Leadership for a changing landscape!

Our laity and clergy join together to be the church to one another, our community, and our world. 

We are generous folks who like to say "Yes" to ministry. There is plenty of room for you to join with us!

Derrick Ouellette

Pastor | First Methodist Church of Sterling City

My family and I feel blessed to serve such a loving and open church as First Methodist Church of Sterling City. We have, without doubt, felt the welcoming love of Christ from the congregation ever since we began here, and we are hopeful that our time here will be promising and fruitful.


Prior to coming to FMC - SC, I served as pastor of Highland Lakes UMC in Buchanan Dam, TX.  And while finishing my seminary studies Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, I served as the Youth Director at Pflugerville UMC in Pflugerville, TX.  In addition to my work within the church, I have been serving in various positions since 2002 in the Texas Army National Guard. Through my service in the National Guard, I have been able to travel around the world and see many sights that I would not have normally been able to see. Most recently, I was called up in 2013 to serve in Afghanistan as an Army Aviator. Shortly after returning home from Afghanistan, though, I began to feel God’s call upon my heart. Through much prayer and discernment, I eventually surrendered to His calling and began walking the path of ministry. Naturally, I have since switched from being a pilot in the Army National Guard to serving within the Army Chaplain Corps.


Since our marriage in June 2007, my wife and I have led an exciting and adventurous life thanks to the Army, and soon after the birth of our son, Davis, in March 2012 we became eager to share our adventures with him as well. All-in-all, we feel blessed to have each other, and we work hard every day to support and nurture one another. God has truly blessed me with such a patient and loving family to be by my side.


If you are new to the area, or looking for a church to call home, I invite you to give us a try. My guess is that you will also experience Christ’s love in the people of FMC - SC just as I have since arriving.  I hope to see you one Sunday, but until then may the peace of Christ be with you!

Rev. Dr. David Medley

Presiding Elder | Mid-Texas Conference

Pastor | First Methodist Church of Coleman

David Medley has 43 years of pastoral service spanning from inner-city ministry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to small-town, rural ministry. Connectionalism is important to David and he has served at both the conference and district level. David is married to his wonderful wife Mary Ann and they are grand-parents to nine grandchildren.

Rev. Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory

President Pro-Tempore | Mid-Texas Conference

After 30 years in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory became an elder in the Global Methodist Church in June of 2022. During her ministry, she served as a laywoman in the Oklahoma Conference and as a pastor in the North Texas and the Central Texas Conferences. Most recently, she served as a District Superintendent in the Central Texas Conference.

Leah has a heart and passion for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. She has spent much of her ministry in church revitalization, revival and church growth. She is excited about the Global Methodist Church and the orthodox witness which is being awakened within our congregations as they discern their next faithful step.

She holds a Doctorate in Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence from Wesley Theological in Washington, D.C.; a Masters of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology; and a Bachelors in Psychology and Sociology from Texas A&M Commerce. She is married to partner in ministry, Stan. They have two daughters, both getting married in the next year, and a son who is still at home.

Leah can be reached by email at leah@midtexasgmc.org