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About Us

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Rebecca Wilson, Children


Rebecca Wilson is a Valley native. She grew up in Alamo, graduated from PSJA Memorial, and attended UT-Pan Am prior to beginning her career with Young Life. She married her husband Joe in 2007, where they both worked for Young Life Camping in Jasper, GA. Rebecca and Joe moved to Ponca City, OK in early 2010, to take over ministry efforts in north-central Oklahoma. In 2011 they welcomed their son Levi into the world as Becca continued to volunteer and Joe became the Area Director. Joe’s job with Young Life brought them back to the Valley in the summer of 2015, and Becca began substituting at Journey. In 2016 Becca took a pre-school position at St. Alban’s Episcopal Day School where she has taught for the last 2 years. The Wilson’s love living in the Valley and are excited to join the FUMC family!

Sid Mitra, Youth


Sid Mitra was radically saved and healed of cancer in 2002 after coming to know Jesus. During the next 8 years, he spent his time speaking in public schools, serving in the church, and attending bible college, all of which affirmed his calling into the youth ministry. In 2010, after being ordained, Sid took on his first youth pastorate and has not looked back since. He enjoys working with students, parents, the local church, and community leaders, to foster a true relationship with Jesus in the lives of young people. He cultivates a youth culture everywhere he goes that keeps Christ central but remains relevant in today’s day and age. Sid and his wife Chai have 5 children together : Annika 17, Noah 9, Aidan 8, Eli 5, and Chozen 9 months. His wife and daughter share his passion for young people and work alongside of him. His sons are growing in grace and being raised up in the Truth. Sid feels honored and looks forward to serving us here at FUMC Harlingen, as Director of Student Ministries for many years to come.

Darlene Topp, Senior Ministries and Care Corps Director


Darlene is working with our Senior Adults to provide great activities and outing around the Harlingen area. She also loves to visit with our shut-ins and homebound members. If you have any questions for Darlene, drop her an email.

Susie Lerma, Bookkeeper


Susie is the one to talk to about your giving records - got a question... give her a call.

Facundo and Margarita Zavala


They've been here for a long time, and they do a great job. Say hi when you see them around!

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