professional staff

These are the glue to our church and help provide great programs that minister to our church family. We appreciate all that they do!


  • rebecca wilson, children

    Email:     Becca@fumcharlingen.org    


    Rebecca Wilson is a Valley native. She grew up in Alamo, graduated from PSJA Memorial, and attended UT-Pan Am prior to beginning her career with Young Life. She married her husband Joe in 2007, where they both worked for Young Life Camping in Jasper, GA. Rebecca and Joe moved to Ponca City, OK in early 2010, to take over ministry efforts in north-central Oklahoma. In 2011 they welcomed their son Levi into the world as Becca continued to volunteer and Joe became the Area Director. Joe’s job with Young Life brought them back to the Valley in the summer of 2015, and Becca began substituting at Journey. In 2016 Becca took a pre-school position at St. Alban’s Episcopal Day School where she has taught for the last 2 years. The Wilson’s love living in the Valley and are excited to join the FUMC family!

  • Sean Taylor, Traditional worship

    Email: Sean@fumcharlingen.org


    We would like to introduce Sean Taylor. Sean will be serving as our new Director of Traditional Worship.  Sean comes with a lot of experience both in the church and in communities in which he has lived. He has experience with choir and handbells.  We look forward to his leadership and all that he will bring to our church.

    Dr. Taylor serves as an Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies on the Brownsville and Edinburg campuses of UTRGV.  He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, the Master of Music in Conducting from Carnegie Mellon University, where he served as Assistant Conductor to Grammy winner Robert Page, and the Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Westminster College (PA). He is an active teacher, performer, and guest conductor.  In addition to his duties at UTRGV, he sings with the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati under the direction of Grammy winner Craig Hella Johnson, serves on the summer faculty of Berkshire Choral International, and is a diction specialist for SingersBabel.com.



  • michael mccallum, contemporary worship

    Email:    Michael@fumcharlingen.org

    Phone:  956-341-5738


    Michael McCallum is currently the Praise and Worship Director for our Contemporary Service (Second Service).  Michael is happily married, (Lisa) has three beautiful children: Lindsay, Lauren and Patrick, and five beautiful grandchildren: Allegra, Eisley, Jude, Ryver and Grayson. 


    He loves contemporary worship and enjoys helping others grow closer to God through music. He first began doing music with youth and children’s camps. He then helped the Youth Band on Sunday Nights, and began leading music for the ‘Walk to Emmaus.’ Opportunity followed and allowed Michael to lead worship on Sunday mornings. 


    Our church is so blessed to have an incredible worship team. We have two awesome pastors, talented musicians and singers, dedicated sound and video technicians that make leading worship so enjoyable. First United Methodist Church in Harlingen is a beautiful church, with two very distinct worship styles, and Michael feels blessed to help lead worship for our contemporary worship service.


    Psalm 100:2 Worship the Lord with Gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.



  • DARLENE TOPP, SENIOR MINISTRIES & CARE CORPS DIRECTOR

    Email: Darlene@fumcharlingen.org


    Darlene is working with our Senior Adults to provide great activities and outing around the Harlingen area. She also loves to visit with our shut-ins and homebound members. If you have any questions for Darlene, drop her an email.

  • SUSIE LERMA, BOOKKEEPER

    Email: Susie@fumcharlingen.org


    Susie is the one to talk to about your giving records - got a question... give her a call.

  • FACUNDO AND MARGARITA ZAVALA, CUSTODIANS

    They've been here for a long time, faithfully taking care of our church grounds. They do a wonderful job -- say hi when you see them around!