Max Brennan : Pastor
Max Brennan is a graduate of Kemp High School, North Texas State University, and Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He was a high school teacher of English and speech before entering the ministry. During those teaching years, he had an ongoing ministry with church youth.
In 1980, while ill with something that at first seemed serious, Max realized that he did not have final say over his life. Kneeling in prayer at the foot of his bed, he said, “Lord, I now see that my life is not my own. I give to you that which is already yours.” And he felt in that moment a sense of complete surrender.
A few days later, he became aware of how far that surrender had taken him. In spite of the difficulty of giving up his career and starting all over again at 37, he knew that he was headed for the ministry. It was a done deal. No more thought required. It had all been decided in that moment of surrender.
He began to make plans to enter Perkins School of Theology and to seek an appointment to a church to serve while in theology school. He was sent to a small, dying church in East Fort Worth.
The church revived – and he’s been there ever since!
Max Brennan has served one church – Saint Matthew UMC – for the 30 years he has been in ministry. This is an unusual situation in Methodism, but the Methodist Church is open to unusual situations if they happen to serve the work of the Lord.
Saint Matthew UMC has a wide outreach through articles published in two local papers (for the last 25 years). A collection of these articles, Sufficient Grace – 101 Brief Encounters with the Gospel, will be available in September of 2011.
The pastor’s long awaited study of religious experience, Discovering God, What We Can Know through Experience, should be available in early 2012.
His weekly sermons are available at: www.saintmatthewumc.com
Tanner Wilemon : Choir Director
Tanner Wilemon graduated from Texas Christian University in December 2009 with a Bachelor of Music Education and minored in arts administration. He completed his student teaching at Arlington High School under Dinah Menger, and Smithfield Middle School under Jennifer Crawford.
Tanner has performed in numerous ensembles at TCU including the Concert Chorale which recently presented Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the TCU Symphony Orchestra. In the spring of 2009 he was the student conductor for the TCU Men’s Chorus. Tanner has also been a TCU Choir Camp counselor for the past three summers. Tanner is the past president of TCU’s chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, an international professional coed music fraternity.
Tanner loves being a part of the Saint Matthew United Methodist family.
Kristi Moore : Organist
Kristi was born in Wichita, Kansas and 9 years later moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. She started playing the organ at age 16 and began her first church organist job at Community Christian Church, Tulsa during her senior year in high school.
Kristi moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1992 to attend Texas Christian University in pursuit of a degree in speech-language pathology. At that time, she became the church organist for Saint Matthew UMC. While at TCU, she also studied organ (1992-1996) under Emmet G. Smith and Guillermo Martinez. She graduated from TCU with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1996 and a Master of Science in the same field in 1998.
Kristi and husband, Steven, moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1999 where she served as the organist for Larkspur Christian Church. She served in that capacity and also as interim choir director until her return to Fort Worth in December 2001. After arriving back in Texas, Kristi returned as organist for Saint Matthew in March 2002.
Kristi is currently employed as a speech-language pathologist for Early Childhood Intervention of North Central Texas (ECI-NCT). She provides home-based speech therapy services to children (ages birth to 3 years old) and their families. In her spare time, Kristi plays soccer in a women’s recreational division of the Fort Worth Adult Soccer Association. She and Steven can often be seen at TCU football and soccer games as well.
Harry Schneider : Lay Leader
He has been a member of Toastmasters International, the public speaking and leadership group, since 1988. He is a Certified Methodist Church Lay Speaker and is honored to plan the worship service and give the sermon when the Pastor is on vacation.Harry has served as Lay Leader of Saint Matthew since January 2003. He is also the Chair of the church Administrative Board.
Harry and his wife Judy joined Saint Matthew in August 2001. Judy serves on the Pastor Parish Relations Committee and is Chair of the Finance Committee.