Dr. Andrew C. Stoker

Dr. Stoker is the Senior Minister of First United Methodist Church of Dallas, Texas. Serving in this position of leadership in the heart of downtown Dallas since 2013, he has forged strong partnerships with the Dallas Mayor’s Office, the Dallas Arts District, the Dallas Independent School District and local and national education and literacy advocates. His formidable leadership skills and passion for equality combined with his research in practical theology and systems theory give Dr. Stoker a unique and clarion voice in the areas of social justice, advocacy, community outreach and racial reconciliation. Prior to being appointed as the Senior Minister at FirstChurch, Dr. Stoker served Walnut Hill United Methodist Church of Dallas, Associate Director of Connectional Ministries North Texas Conference, and First United Methodist Church of Denton. Dr. Stoker received a Lilly Foundation Fellowship and served as on staff here as an associate minister at FirstChurch in Congregational Care. He chaired the Board of the Center for Missional Outreach in the North Texas Conference, launching the “Zip Code Connection” and laying the groundwork for a public education ministry. Dr. Stoker has served as a delegate to Jurisdictional Conferences in 2012 and 2016 representing the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Dr. Stoker is a co-founder and DISD representative for Pastors for Texas Children, a non-profit organization committed to advocating for Texas children, families and communities. He has served on the Boards of National Project Transformation, Dallas Project Transformation, the North Texas Food Bank, Methodist Health Systems, The Dallas Arts District, CC Young Senior Care, the Texas Methodist Foundation, Faith Forward Dallas of the Thanksgiving Square Foundation, is currently the Chair of the Board for La Lydia Patterson Institute of El Paso. Dr. Stoker is the co-founder of the Compassion Council and collaborates frequently with the Crow Collection of Asian Art on events in the Arts District. Dr. Stoker is married to Megan Callahan Stoker, a registered pediatric nurse, and they have two sons: Alex and Wesley. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University and earned his seminary degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Stoker completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Family Studies from Texas Woman's University. In his spare time, he enjoys studying architecture, visiting art museums, and reading.