About the Author

Marsha MiddletonRev. Dr. Marsha Middleton currently serves as the Senior Pastor at First UMC Grand Prairie. Previously, she served as the Board of Ordained Ministry Officer for the North Texas Conference, where she assists candidates for ordination and licensing. She is also a sought-after speaker for Sunday School classes and small groups, bringing practical theological wisdom to bear in a way that is both approachable and applicable.

Marsha holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Austin College, an M.Div. from Perkins School of Theology and a D.Min. in Evangelism, also from Perkins.

Marsha is passionate about church renewal and has a heart for sharing Wesleyan faith with others. She is married to Blake, a software engineer. They have two children, Hannah and Ben.



Wesleyan Roots was funded in part by a Sam Johnson grant for adult education, provided by Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church.

Marsha is grateful to Bishop Michael McKee and his cabinet who extended her the invitation to develop the Wesleyan Roots project as part of their emphasis on Wesleyan identity.

Special thanks go to Rev. Cammy Gaston for her leadership and expertise in the content and the form of Wesleyan Roots.

Thanks are extended to the team that advised on the project or assisted in editing and producing Wesleyan Roots: Scot Bontrager, Ph.D.; Jeff Bouis; Ted Campbell, Ph.D.; Rev. Edgar Bazan, D.Min.; Rev. Mitchell Boone; Joseph Bradley; Kim Brannon; Kelly Carpenter; Rev. Abbey Echols; Monica Frazier; Rev. Patty Froelich; Pam Hughes; Matt Jacob; Rev. Derek Jacobs; Kim Kaufman; Rev. Danielle Kim; Pastor Scott Luginbill; Rev. Joshua Manning; Rev. Sarah Marsalis-Luginbill; Pastor Deniece Mason; Mariel Vela; Rev. Silvia Wang; Rev. Chris Yost.