Rodney Carrol Wallace
Reverend Rodney C. Wallace was born in Daingerfield, Texas and is an ordained United Methodist Minister and a retired member of the North Texas Annual Conference (Dallas area). He is a retired U. S. Navy Chaplain, having served 21 years on active duty. He retired from active service in 1990 having attained the rank of Commander (05). He is a graduate of East Texas State University (now Texas A & M Commerce), and in 1969 he received his Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. He has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma, and he completed 26 hours of post-graduate work in the field of Pastoral Counseling at Perkins School of Theology. During the years that Chaplain Wallace was on active duty, he served with the Second Marine Division, Destroyer Squadron 36 and Destroyer Division 362, Naval Air Station Memphis, and as the Command Chaplain, Naval Air Station Guam. He was the Officer-in-Charge for the Counseling and Assistance Center (CAAC) Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, California; Command Chaplain, Marine Wing Support Group 17; Counselor, Family Service Center, Naval Training Center Orlando; Command Chaplain, USS Sierra (AD 18); and at his last duty station he served as the Senior Protestant Chaplain, U. S. Naval Station Mayport. Following his military service, Reverend Wallace served as the Minister of Administration at Aloma UMC, Winter Park, Florida and as the Assistant Minister at FUMC in Kissimmee, Florida. He also taught eighth grade American History at Westridge Middle School in Orlando. Prior to coming to Rockford, he served as the Minister of Congregational Care at the First United Methodist Church of Orlando, Florida. Reverend Wallace is married to the former Judy Sample and they have 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren.
Judith Ann (Sample) Wallace
Judith Ann (Judy) Wallace was born in Dallas, Texas, and is a 1962 graduate of Sunset High School, where she was known as the “Lady in White” because of her role as Captain of the Sunset Bison Drill Team. Following graduation from high school, she attended East Texas State University (now Texas A & M Commerce) from which she graduated with honors in 1966. Soon after her graduation, she married Rodney Carrol Wallace whom she met at ETSU and began her adventures as a Navy Chaplain and a United Methodist Minister’s wife. Their travels took them to Camp Lejune, North Carolina, Norfolk, Virginia, Memphis, Tennessee, Agana, Guam, China Lake, California, and Orlando, Florida. When her husband retired from the Navy, she began anew her career as a teacher at Winter Park High School, Winter Park, Florida. While serving as the Additions Instructor at WPHS, she received her School Counselor certification with a Master of Guidance and Counseling from Rollins College in Winter Park. She was asked to become the Guidance Counselor at Durrance Elementary School during Operation Desert Storm when many of the children’s parents were being called to active duty. During her 13 years at Durrance Elementary School, she was honored as the Teacher of the Year and was the recipient of the Walt Disney “Teacheriffic” award presented annually to outstanding teachers in the public school system. Also, President Clinton honored her for her work with elementary school children in the area of Conflict Resolution. She later served as the first school counselor at West Creek Elementary School, a new elementary school in the Orange County Public School system. Following her retirement as a school counselor, she continues to pursue her passion for tennis.
Micki Harnois has been the pianist at RUMC for thirteen years. She is employed by the City of Spokane Valley but lives in and serves as Mayor of the Town of Rockford. She is married to Bill and has two children.
Dale is a long-time member of the church and the music team. He lives in Rockford and is an artist by profession.
Pastor David G. Lura is a native of Cooperstown, North Dakota. After several years of college he joined the U.S. Navy where he was trained as a radioman but mostly served as a Drug and Alcohol Education Specialist. He finished his undergradute degree in Human Development from the University of Hawaii and after two years of study at Wartburg (Lutheran) Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa and seven quarters of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education - one at the Mendota Mental Health Faciility in Madison, Wisconsin and six at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska) he received a Master of Divinity Degree from the Iliff (United Methodist) School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.
Pastor David's first appointment in the United Methodist Church was right here at Rockford UMC in 1980. Later that year he met and the following October married Colleen Purcell. After starting a fifth year in Rockford in 1984 (and joining the naval reserves as a chaplain) a mid-year move was necessitated so the Luras moved to Edmonds UMC to serve as a staff associate to the late Wm. Franklin Summerour. In 1987 David and Colleen moved to serve as the Lead Pastor of Oak Harbor's First United Methodist Church until retirement in June of 2010. The opportunity to return to Rockford was offered in late May and given that former pastor, Kathy Barrick was interested in continuing through the summer and Pastor David wanted a couple of months break the new appointment began on September 1, 2010
On the first of January 1990 their son, Daniel, was born. He is a junior as a Cougar at Washington State University in Pullman.
Pastor David & Colleen "retired" back to Oak Harbor at the end of August 2012. Their Address is 387 SW Judson Drive, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 and email address is email@example.com and home phone is 360.682.5189.