Rev. David Cartwright

Called is the theme for the fall series of Wednesday Night Live! at First United Methodist Church of Terrell.  The series begins Wed. Sept. 11 with a catered dinner at 5:45 p.m. followed by a program featuring David Cartwright, Senior Pastor of Russell Memorial United Methodist Church in Wills Point.

Rev. Cartwright is a native of West Virginia, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University and a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.   He is a second-career pastor, having worked as a long-haul truck driver before answering a call to pastoral ministry. He was ordained as an Elder in the West Virginia Annual Conference and served churches there for 17 years before moving to east Texas in 2014.

In addition to his work in the church, David is an active Rotarian. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Wills Point Education Foundation and the Van Zandt County ESD#4. David was recognized by the Wills Point Chamber of Commerce as Citizen of the Year for 2019. In his spare time, David enjoys picking on a guitar and building and flying model rockets. He is married to René Tunnell Cartwright, a native of Canton, Texas. They have four children: Daniel, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Johanna.

The Sept. 11 dinner will be in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church, 503 W. College Street in Terrell.   The dinner is free but please RSVP to 972-563-6274 or email

Future dates are:

  • Wed. Oct. 9 with Rev. Dr. Owen Ross, Director of the Center for Church Development, North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
  • Wed. Nov. 13 with Rev. Susan Robb, author of Called: Hearing and Responding to God’s Voice.

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