In 1986, a young associate pastor at Highland Park United Methodist Church was given the assignment by the Bishop of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church to “go north” and lead a new church in a growing suburb called Plano with a population of 107,602. Plano now has a population of 271,166, St. Andrew has a membership of 7,000, and Rev. Hasley is still leading the congregation, serving as senior pastor today.
“As a new pastor with a young family and little experience, I am not sure why I was asked to lead St. Andrew, but I count every day at St. Andrew as a special gift and a blessing. I have literally grown up with this wonderful church family in this dynamic city,” said Rev. Hasley. “When I think back to those early years, we used to joke that traveling up to Plano was the equivalent of heading up to Oklahoma. Now look at it! Collin County is rapidly expanding with an expected population increase from 800,000 today to 1.4 million by 2022. St. Andrew is blessed to be a family of faith multiplying and expanding with this growth, and I am very excited about its future.”
The community is invited to reflect on the past and look forward to the next 30 years at a special Legacy Worship Service, Saturday, September 24, 6 p.m., and Sunday, September 25, 9:30 and 11 a.m. (identical services), all in the sanctuary at St. Andrew, 5801 W. Plano Parkway. Services will be followed by a special reception in Smith Worship Center.