Dr. Tim Bruster currently serves as senior pastor of the 6,000-member First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Centenary College in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion. In 1985 he graduated Cum Laude from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University with a Master of Divinity and went on to earn a Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching and worship in 1991, also from Perkins.
Prior to his appointment to First UMC Fort Worth in 2003, Bruster served seven years as senior pastor of First UMC Georgetown. From 1993 – 1996, he served as pastor of the Westchase Campus of First UMC in Houston and was responsible for the overall evangelism ministries for both the Westchase and Downtown Campuses. He served as associate pastor of Preaching and Program Administration at Marvin UMC in Tyler from 1991-1993, and pastor at Noonday UMC in Tyler from 1986-1991 and Bascom UMC in Tyler from 1984 – 1986. While a student, he was an intern/associate pastor at First UMC in Texarkana from 1983 – 1984, chaplain intern at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas in 1983, and pastor of the Church Hill Circuit in Henderson from 1980 – 1983.
Beyond the local church, Bruster has served as president of the Central Texas Annual Conference Council on Finance & Administration. He led the Central Texas Conference delegation to the 2008 General and Jurisdictional Conferences and was elected to the 2012 delegation, as well. He serves on the General Council on Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church, the Board of Trustees of Texas Wesleyan University, the Perkins School of Theology Executive Board at SMU, the Board of Trustees of the Texas Methodist Foundation, the Advisory Board of the Centenary College Christian Leadership Center and the YWCA Racial Justice Committee. He has served two terms on the Board of Directors of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and a term on the Board of the Tarrant Area Community of Churches. Tim has been a member of the Downtown Fort Worth Rotary Club since 2003.
He and his wife, Susan, live in Fort Worth and have three grown daughters: Sarah, who is married to Stephen Pepper, Katie, and Emily. They are also the proud grandparents of Alice Pepper.
He is a licensed pilot and his primary hobby is aviation. He also enjoys family outings, reading, travel and music.