About Valley View United Methodist Church

Meet Our Staff

Rev. Cheryl Murray

Senior Pastor

Cheryl Murray began serving as pastor of Valley View UMC on July 1, 2018. She moved here from Wichita Falls with her daughter Alex, now age 13. Cheryl obtained a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at SMU in 2002 and was ordained in the North Texas Conference as an Elder in 2015. 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 to follow God’s call and has served in various churches in the North Texas Conference as pastor and associate pastor. She grew up in Harlingen, Texas.

Mariah Fusco

Youth Minister

Mariah Fusco began serving as Youth Minister in August 2020. She is a second-year Master of Divinity student at Perkins School of Theology at SMU and is a certified candidate for ordained ministry in the North Texas Conference. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Christian Ministry and Sociology from McMurry University.

Mariah’s favorite bible verse is Isaiah 55:9 – “Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my plans than your plans.”

Debbie Grigsby

Debbie Grigsby

Song Leader

Debbie Grigsby and husband John came to Valley View United Methodist Church in 2018.

“We have loved this church since the 1st time we visited. I’ve been an Insurance agent, Science Lab Facilitator, Mom and the best job- Mimi to 5 grand kids. I love our choir and invite anyone who wants to to join us.”

Sue Smith

Organist/Pianist

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.

Dianne Mason

Choir Director/Pianist

Dianne has been a member of VVUMC and involved in the music program since 2005. Playing the piano, choir director, music specials and more, she has also played the organ and her flute on occasions.

She lives in Valley View with her husband Mike and her children with a grandson close by. Her hobbies include volunteering, working on her ancestry family tree, gardening, and playing the piano. Her favorite hymn is “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and her favorite bible verse is from Deuteronomy 6:4 “You shall love your God with all your heart, with all your soul,and with all your might.”

History Valley View Methodist Church

History

Valley View United Methodist Church was founded in 1877. When the church family first gathered, services were held in the two-story Union Church building, located on the southwest corner of the town square. During this period, the Union Church building was shared by the Presbyterian, Methodist and Baptist congregations.

During the early years of the Methodist Church in Valley View, the church was a circuit church – or one of several churches served by a common pastor – famously called the “circuit rider.”

The church was made a station in 1909, which meant it was given its own pastor. That same year, a parsonage was built to house the pastor and his family.