The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Carolyn Allbritton to the position of pastor for First United Methodist Church of Winnsboro effective July 1, this year. Ms. Allbritton currently serves as the minister at Westview UMC in Greenville, TX, and the FUMC in Wolfe City as well. Before her current appointment, Carolyn served at Alvord, TX, UMC from 2012 to 2014, and at Pecan Gap and the FUMC, Ladonia from 2009 to 2012.
Ms. Allbritton is Texas born and raised and has been married to Dan Allbritton for 14 years, having lost her first husband of 20 years to Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1995. She graduated from Honey Grove, Texas High School in 1973; from Texas A&M, Commerce in 1976 with a double major in English and Guidance/Counseling; and from Perkins School of Theology in 2009 with a Master’s of Divinity. Carolyn married Frank Jackson in 1975. They added a daughter to their family in 1978 and a boy in 1981. Both children are married and reside in Dallas at this time.
Carolyn became a school teacher in 1983 and taught secondary and middle school English for over 20 years, including six years at Caddo Mills, TX, and 13 years at Rockwall ISD, before retiring early. She then began pursuing her call to the ministry at the FUMC, Heath, Texas in 2001, where she had been a member for many years, serving as a Sunday School teacher, as a member of the choir and handbells, on the SPRC, and as the evangelism chair. In 2002, Ms. Allbritton met and married Dan in Heath, TX. Dan has one daughter. His son by a previous marriage passed away in 2012 as a result of a tragic hit-and-run accident.
We look forward to welcoming this devoted servant of God into the fold of our church family on July 1. Please offer your prayers to Carolyn Allbritton and her family, her current church congregations, our pastor Mike Langdon and his family, and our church, too, as we all prepare for these challenging and exciting changes in our lives.