Karen Compton Director of Hand Bells
Karen has been in church music ministry since the age of 4. She was in children and youth choirs all through her public school years. After high school, she attended Tyler Junior College and Baylor University. While at TJC, she was a member of the Apache Bells (she performed at the first Super Bowl the Cowboy's won) and a member of the Singing Apaches. While attending Baylor she worked summers at Navarro Regional Hospital as summer relief and there met her husband, Jim. After their marriage, Karen became a full time employee of Navarro Regional Hospital and retired after 40 years of service. Karen joined First Methodist in 1979 after the birth of their daughter, Ellen, and continued her activities in music ministry. She has been a member of the Sanctuary Choir for over 30 years, a member of the Adult Handbell Choir for over 25 years, directed two children's handbell choirs, one children's chime choir, directed one children's choir, lead music in the 5-6th Grade Sunday School Department for over 10 years, organized a Wednesday night children's bible study and helped direct the Children's Christmas musicals for 10 years. In 2012 Karen was hired to direct the Adult Handbell Choir.