Rev. Joel Robbins – Senior Pastor

Rev. Joel Robbins has been the pastor of OUMC since June, 2010.  He’s married to Dr. Christie A. Robbins, who’s also an ordained United Methodist Minister currently, serving as a General Evangelist.  They have three children, Brandon, Marion Ruth and Tom. 

Joel also serves as a Chaplain in the United States Army Reserves and served in the United States Marine Corps.  Joel began his seminary education at Asbury Theological Seminary and obtained his Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School TCU, his Bachelor of Science at Texas Wesleyan and Associate of Arts at Lon Morris College.  In his spare time, Joel enjoys hunting, fishing and camping. 


Shannon Poarch –Director of Student Ministries

Shannon became a part of the Ovilla UMC family in December 2015 and oversees 6th through 12th grade students.  She was born and raised in Grand Prairie, TX and loves to watch and play sports. 

Shannon recently completed her Master of Christian Practice from Duke University and has a bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries from Southwestern A/G University in Waxahachie, TX.  She and her husband, Jimmy Poarch, have one beautiful, energetic baby girl. 

Shannon considers it a continuous blessing to share the love of God with others and to walk through life with students and families. She's been in ministry since she was 19 years old with majority of the time being in student ministries. And one of the greatest things of being a student minister for Shannon is getting to see milestones and dreams of students fulfilled as they continue to grow with God.


Colin Campbell – Director of Contemporary Worship

Colin joined the staff in 2017 and hails from Burleson, TX. He comes to us from the Methodist Children's Home in his hometown of Waco, TX, where he served 9 years as Music Minister. He graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Music Performance and is seeking to continue his education through grad school or seminary. 

Colin is passionate about worship music, lay leadership development, and creating disciples of Jesus Christ. During his free time, he'll often be found hanging out at coffee shops, watching movies or sports, and spending time with his wife, Kylie, and their daughter, Amelia.



Jeff Todd – Director of Traditional Worship

Jeff Todd Is married to Angie Todd and has 5 children, Melissa, Melanie, Michael, Mitchell, and Mekaylee. 

He has a Bachelors of Music Education from Northeast Louisiana University and Masters of Religious Education from Southwestern Seminary in Forth Worth. He was a worship leader for 31 years. Jeff enjoys teaching voice and playing piano for schools around the area for competitions and musicals. He has produced and directed many shows and musicals over the years. Jeff and Angie sing together and have the privilege of leading worship for churches. 

Angie and Jeff own their own business called SnowShack Heritage House. Their love is ministry to others.


Pam Craig – Business Manager

Pam became our Business Manager in February 2018.  Pam previously worked in the investment industry for 20 plus years.  She was raised in Lubbock and Duncanville but now lives with her husband in Midlothian.  She has a daughter and son in law living in Little Rock, Arkansas and a son starting at Sam Houston State.

In her free time Pam enjoys spending time with her family, reading, camping and watching or playing sports.

Emily Kirkley – Nursery Coordinator

Emily Kirkley is the Nursery Coordinator for Ovilla United Methodist church where she has been a member since 2010.  She attends church with her husband Ron and their three children Sarah, Ethan and Ella. The family has been a part of the Ovilla community since moving to Ovilla in 2004.  As Nursery Coordinator, Emily is passionate about providing a safe and welcoming home for the newborns and toddlers of OUMC.  Emily enjoys gardening, reading, running and spending time with family.