Pastor Henry Folgoso was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, South America. He holds an undergraduate degree in System Engineering from Politécnico de la Costa Atlántica Barranquilla, Colombia. He also has a Master of Divinity from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
During his career as a pastor, he received the Mary E Maurer Volunteer Leadership Award for his work with undocumented Hispanics/Latinos in Southern Ohio. He also received the Faith in Mission Award from the West Ohio Conference of the UMC.
Pastor Henry is married to Dani Isabel Ortega Palacio and this year they are celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary. They have one daughter, Isabella Folgoso Ortega, and she is 17 years old. Pastor Henry and his wife, Dani, immigrated to the United States in 2002. They became U.S. permanent Residents in 2013 and in 2018 they both became Naturalized U.S. citizens. Today, Dani is the EL Teacher leader for the Middletown School District, and before coming to Farmersville United Methodist Church, Henry was the ELL Parent Liaison for the same school district.
Henry says, “I am very humbled and excited for this new experience, even though I have lots of experience as an associate and/or Hispanic/Latino pastor, Farmersville UMC will be my very first appointment ‘solo’ and I am so looking forward to becoming your pastor. I know God is doing something new and He is in Control.”
Carol is the administrative assistance and youth coordinator, working mostly with grades 6-12. As the Administrative Assistant, Carol maintains all communication, schedules events, and basically keeps our church together. Her main responsibilities as Youth Leader include leading the youth group (Kids For Christ), overseeing the middle school and high school Sunday school classes, and working to enhance the overall spiritual experience for youth at Farmersville UMC. She is also a mom, wife, college educator, and farmer.
Renee serves as our custodian and sanctuary coordinator. She arranges our events, such as weddings, funerals, or other community meetings. Renee is a life long member of the church; she has two adult children, Makayla and Wesley. She hangs out with her guy, Greg, and her cat, Buddy.
Dani is our choir director as well as a trustee and on MAT (Mission Action Team). She provides music from a variety of genres and styles. We know you will enjoy our choir’s performance!
If you are interested in joining choir, let Dani know!
The Tech Team is responsible for all things “technical” during the in person and online services. They recieved the Denman Award for exceptional ministry of evangelism. Those on our team (from left to right) include Bonnie Baxley, Dawn Gunter, Jenny Michael, Larry Burton, and Carol Barnes. Also pictured are Donna and Brian Thie.
More info on the Denman Award can be found here: LINK
Jenny Michael is an active member of FUMC. She currently serves on the MAT (Mission Action Team), the Tech Team, as well as serving as our Lay Leader. Jenny is Senior Vice President, Advocacy & Communication at CareSource. She is married to Jason and has two boys, Tyler and Ross. She lives on a farm just around the corner from the church!
Dawn Gunter serves as the Creative Worship Director. She is retired from teaching and has been a member of FUMC for about 20 years. She is married to Mike and has two grown kiddos: Kofi and Cosette. She also has a plethora of dogs and cats.