Our Staff

rev. mark vowell

Senior Pastor

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.

Rev. Steve Robertson

Exec. Associate Pastor

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 three grandsons (Luke, Ben, and Caleb).

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.

program and ministry staff

andy mckinney

Director of Youth & Family Ministries

Andy is a native North Texan. Born in Garland, he moved to Frisco in 1995. He and his parents, Dave and Kathy, attended a neighboring church in Plano, TX during his time in school where he served on many mission trips and youth choir tours. During his time in youth Andy’s spiritual journey truly began. He credits his youth minister, Mark Bridges, with helping him learn to be open to God’s plans. Andy is hopeful God will use his passion for youth, missions, and growing new spiritual leaders to impact the youth of First Frisco in the same way his youth experience has shaped his life and spiritual growth.

Andy was an active member in his youth group until his graduation from The Colony High School in 2003. After a brief stint as an Emergency Medical Technician, Andy enlisted in the US Navy as a Chinese Linguist. He served four years providing tactical linguistic support to overseas missions, and a final two years as Senior Military Analyst of his mission before his Honorable Discharge in 2012.

An Eagle Scout, Andy remains active in Scouting serving as Charter Organization Representative for First Frisco UMC. He has also served as Aquatics Director, teaching and training lifeguards, and now Program Director for Worth Ranch, a week-long Scouts BSA summer camp in Palo Pinto, Texas. It was in reconnecting with that program he discovered his passion for teaching and mentoring young people. Andy has served as a Life Group Leader and youth ministries volunteer with First Frisco for four years.

He has two youth of his own, Asher (16), a proud member of the Lebanon Trail High School Trailblazer Marching Band, and Ella (12), an aspiring actress and oboist at Clark Middle School. Their family has been attending First Frisco since 2015.

emily harris

Director of Kids' & Family Ministry

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.

brad lucky

Contemporary Worship Leader

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.

debi morton

Adult Choir & Kids' Choir Director

Native Texan, Debi Morton, started her career in music at the age of 11, debuting as organist for a Methodist congregation. That career has taken her to all kinds of interesting places, from Baylor University (for a degree in piano performance) to Disney World, NYC, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Working as an organist-choirmaster, accompanist, and music director, Debi (with musician-husband David) moved back to Texas to raise their two daughters—Megan and Bethany. Debi eventually took a job as staff accompanist with McAllen ISD, where she served for 26 years – simultaneously serving as music director for Trinity Baptist Church. Since moving to McKinney more recently, Debi still enjoys accompanying, composing, and directing the Adult & Kids Choir here at First Frisco. Debi delights in the company of her 2 grandsons, Jonah and James. (Two more grandsons, Kaiden and Maddox, live in Houston.)

Debi identifies Psalm 33:3 as a favorite verse: ‘Sing unto Him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise!’ She says, “God is indeed worthy of my best. I pray I never stop learning new songs and skills to offer back to Him in worship.”

shannon vowell

Nursery Director

Shannon Vowell, wife of Pastor Mark and mom to Maggie and JoJo, served as Children's Music Director for three years and she has missed working with our church littles! She is super excited to be ministering to our youngest disciples, their families, and the nursery saints who care for them. Shannon's background includes advanced degrees, lots of moving, and an eclectic writing career... but her love of babies has stayed constant (through five of her own, plus three new-ish grandsons, plus numerous "church grands"). Shannon teaches adult classes for First Frisco and is a frequent speaker for women's groups. She writes a blog and is at work on her second book. Shannon looks forward to welcoming and praying for you and your little ones.

frank depaolo

Director of AV Production and Support

Frank has handled various duties in our AV Booth for years. Most recently, Frank has worked with our AV Contractor to identify the necessary AV equipment and system upgrades that we need to provide better online ministry. Frank has proven himself as a team player and diligent problem-solver, and his warmth and sense of humor make him a blessing to all the folks with whom he works.

Frank and his wife, Dottie, are both First Frisco members; they raised their sons (now adults) at First Frisco and Dottie volunteers in the nursery and in the Chancel Choir. Both the DePaolos are educators in Melissa ISD. We are grateful for their ministry partnership.

administrative staff

martha beard

Finance Secretary

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.

Jacob robertson

Director of Administrative Services

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lesia bousquet

Secretary

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.

julie shearer

Director of Communications

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 kraushaar

Kitchen Ministries Coordinator

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 & kindergarten

patti eubank

Director of Friends in Christ Preschool & 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.