Meet the staff at CHUMC. While we strongly believe in the ministry of all believers, we have some gifted full- and part-time staff members who guide us along the way.
Reverend J.D. Allen
Rev. J.D. Allen is from The Colony, Texas. He married Katy Allen in 2000 and they have two children. They live in Carrollton, Texas. He comes to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church after serving five years as senior pastor at First United Methodist Church of Boyd, Texas. He previously served one year as associate pastor at First United Methodist Church Carrollton and two years as student local pastor at Elm Ridge United Methodist Church.
Pastor of Children, Families, & Hispanic Ministries
Dr. Donaleah Dedrick
Minister of Worship and Music Ministry
Donaleah Dedric, began her vocation as a church musician at the age of ten, studying privately with Professor J Hale of Baylor University and Mr. N. Scott.
Donaleah is a former District Music Educator of Willow Grove Association, and previous owner of Dona’s Music, a piano program for children and seniors. Professional experience includes being an independent music educator, accompanist for MS, JH, & HS Texas UIL competitions, soprano soloist and board member of the Plano Civic Chorus which performed in NY at Carnegie Hall, 1999, during an America singing tour.
Donaleah, completed music studies at Temple College, University of Mary Hardin Baylor, vocal studies, Winnipeg Canada, and Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX.
Adam recently completed their Master’s degree in Political Science at UT Dallas, and is hoping to start M. Div. classes in the spring at Brite Divinity School. Adam has lived in the north Dallas area most of their life and is a lifelong member of the UMC, participating in the choir as a youth at Custer Road UMC, helping lead the Synergy Wesley Foundation at UT Dallas, and interning at Oak Lawn UMC during the summer of 2018.
Alec is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, where he studied 3D animation and video game production. Originally from Austin, he moved to the north Dallas area four years ago when he started school. While president of Pride at UT Dallas, an LGBT student organization, he worked frequently with the Synergy Wesley Foundation to make the university a welcoming place for LGBT students. During his free time, he enjoys making digital art and playing video games.
Adam is currently a seminary student at Perkins School of Theology in SMU where he is working toward an MDiv. Adam is from Granbury, to the southwest of Dallas, where he spent almost all of his childhood. He attended Abilene Christian University where he earned a degree in the Bible and a degree in History, and where he met his wife, Courtney. He also recently completed a Master’s in Medieval History from the University of York. Adam has volunteered and worked at many churches, mostly United Methodist. He enjoys traveling, reading, and playing video games.
Jim Hanigan is a longtime member of Chapel Hill, having been part of this church since 1979. Since 2008, Jim has served as our building manager.
Courtney was born and raised in Plano, and has spent almost her entire life in the North Dallas area. She attended Abilene Christian University, where she attained a BS in Social Studies for Teachers, along with four minors. She recently completed a Master’s in Global History from the University of Sheffield, UK. Courtney also currently works as a history teacher at the June Shelton School of Dallas, which comes with the benefit of being able to work as a church office manager during the summer. Courtney enjoys organization, tea, and reading.