Rev. Laird Cross & Rev. Tina CrosS

FUMC is fortunate to have Rev. Laird Cross and Rev. Tina Cross as Co-Senior Pastors. Both are ordained Elders in the United Methodist Church, and are passionate about serving FUMC together as a clergy couple. Laird and Tina met in seminary at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, where both received their Master of Divinity degrees. Tina and Laird have served churches in Colorado and West Texas, and are delighted to now be in Roswell. Laird’s call to ministry came in the midst of a corporate career which equipped him with a keen understanding of what it means to live out one’s faith in the real world. He knows the needs of God’s people and God’s church and feels truly blessed to minister with warmth and humor. Pastor Laird grew up in Alamogordo, graduated from the University of New Mexico, and served one tour in the US Marines before returning to New Mexico. Tina was raised as a United Methodist in the farm lands of South Dakota. She has degrees in Music and Special Education from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD and has served as a special education teacher, a private music instructor, and Director of Music at a Disciples of Christ Church in Colorado. Tina is a teacher at heart which is reflected in her lively, understandable sermons, which often include a bit of Norwegian American humor. She is passionate about preaching, teaching and providing pastoral care with her husband and ministry partner, Laird. When not at the church, she can be found either learning to ride a horse across the New Mexico landscape, or snuggled with her family while trying to finish crocheting that afghan. Tina and Laird have five adult children and five grandchildren. They live at home with their daughter Beth and dogs Raspberry and Wesley.

John Fuss, LLP

John has served as Director of Music Ministries at First Church since 1993. He received his Local Pastor’s License in 2015. John grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was active in all levels of the church’s music program. He attended Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma, before transferring to Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey. As an undergraduate, John served Episcopalian, Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian, American Baptist, and United Methodist congregations. Since his graduation he has served congregations in Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Oklahoma, before coming to Roswell. John is the founder and director of the Silver Chords (a community senior adult choir) and the Roswell Masterworks Chorale. He has been invited to prepare choirs for performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, in New York City, the St. Louis Cathedral, in New Orleans, and Grace Cathedral, in San Francisco. John has taken his youth choirs on tours throughout the United States and British Columbia. He has served on the Annual Conference Worship Planning Teams in Mississippi and New Mexico. John and his wife, Karen, are parents of two grown sons and two grandchildren, Julia and Christopher.

Worship Times

Sunday School - 9:15 am

Morning Worship - 10:30 am