Cheryl Murray began serving as pastor of Valley View UMC on July 1, 2018. She moved here from Wichita Falls, with her daughter Alex, age 11, and her mother Lu. Cheryl obtained a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at SMU in 2002. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Baylor University. Cheryl served as a church musician since she was in high school. On a choir trip to Germany and Switzerland, high on a mountaintop, she heard God’s call to full-time ministry. She left her teaching career and followed God’s call and she served in various churches in the North Texas Conference as pastor and associate pastor. She grew up in Harlingen, Texas.
Kim Stahl lives in Gainesville with her husband and two sons. Their family has been a part of Valley View United Methodist church for four years, ever since they moved here from Hickory Creek, and says that this church has made them feel welcome and loved from the beginning. Kim is the music director and loves praising the Lord through music and singing with the choir.
Her hobbies include scrapbooking, singing, and digging around in her flowerbeds. Kim is a substitute teacher at her son’s school and loves working with children. Her favorite hymn is “His Eye Is On The Sparrow,” and her favorite bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Sue has been serving as pianist and organist of VVUMC since December 2011. She also teaches private piano and organ lessons, as she has since starting in 1966, and works part time at Pender’s Music Company since 1985 as manager of the keyboard department. Prior to that, she worked in the music section of Voertman’s College Book Store.
Sue’s favorite Bible verse is “Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only,” and her favorite food is anything chocolate.