St. Paul United Methodist
Enter a Stranger, Leave a Friend Hurst, TX
Who We Are
Similar churches often offer music styles like contemporary, traditional hymns, and passionate reverent. Programs like children's ministry, community service, youth group, nursery, and missions are also typical. by FaithStreet
Sheila Fiorella grew up in Akron, Ohio, in the Portage Lakes area, and graduated from Coventry High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education: Math and Spanish from the University of Akron in 1986, a Master of Education in Teaching Mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in 1992, and a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth in 2007. Sheila taught Mathematics for 13 years beginning in 1987 at Gateway School, a school for youth with learning disabilities. In 1991 she continued her teaching career in the Arlington Independent School District at Carter Jr. High, Boles Jr. High, and Martin High School. After hearing a call into ministry, she joined the staff of St. Barnabas United Methodist Church, her home church in Arlington, in 2000, as the Director of Education and Children’s Ministry. She continued her ministry there in 2004 as the Director of Education and Evangelism and began leading and preaching in the contemporary worship gathering at St. Barnabas every week beginning in 2006. Sheila used this valuable experience when she was commissioned as a probationary elder in 2008 and became the founding pastor of New Day United Methodist Church, a new church start, in Mansfield, Texas. She launched a contemporary worship gathering in the Fall of 2009. In 2010 Sheila was ordained an elder in full connection. The greatest joy of Sheila’s new church experience was reaching a diverse group of persons for Christ, 85% of whom had not been involved in a church for many years, and witnessing them mature in their faith. Sheila has been married to her junior high school sweetheart, Russ Fiorella, for 26 years. They have 2 wonderful children named Russell and Rachel. Russ is employed by the City of Arlington where he serves as an Operations Crew Leader at the Arlington Convention Center. Sheila’s son Russell is a senior at UTA majoring in Anthropology/Archaeology and her daughter Rachel is a sophomore at UTA majoring in Business Marketing. You can reach Rev. Sheila Fiorella at [email protected]
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SheilaNearly everyone wants to know what to expect when they go someplace new. You most likely have questions like, “What type of church is this? What should I wear? Where does the church meet? Will I be accepted?” and so on. These are terrific questions! WHAT TYPE OF CHURCH IS THIS? St. Paul UMC Hurst is a Christian church that provides a Christ-centered environment, transforms lives, makes disciples, and serves God, Christ, and others. We are a United Methodist Church in the Central Texas Conference. We strive to better understand what it means to live out our faith through our words and actions. WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? At St. Paul UMC Hurst you can come as you are. Wear what you want. If you feel most comfortable in a dress or suit and tie, wear them. If you prefer to wear a t-shirt and shorts, wear those instead. We really do not care. We truly believe what the Bible says that “God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face” (and I would add clothes); “God looks into the heart.” If how you look or what you wear does not matter to God, it does not matter to us, either. WHERE DOES THE CHURCH MEET? Our worship gatherings and small groups are held each week in our church building located at 852 Bedford-Euless Rd, Hurst, TX 76053, near Northeast Mall. We also meet in homes and out in the community for conversation and service. WILL I BE ACCEPTED? St. Paul UMC Hurst is a church where you can be yourself. We have persons participating here that are different ages, sexes, races, and backgrounds. There are people who have barely heard of God and those who have heard of God all their lives. And you know what? We all stand on the same ground before God. God’s message of forgiving love is accessible and welcoming to EVERYONE, across the board.
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