About the Team

Dr. TTommy Brumettommy Brumett is Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in McKinney, TX. He served First UMC in Decatur from 2002-2008, and has served First UMC in McKinney since 2008, where the church has been identified as one of the fastest-growing large United Methodist churches in the U.S. He has been preaching in United Methodist congregations for 30 years.

Tommy holds degrees from Southwestern University and Southern Methodist University. He is married to Eve, and they have two children, Caitlin and Josh, and a granddaughter, Mary Olivia.


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Tina Ripperger is a member of McKinney’s First United Methodist Church and is our trip coordinator. She has organized three previous journeys to the Holy Land for the church, in addition to a land-and-sea trip to Greece and Turkey.



John HarmanDr. John Harman is the Adult Discipleship Pastor at First United Methodist Church in McKinney, TX. He provides leadership support to classes, studies, and groups, and participates as a teacher and facilitator in adult Sunday school classes, small groups, and Bible studies. His greatest interests are in history, archaeology, and biblical studies, especially the study of the Old Testament.

John is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, holds a Ph.D. degree in Old Testament, and has traveled to the Holy Land five times in the past nine years. Three of these visits have been with groups from First UMC.