Senior Pastor

Isidro Piña

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Associate Pastor & Young Adult Ministry

Pastor Norma Pollard

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Norma was born in Hebbronville, Texas and grew up in Edinburg where her family moved in 1970 and has been a member of El Buen Pastor UMC ever since.  She has a wonderful heritage in ministry.  Her grandfather was a local pastor in the Rio Grande Conference, her mother has served faithfully in music ministry all of her life, and her brother is actively involved in ministry as well.  In 1977, Norma attended Youth Camp in Sacramento New Mexico, where she first felt her calling into ministry.  Norma graduated from Edinburg High School and attended Pan American University from 1981-1985 where she majored in communications.  Like many young adults, she was M.I.A. until her return in 1994, which has given her the passion for reaching young adults before they become missing-in-action.

Since 1994, she has enjoyed many years in service as a lay person at El Buen Pastor.  She has worked with Children, Youth, Young Adults, Faith in Action, Prayer, and Caring Ministries.  She has been a member of the Council of Ministries, Administrative Board, and worked one year as the church secretary.  Norma has taken, and facilitated, Disciple Bible Studies,  attended various Schools of Mission, Lay Speaking Trainings, and was commissioned as a Lay Preacher in 2005.  She was licensed as a Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church in 2007 and serves as Executive Associate Pastor and Young Adult's Pastor.

Norma is married to Bill Pollard and together have two daughters, Sarah and Hannah, who are their answers to prayer, and their grandson Davy, who has become their world.   The fifth & sixth members of the Pollard household are their very spoiled cocker spaniels, Buddy & Pepper. 

Pastor Jubilado

Francisco Gaytan

Church Secretary

Rosa Rodriguez

Church Council Chair

Priscilla Patterson

Staff Parish Relations Committee Chair

Jay Saldivar

Trustees Chair

Hugo Garza

Finance Chair

Jaime Solis

Church Treasurer

Anita Reyes

Finance Secretary

Sylvia Gallardo

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Monise Chavez

Youth Coordinator

EJ Ruiz

Witness Ministry

Noemi Perez

Senior Adult Ministry

Maruca Longoria

Health & Welfare

Theresa Garcia

United Methodist Women's President

Mary Alice Ponce

I was born here in Edinburg, Texas.  I am  retired from the Edinburg CISD.  After working for a total of 40 years of Service.  Graduated from Edinburg High School and attended UTPA.  My major was in Education.  My Hobbies are:  Substitute Teaching, Quilting, Jewelry Making, Baking/Cooking, Arts & Craft and have been a Notary Public for the State of Texas for over 35 years.   My ministry started when I got married to Joe Ponce in 1977.  Have 4 children, Kenny, Bobby Joe, Christopher Joseph, and Megan Ponce.  My church family was awesome and caring.  Before I was married I was a Catholic.  After I was married in 1977 I started going to the Methodist Church.  I have been going to this church for 36 years now.  My mother-in-law instilled me when she was an active member of the United Methodist Women.  I used to watch and listen to my mother in law when she used to talk to me about the Methodist Women's Organization and now I am involved with the UMW and am the President of the United Methodist Women and was involved with the District Methodist Women.  Church member that I credit with my ministry are:  Olga V. Ponce and Sylvia Flores

Outreach Ministry & UMM President

Alfredo Soto, III

  June 2021  
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