Chris grew up in and around the Dallas area, going on to attend Southern Methodist University. A saxophonist in high school and college, Chris performed with the Southern Methodist University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the SMU Jazz Ensemble, and marched in 47 halftime shows as a member of the Mustang Band.
In 1993, Chris married the former Brenda Jean Wolfgang, a native of Shamokin, Pennsylvania who had come to Fort Worth to attend Texas Wesleyan University. Chris and Brenda have no children of their own, but share in the joy of kids they have known and loved through the churches and schools they have served. They also share in the responsibilities for two cats, Dexter and Little Tiger.
Chris is a fan of the American pastime of baseball, having seen a ballgame in all 30 major league ballparks, including some parks that are no longer in existence. He plans to travel to Atlanta during the 2017 season to see a game in the new Atlanta Braves ballpark scheduled to open this year.
Chris also enjoys tinkering with old cars, his current project being a 1963 Chevrolet Corvair.
Together, Chris and Brenda enjoy traveling by automobile, Mexican food, and visiting the State Fair of Texas, where they spent several of their first dates together in the fall of 1990.
Nick graduated from Texas A&M University in 2005 with a degree in English, and graduated from Brite Divinity School at TCU in May of 2016 with an MDiv. Before coming to Arborlawn, Nick spent nine years leading student ministries at DFW-area churches. Nick is a Provisional Elder in The United Methodist Church.
Nick enjoys talking Texas Rangers baseball and all things Aggie.
Joy is from Southern Michigan, and received her Bachelors of Science from Eastern Michigan University, and had an extensive career in hotel management for almost 10 years. Joy served as the Director of the UCF Wesley Foundation at Navarro College beginning in 2013 for over two years, before being appointed as an Associate Pastor at Arborlawn United Methodist Church in 2015. She received her Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in May 2017, and is a Provisional Elder, working toward ordination in The United Methodist Church.
Joy and her husband, Ricky, a Fort Worth native, enjoy playing co-ed softball, traveling, and watching football with their cat, Gibson.
Verne is a gentle soul and a wonderful gift to all of us. His deep love of Jesus is evident in his great love for all people. He leads and lives with a servant’s heart. His primary focus is on pastoral care and senior ministries. He and his wife Eva Jean are constant reminders that God is good and life is sacred in every stage and phase of our journey.
Robert Warden, Chaplain (Colonel), U.S. Army Retired, served 30 years endorsed by The UMC, 6½ years with the Texas Army National Guard, and the remainder on active duty. He served at the lowest level chaplains serve (Battalion) and all the way up to Headquarters, Department of the Army. His experiences include working with senior and junior military, civilian leaders, and their subordinates, from boots-on-the-ground soldiers of the Infantry to decision-makers in the Pentagon.
Ordained Elder in 1981, Robert served six churches in the Central Texas Conference. An Azle High School graduate, Robert earned his BS from Texas Wesleyan, MTh from SMU, and D.Min. from ORU. The Army sent him to Syracuse for his MBA and certification as a Defense Comptroller, and the U.S. Army War College for a Master in Strategic Studies.
Robert is married to Patricia, an Elder in the Conference also. They have five children, 2 in Fort Worth, 1 in SC, 1 in GA, and 1 in MN. And, they have seven grandchildren.