Threshold began in January 2013 as part of the Sunday morning worship services at Grace Avenue United Methodist Church in Frisco, Texas. Threshold’s worship service is held in the Worship Center at Grace Avenue on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. But Threshold is more than a worship service… Threshold is a community dedicated to serving God and our world.
Threshold is led by Marcus Womack. Marcus graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 where he earned a degree in Consulting and Change Management. He also attended seminary at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN.
While attending Vanderbilt, Marcus served with the youth ministry at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville. He has also worked in Dallas with Connect to the Kingdom, helping youth serve with people in South Dallas and Oak Cliff, and with the youth ministry of Tarrytown United Methodist Church in Austin. Marcus also led music and small groups with the Texas Wesley Foundation while in college.
Marcus’ passions in ministry include engaging communities in worship, inviting people to discipleship through mission and serving in the community, and building relationships that invite others to experience grace.
Joe Stobaugh brings a wealth of experience to creating unique and meaningful worship for Threshold and all of the services at Grace Avenue UMC.
Joe has served in a variety of churches in Texas, from rural/exurban settings to urban contexts. Joe is an ordained deacon in the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas (where he studied music education and saxophone) and a Master of Sacred Music degree (Magna cum Laude) from the Perkins School of Theology and the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University (with a concentration in choral conducting). Joe is a Brother in The Order of Saint Luke.
In May 2011, Joe was elected by the national membership as President-Elect of The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Art: an organization that serves musicians and worship artists across the United States.
He has been a featured clinician in the areas of worship and sacred music at numerous national conventions and has served as worship designer and consultant in many contexts. He has also served as the preacher at several events within the connection.
Joe’s ministry related passions include the development of congregational song and congregational participation in worship, multi-sensory worship, social justice and peace ministries, bridging the world and the church, the intersection of culture and worship, and the use of new music and art forms for worship.
Threshold Community Leadership
While there are staff member dedicated to Threshold, the key to success is the faithful participation and leadership coming from inside the Threshold community. Without the vision and the actions of each person, Threshold could not thrive. Threshold exists today and continues to grow and evolve based on the dedication, work, and dreams of those that choose to become a part of the Threshold community.