Paid Ministry Team

Paid Ministry Team

  • Edlen Cowley - Senior Pastor
  • Sonya Shahan - Associate Pastor--Spiritual Development
  • Bob Turk - Associate Pastor--Teaching
  • Cheryl Jordan - Director of Worship Arts
  • Julie Mrak - Director of Childrens Ministry
  • Ginny Denmark - Business Manager & Director of Volunteer Ministry
  • Christi Kendrick - Office Manager/Contemporary Worship Leader
  • Lisa Wolfe - Director Fellowship Friends Preschool
  • Melanie Wiening - Asst. Dir. of FFP
  • Imre Patkai - Organist
Edlen Cowley - Senior Pastor

Edlen Cowley

Senior Pastor

Rev. Edlen Cowley has been an ordained elder in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church since 2000. Edlen has served as Senior Pastor of Connection UMC and Owenwood Foundry UMC. He has served as Associate Pastor at St Andrew UMC Plano and St Luke "Community" UMC in East Dallas. He received his bachelor's degree in Government and Politics from The University of Texas at Dallas (1993), and his Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University (1999). Edlen believes that
the heart of ministry is the formation and growth of relationships - with God, each other, and the greater community. He cherishes the opportunity the church, both local and global, has to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
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Sonya Shahan - Associate Pastor--Spiritual Development

Sonya Shahan

Associate Pastor--Spiritual Development

Sonya is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University with a Masters in Church Ministry degree. She also has a Masters in Library Science and a Bachelors in History, both from Texas Woman's University. Sonya is a licensed local pastor and oversees Adult Ministries and Missions/Outreach in the quest to grow people spiritually through discipleship and service. She and her husband Robert are the proud parents of Kathryn and Jackson.
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Bob Turk - Associate Pastor--Teaching

Bob Turk

Associate Pastor--Teaching

Bob has retired from three careers already. He was a pilot for the US Air Force retiring in 1988. He then worked for a local defense contractor as a Senior Buyer and Purchasing Training Manager, retiring in late1999. Then he began a career in the professional ministry as a Licensed Local Pastor, retiring in 2010. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University and a Master of Theological Studies from Perkins Seminary. After establishing their new home in our area, Bob felt the call to return to the ministry in a limited manner and will assist us where possible and needed, especially in teaching and nurturing ministries. He and his wife Pat, love to care for their grandchildren living in Roanoke, he plays golf, and they both love to read and to share the love of Christ with others.
Cheryl Jordan - Director of Worship Arts

Cheryl Jordan

Director of Worship Arts

Cheryl is a graduate of Boston University with a Masters of Music in Music Education. A veteran music director and educator, she taught music in the public schools directing choral and band programs in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, and most recently at North Central Texas Academy in Granbury, Texas. Cheryl also served as Music Director at Girard Presbyterian Church in Girard, Pennsylvania and Northminster Presbyterian Church in Syracuse, New York.
She is passionate about encouraging everyone; children, youth and adults, to become involved in current and new music groups at the church. Cheryl and her husband Chris met in the church choir and love to be involved in music and worship together. Even Winthrop, their Maltese, has been heard singing a note or two!
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Julie Mrak - Director of Childrens Ministry

Julie Mrak

Director of Childrens Ministry

Julie is a Native Texan with a passion for kids, families and all things Texas! Julie is a mom to 3 amazing and unique kids; Alexander, Avery and Aspen. Prior to having kids she worked in sales and marketing. The past 13 years she has been devoted to kids, church, school, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, sports etc! Julie is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Family Studies from Texas Woman's University.
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Ginny Denmark - Business Manager & Director of Volunteer Ministry

Ginny Denmark

Business Manager & Director of Volunteer Ministry

Ginny and her husband Mike are long time residents of Trophy Club, having raised their two daughters, Amy and Kristin, here. They are now the proud grandparents of 6 and delight in spending as much time as possible with each of them.
Christi Kendrick - Office Manager/Contemporary Worship Leader

Christi Kendrick

Office Manager/Contemporary Worship Leader

Christi has extensive entertainment experience, having worked with the USO and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. She also has co-owned her own business and worked extensively in the retail industry. Christi and her husband Alan share their lives with their lovely daughter Sabra.
Lisa Wolfe - Director Fellowship Friends Preschool

Lisa Wolfe

Director Fellowship Friends Preschool

Lisa has been the director and a teacher at Fellowship Friends Preschool for over 12 years. She brings a wealth of experience in early childhood development. She and her husband Keith also co-own their own service business and they absolutely adore their two boys, Matthew and Jacob.
Melanie Wiening - Asst. Dir. of FFP

Melanie Wiening

Asst. Dir. of FFP

Imre Patkai - Organist

Imre Patkai

Organist

"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39