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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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 brings a wealth of knowledge gleaned as a United Methodist pastor and an active participant in the Texas Annual Conference to his work as a stewardship consultant for the Texas Methodist Foundation.

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Richard Edwards Northwest Texas

Senior Area Representative for the Northwest Texas Conference
Richard grew up in the United Methodist Church and has served as a pastor and district superintendent for over 40 years. He brings a deep knowledge of both local church and “beyond the local church” issues. He has a deep concern for the financial stability of the church and hopes to help church build on that stability, by creating an “owned stewardship” by members and participants of the church.

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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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Carol Montgomery North Texas

Senior Area Representative for the North Texas Conference
An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Rev. Carol Montgomery has served the North Texas Conference in congregational and campus ministries.

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John Rivas New Mexico

Executive Director for New Mexico Activities
John Rivas, CFRE, serves as Executive Director of New Mexico Activities after the unification of the New Mexico Conference Methodist Foundation with TMF in 2014. He has over 25 years of leadership experience with faith-based non-profits and has worked extensively in strategic and stewardship planning, as well as planned and annual giving.

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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
As Conference Lay Leader, Leah worked with the Bishop and Cabinet, building and working toward implementation of a new vision, mission and core values for the Annual Conference.

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