Meet Our Pastor ~ Debbie Lyons

Rev. Debbie Lyons was appointed to serve at First UMC Winnsboro in November 2017 and  continues to be excited about building relationships with people in the church, meeting new people in the community and helping to spread the love of Jesus Christ!  Prior to coming to Winnsboro she served as the  Pastor at Caddo Mills UMC for 7 1/2 years, and was an Associate Pastor at St. Andrew UMC in Plano from 2003-2010.
 
Pastor Debbie earned her undergraduate degree, a BA in Psychology, from the University of Dayton, and after being appointed as a local licensed Pastor in May 2006, she completed her studies at Perkins School of Theology at SMU in August 2013 . She was awarded the prestigious Harry Denman Award for Evangelism and the ONE MATTERS Award in 2017 and she served on the North Texas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. She is a certified UMCOR Emergency Response Team member, North Texas Conference Small Church Initiative Leader, a Structural Accountability System (SAS) Coach, as well as a certified Stephen Minister, Crown Financial Ministry Leader and  ALPHA trainer.  She currently serves on the East District Building & Land Committee and District 
Superintendency Committee and is passionate about the Walk to Emmaus because as 
she says, “It’s a spiritual life changer!” Pastor Debbie has also led 4 pilgrimages to the HOLY LANDS and brings that rich experience to her preaching and teaching!
 
Pastor Debbie is fully engaged in the community serving on the Cultural Arts District Committee and she was awarded the Mayor’s KEY TO THE CITY in May, 2019.  She has a fabulous relationship with her daughters, Lexie and Lyssa and her grandchildren call her GiGi. Pastor Debbie has lots of energy, an extremely positive attitude about life, and a zeal for connecting people with Christ! She is not surprised when some people still question the ordination of women and welcomes questions about it. If you have questions about that, please listen to the sermon she preached addressing some of those controversial scriptures.    
 
EMAIL  PASTOR DEBBIE ANYTIME … she’d love to meet you for coffee!

Sarah Sparks – Social Media Director

Sarah Sparks graduated from college with an Associates in Art concentrating on Fine Art, painting and sculpture and awards along those lines, and returned to college to continue her studies in Graphic Arts and Photography, moving into the commercial side of art.  Several years later with two little ones at home, she faced another turn in life using social media and hosting a chat room for young parents, and building her first website. 

As years have gone by, Sarah has done website and social media work for  a variety of organizations, from university to nonprofit groups, small and large businesses.  She said: “I see now where the unexpected road of working for industry, churches and nonprofits has made for a unique resume of experiences.  That brings me to today, I am absolutely blessed to be able to work with an amazing church and manage their social media.  You never know where the road may lead and the Kairos moments that may happen along the way.”     CONTACT SARAH HERE.