Our Staff

Church Staff

keefe for StaffRev. Keefe Cropper


Phone: 903-763-4127
Parsonage: 903-492-3033


Rev. Cropper’s ministry at First United Methodist Church in Quitman and Liberty United Methodist Church began in July of 2017.  Keefe’s appointment here was preceded by a 7 year ministry in Carthage.  Like many UMC ministers, he has served host of churches throughout East Texas including Flint, Sulphur Springs/Pine Forest, Onalaska and Center. 

Keefe received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Tyler and his Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at SMU.  While he is inspired by all scripture one of the verses that has been a guiding light for his life and ministry is Ephesians 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

Rev. Cropper and his wife Tina were married 1984 and have been in ministry since 1987.  They have two children, Michael and Stephen, one daughter-in-law Kristen, one grandson Jude and a miniature Schnauzer named “Bella”.




Taylor Ory

Youth Director


Phone:  903-763-4127




Taylor became the Youth Director to FUMC Quitman in August 2013. Prior to working with the Youth Ministry at FUMC Quitman he served as the Director of Young Adult Ministries at FUMC Belton, and has also served as an intern at Methodist Churches in Belton, Woodway, and Round Rock.

Both Taylor and Jessica, his beautiful bride, are proud graduates of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. It was at UMHB that they met and their #lovestORY began




Mary Wilson


Phone:   903-763-4127



Mary joined the church staff in December 2014. It's her face you'll see first when you visit during the week, and her voice you'll usually hear when you call our number.  You see her work in our weekly church bulletins and monthly newsletters, plus most other bits of printed matter that concerns our church.  And she keeps the church calendar.

She and her husband James moved to Lake Fork from the Houston area. 

Mary's regular office hours are 8:30 to 4:00 Monday - Thursday, and 8:30 - Noon on Fridays. 







Sam Scroggins

Administrative Assistant

Phone:    903-763-4127


Sam joined our staff in December 2014. His primary job is to provide administrative assistance to the pastor along with a variety of other responsibilities, including managing our website, computer and communications infrastructure, audio & video systems, and other odds and ends.

Sam and his wife, Martha, relocated from Dallas to their home on Lake Winnsboro in 2004.

Scheduled working hours:  Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, from 8:30 - 4:00


SIMPKINS-DAVID-36Vanessa Simpkins

Financial Secretary

Phone:        903-763-4127
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Vanessa functions as our church bookkeeper.  She runs our payroll, pays our bills, and makes sure that all of our financial assets and liabilities are properly accounted for.

Vanessa's work schedule is flexible, finding her in her office most Monday and Wednesday afternoons.

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Choir Director


Lepha Luttrall will join the church staff in September of 2017 as Choir Director.  Her formal training in music began when she attended Howard Payne University on vocal scholarship, but she  had  been singing for years prior to that as  a young girl.  She received her bachelors degree from Texas A&M Commerce in Business and minored in music.  

She and her husband, Jim, have been married 22 years and moved to the Lake Fork area in 2005.    When they are not busy managing their businesses, they like to get in a round of golf as time permits.

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Organist / Pianist


Connie plays the organ and piano in our 11:00 services each Sunday, and is often asked to play for weddings and funerals.



VANCE-NAN-213Nan Vance

Organist / Pianist


Nan plays the piano in our 8:30 services each Sunday.