Meet our Staff

Reverend Larry Cothrin

Rev. Larry Cothrin
Director of Pastoral Care

Larry Cothrin was born in Gainesville, Texas but grew up north of Dallas in Lewisville, where he graduated from high school. Larry received his seminary training and graduated from Arlington Baptist College in Arlington, Texas. He has been an ordained minister for 36 years serving in Texas and Nebraska. Through those years Larry ministered with the youth and children, served as an assistant pastor and served as a Senior Pastor for 11 years.

Larry joined the UMC staff in February 1999.

He enjoys spending time with his family, grilling outdoors, occasional golfing and fishing and a little yard work. Larry and his wife Charla have five children and seven grandchildren.


Rev. Dr. Jerry K. Hatfield, B.S., M.A., M.Div., D.Lit.

Jerry Hatfield was born in Olney, Maryland, but grew up around Westminster, Maryland where he graduated from high school in 1980. Several years later, Jerry graduated with a B.S. in Bible and Pastoral Ministry from Valley Forge Christian College, Phoenixville, PA.

Following several youth pastorate tenures, Jerry went on to pursue graduate studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, where he graduated in 1994 with an M.A. in Semitic Languages and Literature, and an M.Div. Following seminary, Jerry spent a year teaching in Jerusalem, Israel.

Several years later, Jerry was awarded a Doctor of Literature for a Hebrew workbook he wrote for a seminary in Louisiana.

Jerry received ministerial credentials in 1992 with the Assemblies of God, but transferred later to the Association of Evangelical Gospel Assemblies of Monroe, LA. He has now been an ordained minister with AEGA since 1999. Jerry attends Trinity Church of Lubbock, where he has taught Bible and Hebrew language classes as well as participating in various music ministry opportunities since early 2001. Jerry is married to Melinda Grace (Pena) Hatfield who is a choir teacher at Terra Vista Middle School in Lubbock.

Jerry’s other interests are astronomy and dragonfly photography. He also enjoys reading, writing, and any chance he gets to go with his wife to the Texas Hill Country for shopping and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

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