Pastors & Staff

Dr. Tom Robbins

Senior Pastor

Dr. Robbins came to the First Methodist Church of Temple in 2006.  After serving four years as an Army officer in an armored cavalry regiment, Dr. Robbins moved to Texas in 1989 to begin seminary.  He completed his Masters of Divinity at Brite Divinity School at TCU in 1993 and his Doctor of Ministry degree in Evangelism at Perkins School of Theology at SMU in 2013.  Prior to his appointment at FUMC Temple, Tom served churches in Waco, TX, Ovilla, TX and Haslet, TX.  Dr. Robbins is an ordained Elder in Full Connection with the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Tom and his wife, Shannon, have two daughters: Lindsey and Caitlyn Su.  In his spare time, he enjoys reading and raising cattle.  Tom has horses so that his wife will stay married to him.

Kit Tomlinson

Youth Pastor

Kit comes recently from the town of Llano, Tx and is a Deacon in the UMC.  After graduating from Texas Tech University with a bachelors degree he graduated Asbury Theologically Seminary with a MA in Youth Ministry.  He has served in youth ministry since 1998.  He has a wife, Leslie, and two children, True & Jedidiah.  He spends his free time with his dogs and workin' out.

Melissa Piland

Office Manager

Melissa has been a member of First Methodist Temple since 1993 and has worked for the church since 1998.  Melissa graduated from Temple College.  She and her husband have two children.  Melissa enjoys her children, reading, and sparkling water. 

Kay Birkholz

Director of Adult, Women's, and Evangelism Ministries

Kay is currently Director of Adult, Women, and Evangelism Ministries.   She has worked on staff of First Methodist Temple in different capacities since she and her husband became members in 1976.  Forty-three years ago Kay was one of the founders of our Preschool & Mother’s Day Out Program.  She was Director of Children and Family Ministries 1987-2004.  And she served as interim director of our Preschool & Mother’s Day Out Program for one year.

She graduated from Bangs High School and continued her education at Howard Payne University School of Business, Central Texas College, Temple College and SMU Perkins School of Theology.  

She and her husband, Howard, are the parents of three grown children and five grand boys.  Her greatest joys are spending time  sharing God’s love, family, travel, and enjoying old & new friends.

Breana Hartley

Director of Children's Ministries

Breana is currently the Children’s Program Director at First Methodist Temple.  She came to us from Castroville, TX, where her mother (Teri), father (Randall), and brother (Austin) still currently reside.  She graduated from Medina Valley High School and continued her education at Texas Tech University where she received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with specializations in Elementary Education and Special Education in 2017.  She has experience teaching in the public school system as well as volunteering experience, including serving as Children’s Church Director at First Baptist Church Castroville.  She is currently working on her Master’s in Christian Ministry degree at Truett Seminary.  In her free time, Breana enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending sporting events, and volunteering.

Tara Sutherland

Director of First Methodist Temple Preschool & Mother's Day Out
Church Media Support

Tara Sutherland became Director of the Preschool & MDO program in June 2018.  She graduated from Belton High School and continued her education at Texas Tech University.  She graduated with a degree in Human Development and Family studies. She has a teaching certificate in Early Childhood - 4th grade.  She taught 1st grade for ten years prior to being the director.  She also attended First Methodist Preschool/MDO as a child.  She lives in Salado with her husband Brian, son Conway, and dog Brewster.  In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and reading a good book.  

Pete Eimen

Finance Secretary

Pete Eimen grew up in eastern Iowa.  He has a BA in Accounting from Michigan State University and an MA in Accounting from the University of Iowa.  He spent most of his career as an internal auditor in the banking and healthcare industries.  Pete and his wife Linda have lived in Temple and have been a part of First Methodist since 1987.  They have two daughters and four grandchildren.  He joined the staff of First Methodist in 2010.  He enjoys reading, following many sports, travel, and table baseball. 

Adam Dubberly

Director of Contemporary Worship

Adam began his ministry at First Methodist Temple in 2019 as the Director of Contemporary Worship.  He lives in Temple with his wife Lindsay and two boys Lincoln (4) and Hayes (1).  He is a graduate student at Truett Seminary in Waco and has experience leading worship in a wide variety of contexts.  He is a lifelong Texas Rangers fan, loves to collect vinyl records, and travel with his family.

Craig Pitrucha

Sanctuary Choir Director

Craig has been facilitating worship through song since 1984.  He is retired from teaching after being a choir director for 25 years in the Belton Independent School District.  He graduated from Temple High School and the University of Mary Hardin Baylor.  Craig has led music at Temple Evangelical Brethren Church, First Christian Temple, Grace United Methodist in Copperas Cove, and Salado United Methodist Church before coming to First Methodist Temple in August of 2011.  Craig loves to read, play dominoes, and fix anything that is broken.  He has been married to Meg Chamlee Pitrucha since 2008.

Dr. Carl Bradley


Dr. Bradley has been organist at First Methodist Temple since 2007 and has served as a church organist since he was 14 years of age.  After graduating from college with a bachelor’s degree, he entered the field of education where he has been a teacher, public school administrator, and university administrator since 1961.  Dr. Bradley currently teaches child development and education classes at Temple College and is a supervisor for alternative certification through the Texas Education Agency.  His graduate degrees are from Texas A&M University/Commerce. He and his wife, Becky, frequently give organ and piano concerts throughout Texas.  Outside of music and teaching, Dr. Bradley enjoys cars, sports, and gardening.

Ellie Simpson

Front Desk Assistant

Ellie enjoys helping and serving others.  She retired from Baylor Scott & White Health after 37 years of service. She worked in the OB/GYN department for 34 years where she served as a customer service representative, secretary and supervisor.

Ellie and her husband Drew have been members of First Methodist for approximately 21 years where they have and assisted with the sound system, served as greeters and ushers.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with their two children and three grandchildren. Recently she learned how to make a quilt, knit a baby blanket and embroidery a dress. She hopes to continue her knitting and sewing hobbies.