Clergy & Staff

Senior Pastor

Rev. Richard A. Young

Pastor Young is originally from Devine, Texas; a small farming and ranching community 35 miles south of San Antonio.  He grew up as a youth and young adult at First UMC of Devine.  After graduating form Devine High School he attended McMurry University in Abilene, Texas and obtained a BA degree in Religion with a minor in Psychology and English in 1980.  It was there that he met and fell in love with his lovely wife Ruth.  Together the traveled to Wilmore, Kentucky where Richard studied and earned his Masters of Divinity Degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.  Pa    Pastor Young has served in the Southwest Texas Annual Conference and now the Rio Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for 33 years.

Together Pastor Richard and wife Ruth have 5 amazing grow children and 3 wonderful son-in-laws as well as a 4 year old granddaughter.

Richard brings a wealth of ministry experience in both large and small United Methodist churches to his leadership role at El Campo UMC.  He is excited to share ministry with some talented and spirit filled laity at EC-FUMC.  Together we will see God do great things in this portion of the Body of Christ!


susan-horakAdministrative Assistant

Susan Horak

Susan was born and raised in El Campo and attended El Campo schools.  Her college career began at Wharton County Jr. College and then moved on to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She graduated with a BA degree in teaching in May 1977. Susan joined the FUMC staff in August 2015 after teaching elementary and middle school students in El Campo ISD for 35 years.  She is a life-long member of St. John Lutheran Church in Wharton, Texas, where she is a member of the Ergonian Society. Susan and her husband, Steve, are blessed with two sons, Ross and Reid, and a beautiful daughter-in-law, Suzanne.


Music Minister

Carol Labay

Carol is a retired public educator having served 28 years as an elementary and special education teacher, and as an educational diagnostician. She serves on the Methodist Child Care Board and on the SPRC. Carol also plays the piano for Louise UMC. She is married to Stan, a retired teacher, coach, and campus AD. They have two sons and five GrandBOYS! Carol enjoys keeping up with grandkids, xercising, sewing, and volunteering at the Heritage Center.

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