FUMC welcomes new pastor
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Pastor Larry McRorey and his family are settling in at the First United Methodist Church Beeville this summer. He is replacing the Rev. Bill Duke, who recently was appointed to Mission.

McRorey, who was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church at annual conference in Corpus Christi in June, said, “We are pleased to be here. We have always heard Beeville is a great community and it certainly is. The hospitality has been exceedingly generous and we are genuinely happy we are here.”

He added, “We have some challenges (at FUMC Beeville) but we also have some great possibilities ahead of us.”

Pastor Larry is a native of South Texas having grown up in Carrizo Springs. He graduated in 1987 from Angelo State University in San Angelo with a bachelor of business administration degree, and he earned a master’s of public administration there in 1992.

While in San Angelo, he was active in the Concho Valley Emmaus and Chrysalis communities, served on the board of United Campus Ministries at Angelo State and served on the Conference Council of Youth Ministries.

McRorey felt the call into ministry early on and entered the candidacy process of the United Methodist Church in 1999. He was appointed in June 2000 as the associate pastor to St. Luke UMC in San Angelo and in 2002, he was accepted into Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He earned a master of divinity degree there in May 2005.

After having served a year as a probationer minister in England, McRorey and his family returned to the Southwest Texas Conference in August 2006 when he was appointed to FUMC Alice as a provisional minister. While in Alice, he was active in the city, schools and ministerial alliance.

He and his wife, Cathy, have been married for 23 years and they have one daughter, Ann Elise, 14.

Cathy is employed at Walgreens in Beeville and also sells Pampered Chef products.

Ann Elise will be a freshman at A.C. Jones High School in the fall and is planning to run cross country and eager to begin other school activities.

“We have always made it our home wherever we are. We have adjusted everywhere quickly,” McRorey said. “But in Beeville, we are already at home, both in the church and the community.”
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