Mike Alexander-Senior Pastor
I am grateful to have been raised by Christian parents and reared from the cradle at River Oaks United Methodist Church. I have a Bachelor of Science in Religion from Texas Wesleyan College, and a Master of Divinity at Brite Divinity School, TCU.
I am married to Kathy, who serves as the Director of Children Ministries at New World United Methodist in Arlington. We are very proud of our three children and their families in all the ways they excel. David is married to Stephanie, and they have two children, Anna and Jack. David is the Senior Pastor of First Methodist Church, Mansfield, and Stephanie serves at the church in Hospitality Ministry. Brad is married to Amy and they have one daughter, Rilla. Brad works at our Conference Office in Web Design and Social Media, and Amy is the Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church, Crowley. Susan is a Special Education Teacher in the Fort Worth ISD.
Kathy and I were very blessed to serve several small and medium size churches. I was appointed to First UMC, Red Oak the first time in 1985. We served eight years, and our church grew a great deal in vitality and membership. We out-grew our facility on Methodist Street and built a new church four years later on Red Oak Road. Our address was renamed Daubitz Dr. in honor of our members and civic servants, Charles and Dortha Daubitz.
I was re-appointed to our great church in 2019. Our vision at First UMC, Red Oak is to know Jesus, and to make Jesus more known to others. Our church is a place for your family to grow closer to Jesus as you engage with others in prayer, study, worship, and join in mission to families in our community. Come see us!
Larry McCord-Music Minister
Larry McCord grew up in Oak Cliff and Duncanville and earned his music degrees at UT Arlington and SMU, followed by doctoral study at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and UT Austin. He has served as a full-time professor of music at three Texas colleges, including his current position at Hill College in Hillsboro. Throughout his college teaching career, Larry has been active as an accompanist and freelance pianist and has either served as musical director or production pianist for numerous musical theater performances. He has also remained active in church music, serving as Director of Music at Whitehouse UMC, China Spring UMC and St. Marks UMC in Mesquite before beginning his ministry at FUMC Red Oak in 2014. Larry grew up in the UMC, his father serving as a choir director and worship leader and his mother playing organ and serving as church secretary. He has two grown daughters, Katherine and Michaela, who are his pride and joy. Larry and his wife, Susan, were married between services at FUMC Red Oak in July 2018 and are pleased to call Red Oak their home.
Jo Wilsford- Administrative Assistant
Jo Wilsford has been a member of the Red Oak First United Methodist Church since 1978 and the Administrative Assistant/Financial Secretary of the church since November 2018. In that position, among many other duties, she sends out newsletters and emails to keep the church family up to date on church activities and completes the financial tasks needed to support the church’s ministries.
Jo worked for 37 years as a high school English teacher and Executive Director of Professional Development for the Dallas Independent School District before she retired in 2008; she was a Stephen Covey training consultant for several years following her retirement.
“Ms. Jo” loves her church and has always been very involved in church activities: singing in the choir, leading the UMW Friendship Circle, “directing” the Angel Choir, and working on various ministry teams. She is presently the Lay Leader and a Stephen Minister.
Jo has been married to her husband, Byrum, for almost 50 years; they have two daughters. Amy and her husband Jeff are both high school teachers; Jennifer and her husband Todd are both Methodist pastors. Family time is very important to Jo and Byrum, and they spend as much time as possible with their grandchildren, Andrew, Olivia, and Alex.
Judy Cadenhead- Building Manager
Judy Cadenhead is in charge of taking care of the building. She has been with the church for over 20 years. Judy's first love is children. She is responsible for keeping the building clean and the yard kept. She is also behind the scenes opening the building 6 days a week and helping the many ministries and activities of the church run smoothly and effectively.
Judy went on her Walk to Emmaus in 1998. She has encouraged many people to experience this faith walk. She is also a Stephen Minister. You usually see Judy helping out with different children's activities from Vacation Bible School, to Advent Event and the Easter Egg Hunt.
Judy grew up in Pennsylvania and came to Texas in 1981. She has two sons, Robert & Jason, a daughter, Mary, a daughter-in-law, Tiffany (Jason's wife), a granddaughter, Kaylee, and two grandsons, Braylon and Carson.
William Muentes - Pianist
William Muentes is an accomplished pianist, vocalist and arranger. He has extensive experience accompanying choirs, small ensembles and soloists. He has been the accompanist for the Cedar Valley College Vocal Ensemble and for the DeSoto ISD choirs. Soloists have included singers and instrumentalists from amateurs to professionals. William has also sung at the Meyerson Symphony Center and the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Texas. He has arranged music from hymns to jazz for soloists and ensembles as well.
William Muentes graduated from Cedar Valley College receiving the AAS Degree in Recording Technology, AAS Degree in Music Performance, AAS Degree in Music Retailing and the AAS Degree in Music Arranging, Composing and Copying. From Cedar Valley College, William went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) Degree in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement with an Occupational Specialization in Music.
Andrew McKnight - Audio Visual Tech
Andrew McKnight serves as the AV Tech. He enjoys playing pc games and watching YouTube. He was born in Lancaster, Texas and graduated from Red Oak High School. His parents are Dale and Jennifer and he has two brothers, Anthony and Matthew. He likes working with the youth of our church as well. Andrew grew up in this church and enjoys being able to give back.
Roy Pender - Youth Minister
Roy began his ministry with First United Methodist Church of Red Oak as the Youth Director in 2016 and would go on to take the additional responsibility as Contemporary Worship Leader in early 2018. He later stepped down from the position of Youth Director after four years of service, but still remains active with the youth program while retaining his role within the praise team. Roy has been passionate about ministry ever since giving his life to Christ at the age of sixteen. He went on to mentor young people at Carolina Creek Christian Camps as well as FUMC Midlothian before coming to FUMC Red Oak. Roy currently also works for the accounting firm KPMG within Human Resources.
Roy met his wife Natalie Pender and began dating while they were still in high school and have been married since 2018; they do not currently have any children. His hobbies include building computers and collecting firearms, while some of his favorite activities are camping, snowboarding, and shooting.