July 16, 2018 – Ed Lantz has been appointed Senior Pastor for First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs.
Ed Lantz was raised in Princeton, Texas, where he attended Princeton ISD from kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Upon graduation he briefly studied Forestry at Stephen F. Austin State University before transferring to East Texas State University where he received a BA in English and Psychology. While in college he came to faith in Jesus and heard a call to pastoral ministry.
Ed began seminary at Asbury Theological Seminary but transferred to Perkins School of Theology in Dallas when his mother suffered a stroke. He earned an M.Div in 1998 and was ordained Elder in 2001.
All of Ed’s appointments have been in the North Texas Conference. He served Anna UMC, Valley View UMC, FUMC Howe, Wesley UMC McKinney and Tyler Street UMC in Dallas.
Ed is married to Lisa who is also from Princeton. Lisa has a BA from University of North Texas, an M.Ed. from Abilene Christian University. Lisa has accepted a position as a counselor at Travis Elementary in Sulphur Springs.
Ed and Lisa have two sons, Nick and Lucas. Nick will be attending Dallas Baptist University in the fall. He plans on studying Criminal Justice. Lucas will be a sophomore at Sulphur Springs High School. He enjoys sports, outdoors and playing drums. He’s excited about being part of the church, school, and community.
The Lantzes enjoy spending time together, serving the Church, sports, movies and outdoor activities. Vacations are sometimes spent at their farm near Sulphur, Oklahoma.
They are extremely excited about coming to FUMC Sulphur Springs. They are humbled and honored to serve this historic, life-giving congregation and community, and they look forward to meeting everyone.