A note from Rev. Daniel Humbert:
As many of you know, Rev. Clay Horton has been appointed to become the Sr. Pastor of Vista Ridge UMC effective July 1. His last Sunday with us in worship will be June 23.
I am excited to introduce to you our new associate pastor, Rev. Chris O'Riley, who will start with us July 1. Rev. O'Riley comes to us from Hamilton Park UMC in Dallas, where he has served as Associate Pastor for 2 years. Previously, he served as youth and young adult pastor at First UMC, Irving. He will serve here at Trietsch as the Associate Pastor of Serving Ministries. Chris brings a passion for reaching young adults, serving others, and sharing the Gospel. He is an excellent preacher and teacher. To discover more about Rev. O'Riley, I encourage you to read his bio at the bottom of the page.
And to make sure Rev. O'Riley could fully understand who we are at Trietsch, Clay Horton gave him a formal training last week.
Rev. Christopher O’Riley
Rev. Christopher O’Riley, graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology in 2014. He began studies at Perkins in 2010, after graduating from Hampton University in 2009 where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in English. Rev. O’Riley and his parents are lifelong United Methodists. His father works for IBM and his Mother is the Director of Library Sciences for Southern University and the family has lived in several cities. But they always found a home in a United Methodist Church. While in seminary, he was a Graduate Student trustee for President Gerald Turner and worked as an aid for the former Vice- President of Student Affairs.
After graduation, Rev. O’Riley accepted a position at Dallas’ Peak Preparatory as a seventh grade English teacher. He also became the Director of Christian Education/Pastor at First UMC in Irving, Tx. After his tenure at FUMC Irving he was appointed to Hamilton Park UMC as the Associate Pastor, where he worked with various ministries and also created a young adult ministry called “The GAP”. His service past the local church is also vast, currently, he serves as a committee member of the Center for Leadership Development of the North Texas Conference, worked alongside Senator Royce West’s economic development team in Dallas, Core Leadership Team committee member, Superintendent Board North Texas Conference, World Methodist Council Member and Cultural Intelligence Committee of the North Texas Conference UMC.
If asked for his passions for ministry, Pastor O would list Young Adults, Worship Experience, Community Involvement and Mission and Outreach. He is very active in civic organizations including the Dallas chapter of the NAACP and National Urban League of Young Professionals. Additionally, he is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated where he serves on several committees. Rev. O’Riley believes in strong discipleship and is prepared for this new season in ministry.