboys, and all things Red Raiders. Guns up! He also loves to cook and eat new and different foods. Currently, he has mastered Korean kalbi, Thai Penang curry and Tom Yum fried rice, and a South African dish called piri piri chicken. He’s always up for a new culinary challenge!  His favorite movie is Chariots of Fire and his favorite Bible passage is Revelation 21:5 (Revelation is also his favorite book in the Bible).  He and his wife have 6 children: Levi, Sam, Lily-Grace, Joey, Simon and Saydi.
 
 
 
Kurt hails from El Paso, Texas and misses Taco Tote every day. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Texas Tech University, a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and has studied Egyptology at the University of Memphis. Kurt digs deep into the historical, archeological and languages of the Bible. He is married to Lisa Borden, an attorney, and they have one son Jacen. Kurt enjoys mountain biking, and LOVES Star Wars.
 
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Rev. Melissa Shuler, Associate Pastor
Care Ministry
 
Rev. Melissa Shuler is a Licensed Local Pastor who serves as a Care Minister to the congregation. Melissa also serves a dual role as administrative assistant to the Associate Pastors. She believes observing and listening are key in learning to pastor to people and is privileged to be in a position to do so. Melissa is currently attending Course of Study through Perkins Theological Seminary. She is married to Brent Shuler and they have two children, Ryan and Emily, along with two grandsons. Melissa and Brent have been members of First United Methodist Church Midland since 2006.