Meet Your Area Representative

We are here to serve your congregation.

TMF Area Representatives are committed to working with your congregation in whatever way you determine is most effective. We're not going to tell you what to do or provide any instant miracle cures. We are here to listen. In the process, we will help your congregation to make a difference in the world.

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Rev. John Thornburg

Vice President of Area Staff
Rev. John Thornburg brings 35 years of ministry experience in diverse settings both in the United States and in West Africa. He calls himself a ‘professional encourager’ and loves to work with congregations in the Holy Conversations strategic planning process, as well as representing all of the traditional financial and leadership services of TMF.

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Rev. Melvin Amerson

Senior Area Representative and Resource Specialist
The Rev. Melvin Amerson is a member of the Texas Annual Conference and serves as a Resource Specialist/Area Resentative at TMF. His experience and passion lie in encouraging and developing generous, faithful leaders and congregations.

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Rev. Richard Edwards Northwest Texas

Senior Area Representative for the Northwest Texas Conference
Richard brings diverse experience in the local church and beyond. He has a concern for the financial stability of the church and hopes to help churches build on that stability by creating an “owned stewardship” by members/participants.

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Rev. John Mollet Central Texas

Senior Area Representative for the Central Texas Conference
After retiring from local church ministry in the United Methodist Church on July 1, 2017, John became the senior area representative for the Central Texas Conference.

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Rev. Carol Montgomery North Texas

Senior Area Representative for the North Texas Conference
With over 25 years’ experience partnering with congregations, families, individuals, and organizations Carol enjoys serving others in the areas of empowerment, advocacy and discipleship. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, she has served the North Texas Conference in congregational and campus ministries. In addition to a life in called ministry, Carol holds her License in Professional Counseling (LPC).

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Tom Stanton Rio Texas

Senior Area Representative for the Rio Texas Conference
Tom Stanton has worked in inner-city and international ministry projects for more than 30 years. He served for 10 years as a Chancellor to a United Methodist Conference and now serves as General Counsel for TMF.

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Leah Taylor Texas Conference

Senior Area Representative for the Texas Conference
Leah Taylor joined the staff of TMF after several years as a member of the TMF Board. She has lived in the Houston area for the past 36 years and has been an active member of a Methodist Church for most of those years.

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Rev. Scott Sharp New Mexico

Senior Area Representative for the New Mexico Conference
An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Sharp has served for the past 30 years in five pastoral appointments in Oklahoma and New Mexico, as well as in youth and campus ministries.

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Rev. Mark Woodward Texas Conference

Senior Area Representative for the Texas Conference
Mark Woodward was born and raised in Huntsville, TX. He attended the University of Texas and Sam Houston State University, graduating with a degree in Business Administration. Following college, he enrolled at Iliff School of Theology, where he graduated with Master of Divinity degree.

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