Pastor

Email:  palaciosumcpastor@gmail.com

Office phone:  361-972-3013

Church Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 947

                                           Palacios, TX  77465

Rev. David J. Moreno

Pastor Dave was appointed to serve First UMC Palacios in 2018.   He is grateful for the opportunity to serve this loving, generous and faithful congregation of the United Methodist Church.

He graduated from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas with his bachelor’s in Sociology and went on to earn his Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 2002.  Pastor Dave worked in Campus Ministry for over 20 years and during that time was active on all levels of the United Methodist Church.  He was awarded the Francis Asbury Award in recognition of his work in Campus Ministry.  He continues to serve the campus ministry community through the HANA Scholarship program. 

Prior to being a Director of Campus Ministries of the Rio Grande Valley, he worked in youth and young adult ministries in Dallas, Edinburg, Austin and San Antonio.  Helping develop and build a strong sense of community, faith and passion for service has been one of his greatest joys. 

Pastor Dave was born and raised in San Antonio.  His parents, David and Mary Catherine, met and married in Belfast, Ireland during WW II when his father was stationed there as a member of the Army Air Corp.  He has four sister and one brother and married to Ginny, his wife of 40 years.  Dave and Ginny have one daughter, Nickie, who is a minister in the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Just this year, Dave and Ginny became grandparents to Sofia, Nickie and her husband Christian’s first child.